Month: January 2015

Visiting Open Houses

January 29, 2015

open house

Do you ever stop and visit a new construction Open House, just to see what it looks like inside? I love to tour new houses and look for different decorating ideas and inspiration. Last week I visited a couple homes in Sarasota, FL.:

Blue Wall

This room is pretty but there is one big color faux pas. Can you see what is not working in the room? I DO like the navy blue wall with the white molding. That is something that can be duplicated in your own home. Very nice!

I thought this was a clever idea to use when staging a closet:



You can really use your imagination using colorful bags with contrasting tissue paper to stage different areas in the home. (Although the shirts were distracting to me. What do you think?)

I did notice quite a few of the new construction homes are painted in a grayish beige, greige. This looks like Benjamin Moore Cedar Key.:

show house

Here it was painted in another home:

show house2

Which surprised me actually. I visualized Florida homes with all soft blue walls such as Ben Moore Quiet Moments 1563 or Sherwin Williams Sea Salt SW6204.

I am trying not to be too picky here, but I would not suggest using this color of window treatments in the room above with greige walls, (and ok- they are also too thin!).

I did like the wall art with the two sunbursts together:


At our hotel, I thought this artwork display was really great:

bottle art

Creative idea for a large wall!

bottle art2

I think it is fun visiting Open Houses to peek inside for decorating ideas! How about you?



Color Swap, Part Two

January 25, 2015

This post is for those who loved the Color Swap post here, and asked if I could list more similar Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams colors. So that you have the colors listed all together, I have listed the color names from last week at the beginning of this post:

Ben Moore Revere Pewter and Collonade Gray SW 7641

Ben Moore Palladian Blue HC-144 and Rainwashed SW 6211

Ben Moore Manchester Tan HC-81 and Softer Tan SW 6141

Ben Moore White Dove OC-17 and Greek Villa SW 7551

Ben Moore Classic Gray OC-23 and SW Zurich White SW 7626

Ben Moore Raspberry Truffle 2080-10 and SW Poinsettia SW 6594

Ben Moore Wythe Blue HC-143 and Quietude SW 6212

Ben Moore Bennington Gray HC-82 and Khaki Shade SW 7533

Ben Moore Grant Beige HC-83 and Naturel SW 7542

Ben Moore Gray Cashmere 2138-60 and Sea Salt SW 6204

Ben Moore Edgecomb Gray and Modern Gray SW 7632

Ben Moore Pale Oak OC-20 and Egret White SW 7570

Ben Moore Baby Fawn OC-15 and Modern Gray SW 7632

Ben Moore Hazy Skies OC-48 and Useful Gray SW 7050

Ben Moore Gentleman’s Gray 2062-20 and Rainstorm SW 6230

Ben Moore Sail Cloth Ext RM and Divine White SW 6105

Ben Moore Finnie Gray CW-55 and Prairie Grass SW 7546

Ben Moore Cole Stone CW-60 and Bunglehouse Gray SW 2845

No pretty pictures this week! This is my first post without one picture. I thought it would be easier for you to print the list if you desired. Hope you enjoyed!

Color Swap

January 20, 2015

I think it is so interesting that some of the colors between Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams are so similar. For instance: Ben Moore Revere Pewter HC-172: revere pewter


Sherwin Williams Collonade Gray SW 7641:

sw collonade


There is actually a list I have been adding to over the years. These colors not only look the same they also match based on their RGB values. A color’s RGB value indicates its red, green, and blue intensity. Each intensity value is on a scale of 0 to 255, or in hexadecimal from 00 to FF. Ben Moore Palladian Blue HC-144: bm palladian blue


Sherwin Williams Rainwashed SW 6211: sw rainwashed


So similar. This must be why these two colors are both so popular! Ben Moore Manchester Tan HC-81: man tan   Sherwin Williams Softer Tan SW 6141: SW7641sw6141 Maybe your painter only uses Sherwin Williams paint but you had your heart set on BM White Dove OC-17 for your trim color. SW has a match that looks exactly the same. It is called Greek Villa SW 7551. Ben Moore Classic Gray OC-23: bm classic gray


Sherwin Williams Zurich White SW 7626: sw zurich white


Pretty remarkable how close the colors look. Ben Moore Raspberry Truffle 2080-10: bm raspberry truffle


Sherwin Williams Poinsettia SW 6594: sw poinsettia


Ben Moore Wythe Blue HC-143: bm wythe blue2


Sherwin Williams Quietude SW 6212: sw quietude


I hope you enjoyed! I love looking at colors different ways. I have a whole list if anyone is interested. I also wanted to share with you that I received an email yesterday that stated, “We’re writing to let you know that you’ve been voted by the Houzz community as a winner of our Best of Houzz 2015 awards!” I was so excited! Hooray! houzz badge I am off to Sarasota, FL tomorrow. I am hoping it is sunny and warm! Thanks everyone!

