Yesterday I mentioned the staircase needing a paintjob, so I figured I’d update you on the hallway and living room’s new dyejob.
I know I’ve mentioned it before how much I HATED the original paint in our house. Brown Paper Bag!! I thought the name was cute, but it did not make me feel light and happy. It was such a dark color, that it made me consider adding more windows in my house!
I got over that expensive idea and settled with a new paint color. I went to my paint swatch stash and went hunting for a lighter shade of tan.
I’ll let you in on a secret... My method for selecting color is to go one shade lighter than the color I am drawn to. I did it when I selected my two bathroom colors. I really liked a color, but chose the shade lighter. The shade lighter worked out perfect!!
The color I chose for the living room was Fairmont Penthouse Stone.
This color just caught my eye and I kept going back to it.
The living room has a vaulted ceiling. Luckily, the whole room is the same shade, so there was no ceiling I had to avoid painting. I borrowed my neighbor’s ten foot ladder along with an extension pole and painted away.
Immediately I was questioning my judgment. The color had a green hue to it. I didn’t notice it before and couldn’t figure out if it was because I was comparing it to “Brown Paper Bag” or because I had a green couch that the light was bouncing off of. I was so nervous!
But I kept on painting and the paint color turned out fine. It really was the shock of having the walls unfinished that was throwing me off. It does have a green hue to it, but what can I say… I love green!
So, when it came time for painting the hallway, I chose a different color tan. Originally, I was going to make the living room and hallway all the same color. All my rooms were different colors, and I didn’t want the house to start looking disconnected. A difference shade of tan, without the green, was all I needed.
That’s when I settled on Sherwin Williams “Portico.” It was so similar, minus the green. I loved it! It made me so happy. I wish my whole house had been painted this color. However, I still don’t think that would have stopped me from painting every single room.