It's also no secret that I'm a weirdy.
Since I love painting so much, you would think I'd have an easy time picking out paint colors. Nope. I love the process. I love the paint chips. I love testing out the colors. But it stresses me out.
It's like I can feel the colors. It has to feel just right and have the perfect undertone. A perfectly good color can make me feel extremely uncomfortable depending on the room and the lighting. Weirdy, remember?
My top five favorite paint colors are colors I have agonized over finding. Like, there may have been tears involved. I've spent a small fortune in discovering them(would you believe how expensive 20 sample paint pots can be?). These are all colors I have lived with in my house and that I love.
Here, in no particular order, are my absolute favorite, tried and true paint colors.
1. Bistro White
In my opinion, this is the perfect white. Made by Valspar, it is a soft white without an obvious undertone. Judging by it's location paint chip display at Lowe's, it has a green undertone but I can't see it at all. Look at it by itself, it's just a nice white. Put it next to a bright white(like the ceiling in the pictures below) and it looks slightly warmer.
2. Woodlawn Sterling Blue
This is our current guestroom color and it is gorgeous! I really hate to paint over it but I do have reasons which will have to wait for another post. Anyway, my sister actually picked this color out for our nursery when I was pregnant with our first Little Man. It is the most perfect, soft gray-blue and is part of Valspar's historic paint collection.
Snowbound is a white by Sherwin Williams. It isn't the brightest white but it is a clean white with no real undertone. It is actually pretty similar to Bistro White but it has a chalkier look to it, which I love. I used it in our kitchen because I didn't want any undertones to compete with the bad lighting and already clashing warm and cool elements in the room. You can't really go wrong with this one at all!
4. Smoked Oyster
5. Partridge Gray
My favorite light warm gray(or taupe if you want to get particular). I freaked out a little the first can I opened because it looked brown instead of gray. Once drying on the walls though, it was perfect. It definitely has that soft feel that reminds me of a mourning dove.
I first used it on a thrifted dresser, fell in love with it, and now it's the color in our master bedroom.
Does anyone else stress so much over paint colors? Do you have any "tried and true" colors that you love? And does anyone currently have more than nine paint colors in their house? Or more than thirty different paint cans, counting samples? Inquiring minds want to know.
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