Hi friends! We’ve been knee deep in back-to-school preparations over here and I’m sending my son off to his first day of 1st grade today! #whendidhegetsobig?! Even though it’s always bittersweet seeing summer come to an end, I’m actually ready for school to start this year and that’s a first! I may or may not have been counting down these last couple of days like Christmas was coming! Come this afternoon, I might be changing my tune and all sappy missing my boy, but right now, I’m all #yayforschool! We’ll see if “my kid gets himself ready for school by himself without me nagging” is still working from last year today! We talked about it last night before bed and as I type this, it’s 5 minutes until his first alarm goes off . . .
A frequent question I get via email is about the paint colors in our home, and especially whether the grey in our bedroom and bath is a ‘true’ grey or does it read blue or purple in person? And also, how is the ‘greige’ in our downstairs? Today, I’m answering your questions (even though I always respond to emails too!) and sharing all of the paint colors we have in our house. I’m also giving you a rundown of how the paint colors look in our home, which is not necessarily how they look on the online swatches.
Of course, it’s hard to read color through a computer screen and the best way to test paint is to actually paint two coats onto different parts of your wall and view it at different times of the day to see how it looks. Consider what time of day you’re in the room the most to see how you like it at that time of day. If you don’t want to put the color directly on the wall to test, you can use a posterboard, but it won’t saturate the same and the texture will be different, which can affect the look. The paint can also look drastically different with the lights on or off, so you need to consider that too.
Below are the swatches of the main colors in our home and below that I’ll show you photos of how the paint actually looks in our home when photographed with natural light and the inside lights off. Most of the photos are taken in the afternoon. If you want to see more photos of each room, click the ‘room tour’ link below each picture.
I decided to make our glass cabinets more interesting by painting the back wall SW Urbane Bronze and then adding white pitchers and dishes to make them pop against the dark background. Urbane Bronze is a deep, dark grey with dark brown undertones, but in my house it leans more grey.
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