Oct 28, 2014


Hi Michelle,
So excited to help you ... I'm answering in RED below:
First, the plans came off of a stock site.  I've made some changes but not a lot.  Love it.  Very nice home.

I don't really care for the colors in the model but the floor plan is the same. 

Love the kitchen and how spacious it feels.

The major change is that my bathtub is going under the barrel vault in the master where these plans have the master vanity.  Nice architectural touch.   The guest bath was also made a full bath.

My home is sited so the all the large windows from the living room, sun room and master bedroom face north northwest.  Lots of light but indirect.   Good to know.

The wings of the island are going to be Cambria Darlington countertops (beautiful choices)

and the cabinets are a dark finish called java. The counters around the perimeter of the kitchen will be soapstone with a very light gray cabinet called oyster shell.  (nice!)

The backsplash around the perimeter will be the tile in the last photo. 

The photo is reading brown but it's actually pretty gray with some brown. 

The eating area of the island is a slab of redwood that my husband will finish. (Purchased from a licensed dealer and harvested legally.. I know that's a problem in Northern CA now but ours is legit.)  :)  The appliances are stainless except for the stove which is a verone 36" stove in Burgundy Gloss.

My flooring is Mannington Maison Collection Provence Hickory Wine Barrel.

It has browns and grays in it.  It will be in all rooms except the master bath, mud room, guest bath, master closet, laundry, and hallway into the kitchen from the garage.  That has a porcelain tile. 

Our guest bath will have the basic creme/beige travertine tile with the accent tile shown. 
Vanity is also shown. The Wild Timber porcelain tile will be in this room.  (this looks really great)

All  bathroom sinks, tubs, and toilets are white with chrome fixtures.   

I am using Benjamin Moore Paint.  When I look at various photos, I am drawn to grays with green undertones but don't know if all the gray in the floor and the tile and also on the walls will read dull, drab, and yuck.  As I look at the colors on Houzz and Pinterest I like Carolina Gull, Camouflage, Gray Horse, Beach Glass, Gray Mirage, Sparrow, Kendall gray and Nantucket gray.  (Gray, Gray and More Gray...)  All my door and window trim and casings are being painted BM White Dove.. or Dove White??  Was thinking that might be the ceiling color but am looking for help on that as well.
All interior doors are black.

Here are the colors you mentioned so you can look at them together.  I think you did a pretty good job - they are all good colors...









Michelle, I'm thinking that you may have enough light to use some of these more dramatic/dark colors, but is that the look you want, or do you want a lighter airier feel?  Do you need cozy in your neck of the woods? :)  Or are you all about the light?

Since we are looking at Sherwin Williams paint currently, here are some suggestions:


The grays and browns and creams of this combination would look great with one of these colors:
Agreeable Gray 
Anew Gray

Amazing Gray

Agreeable Gray is lighter, Anew Gray is deeper, depending on what look you like.  Amazing Gray has more beige (warm) undertone. All are soft.  All should blend well with the colors in your kitchen. They all look amazing with whites. They all will look good with the counter top and the floors, the cabinets and the backsplash.  However, as light plays fun little tricks on us now and then, it is important that you try out samples first to see them in your light.

As your ground floor is open, make sure these colors also work in the living, dining and entry areas.   Let me know if you also want an accent color around the fireplace.

In the master suite, I recommend bringing in just a touch of blue or green or both to the gray neutrals.  Here are a couple to try... again, put up some samples in the master and the bathrooms to see how they look.  The colors should look good and play nicely with the grays and browns in the materials you have chosen.

Comfort Gray (SW)

Sea Salt (SW)
Of these two, Comfort Gray is darker and Sea Salt lighter.

The sunroom with plenty of light can handle a darker or stronger color.  Try Halcyon Green or Mineral Deposit -  

Halcyon Green

Mineral Deposit (SW)

Here are some other lovely colors you may want to consider trying samples for the guest bathroom, additional bedrooms or laundry/powder rooms.
 Requisite Gray (SW)

 The Requisite Gray and Accessible Beige are good colors for the guest bath.

Sensible Hue (SW)

Gray Area (SW)

Michelle, this is the first step.  Lets get some samples up and tweak it until its right. (If you don't have walls to try them on, paint two coats on poster board with a white border). Can you also let me know if you want specific colors for the rooms which aren't mentioned.

Looking forward to hearing back from you.


