One of our first projects in our new home is to repaint the entire interior. The current paint is all white and begging for a fresh coat.
We’ve repainted home interiors 2x before and we’ve been very happy with Sherwin Williams paint. In the past, we used a color pallet by HGTV and Sherwin Williams called “Urban Organic”, but that was 10 years ago… I really wanted to use some current color trends in our new home. Right now, the Sherwin Williams website has a tool called “Color ID” which gives you a color palette based on the results of a quiz. We all spent one morning taking the Color ID quiz. You can find it here:
Of course, we all ended up with different color palettes based on our quiz results. I got “Nurturer”, E and S (age 10) got “Minimalist“, K (age 7) got “Naturalist” and B (age 5) got “Free Spirit”. In the end, I decided to go with the “Nurturer” color palette for our jumping off point. Let’s face it, if mama ain’t happy ain’t nobody happy!
Most of the house will be painted in light neutral colors. All of the ceilings and the trim will be “Alabaster” and most of the walls in the main living areas will be “Maison Blanche”. Maison Blanche means “white house” in French. My daughter’s Fancy Nancy books say that everything is fancier in French so that color was the obvious choice!
The accent walls behind the fireplace in the family room and E’s office will be “Poolhouse”, which is several shades lighter than the “Smokey Blue” in the palette. My hesitation with this color in the family room is that it will be too dark or be too much color for the space. It’s also possible that it will clash with the rock fireplace. I’m going to go ahead and try it, despite my hesitation. We can always paint over it later if we don’t like it.
For the kid’s rooms we decided on colors outside of the Color ID palette. The boys’ room will be “Naval”, the Sherwin Williams 2020 color of the year. Naval is the most dramatic and daring color we will be using. I am really afraid it will be too dark and everyone will end up displeased with it. But in the end, we decided to take a risk and go for it! I mean, most of the house will be white. We had to give y’all some shocking color changes to look forward to, right?!
K’s room is going to have a mermaid theme. We were comparing several shades and tones of teal when it suddenly occurred to me that we just had to use Tiffany & Co box blue. Believe it or not, Sherwin Williams makes a color called “Little Blue Box” that is strikingly similar to my box lid. I guess I’m not the first woman to come up with this color idea! lol
After deciding on our colors, I used a hole-punch to make a hole in the bottom corner of each chip and hooked them together with a metal binder ring. This system keeps everything together and allows you to look at colors right next to each other. You could also easily take the colors with you when you’re out shopping for art, window treatments, rugs, etc. (whenever we are able to go out shopping again). I can hardly wait until the painting is done and we can show you the results!
If you are considering a house painting project, I highly recommend the Sherwin Williams Color ID tool. It was lots of fun to take the online quiz and check out the palettes.
🎨 What’s your Color ID?