While we were at Home Depot perusing the wood stain options, Dan and I also decided to pick out paint colors. I was VERY excited about choosing paint colors, as we kept the colors at our last house very neutral for selling purposes.
While Dan went to check out drywall options for the ceiling, I explored paints. I gravitated to the Martha Stewart collection immediately. What's nice about her paint colors is that she doesn't have EVERY color in the rainbow; instead, Martha offers almost exclusively crisp, clean and beautiful colors. I mixed, matched, held paint samples in different lights, etc. — then I finally landed on four colors that seem to be good fits for our new house. (While not yet shown online, Martha Stewart HOME paints are now available at Home Depot as well as Lowe's.)
To my surprise and additional excitement, Dan liked all four of the colors I chose. They are:
- Sisal (a warm khaki)
- Cityscape (a neutral khaki-ish with gray/cool tones)
- Salt Glaze (a super light blue)
- Timothy Hay (a lime verbana type)
We'll do the trim, doors and built-ins in semi-gloss white.
I'm sure Martha wouldn't be happy with me for this... but we took her colors over to Sherwin Williams for color matching (SW has slightly better paint, in our opinion and in our contractor's). The folks over at the North Druid Hills Sherwin Williams (by Target) are always nice and incredibly helpful.
And after reading feedback, evaluating our color preferences and considering that we have a (large) pet, we decided on English Chestnut for the floors. This color is also very similar to what's already on the floors, so that makes us even more comfortable with the choice.