More SW Favorites

January 17, 2015

It seems I left out a few important popular Sherwin Williams paint colors in my list the other day. I received a few letters from readers suggesting other SW colors that I forgot to mention. Well, here are your favorites plus a few more of my own:

Sherwin Williams 7526, Maison Blanche:

sw maison blanche


In the photo below, the top of wall is Maison Blanche, bottom color is Nantucket Dune SW 7527:

sw maison


Very pretty color, especially with the blue!

SW 6106, Kilim Beige:

sw kilm beige


sw kilim beige


SW 7652, Mineral Deposit:

sw mineral deposit


Love this color on the ceiling:

sw mineral deposit2


SW 6204 Sea Salt:

sw sea salt


sw sea salt2


SW 6990, Caviar:

sw caviar


sw caviar2

 SW7024 Functional Gray:

sw gray


What a perfect geige paint color.

sw functional gray


SW 6479, Drizzle:

sw drizzle


sw drizzle2


And, how could I forget Accessible Beige?!:

SW 7036, Accessible Beige:

sw accessible beige


The paint color in the room behind is SW 6211,Rainwashed. Don’t the two colors look great together?

sw accessible beige2



I guess I did leave out a couple of great colors the first time around. Any other favorites you would like to add?

A Few Of My Favorite Sherwin William Colors

January 13, 2015

Rainwashed SW6211:

sw rainwashed2


Rainwashed, from the Sherwin Williams paint collection, is one of the most perfect turquoise colors I have ever seen. That is why it has become one of my trusted go-to paint colors.

Look how pretty Rainwashed looks with these gorgeous coral chairs:

SW Rainwashed


Speaking of coral, Sherwin Williams Coral Reef SW6606 was named the paint color of the year for 2015. That was the only color announcement for 2015 I was excited and pleased about!



So gorgeous!

And you know how I love coral and navy:




Sherwin Williams most popular gray is Agreeable Gray SW7029:

sw agreeable gray


sw agreeable gray2


I love a paint color that changes in different lighting and what surrounds it. I consider this color a favorite greige and looks great with white as well as stained trim.

Naval SW6244:

sw naval


sw naval2


I am actually thinking of using this blue on my door. Isn’t it so pretty?

A beautiful blue green is SW Oyster Bay6206:

sw oyster bay


sw oyster bay2


Sherwin Williams Ryegrass SW6487:

sw ryegrass


sw ryegrass2


This is a beautiful green that works well with both white and stained trim also.

These are just a few of my favorite Sherwin Williams paint colors! Take a look at them next time you are looking for that perfect paint color. Any of your favorites I forgot to list?

A Beautiful Greige- BM Grant Beige

January 8, 2015

grant beige bedroom


I never wrote about a specific beige before. But lately, I am drawn to this neutral medium beige with a touch of gray in it. Benjamin Moore’s Grant Beige HC-83 is nothing fancy, just a beautiful soft color for the walls:

grant beige bedroom2


Isn’t it beautiful? I just recently took the time to really look at it and see how subtle this beige is but with strength to not get lost in the room:

grant beige kitchen


Grant Beige has green undertones which makes it easier to work with than the beiges with red or yellow undertones. Green undertones do not scream out, “ Look at me!” and will often work well with red or yellow undertones.

grant beige living room


I love how well it works with whites, black, gray, red, green and blues. I am starting to design a room now with a color palette of grant beige, white and navy. Gorgeous!

And I love how it looks with stained trim:

Grant Beige with Stained Trim


What a beautiful room, isn’t it?

grant beige entry


So, are these photos demonstrating why I am loving the Grant Beige color? Plus, this greige works with contemporary and transitional settings as well as traditional. What more can you ask of a beige?



I hope you enjoyed. Next time you are looking for that perfect beige, take a look at Grant Beige HC-83!