I've had such a busy season that I jumped at the chance when Linda suggested we take the train south to Solana Beach for some fun. That's Southern California coast to those of you who dwell in other parts!
It had been ages since I'd been on the train. Not since my son was a pre-schooler and we decided it would be fun to take Amtrak down to San Diego and go to the zoo. Which, by the way, was fun.
So many cute things! And fun, creative displays. Kristy has found something, too!
I loved the eclectic mix of old and new
So, I'm apologizing again for being too busy to get to reader questions in a timely fashion. I'm really, really behind. I've been busy! Not complaining, mind you.
So today is catch up day and I'm devoting this entire post (another thing I haven't been keeping up on) to answering questions from my valued readers!!
First - a question from Lynn:
Hello to you! I have been reading some of your posts and thought I would ask your suggestion for a paint color. I am wanting to update our small bathroom and am undecided on which approach I am needing. While I am wanting an updated color choice, I am also looking to create a spacious appearance. The major holdback for me is the fixed element in the room, being ceramic wall tile. Since it would be cost prohibitive to remove it, I have opted for the alternative for the time being. The border outline trim of the tile is probably a muted warm brown (think of cinnamon w/o the orange cast).
The field tile is a light creamy "butter" color, with specks of the brown color throughout. It is not a full fledged yellow, but more of a soft buttery cream color. I will be painting the wall surface above the tile,as well as the vanity in the room. There is only one very small window for the room, and it lends veryminimal light to the room, faces northwest direction. Would I need a darker color, or should I befocusing on a basic light color choice? Will the vanity need to be painted the same color as the newcolor going on the wall or a color of its own ? I've been tempted to try something in the brown-greycategory as you describe in your post about How to Pick the Perfect Wall Color. The only things thatwill be painted are the vanity and walls..possibly the two doors...and for now the floor will remain. I planon using a rug to camouflage it for now. The light bar will be replaced, and the window valance hasalready been removed. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated...many thanks! LynnLynn,Ah...the outdated bathroom dilemma. Lucky you! Lol!Two possibilities come to mind. A gray, or greige, as you mentioned - however, with the warm tone ofthe tile, you may need to go more gray. A cooler contrast will probably look better. In fact the second possiblity was a gray with a blue-ish undertone - I think that will play nicely against the cinnamon.Have a look at these color combinations and see if you like that look.
Benjamin Moore SMOKE or PALE SMOKEThese are a couple of suggestions - but again - you will have to be the best judge as you see thesamples of the colors in the actual room. Good Luck!
Hi. I was online looking for help with paint colors last night and ran into some of your work. We had a room addition put on our house and I don't know where to begin. .. we have honey oak hard wood in our existing kitchen so we will continue it through out our new room with a large area rug. Our furniture is dark brown leather sectional with oak trim around the windows. We will be ready to paint in two weeks, there is also a small living room on the other side of the kitchen! Excuse the mess. Thanks so much, frances
Hi Frances..... Will you be applying a backsplash in the kitchen, or are you painting this area? I'm looking at colors that are neutral to combine the two rooms and that will not darken this space further. Here are two colors that go very well with grays (counter top), and the pine and oak woods you have in the home.
Sherwin Williams: ACCESSIBLE BEIGE
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Sherwin Williams: WORLDLY GRAY
Worldly Gray is one of my favorite, calm soothing colors - easy on the eye and has a warm beige undertone. Accessible Beige is a cool beige color that goes with everything. Both are neutral wall colors, so you can bring in any color in cushions, fabrics, and accessories that you desire and it will look great. In addition, I would paint the oak trim white. It needs to be a background, not a feature and oak has a way of jumping into the forefront.
(I did hear back from Frances that she was going to use a subway tile backsplash in her kitchen... sounds great!)