Last weekend, we went through the agonizing process of choosing a paint color for the basement. Over the years, I’ve made enough paint color mistakes that I’m very indecisive careful when it comes to choosing a new color. (Remind me to tell you about my pumpkin-vomit kitchen sometime.)
I really wanted to go with a Sherwin Williams color. Mostly because they were having a 40% off sale last weekend and I didn’t have time to run all over town collecting paint samples. I’ve always been happy with Sherwin Williams paint and figured that it would be easy to find something I loved. I was wrong.
When we started this process, I had it in my head that I wanted to try a beautiful gray for this room. The minute I put the Comfort Gray and the Sensible Hue (more of a grey/beige…graige) on the wall, I knew it wouldn’t work. This room has very little natural light and all of the grays looked too cold and concrete-like. Maybe I just didn’t find the right gray, but when hubby saw the colors and said, “please no gray”, I just decided to drop it.
That left me with Favorite Tan and Studio Taupe. Both beautiful colors. But neither one worked in this room. I know it’s because of the lack of natural light. That totally changes the look of any color.
And so I stared. And I stared. And I stared at those giant swatches painted on my wall. Thanks to hubby and the boys for making it easy to see the colors. And I tried to convince myself that one of those colors worked. For 2 days, I tried to convince myself. I was starting to feel a little like Goldilocks. This one’s too dark, that one’s too blue, that one’s too warm. I needed something that was just right.
In the meantime, we took on the mammoth project of priming and painting the ceiling. Is there any less-satisfying task in the world? Priming and painting an already white ceiling a slightly different shade of white. Ugh. And somewhere in between straining every muscle in my body by climbing the ladder 428 times and coating my entire body in tiny dots of white paint, it hit me.
The master bathroom!
We used Restoration Hardware paint in the master bedroom and bathroom. Cappuccino in the bedroom and Latte in the bathroom…Seen here with my $7.50 painted cabinet. I LOVE Restoration Hardware colors. Especially the Latte.
Restoration Hardware has a very limited selection of colors. But they’re all beautiful. And they’re kind of like Garanimals for paint. They have 8 color collections with about 5 colors in each collection. And you know that all the Flax colors work together. Same for the Slates, Flints and Butters.
The only thing I don’t like is that Restoration Hardware is over an hour away and I didn’t have time to go across town. So I pulled out my leftover bathroom paint, created my own sample on a piece of trim and took it to Sherwin Williams for a match.
I’m not usually wild about paint matching because it never seems to be exact. But I was desperate. Rumor has it that Benjamin Moore Crisp Khaki #234 is a match for Restoration Hardware Latte. But I’ve not seen it myself, so I can’t confirm. That’s just what the Internets tell me.
As soon as hubby painted a swatch of the Latte on the wall, I knew it was right. He painted some right next to the other beige colors, so I could see the difference. It was love at first brush stroke! It’s a crisp neutral. Not too dark. Not too light. Not too cold. Not too warm. It’s juuuuuust right. (Goldilocks analogy complete.)
In this case, Sherwin Williams did a good (though not absolutely perfect) job on the color match. Here’s the color formulation.
Now it’s your turn to share. How do you decide on a paint color? What’s been your experience with paint matching?