La Maison de Quite Continental: Hues to Choose

19/05/2011 § 4 Comments

Cherie, remember I mentioned that I would be undertaking a rather large overhaul of la maison this spring?  Well, I have taken the first steps down that path and have been focusing on the colors I’d like my walls to be.  Currently, they are your average, run of the mill shade of white, which I don’t entirely mind but I am now of the mind to try something entirely new.  After taking some time with books and my favorite decor sites, I narrowed down my preference to three colors: blue, teal or grey.  Next, I had to pick the exact shade I wanted.

Being a complete painting newbie, I was in need of some guidance.  I headed over to Tribeca Paint (217 West Broadway, between Franklin and White), a lovely paint and hardware store in the neighborhood, where I was confronted with color wheels and swatches and diagrams.  I took much too long to decide and asked a million questions, but the store clerks were eternally patient and very happy to help me.  I highly recommend Tribeca Paint!  I was then sent on my way with three Benjamin Moore color samples to play with and teeny tiny rollers to paint with.  I’m now armed and ready to paint small squares of paint in random spots, in order to help guide myself to a color.

Contemplating: clear skies (2054-70), marilyn’s dress (2125-60),
jamaican acqua (2048-60).

Though I love deep colors, I am leery to go too dark, lest I render my apartment some kind of dark cave, so my selections are on the lighter side — which I have been assured will dry darker.  Paint, why must you be so fickle?!  Why can’t you just be the color you say you are going to be?!

A bit of my inspiration below:

via La Dolce Vita.
via Desire to Inspire.
via La Dolce Vita.
via Home & Garden.
via My Paradissi.
via House of Turquoise.
via Desire to Inspire.

This last home — a Milanese palazzo, owned by designers — is simply amazing.  It’s been all over le interwebs so I won’t post all of the images, but if you would like to see more, head here.  These cool grey walls definitely have me leaning in favor of Marilyn’s Dress (2125-60).  What do you think?

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§ 4 Responses to La Maison de Quite Continental: Hues to Choose

  • Tara says:

    Jamaican aqua all the way. xo

  • N'East Style says:

    I LOVE Marylin’s Dress and Wedding Veil. I’m a sucker for cool grey walls.

  • Nico says:

    Marilyn’s Dress all the way. Neutral colors work great, but in this case Wedding Veil is too close to white. My walls are a mousey sort of brown, I forget the name but “Taupe” is in it. Works great for photographing against as well.

  • Mariah says:

    Nico and Christine, you’ve definitely swayed my vote towards grey. I tried out Marilyn’s Dress, but I found it to be a bit too light – on the walls it barely registers as grey – so I’ve got a new shade that I tried out and loved: Grey Timber Wolf (2126-50, Benjamin Moore) See it here: http://bit.ly/mjlDZL

    Thanks very much for the input, everyone!

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