Sunday, January 27, 2013

Soft Neutrals or Bright & Bold?

Hubby and I agree on a lot of things, but there are other things we don't agree on:  books, movies,  and furniture come to mind instantly.  Another area we don't agree on is paint.  I like Earthy neutral colors like this soft taupe-y beige I put in the kitchen.  It feels warm and home-y to me, and to him it feels blah.

We had a spicier color that I put in the kitchen (it was supposed to be peach but came out orange-ish, ew).  I left it up a few weeks and it just kept nagging at me, so I replaced it with this color, which I LOVE!  That's when I found out hubby liked the other color, and he doesn't like this one.  *sigh*

This is the soft taupe color in the kitchen. I love this paint!

He also likes the bright, sunny, happy yellow in the master bathroom (that came with the house) and I despise it, hate it, wish it was not there...but I know he loves it, and so we leave it.

Which leads me up to our anniversary.  Last year (towards the end of the year), one of the gifts he got me was a gift card to Sherwin-Williams.  We went together just before Christmas and picked out our paint.  Not surprisingly, he wanted zip and zing in the colors, and I wanted soft, neutral tones.  We ended up agreeing on a color that was sort of a mix of the two, and the cans sat untouched until last night when I started painting the dining room (which until now has been white because we couldn't agree on a color).

It looked more green to me in the can than blue, but now that it's on the walls and drying, it's a gray/blue kind of color.

My first brush stroke brought out a gasp, 'oh my, that color!' lol

I'm not against color...in clothes, in decorations, or other people's homes (sometimes I love it in other people's homes, it's just not for me).  I think this is not bright or 'poppy' enough of a color for hubs and it's too much of the wrong color for me.

BUT, this was an anniversary gift he got me, and we selected the color together, so it's not so easy of  a solution as to simply repaint with a color I love (like I did in the kitchen).  Hubby put a good deal of thought into getting gifts he knew I would like, and painting over the color we selected together seems...rude (or ungrateful), neither of which I want to be with my husband.


It was difficult to show the color contrast, so I did a swipe on a wall that's not prepped yet (cleaned, dried, taped, and the pictures removed), so you could see it.
What to do... what to do...

We'll see...maybe it'll grow on me.  :)  Doesn't matter, it's there for awhile, so I'll find a way to make it pretty (the room).  That's what we women do. ;)

As for the painting itself, I did have a helper (sort of).  My little one was giddy excited when I started getting out the paint, just like his older sister was when I did the bathroom. Something about kids and paint...

But the questions started in right away:

Can I help?  When can I help?  Is it time for me to help now?  Why are you cleaning the wall?  When can we paint?  I've had kids a long time, so I knew just what to do (works every time).

The fastest way, in my experience, to get a child to quit asking, "Can I help paint?" is give him a paint roller.  Once he gets it out of his system (and it doesn't take long) he or she will be on their merry way, doing what little kids should be doing (playing).


When the painting's done, the whole room is going to have to be redecorated. We've already moved the Panini (hubby's favorite painter!) to the library because the reds in it look terrible on the blue.  And new curtains will have to be found (or made).  We'll see.  It'll all turn out in the end (a few years from now when I get to repaint). Kidding!

In the meantime, I guess I better quit blogging and get back in there to painting. :)

51 comments:

  1. Well my goodness I like both colors. It's going to be very pretty...
    We have a foyer and living room to paint. I don't know about the colors at all.
    Have a great rest of your week-end.

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    1. You're sweet, Patrica. :)

      Good luck w/your painting. I have to do the foyer and hallway when I'm done. Not sure whether to match the paint to the dining room or library, but I know w/the new paint I can't leave those white. Hope your color choices end up easy for you. :)

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  2. oh how fun!!! and enjoy your new colors!! last yr I had my family room painted pale yellow...I loved loved it, but nothing matched! the rug, drapes, pictures......so I needed up moving everything around...I think it's fun to decorate!!
    love your painting helper!!

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    1. That's what's going to happen here...the color's not the easiest to match with other things. Glad you found a color you loved, it just makes you feel happy when the paint's right. :)

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  3. My favorite is the last one with that pretty boy painter. I like the gray. You have a real problem with the colors. I think I can adapt to any color. Greetings.

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    1. Because you are an artist with an affinity towards making any color beautiful! :)

      Thanks for the compliment on the boy, hubby and I both agree that he's a keeper. ;)

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  4. Love the color you picked:) My husband and I went through picking paint colors about a year ago and it was not easy but turned out to be a lot of fun seeing it all come together! Enjoy:) New follower from Everday Harvest Blog Hop!

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    1. Just visited back and am following you too. Thanks for stopping over.

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  5. Doesn't seem like a bad color, although I kind of like the white more. Depends on the room for me, but I can make due, if all else fails slap some movie posters up on the wall haha

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    1. Star Wars does match everything... ;)

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  6. Get back in that bedroom and rattle those brushes and pans LOL
    ANY color can be made perfect with decorating and accessories ( I happen to like the color by the way )
    XOX

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    1. You could make invisible look pretty, I've seen your blog. :)

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  8. As you may guess, I like bright and bold colors. But I also like taupes and browns. We have a taupe / brown in our family room but the adjacent kitchen is bold red. I like that they work together. :) Hope you end up liking the paint in the dining room. :)

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    1. I have a sister-in-law who mixes these crazy colors (orange, turquoise, yellow) and it turns out fabulous every single time. No idea how she does it... we have a hard time w/just getting one color right. ;)

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  9. We like soft neutrals. I really do like the color you used though. I think it is a nice in between. :)

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    1. We're both adapting to the color over here. One of the kids said it looks like the doctor's office. -_-

      :)

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  10. I'm with you on the neutrals and I like light walls because I need lots of light bouncing around in the house. I get depressed if it's too dark! Hopefully that will grow on you a bit more. It's hard to tell on a computer, but it does seem kind of a neutral blue?