Hi Martha,

I've found some more blue toned colors below for you.  Let me know how they  look as samples.
Benjamin Moore ARCTIC GRAY

Benjamin Moore SUMMER SHOWER

Benjamin Moore TRANQUILITY


Benjamin Moore WOODLAWN BLUE


Benjamin Moore SILVER GRAY

Benjamin Moore SMOKE


Here are your answers to my questions:

I love the Hampton Look , clean, uncluttered, blues,turquoise whites, creams . There is a bit of the tomato colour that crops up in a lot of the rugs... as an accent?   I am not sure if I could live with a strong yellow.  I love soft shades, but I would also entertain a stronger colour in the dining room and maybe the hall for some warmth.  We have most BM Historical Colours and a lot of the same in BM. I have noticed some colours in magazines that are not in Canada, but I might be able to ask our local paint company if they could find the formula.  I think that Sherwin Williams is the same as the US.
5. Our family room, kitchen are open to each other, the dinette is just beyond the the work area of the kitchen and although it doesn't share a wall, it can be seen. Our laundry room is beyond it and is separate. 
The house is a centre hall plan with the family room to the right of the main entrance and the living room is to its left. 

 I love your entry.  I see it with soft light color and fresh white trim and would recommend one of these Sherwin Williams colors:
example below

example below

example below

The staircase could perhaps be painted

I agree that the staircase could use an update with a little paint.  I would paint the risers white, add some skirting, and paint the balusters and spindles white to match the trim and update and lighten this area. 

This shows the white spindles with a similar wall color...
and this shows the painted risers, and the skirting up the wall
If you wish, you can use 4" wide beadboard instead of having panels created.  At any rate, it will bring more light into the stairwell with the painted wood.

In the living room, I'm picturing a warm soft gray.   Warm grays typically have a beige undertone, so they look elegant without looking cold.  I would bring in the other soft colors you like with fabrics and accessories - 

(Sorry the picture isn't bigger - it is a lower resolution and kind of falls apart in the larger version...)
 BM Gray Mirage

BM Revere Pewter

In the dining room - we can get a little more dramatic.
I have some colors that will make your wood tones so beautiful...

BM October Mist

SW Oyster Bay

Add the white trim, and you might consider a little wainscoat like the first photo to add more fresh white to this room.

In the kitchen, we need to add some color.   Not a lot, but a subtle touch - 
Oh yes, the kitchen table or chairs could be painted too.

That would be a great idea - you could pull in a deeper blue green or gray tone for the table and chairs.   Look at Halcyon in the SW line.  Or Chelsea Gray in BM.

For the Kitchen and possibly Family Room I like Restoration Hardware Silver Sage or Benjamin Moore Thunder
BM Thunder

I would like to see a little contrast in your kitchen to bring out its beauty
maybe down the road you could change the backsplash or possibly paint the lower cabinets a soft gray

so many of the lovely details are lost when everything is white.
In the meantime, bring in some wood tones in baskets
some green in living plants
or some darker tones in hardware, or accessories

I have been thinking that if you had a darker colour ( or other colour)  in mind for the family room and kitchen area, that would maybe be alright too.
Perhaps it might be warmer…just a thought! Too many thoughts for me and I still don’t know what I want. Basically, any suggestions will be checked out.
The color can deepen in this room if you wish to Valspar GRANITE DUST, or SW WILLOW TREE
or you can pull in Oyster Bay again (SW) which will look completely different in this room than the dining room.
(Available at Lowes or Home Depot)

 If you decide to keep it lighter in this room, I would suggest carrying the Silver Sage into here, or going with BM Gray Horse
BM Gray Horse

This is a beautiful color that has a touch of the blue/green undertone.

The sofa is a bit of a bully in the family room and so is the cherry wall unit, but I won't be able to paint the cherry. Perhaps I could plan to change the sofa at some point.   

As for the sofa, if you do decide to change it
I would go with a neutral and add pattern and color in the decorative pillows
one of the best kept secrets is the Ektorp sofa by IKEA.  
It is a designer favorite and has great ratings in comfort and durability - and comes in several colors.

This is the preliminary color suggestion stage.  Your next step is to get samples and decide which you like/dislike, which work best with your light, room size and the feeling you are trying to achieve - then let me know and if we need to we can explore a few more colors.  

Good luck!  I think that these colors will make an amazing updating change to your home!