Contemporary & Casual, The Spring Valley House

Contemporary & Casual, The Spring Valley House

I’ve been working on a home for a former client that recently moved to a new home.  I say new, but its actually an older home, built in the 1950s.  While the home had been remodeled in the past, it still felt pretty dark in some places and needed some remodeling to the kitchen as well as some paint updates.  Here you can see some before pictures.

    

Even with that wall of beautiful windows, the kitchen still felt dark and somewhat closed off from everything else.  To really make it light and bright, the contractors had their work cut out for them- there was a bit of wall knocking down to do and then everything went white.  We decided on Benjamin Moore’s Abalone at 50% for the walls everywhere else. Below is the kitchen and breakfast room plan we came up with.

Kitchen and Breakfast Moodboard- The House of Figs

Here’s the moodboard for the rest of the living area- the dining room, entryway, etc.  They love blue and we added in some coral, grays, lots of white also, and a little black for contrast.  Contemporary & Casual The House of Figs

I went last week for the first part of the install and while they didn’t have all their furniture and the electrician hadn’t been by to install all the light fixtures yet, things are definitely coming along!  The kitchen looks beautiful with its new marble countertops and I can’t wait to finish everything up and get Paul in there to take some real photos.  For now, these “after” iPhone shots will have to do.

 My absolute favorite part of this house?  This little vestibule entryway covered in this beautiful wallpaper from Hygge and West.  The contractors were installing it when I arrived and they did an amazing job- see how it even covers the lightswitch plate?  Just stunning!  I’m not finished styling this area and in fact we ended up switching this print for a mirror to really reflect the light and that beautiful pattern, but I just wanted to share how its coming along.Foyer // The House of Figs

Living Room Progress // The House of Figs  Contemporary & Casual // The House of Figs  Contemporary & Casual // The House of Figs

I’ll keep you updated on this house because of course I can’t wait to show you this kitchen in all its new white and bright-ness!

I’m slowing down the blogging a bit right now as I prepare for the switch behind the scenes to my “new and improved” site. Thanks for your patience and for your continued support!!  ❤  I’m hoping to make the switch in August and will keep all of you updated.  The web address will stay the same and if you’re already subscribing via email you will continue to receive email updates with hopefully no interruptions.  If you are not subscribing and would like to- you can do that in the sidebar to the right of this post by clicking the “follow” button.  Thanks so much for reading!

Bethany

A Few of My Favorite Neutral Paint Colors

A Few of My Favorite Neutral Paint Colors

The number one question I get asked by blog readers, Instagram followers, Facebook friends, and In Real Life friends is “What is that paint color?” I love getting asked any question about decorating, but especially that question because it is one I have personally researched with blood, sweat, and tears.  Okay, maybe just lots of sweat and a few tears. 😉 I have painted and repainted too many rooms to count so I can speak from experience on this topic.

This is an updated and edited version of a post I did several months ago but I have reorganized it and added new pictures and links.  Hope it helps if you’re looking for some paint recommendations or just some inspiration to get out those brushes and rollers!

Grays

If you’re looking for a perfect light gray paint color, my hands-down, absolute favorite is Olympic’s Silver Dollar. Olympic is sold at Lowe’s so I know its not your designer Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams brand.  Is it okay that I just said that on a blog about interior design? Haha!  Its a bit cheaper, which is nice! And if you buy Olympic One, which has primer and paint mixed together, it goes on quite smooth and lovely.

Its not a cool gray, it is a taupe-y kind of gray, so it doesn’t come across blue or purpley.  But its not super warm or golden either.  I feel like its perfectly in between.  We used it all over the interior of our old house, which you can see here.

In our new house its on our kitchen cabinets, bannister, and mantle.  We had the cabinets professionally sprayed with oil based paint before we even moved in.  I mixed my own chalk paint for the bannister and mantle.  I’ll blog about that process one day (no sanding, super easy, hooray!)

Cabinets painted Olympic's Silver Dollar

Mantle painted Olympic's Silver DollarBannister painted Olympic's Silver Dollar

We also decided to use it on the walls in our master bedroom and bathroom.

Paint Color- Olympic Silver Dollar

Its amazing how different it looks in the new house compared to the old. I’ve already mentioned that this house has much more natural light.

Even though it is my all time favorite color, I still HIGHLY recommend that you purchase and paint a sample of it first before committing to it! Or purchase 10 different samples and paint them all over your house if you’re crazy like me and just want to be SURE.

If you’re looking for a darker, more saturated gray, one I’ve used several times and love is Olympic’s Dover Gray.  Right now we have that color in our dining room. (See where I blogged about that room here).

Here’s the view from the dining room looking into the kitchen. You can see the Silver Dollar on those lower cabinets.

Wall Color- Dover Gray

And one of my favorite views in the house, from the kitchen, looking into the dining room:

Wall Color- Dover Gray

We also used Dover Gray in the baby’s room.  You can see the full post with more pictures here.

The House of Figs Nursery, Dover Gray

Whites

In this new house I knew I wanted Silver Dollar on the cabinets, so I didn’t want it on the walls too.  We went with the top color on the same card as Silver Dollar, called Willow Springs, for the walls.  You can see glimpses of it in a few of the above pictures, as well as in my living room.

Olympic Willow Springs Paint color

The kitchen cabinet & trim color we are using on The Montgomery House is Benjamin Moore’s White Dove.  I researched that one a lot and found that a lot of designers prefer it because it is a “true” white.  Neutral colors are so much trickier to choose than saturated ones because the slightest little tint of green or blue or red or whatever can change the feeling so much.

I’ve also found that the colors outside your home can affect how it looks inside.  Several years ago I painted a nursery in a client’s home this steely gray-blue and it looked lovely.  I used the same color in my daughter’s room when we first moved here and didn’t sample it because we were painting so much at the time and in a hurry.  Her window is very close to our neighbor’s red brick house.  Something about the sunlight hitting that red brick and bouncing into her bluish gray room made it look completely purple.  I wasn’t too happy about that and she was only two, so I repainted it.

My biggest piece of advice when painting a room is to buy samples.  Lots of them.  It is so worth it. Paint them in lots of different spots and look at them during lots of different times of day.  Something you love in someone else’s house may not work the same way in yours.  But there’s a next step too…

There does come a time when you just have to take a risk.  Can I tell you something, as your friend here?  Please don’t let those sample swatches sit on your wall for more than a week.  You eventually have to decide and just go for it.  Its just paint, you’re not making any life or death decisions here.  It can always be repainted for the cost of some money and time.  And chances are it will be better than that wall color that you didn’t like to begin with!  It will definitely be better than that wall color with all those paint samples on it that has maybe been that way for a month… or two?  All grace for you here, I know life gets busy. 😉 Just maybe this is the inspiration you need to get painting.

takearisk

I found this on The Nester’s pinterest board.  She’s big on taking risks & not worrying about being perfect or making mistakes.

Do you have any go to favorite paint colors? What have you painted recently?

Thanks so much for reading!!

Bethany