Our house came with a less than appealing color scheme- pale sage/pea green (almost a nice shade, but not quite), peach, yellowed off-white, dingy gray, fleshtone & light blue tile, dark green leafy wallpaper. Nothing to endear itself to us at all. The only appealing colors were found in chips beneath the current colors. Now we are plotting out our takeover and finalizing our choices for the whole house. Overall we prefer light, bright walls, but I've been trying to work in a few darker spots if I can and I really, really am missing a bit of white walled space. At the moment, I'm the only one seeing the appeal of some white over colored walls, but I'm going to have my way somewhere.
Here's the current plan for stage one of the color takeover:
Living Room/Dining Room/Stairs & upstairs hall:
Yolo Colorhouse Dream .01- total impulse buy. I bought 5 gallons, so I have to commit to it somewhere in a big way.
Icy Moon Drops & Lemonade- Benjamin Moore Natura. These colors carried over from our old house to give a feeling of continuity of space to the little people.
Office & Playroom:
For the moment anyway, we're set on Behr Soar for the playroom (which is actually a color we used in the old house too), but the office is still up in the air. We had settled on matching the playroom and keeping both pale blue because both open off of the living room, but I've come up with 2 more options- either a citron green or a very dark blue. The room is technically a stone floored sunroom, but we're using it for an office. The floor is mostly dark gray slate, but there are a few unfortunate red stones thrown in because nothing is easy here. We had decided on a certain Benjamin Moore color (cumulus cotton, used in our old playroom), but because we want to have this room and the playroom done as fast as possible and because both are a hideous shade of peach that seems to be cover resistant, we have decided to try the Behr Premium Plus, which is both a paint & primer in 1 and Zero VOC, so less coats, faster process. In the running are a pale blue, Behr Soar (above) or Frost Wind, possibly a very yellow-green (Behr Monet Moonlight or Cabbage Green, not well represented below) and now, I have added something paler like Benjamin Moore's Pale Pistachio (a paler shade of the color we're using in the bathroom, shown below) or one of the darker colors we're considering for the kitchen. If we do go dark, I'll have to either go with the Natura here, try to find a similar Behr color (because our local Home Depot's matching ability often leaves us wondering how did that happen?), Poppyseed, Nocturnal Sea, Planetarium or Midnight Sea seems to be a possibilities, or ordering a match from Mythic. Mythic has a Zero VOC paint & primer (Black Label Interior) that I really want to try, but I find the price and local pick up for Behr appealing.
This room is the worst room in the house and the hardest to deal with in every way. The half bath is tiny, tiny tiny and covered in band-aid/flesh colored tile with chocolate brown trim sitting on an inch thick bed or mortar and chicken wire. We were waiting for 1 more estimate to determine if the tile is every going to leave us before we move further with trying to make the tile tolerable. This is the room that started my foray into dark paint, which is something I always love the look of, but haven't been able to find a place for in real life. We've settled on Dark Pewter which seems to be the right color to pull everything together if we can't chuck the tile once and for all. It's a very dark teal-gray.
Here again, we were set on white- white cabinets, white paint- after a brief flirtation with light blue, but now in a fit of fancy, I'm thinking dark blue. Like Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue or Benjamin Moore's Blue Note, Washington Blue or the Blue Danube that might be going into the office.
Our basement formerly housed a rather horrifying apartment and is in the process of being converted into play space. The bulk of the walls will be white with one full wall of chalkboard in either teal, a deep blue or black. The remaining room is currently covered in wood paneling. Here we'll either go white too or use one of the dark blues since we're considering adding a projector. This might be the best place to add one of those dark blues if I wimp out on the kitchen or office.