I was supposed to meet up with our granite team today so that I could compare paint samples with the floor samples, cabinets and granite selections. So, I fired off a quick e-mail with my concerns and we agreed to look at new remnants, as well. Much to my surprise, I ended up sticking with my original choice. I'm learning more than ever that my initial decisions are usually the right ones and that I just need to stick with my gut instinct. The coffee brown really wasn't as dark as I remembered and I think it will be easier to accessorize with brighter colors than some of the other choices. Plus, it goes really well with our cabinets and tile. Well, at least I think it does. I hope it does.
I should probably back up a bit. Early in the building process, we'd decided that we would wait to paint until we'd lived in the house for a while. I hate picking out paint colors (partly due to my indecisiveness but mostly due to the fact I can never seem to find the exact color I have in mind). I also hated the thought of locking into colors now when I'm not really sure what furniture, curtains, rugs, etc. I'll be using.
Well, sometime last weekend, I realized it would be really silly of us to wait to paint the kitchen and bathrooms until later. I hate taping. I don't have a steady hand. And I really despise the thought of cutting in around brand new cabinets and fixtures. Not sure why I didn't think of that earlier. My sudden realization soon turned into a trip to Lowe's for paint samples and then an e-mail to our granite gal and then another frantic e-mail to the designer (just last night) to request floor samples. Phew.
Lucky for me, everything came together today and I think we have paint colors finalized for the master bathroom, main bathroom and kitchen/dining area. I'll probably try to paint the powder room, as well, but it should be pretty easy (ha!) to make that selection. How hard can matching a paint color, a hardwood floor and a white toilet and pedestal sink be? Okay, don't answer that.
The samples I have from Lowe's look very different than what my screen is showing above. I'm hoping the in-store versions are correct, because the colors I pulled from the Valspar website look very purple, blue and peach. Thank goodness for those cheap sample jars -- saving homes all over America from bad paint jobs!
I took quick photos of the flooring, cabinets, paint samples and granite selections together, but they're not very representative of true colors. I need to return the flooring samples tomorrow so photos taken using overhead lights at 10:30 pm were the best I could do. I did take a couple of photos of the kitchen selections at the granite fabricators, as well. Our actual granite slabs are very different than the sample I was given, so the first photos are most representative of the paint with our granite. I really like how well it matches up with the grey in the stone.
Update: I started drafting this post last night but when I dropped off the floor samples today, I think we found an even better paint color for the main bath. It's called Nantucket Dune by Sherwin Williams.
In other news? There is a rumor floating around that drywall started going up today. A certain someone in this relationship was unable to contain his curiosity and stopped by the house tonight. I can't wait to go out in the morning to see how it looks! We're also planning to pick up a Craigslist dresser tomorrow morning. For only $75, I'm ready to make this solid maple beauty mine! I think it will be stunning once sanded and painted. Which means I'm back to the drawing board on picking out paint colors. Aye.