All of them! The truth is, I have little idea of what I want. I could stick with white walls. Sometimes that looks great. But I kind of don’t want my house to look like it was rehabbed on spec. I think I want a slightly subdued off white on my ceilings and trim. Not quite the bright white of the primer, but it needs to be neutral so I can just roll/spray/brush it out everywhere. Mrs. Blandings expresses the struggle of picking out just the right white pretty well. But she knows better than I what she wants. She should be friends with my mom.
I won’t use the same kind of paint or gloss, but these may end up the same color. I read articles about how to choose white paints, and it sounds like Benjamin Moore White Dove is fail safe. That’s what I want. Something safe that I’ll never get tired of on the parts that are annoying to redo.
In the kitchen and bathroom I have more freedom because the ceilings can’t have flat paint anyway. I thought I might have painted the walls pearl grey and kept the trim and ceiling white, but I was never sure about this, and some are steering me away from it. I do know that the white ceiling is a tad bit too bright with the rustic tile and grey grout, but I think the off white would work fine. I’m not sure if you can see what I’m talking about from this photo, but the morning sun almost makes the photo show real colors.
So anyways, I kinda give you carte blanche to give me ideas in here. I have grey, white, and a darkish blue going on already, and plan on putting a marble top onto my Phase 2 vanity. So I could keep paint kinda basic or bring in another color that looks good with the blue. The trim and radiator will be some kind of white.
Moving on from there, the hallway has a lot going on and is only 5 feet wide. Picture dark stained doors and light floors. Possibly blond. I’m thinking I should practice restraint here just because the space is narrow and the architecture is busy. But… I don’t have to.
In the back bedroom I’ll have this maple dresser/buffet and a small upright teak cedar chest. At least to start. The braided rug on the floor in this photo goes with my navy blue dorm bedding. And remember, that room has some exposed brick.
In the front bedroom I may not bother to paint the walls at all since there’s Phase 2 work that will alter them a little bit. (More on that later.) But here’s what I’m putting in the room. This has a fancy marble back splash, and there’s a matching 3 drawer dresser. I might be better off moving this stuff to the back bedroom someday.
Then a very good friend of the family gave me this rug, which takes the room beyond the point of no return into the traditional direction.
I figure this room can look like a bed and breakfast or a whorehouse, and obviously I’d prefer the latter. But I’m also making some Phase 2 changes to the walls, so I might call the white primer good enough for now. Whether or not I paint and decorate anytime soon, we can talk about what I should do.
So what do y’all think? I’m open to hearing any ideas now while while I try to figure out exactly what I want.