July 7, 2010

Your color or mine

paint samples

In Atlanta, we were content to live with our peachy, off-white walls and white, white trim. The whole house was uniform and neutral and chosen by the previous owner. It made life easy. Our new house spent the past ten years as a student rental and received the classic, rental white apartment treatment. Now it is time to face the color wheel. In the photo you can see little slivers of all the colors we picked for our first floor. I love the names of paint colors and I found a book called “Colors for your Home” by House Beautiful, filled with the best color descriptions. Here’s what we settled on:

Cream Puff (aka yellow): ” This is the color of light – sort of like creme fraiche and butter and sunlight and moonlight all mixed together. When it’s sunshiny, it becomes more creamy, but when it’s dark outside, it looks very bright and luminous.”

Bleached Linen (aka white): “It’s the classic formula. Linen White looks as if it’s been on the wall a long time, which works very well with old English and French furniture. But it can be a little too yellow, so I usually cool it down with pure white to make something a bit lighter and more sophisticated.”

Koala Bear (aka light green): “The color creates such a delicate, soft mood. I call it a non-color. It’s like being inside a beautiful egg. you don’t really know if it’s powder blue or gray or a pale olive, but it’s a color from nature, and it puts you at peace.”

Grasshopper Wing (aka dark green): ” Green is my favorite color. It’s just so soothing, and I think a library should be a soothing dark color. Wood, if you can have it. If you can’t make it this woodsy green. ”

Starless Night (aka blue): “I’m mad about this dark inky blue, as it gives great vibrancy and depth to a wall.”

Apple Polish (aka red): “It’s not too orange, not too blue – it looks like an antique red, a Pompeian red. Almost everything looks good with it.”

How can you not love color with descriptions like these? I’ll be sharing the final outcome of these wonderful color choices as each room is finished.


  1. how fun! we just painted our new kitchen in benjamin moore’s lighthouse (light sunny yellow), dining/living room molding white dove (bright neutral white), and bedroom whisper violet (off white with a hint of purple). we want to do the door in our kitchen that leads to the laundry room raspberry blush (soft brick red), and our bathroom… soft chinchilla (powdery grayish blue). we’re keeping the ‘library’ woodsy green but might need to change out the compact fluorescent bulbs for something more comforting. I love the sound of starless night and cream puff. I can’t wait to see how your colors come together.

    Comment by arielle — July 12, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

  2. I love the way the colors look on the walls. And I love old homes because you can color them up and they seem to soak it in.

    As for those descriptions … they remind me of those catalogues (like J Peterman in Seinfeld).

    Comment by rosemarie — July 13, 2010 @ 9:12 am

  3. The color descriptions are very J Peterman! They just make me smile.

    Arielle, the colors you picked for your apartment look fabulous!

    Comment by Marijka — July 20, 2010 @ 11:10 am

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