The Balancing Act: Selecting Paint Colors

March 1, 2011 by Natalie Hager

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Life’s been busy and I hate that I’ve been away from the blog lately. My husband and I have been house hunting; my clients have given me some tight deadlines; I’ve had some travel for some sad funerals; and I caught the swine flu last week. Excuses aside, I’m so thankful for all of my readers, and please know that you are super important to me!  
Life is a balancing act, and sometimes it’s hard to keep things in line. 
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Like life, your house has to have balance. There needs to be a flow from room to room with paint colors on walls, trim, bookshelves, window seats, built-ins and cabinets. It’s all to easy to mess up with the wrong colors, and the mistake can be costly.

To keep things in balance, I want to share some of my go to paint colors.

Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze
Sherwin Williams Downing Sand
Sherwin Williams Downing Sand on the Walls and Sherwin Williams Classical White on the Trim
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Porter Paints Vagabond

Porter Paints Vagabond on the Walls
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Porter Paints Antique White
Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque
Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray
Benjamin Moore Monroe Bisque on Facade and Benjamin Moore Kingsport Gray on Trim
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Farrow & Ball Lichen
Farrow & Ball Lichen on the Walls
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Sherwin Williams Classical White
Sherwin Williams Classical White on the Cabinets
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Porter Paints Delicate White
Sherwin Williams Opaline
Restoration Hardware Silver Sage Collection
Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray

Porter Paints Stone Gray
Porter Paints Stone Gray on Walls
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When in doubt, I like to go to Farrow & Ball. ALL of their colors are amazing and you can’t go wrong.

And what I always tell my clients is paint samples!!! You cannot mess up if you test a big swatch on the wall. Leave it there for a few days and see it in the morning, afternoon, evening lights and in darkness. 

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Happy balancing!

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  1. These are great paint colors, each and every one! I am a big fan of Porter Paints Pearl Gray. We have used that one a lot. I'm getting ready to paint a master bathroom, and am considering SW Opaline and Window Pane.

    Comment by Heather — March 9, 2011 @ 4:16 pm

  2. love all of your suggestions! your rooms look great too….love seeing more of those on the blog 🙂 Happy house-hunting!

    Comment by Saara {www.varv.ca} — March 10, 2011 @ 5:54 am

  3. I love URBANE BRONZE. I am painting a half bath UB above white wainscotting. The floor is warm medium toned wood – new. The cabinet is an antique painted black and glazed. Marble counter. I am thinking about painting the ceiling (not vaulted) UB too – what do you think? It’s a warm cream now and it just doesn’t seem to flow. ~Page

    Comment by Page — October 6, 2011 @ 4:51 am

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