Home Tour…in paint colors

Morning folks!

Sorry for the silence – we’ve been busy bees lately. But, I’m back this week with lots of goodies, starting today with a tour of our home, in paint colors. Paint questions are the most frequently asked, so I figured I might as well do a quick show and tell…

Living Room – Benjamin Moore’s Copley Gray

Dining Room – Olympic’s Quill (more details here)

Guest Bedroom – Behr’s Pebble Stone

Kitchen/Nook – Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray

Upstairs Bedroom – Benjamin Moore’s Fairview Taupe

Basement – Benjamin Moore’s Pale Oak (more details here)

There you have it – our little abode in paint colors. You can bet we’ve sampled dozens of other colors, as we’ve repainted a few rooms more than once. What have we learned? Make sure you are in LOVE with your paint color before painting an entire room. Or rather, picking a color because you are in a hurry/just can’t decide is not a good idea. Paint is a big commitment, and you need to really, really like the colors you choose.

What I’m dying to know – what are your favorite paint colors? Do tell!

38 thoughts on “Home Tour…in paint colors

  1. katie s Said:

    Our living and dining rooms are connected by a large archway. The living room was a cream color but the dining room was a nice greenish gray (white trim). The best match i found to the dining room was quiet moments by Ben Moore. We painted both rooms with quiet moments and they look great! I love it! It’s a better contrast with the white trim than the cream was, and the rooms look larger since they’re the same color now!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Quiet moments is totally on my “to try” paint color list now – thanks for the tip!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Will have to check out that Ben Moore color – sounds amazing! Just checked out all of your paint colors…so pretty!!!

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  2. melissa Said:

    LOVE your dining room color. fresh without being easer-y

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  3. Angie Said:

    I loooove your kitchen an nook, it has been an inspiration to me!! Keep doing your thing girl!!

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  4. Megan Clark Said:

    Your color eye is right on, friend! I love them all.
    The one color I’ve painted and have loved for years is called Gobi Desert by Behr (in our dining/living/kitchen). It’s gotten tons of compliments. I think all other colors I’ve picked have been busts and we’ve had to paint over them. Oops! xo

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  5. Julia Said:

    Love your beautiful home! Especially the dining room table and chairs!

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  6. Mandy Knapp Riggar Said:

    They are all fantastic! Agreed, paint colors are ridiculously hard to choose, so thank you for sharing yours! On a side note- is that the hand-me down dresser all fixed up? It looks gorgeous in those browns! :)

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    1. kirsten Said:

      It is! Its not completely finished, but it certainly looks much better:)!

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      1. Bobby Said:

        Could you please give the rich gray exterior color of your home and the exterior white trim color? Thanks

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    2. Mandy Knapp Said:

      I love it! I usually gravitate towards white when upgrading used furniture, but really love the natural browns on that piece. And the beloved knobs just look fantastic! :)

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  7. Toni C. Said:

    Benjamin Moore’s JUTE. just painted our spare bedroom this color and I love it so much that now I want my bedroom to be the same color. I have a question for you regarding paint color..if painting your kitchen cupboards a white — should they be the same white as your trim? we are getting ready for a kitchen makeover and this has had me thinking. thanks!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Toni! Yes, I believe the cupboards should be the same color as the trim. Happy painting!

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  8. mindy t Said:

    Do you love your living room color. My walls are currently light yellow with all white woodwork. Desperately seeking a change.

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    1. kirsten Said:

      We do! It’s one of my very favorites:)!

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  9. Carrie Said:

    Thanks for sharing your paint colors, everything is lovely. But what color is your trim?

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Carrie! Our trim color is Benjamin Moore’s white dove – thanks for stopping by!

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  10. Maggie Said:

    Hi Kirsten, I love the design of your home and the whole blog. I think you did an awesome work. I am thinking of redecor my home. But it seems there are so many things to do and hard to find a clue. Thus, I haven’t started it. Am I wrong on this? Maybe I should start from small things? But I really want to change the color of the walls which is not small. Do you have any good suggestion?

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Thanks Maggie!The best rooms are created organically and over time, so start with whatever you feel most comfy with. And only decorate with items you love – there’s no rush to decorate everything at once, so begin with the small things, and when you get more comfortable, tackle the big things:)!

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  11. Amber Said:

    Loving your blog (Found it via Younghouselove!) What great choices! I was wondering what color your exterior is?

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Amber! It’s called Sharkskin by Benjamin Moore – we love it:).

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  12. Dawn Said:

    Just found your blog today c/o Fancy Things and I’m loving it! I hope you don’t mind my asking, but I’ve just got to know – where did the artwork featured in the upstairs bedroom come from (the one of the girl in the yellow swimsuit) – it’s beautiful! I think I need it in my life. :-)

    Thanks in advance!
    -Dawn :-)

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  13. Sara A in SC Said:

    Hi – your house is beautiful – I found you through Young House Love. Could you please tell me more about the sofa pillows in the living room? Thanks.

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Hi Sara! Sure thing! The orange pillows I picked up from Manor Fine Wares in Portland, and the rest of the pillows I bought from West Elm and Crate & Barrel a few years ago. Hope that helps!

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  16. Jena @ Involving Color Said:

    Hey Kirsten! You have such a beautiful home and amazing taste in paint color! I am absolutely in love with your kitchen. I would love to feature your home and colors on my paint color blog, Involving Color. You wouldn’t have to do a thing, just let me know if you’re interested!

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  17. Alexa Said:

    Hi! Love you blog and have been obsessed with the paint colors in your home. I have been looking at Quill and Pale Oak for my living room – I haven’t gotten samples yet but online they look so similar. Any direction/suggestions since you had them on your walls? They both look great but I’d love your thoughts! Is one more gray or tan, etc? Thanks!!

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    1. kirsten Said:

      Thanks Alexa:)! Both colors are great – I’d say get swatches and see which one “speaks” to you! The Pale Oak is lighter than the quil, but both are very pretty and calm. Good luck!

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  18. Mariah Joy Borutta Said:

    Hello Kirsten… I love your home and your colors are beautiful. I have a question for you,,, Do you purchase BM’s paint or color match it at Lowes or Home Depot ect..? We are in the process of painting our home and the cost difference between Behr or Valspar in comparison to Benjamine Moores paint is significant. Your imput will be greatly appriecated :)
    Mariah Joy

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  19. Liz Said:

    I LOVE your blog and can’t wait to see your bathroom and kitchen remodel in your new home! My husband and I just moved into our first home and we are going to start remodeling little by little. First on the list is painting our bedroom. It is an attic bedroom and the walls are textured and look very similar to the walls on your previous bedroom. I was wondering what paint finish you used on your bedroom walls?

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  20. T smith Said:

    Hi there.
    Love the exterior.
    I see that you said sharkskin BM for the siding…. The swatch seems so much darker? What colour did you paint your front door? That might give me a better idea when I hold them together.

    Thanks!

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  22. Kylie Said:

    Hello hello! Thank you so much for the link back to my site and btw, I LOOOOVE your dining room. Your blend of textures and lights and darks is so gorgeous and I covet your table!!!

    ~Kylie

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