4.08.2014

navy

Ever since we started planning an office update, I've wanted to paint the walls a light, airy color. I was picturing something straight out of a Pottery Barn catalog.

The wall color is hardly visible in this photo, but pretend you can see it ok?!



Conveniently enough, we had a gallon (or two?) of Ralph Lauren's Creamstone left over from the living room ceiling, so we planned to use that.

While I was out a couple weeks ago, Nick painted the office. And neither of us liked it.

 He's obviously not painting in this picture, but that's the original color. Work with me. 
 
It was fine, but it wasn't great and it wasn't quite what I had pictured. Plus, since we decided to go with white woodwork, we felt like we could stand to darken up the walls.

So we did.

Side note: Life According to Cindy, chapter 7, always repaint a room if you don't love the color. 




We now have a navy office. And we love it. It's taking some getting used to, because the office is visible from most of the main level. I keep seeing the dark walls out of the corner of my eye and thinking there's something hanging in the doorway. There isn't. We just have navy walls.



I played around with the idea of gray, preferably something like Michelle's awesome new office walls or even our bedroom. But the living room and dining room are a greige (Ralph Lauren's Cobblestone, love that color!) and gray just wasn't going to work with the color palette.



So navy it is! I can't wait to get the board and batten up and painted and looking all fresh and white. I'm excited to see this space actually come together and be usable.

Oh, also. I have a highly refined paint picking technique. It's called, walk into Home Depot, wander around the Behr section and pick a color. I do not do test colors, I do not tape swatches to my walls, I do not check it in different lights. So far this method has actually worked out for me. Repeat at your own risk.

Ok, and that's not completely true. I go in knowing what color I want and what kind of that color I want. I knew what type of navy I wanted (slighted muted, "dusty" looking, really dark, etc). If I'm picking a brown I identify the color family before I want before I ever hit the store (red-brown? yellow-brown?). It's a work in progress.

How do you pick your paint colors? 

(Beemer says hi)

17 comments:

  1. Ooo, me like! I love a good navy wall. It looks like it flows really well. I'll need to come up and visit for a full opinion. ;)

    I totally pick paint colors like you do. On a rare occasion I will bring home some swatches and then I'll get to the store and not buy any of the swatches that I had previously took home with me.

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    1. You definitely need to come up and visit. Our office awaits your full opinion.

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  2. I'm a fan! Can't wait to see how it looks with the board and batten. Reminds me of the dining room we just painted dark blue which so far we're really digging! (http://jordansometimes.blogspot.com/2014/02/dining-room-redo.html) Like you, we have light colors going on in the other rooms on the floor so it's kind of fun to have that POP of interesting dark color.

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  3. I love your new office color ... and I think it will really pop against the board and batten trim. I also love your approach to repainting what you don't love immediately rather than living with it and trying to learn to love it. I have an embarrassingly large stack of paint samples (and an equally sizable stash of sample quarts) and I still have a few colors on our walls that I'm trying to learn to love. Ug. Clearly your approach to picking paint colors is way more successful than mine!

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  4. Two big thumbs up for the navy!! LOVE how it looks! I can't wait to see it with the rest of the wall treatment...it's going to be perfect! :)

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    1. Thanks girl! I'm excited to see it all come together, too!

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  5. Oh this blue looks so great and I can't wait to see it with the board/batten. And reading about how you pick paint cracked me up - just because I spend hours and hours agonizing and even then have trouble getting it right! Maybe I need to try your method...

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    1. I think I know my natural tendency would be to agonize and this is a desperate attempt to avoid it. So far it's working ok!

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  6. I love the navy! So so great and classy. And you.

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    1. Thanks chica!! Can't wait for you to check it out in real life!

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  7. Love the navy! I pick paint colors just like you do. Generally, I get it right the first time but I've had a few missteps, hello ugly green in the dining room, but like you said, you can always repaint! :)

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    1. I think we all made some awful paint choices at one point or another! I try to remind myself it's just paint and it can be re-done!

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  8. We honestly pick paint colors the exact same way!!! Although I usually come home with WAY more paint samples than any human could possibly use...

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  9. I drag my sister Cindy to Home Depot and make her tell me what would look good. Or I pick a color I like, chicken out and paint the lighter color above it, and then want to repaint the entire upstairs for the next two years. (Painting party at my place??)

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  10. Goodness that color will be fabulous above the board and batten! Hubby has already asked if we could reprint the living room that color...;-) I vetoed that for now, he loves dark rooms. Plus we're already surrounded by blue as it is and trying to take the house back to neutral from the previous owners design decisions. That will be one awesome office when you are done:-)

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  11. LOVE the navy choice! I have been obsessed with navy lately. I can't wait to see what else you do with the space.

    HI BEEMER!!

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  12. loooooooove the navy. And with all the white, it's perfect.

    also - so smart to repaint now. When you know you don't love it. Otherwise you never do it and it always bugs you.

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