My Favorite French Country Paint Colors
I'm fascinated by paint and for example - all the different shades of white. Because I mix my own paints, I'm very familiar with how adding just a mere drop of color can completely change the starting color.
One of the beauties of paint now, is that you can take whatever color you love from something you've seen online to Home Depot and they'll mix it. Or if you start painting and don't like it, you can take it back and tell them that it's not quite the color you thought it would be and they'll change it.
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There’s a familiar story I hear all the time. Someone goes to the paint store/hardware store wanting to buy paint for a weekend DIY room makeover they plan to start the next day. They have a general idea of what color they want (blue, green, red, yellow), but they’re not exactly sure of the paint color. So, in they march to the paint department to look at paint chips. After some hemming and hawing at all the options, they choose a color they love and get a gallon or two mixed. They’re so excited to get that paint up on the walls.
But when they get home and start painting, the paint doesn’t quite look like it did at the store. Something is very off.
A LITTLE COLOR THEORY FOR YOU...
Paint is made up of different colors.
When you or I pick a paint color at the store, it’s usually under yellow fluorescent lighting, right? Well, that florescent lighting changes the way all paint colors look to our eyes and how we see the undertones.
It simply will not look the same at home. EVER!
Paint swatches generally have 3 or more colors all in a row. Each swatch is grouped according to color temperature.
So, on one swatch you will have several shades of a color that is either warm or cool. One swatch will NEVER have both warm and cool colors on it.
The more muted the color on the swatch, the more grey has been added. If you stay with the same saturation level and color temperature, you can easily coordinate colors in your space.
SOME OF MY FAVORITE PAINT COLORS
With this color palette, I would definitely choose the "Quietude" for my wall color. For furniture, I'd use a combination of this color with "Light French Gray", "Reflecting Pool", "Sea Salt" and "CityScape".
For all of the darker colors, I'd use these on home decor and accent pillows.
THIS IS THE BEAUTY OF USING AN ENTIRE COLOR PALETE
Behr Paint is the paint I use all the time and I love it. The consistency is so smooth to work with, whether your paint walls, furniture or decor.
With this palette, Iris Mist is the color I'd use on my walls. I'd use the other colors if I'm painting furniture or making decor for my home. The other colors would also be used in accent pillows.
KEEP IN MIND THAT IF YOU ONLY NEED A SMALL AMOUNT OF PAINT, YOU CAN HAVE THE SMALL SAMPLE PAINTS MIXED TO THE COLOR YOU'D LIKE.
INTERESTED IN USING PAINT COLORS TO SELECT FABRIC? JUST PRINT OUT YOUR PAINT COLOR AND TAKE TO THE FABRIC STORE WITH YOU.
This is a great example of a few whites with a touch of color seen on the bottom row. Either of these colors I would use on my walls. For furniture, I'd use one of these wall colors with the two blues in the top row, either of the greens in the second row and the green on the left. I'd also use these colors for accent pillows, as well as the darker grey in the first row.
Aren't these colors gorgeous? This is such a beautiful palette of colors. I would use "Looking Glass" on my walls. For furniture I'd use this color with "Silver Strand", "Aloof Grey", "Sedate Gray", "Repose Gray", "Grey Shimmer".
Another gorgeous palette of color. Look at how these colors are all on the same hue level - meaning the depth of color. "Zurich White" would be my wall color. Here I'd use this color with "Revere Pewter", "Stonington Gray", "Sea Salt", "Nantucket Fog".
AS YOU'VE SEEN HERE WITH MY SELECTION OF COLORS, I'D USE THE DARKEST COLORS AS ACCENTS. USING DARK COLORS AGAINST LIGHTER COLORS CREATES A LOT OF INTEREST IN A SPACE.
I absolutely love this color from Behr that would be a beautiful wall color. You could use this with some of my other favorite furniture colors to paint any new pieces using this color.
Ahh...I think I found my favorite wall color for my home - "Glacier Valley"! So with this said, all of the other colors here will be used on any new furniture I might add, as well as new decor. I'm using cream and grey sweater pillows for winter now, so I could take any of these colors to match it to sweater to make more pillows.
This is one of the best collections of color that I've seen for a variation of whites. Because this photo is not a good one, you could google "Lovelyluckylife SnowBound" for example to see the actual color.
These Sherwin Williams colors are another color palette with a white, then darker colors and the same would be true here to - "Extra White" on my walls and the other colors used in painting furniture, home decor, as well as accent pillows.
COLOR IS THE LIFE IN EACH OF OUR ROOMS - SO MAKE IT SPECTACULAR!
