We got the great room and entry painted (again) last week and I’m back to show you photos! I made myself sick trying to pick the perfect paint color. I really wanted something warm and muddy. I test 5 different grays (you saw those last week) and ended up at the last minute going with something different all together and I am so, so glad! It’s beautiful and calm and warm.
As a reminder, here is what the walls used to look like. We loved our light walls, but unfortunately they were not practical when it comes to our growing family with a 160 pound dog.
The paint color is called Hazy Skies by Benjamin Moore and it is perfectly putty. It’s muddy. It’s tan. It’s gray. I guess some people call those colors “greige” but the whole time I was painting, my mind kept going back to my college ceramics class and that big hunk of clay I was assigned to make into a vase. It’s earthy. It’s putty. It is sometimes a little green. Or, yes, greige too–I guess.
I had the swatch color-matched to Valspar’s Optimus line at Ace Hardware. There was a question last week about how we go about painting with babies and pets in the house. This! This paint is zero voc and very low to no odor. And you know the best part? We did the whole area in one coat. ONE COAT!!! I’ve tried nearly all the paint lines and this is our favorite.
Now that it’s on and we love it, we’re ready to paint the stairwell walls, which felt like a big commitment considering it requires using a ladder…on the stairs! #holdme. And eventually we’ll even carry the color downstairs. I thought I would miss our nearly white walls, but this is so cozy and more importantly, suits our family so much better. Three cheers for Hazy Skies!
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Almost daily I get asked what I would call my home style. I don’t like to box myself in, but I definitely lean Modern Traditional with an emphasis on comfort when it comes to our home. This especially came up when I shared our Powder Bath Reveal on the blog. I think it changes slightly […]
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