First, a “save the date” announcement. Our housewarming party/open house will be September 24th, starting sometime in the afternoon and going until we can’t stay awake any more. Everyone is welcome, and, out of towners, this would be a great time to visit! We’re getting a keg of something hoppy.
So the Devine color consultant was totally worth it! Both of us feel immensely relieved that we know what to paint each room (mostly) and that it will all coordinate while still suiting us.
The color consultant spent nearly two hours at our house. She toured the house and looked at some stuff that we had accessible (couch, rugs, etc.) to get an idea of our style. She proclaimed that we like eclectic thing (yes!). Then we talked about non-negotiables, those things that we were not willing to change. Besides the aforementioned “stuff,” our non-negotiables were the master bedroom, the newly painted and tiled bathroom, and the red dining room. We also showed her samples of the wool carpet going in upstairs and the cherry that will be our floors and stairs.
The next step was to develop our palette. Rather than looking at rooms and deciding what colors would go with the room, she removed herself to the kitchen and started fiddling with color samples against our non-negotiables. She occasionally asked how we felt about certain color or combos. There was some hit or miss and, during the process, we agreed to repaint a few things.
The Devine theory is that you pick a “skin color” that should cover 60% of your house or more. This gave me heart palpitations. I got a talking to about painting every room a different color, and she assured me she could get me color everywhere even with most of the house painted the same, and I would like it more. We eventually reached a compromise that uses a main color but gives us some variation in a few places. Our palette is based off a light blue-grey color with blues, greens and grays with some accents like red, purple and gold.
So here we go…
Our skin color is Beluga, and this will go in the entry, living room, stairwell, the main room upstairs and the hall downstairs. We’ve painted some swatches on our walls and it looks great, especially upstairs! Sometimes more blue, sometimes more grey.
Our next major color is Storm. This will go in the mudroom, kitchen and hall (and possibly in one of the little rooms upstairs). The house we are staying at now has a few areas painted this color, as well as the exterior. We’ve both really liked it, so it’s happy coincidence that it works for our house too.
Other colors that show up in some quantity in our house are Buffalo (bathroom), Manzanita (bedroom, similar color in the office), and Blade (bedroom ceiling and guest room). Our palette gives us a couple of extra colors for the two little rooms upstairs and for accents (Rain, Steamer, Peanut (which is the color of our kitchen cabinets), Shantung and Dusk). Then our red dining room and many red decorative accents (rugs, etc.) give the whole thing a little bit of liveliness. You will note that to get our complete palette, we will eventually have to repaint several rooms that really only need a couple of walls repainted (sigh). But it will look great once we get there.
So there you have it! We love it (although I feel like I just just my colors done. I’m a winter BTW).
(I have no idea how to get the little pictures to line up.)