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I hate it when bloggers make excuses. “It’s been so long! I promise I’ll be better.” So I won’t do that. I’m here. Let’s move on.
So let’s talk about paint colors. When Taylor and I were looking at homes we both loved the houses that seemed to flow from room to room. Not that every room had to be the same color, but it was nice when the owners used varying shades of the same tones and the transitional spaces led you into the next room.
We’ve been thinking about changing up the living room. Still thinking…no actual progress has been made. But in trying to figure out the color palette, I decided to plot out the colors of our house. I saw this post by Emily Henderson, where she mapped out the colors that work for her and her hubs and decided to see what our house said about us.
Yes, that looks like a whole lotta crazy. So much for flow, huh?
Well maybe not so fast. These are the wall colors.
Okay. That’s a little better.
But I tried to pull out the similarities from room to room. Obviously gray weaves through the entire house (minus Sadie’s room) as the neutral. Pink and orange are in several rooms, as are varying shades of blue. And a color in every room can be pulled from our big Moroccan Mirror in the bedroom hallway. (Need to take a new picture of that–ugh!)
Also–it’s kind of hard to tell–but the order of the rooms is done in the way they flow from one into another. So, I tried to repeat a dominant color from one room to the next. So, orange is a main accent color in our family room and a secondary accent color in the adjacent dining room.
And then pink from the dining room to the living room.
And then turquoise from the front hall to the bedroom hall.
So I think that is very key in making your house feel like it flows. It should feel like you are in a completely different house when you go from room to room.
Finally I boiled down all the colors from the first grid and broke them out into Cool, Warm and Neutral.
What’s funny is that the 4 green/yellow/beige squares on the end don’t really look like they belong. And then I realized they are totally the colors I’ve picked out for the deck accessories! So, clearly I’m trying to make them fit in other places in the house. I’m feeling the green more and more and may try to phase it in in more spots.
Anyway, this is still a whole lotta colors. I’m not quite sure exactly what this says about anything. I wouldn’t say these are boiled down enough to be “our” colors, the way Emily did. But it sure was fun playing around with all these little virtual paint chips!
How do you handle the “color story” in your home? Do you stick to one or change it up as you go?