So I had this dream maybe a month ago. I was painting. It was in the odd little room that will be our shared office and it was with an exquisite robin’s egg blue. I had just finished the guest room, which was a pale yellow, sort of the color of butter. Somehow, when I woke up, I knew the sunroom needed to be pale yellow, too.
Yeah, okay, I’m a little weird. I also sometimes dream about very specific measurements and cutting wood or using a particular router bit or rearranging furniture. It’s actually possibly and inherited trait. But it all usually works out really well.
In this case, finding exactly the right paint colors became a bit of an obsession, especially that almost-teal-ish blue.
On top of that obsession, there has been another: making sure all the painting is done before the floor team come in to sand and refinish the whole house.
The guys working on the walls, to be frank, haven’t been the most careful of crews. There’s a ton of drippy drywall mud on the floors and woodwork and light switches and doors and pretty much everywhere. Most of the rooms were taped off but there are still stray brush swipes on the 80-year-old wood trim. Already worried about a lack of attention to detail, the last thing we want is to turn these guys loose with paintbrushes for anything beyond touch up work once the floors are redone.
We may have been a little sharp (regrettably) with Robert on this point. And that might mean he, in turn, got a little sharp with his crew. But! It worked. After a huge push, all the major painting is done, and right at the last minute. Floor work begins today.
SW6994 Glad Yellow
in the sun room and the guest room
SW6937 Tantalizing Teal
in the office
These two rooms are literally a dream come true. I was a little worried that the teal would be too green, but when the natural light streams in from the sunroom, it is lovely. And that yellow? Hello! Now that I’ve seen it in person, I can’t imagine a more lovely compliment to our original woodwork.
in the lounge area
The lounge at the back of the house, known as the “breakfast porch” in original adverts for houses like ours, is the only part of the house where the woodwork has been/will be painted. I’ve been obsessed with Restoration Hardware’s “Latte” for years (and even forced it on my parents before I had a house of my own!) and this was a very close match, from Duron’s “interior preservation” historic collection.
SW0057 Chinese Red
in the dining room
Mr. Rowhouse wanted a dramatic red in the dining room. I was a little nervous but it turned out amazing (this photo is perhaps a little brighter than it looks in person). And no, Duron isn’t making a communist reference — it’s also from the historic preservation collection and a throwback to the 1920s trendy obsession with all things Egyptian and “Oriental.” We hope to some day get a restored period chandelier for this room and a lot of them showcase those influences on Art Deco housewares.
SW6461 Isle of Pines
in the powder room
This one surprised both of us. I was worried it would be way too incredibly dark in the wee powder room and Mr. R thought it would be a considerably more piney (and darker). Even thought it’s not 100 percent what we thought it would be, it looks terrific. Those teeny swatches can be deceiving.
SW0057 Chinese Red in the dining room meets
SW7016 Mindful Gray in the kitchen
Most of the kitchen walls will be covered with cabinets, tile and appliances, but the little bit that isn’t is the gentle gray. I’m hoping it compliments, rather than clashes with, the stainless steel and tile. Thankfully it doesn’t look too weird next to the Chinese Red in the transition from dining room to kitchen, which we want to feel like two very distinct spaces.
In spite of some of these bold choices, we did chicken out a little bit. We couldn’t commit to a color for the living room or master bedroom so those two, plus the hallways and stairwell ended up with our “default” color, SW7012 Flour White. It makes for a lot of beautifully bright rooms and if/when we’re ready for color, it will be easy to make the switch over the existing white.
Anyone have color suggestions for those spaces?
SW7012 Flour White
in the bedroom