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    1. I like it light and airy in the house too!

      As for the color, I dunno... the can says Silvermist. In the store it looked more light green, on the walls it's a gray/turquoise looking color (and the shadows from the overhead lights make it look streaky when it's not). Matching the hall and foyer to this is going to be interesting (and we're not using this in any room but this one). ;)

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  11. I like neutrals because it seems there are more options for matching accessories with neutral colors.

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  12. I love the colors!! Beautiful choices. I will be choosing some new colors for my place this summer and this gives me some ideas :)

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    1. Hope your journey w/color is easier than ours was/is. :)

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  13. Love when I have a fresh coat of paint on my walls,... everything looks so much cleaner.

    Have fun decorating!

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  14. I like crazy bright colors. I painted our living room a bright Kindergarten yellow. It's not that bright. We sponged brown mixed with clear paint over it. Then we sponged red mixed with clean paint over that. It has multiple layers. It looked like an old world map.

    I love the color you picked out! That's a great idea having the lil' man help. I'm sure he only helped for a bit.

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    1. I love the look of an old world map. I'd like to have one of those in the house. Your wall sounds wonderful...I'm just (sadly) so not crafty.

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  15. I think I lean more towards you. I like neutral colors for the most part in the house. I LOVE the color of your kitchen. I had that color on my living room walls in our last home. However, I do love the greenish color you have done in the dining room too. I do believe a home should have a nice mix of color, not just one neutral tone (my whole house was white when we moved in and I HATED it!) but they need to flow together from room to room. I don't want to leave a nice toned down gray room and walk into a blaring red one, you know? It's all about finding the right flow.

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    1. Several of our rooms have remained white because we haven't been able to find a color we both agree on. I'm thinking maybe a big word decal will spruce it up. I've seen them around and they look nice, but I've never had one...better check w/hubby and make sure he likes decals first, lol. I agree about everything flowing nicely.

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  16. I love that bluish grey...
    whenever we have a house, I would love to paint rooms later on in different colors...
    my mom (this shocks me to say..) has the way I would love to one day. shhhhh don't tell her I said that ;)
    my parents room - brown...
    my brothers room - red
    guest room - blue
    their "study" - yellow
    it shocked me when I saw it for the first time, as its not like my mom... but she loves it... and I LOVE how it gives so much more character :)

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    1. Mothers must know these things, Noelle, lolol, but I swear your secret's safe with me...and since I don't know your mom, you know it's the truth. :)

      Thanks for visiting. :)

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  17. That blue looks very soft to me. It looks as soft as the natural earth tones--maybe an ocean color. I think that if you decorate with your taupes and beiges with hints of whites or creams against that lovely blue back drop you will come to like it a lot.

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    1. It's growing on me a little bit. It's better when it's daytime and the lights are off so they don't cast odd shadows on the darker color.

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  18. I like both colors. I do like the beige taupe in your kitchen. It sets the pictures of amazingly! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Julia @ Mom on the Run x2

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    1. Thank you for the compliments and for visiting back. :)

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  19. Our walls are sitting white because we cannot agree on a new color. I love bold deep colors and he likes tan...LOL. I did paint my 'chicken themed' kitchen from floor to the bottom of the chair rail in a deep bold reddish orange and he loved it, but he would never have picked it himself.

    I am an earth-tone person too. I say, he (or she) who paints it gets to pick the colors!

    Good luck no matter what color you end up with.

    Holly

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    1. Ohhhh, I like the he/she who paints it gets to pick the color rule (since that more often than not ends up being me). ;)

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  20. I guess color does matter. I'm glad that Sylvia has painted walls in this house with real color. Everything used to be white when we moved in. Now we have some muted colors in several rooms. It looks a lot better.

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    1. I like color too, muted. Hubby likes really bright colors. One of the few things we have left in our marriage to find a way to agree on. ;)

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  21. I think the color is pretty Rosey!! Thanks for stopping by this weekend and linking up with my NO RULES Party :))

    Paula
    lifeasweknowitbypaula.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Paula...I'm going to do the trim now, and the glossy white we picked might be just what we need to brighten it up. :)

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  22. I love that you got your son involved in the painting! Picking a paint color is so tricky. We've actually had to repaint before! That's the worst!! Sometimes the decorating afterwards is the key!

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    1. I've repainted before too. Hubby really likes this (he said so several times yesterday) so decorating's going to have to be my friend this go around. :)

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  23. I like your paint shade and can think of a dozen things to pair off with it to bring out the color and your son is a real cutie!! Look at those eyes!

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    1. Thanks, Judy. I'm starting to envision things I'd like too. thanks for the compliment on the little guy too.

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  24. I am more like you. I like the neutrals, not the bright colors. As far as my husband, he could care less. It's just one of those things that he leaves up to me. (One less thing to disagree on! lol) I went with a blue color in the bathroom that I was never crazy about - and it's still there. In fact, I could work with your blue much better than the one I chose. Enjoy painting! :)

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    1. Years ago I was so surprised my hubby took such a big role in choosing furniture, paint, etc., because NONE of the men in my family ever did growing up. I didn't like it, lol, but I've long since come to realize it's every bit as much his right as mine. Still... I wish we agreed more on such things (bet he does too). :)

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  25. We have the same issue in our house, but hubs like beige and I like colour. We both like white, so I am going with white walls and bright accessories. I do like the colour hmmm I am no help at all, but I do get your point about the gift.

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    1. Yeah, no way I'm painting over it since it's a gift (sneaky of him, wasn't it ;) ). hehehe

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