Picking Paint Colors

I can't pull in a paint store parking lot without getting excited. Actually walking in the store makes me giddy. Oh the possibilities! The colors. The choices.

It's a swift fall to despair though. The colors. The choices. How do you choose?

I'm always optimistic as I walk up to counter thinking of the transformation my room is about to undergo. Sometimes I'm lucky and the first color is a winner. Sometimes I have to make a few trips back. 

A couple weeks ago, I started painting my hallways. They'd been the same color for ten years and I couldn't stand it anymore.



Now that I've finished most of them, I'm still not sure about the color. It's the same color as the kitchen, Benjamin Moore's Classic Gray. It's very neutral and doesn't shout anything at me when I walk by. On the other hand, it's a bit too plain blending right in with the white trim. We have painters coming in January to do an area on the stairwell that's too high for me to handle. I could have them do a completely different color and then repaint the other areas myself.

Any thoughts? Should I venture back into the world of paint samples? What's your record number of times for painting a single area? :)


  1. I like it! It really brightens up the space! The rug is a nice touch too.

  2. I love a good color on the wall, but I have to rein myself in or my house would look like a rainbow. I like the gray. If it's too plain, add a punch of color on the wall - maybe a colorful frame? Or you could be bold and paint the doors in the hall.

    I usually paint myself, so one time is enough for me. But in our first townhouse I painted the powder room three times - sponge paint royal blue, deep red, and then beige. I've refined my taste since the nineties. :)

  3. I like the new color! Painting is one of my favorite things to do in my house - it makes everything so fresh. I always wonder who has the job of coming up with the names though! Have a very Happy New Year!


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