At this point I'd say I'm mostly happy with our two new paint colors. We started out going 100% Restoration Hardware Stone from RH's "Slate" collection, which is a warm gray (although not nearly as warm as it looks on the RH webpage). Their cool gray "Flint" collection was too blue for me, although it looks great with my quartz countertops. Stone turned out to be too warm for our kitchen and for the wall with the media center (both are on the same wall and get southern light), so we went back over it with RH Graphite which is much darker than I wanted to go, but at this point it was too late to completely change grays, so I just did the best I could. If I were to do it over again, I'd probably choose a gray with more yellow, but at certain times of the day it would probably look muddy and I'd be frustrated with that, too.
|Kitchen before -- RH Sycamore Green on the walls.|
|Kitchen after -- RH Graphite on the walls. Yes, the cabinets will have to go white!|
Another change we made was putting a few coats of white on our two walls of cedar siding. When we moved in (about eight years ago) they were stained brown. My mom immediately told me they needed to be painted white and I didn't believe her. I might have actually looked at her like she was nuts. I might have been trying to preserve the "integrity" of the house, which was insane because it's just a 70's split level with zero character (we bought for the neighborhood and the lot, not for the house). We left the walls the original stained brown for less than a year before we painted them with the same colors as the walls they were adjacent to.
|This is what the bigger of the two cedar walls looked like when we move in.|
|The wall of cedar after we painted it the first time.|
|Almost done! Just needs one more coat of RH The Right White |
and some new curtains, which were the original inspiration for
this whole paint project to begin with.
|The loft when we bought the house.|
|The loft with RH Flax paint.|
|Loft with RH The Right White and RH Stone. And a whole lotta kids' artwork.|
|Before -- looking out from the kitchen. RH Sycamore Green and RH Flax.|
|After -- looking out from the kitchen. RH Stone. Sorry this photo got |
blown out on the right! It looks white, but it's not. It's the same Stone gray.