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Paint Colours


One of my first flats “grown up” flats (in which I signed a lease and bought furniture) had the option of having any and every wall pained in any colour I wanted. And, being in Seattle WA at the time, I chose some bright but dark, cosy colours to offset the dark, cold outside. So I chose a bold mix from Ralph Lauren paint:

The gray was in my office, the khaki in the living room, the red in the bedroom and the orange in the music/creative room. And, for the area and the time, these colours really worked – especially since I really didn’t own anything and needed colour.

However, when I moved to Santa Monica, colour didn’t really seem appropriate for the beach side town. And my flat was so structurally charming that I felt it didn’t need anything – I was lighter, too, and didn’t feel as thought I needed something heavy on the walls to feel cosy. I wanted light and breezy so I just kept the white and ended up loving it.

When I purchased my home in Austin Texas, it had painted walls in dark beiges and bright, annoying yellows. I kept most of the colours since I knew it wouldn’t be a long term thing and worth the effort but that yellow in the office and bedroom had to go – it was too much. And so I chose a really soothing blue gray which worked really well in my office:

But then I moved back to Santa Monica, in the same building but just a bigger flat. And again the bright place with charming walls just did not call for colour. And by this time I was truly a smitten kitten for white. So I kept every wall bare and it worked with my furniture and accessories which tended to be on the more colourful side.

But lately, the pendulum has been swinging a back. It’s mostly due to Domino Magazine’s August 2008 issue featuring Katie Ukrop’s home. All her walls are all very light pale ice-cream colour shades. It’s almost too girly for me but a few of the Benjamin Moore colours she uses really caught my eye:

I can just imagine my bedroom in either of those colours since they’re soft enough to still feel beachy but a little more cosy than white. And I have a wonderful little hallways in which I can totally see a bright pop of orange or even the colour from one of my favourite rooms ever (the washroom in my room at Hotel Particulier):

Hotel Particulier

After moving in this weekend and then spending some time in it, I’ll have a better feeling for painting or not. I might just like it as is or be far too lazy to take up the task. But in the meantime, it’s sure been fun collecting swatches and browse through Domino Magazine’s online paint inspiration slideshow.



  1. robertasNo Gravatar
    July 31, 2008 / 3:30 AM

    Oh thank you for the link to the Domino magazine…

    I think I have just developed a new vice 🙂

  2. July 31, 2008 / 8:14 AM

    I’ve been partial to pale yellow lately because it makes the room glow and feel so warm and inviting. Most of my rooms are white due to laziness on my part.

  3. July 31, 2008 / 11:12 PM

    Ohh, I wish I could paint the walls at the place we rent at the moment – they are all mustardy yellow 🙁 I think white would be so beautiful – especially with the nice water views.

  4. October 8, 2008 / 4:52 AM

    I just discovered this sight, browsing for color inspiration distractidly but the Parisian wash room stopped me in my tracks – it is gorgeous & fresh and elegant – concerning colors for bedrooms, I always prefer soft serene colors contrasting w/ the busyness of the rest of the house