HOW TO SELECT A WALL COLOR?
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It's beautiful thing when you go to your favorite paint store and just stand there for a while picking colors that you love. It's a different thing putting them in the rooms. When you decide on a few colors that you absolutely love, I would suggest getting five of the same color paint chips. Tape them together once you get home and tape to the walls in the spaces your painting. Leave them on the walls for several days observing how they look in the morning and evening because they'll change color.
Once you narrow your choices down, get them in the small containers of paint that are usually found on the paint desk and have them mixed in the colors you'd like in an eggshell sheen. Then paint an area on your walls. Do the same thing as you did with the color chips taped to your walls to make your final decisions.
HOW TO SELECT A CABINET COLOR
Narrow down some of the colors you'd like to paint your cabinets. Pickup 5 paint chips of each color, tape together and hang on the walls where your cabinets will be. Often times the colors will change where you no longer like them, like when they turn to a yellow hue. You may have loved them in the cabinet showroom, but once in your space, you'll soon realize that you need to go with a different color.
REMEMBER - Paint is one of the easiest and least expensive aspects of your home that you can change, so if you do end up selecting the wrong color for your home, you can always fix it later.
CHOOSING PAINT FOR YOUR ENTIRE HOME
This is a computer generated floor plan, but you could easily hand sketch your homes floor plan to resemble something like this. Then you can color in each rooms color once you've narrowed down your search for paint colors.
This is such a beautiful way of seeing your entire home. It's also a wonderful way of seeing how each room will transition into their adjoining spaces.
GET EVERYONE INVOLVED!
Get your husband and children in the colors of your home. Even if they present an attitude of not caring, their certainly going to speak up if they don't like the colors.
Try taping paint chip colors you've selected on the walls. This may help them to make a decision.
If their still stuck, get paint samples to paint on your walls that should be a surprisingly change to their minds. They may even get ideas and inspiration on what they want to have in their bedrooms.
HOW TO PAINT A ROOM
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MATERIALS YOU'LL NEED:
THIS IS ACTUALLY THE WAY I PAINT ROOMS
You’ll want to paint this first because it’s the area in which you have the least control when rolling, and it’s okay if you get a little paint on the walls, because they are just going to be painted anyway!
Ceiling paint is really your best option for painting a ceiling. Ceiling paint is thicker and made to roll on without as many drips or splatters as regular paint.
It’s so important to choose the right type of paint for baseboards and trim, because they get a lot of wear and tear – scuffs, bumps, and and occasional scratch. Use semi-gloss paint. Alkyd paint by Behr for your trim and baseboards is perfect. It's so durable, easy to clean, and withstands so much more than a normal latex semi-gloss.
STEP 3: CUT IN WALL PAINT
You basically have two options when it comes to cutting in the wall color around your trim, baseboards, and ceiling. You can use painter’s tape, or you can cut in by hand. Cutting in by hand adds quite a bit more time to the process, but using an angled sash brush will make doing this a breeze.
Cutting in does take practice, start around an area of trim, and give it a practice paint job. If you feel comfortable, continue on. If not, grab that painter’s tape. No harm, no foul!
The one place where I would recommend painter’s tape, especially if you are just starting out, is to use it on your ceiling when cutting in your wall color at the top. Ceiling paint gives a very flat/matte finish, and it’s more difficult to clean off “oopsy” spots, especially if they are a dark color.
However, if you get a little wall paint on your trim while cutting in, you can easily wipe it off with a damp rag.
STEP 4: ROLL ON WALL PAINT
Attaching a broom pole to the end of your roller frame, or buying one with a telescoping arm, will help the process to go a bit faster and give you a little extra leverage when rolling.
When you purchase wall paint from any home improvement or paint store, you’ll see a range of different qualities of paint. Although it pains me, as a budget DIYer, to say this, but there really is a difference between them and the more expensive, better quality paints really do give superior coverage. With that being said, any quality of paint will cover your walls, you might just need additional coats with some of lower grades of paint.
But then again, that also depends on what color you are painting with and what color you are painting over. If you’re painting over a darker color with a lighter one, it will save you some money and time in the long run to just buy one of the higher levels of paint. I also try to bump up the quality when I’m painting a high-use area, like a kitchen.
Using a eggshell sheen on your walls is perfect for cleaning them down the road.
STEP 5: PAINT A SECOND COAT
This step is necessary if you bought a less expensive paint. This is why buying a paint that will go over darker colors in a breeze is the best method for painting walls.
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