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,

Sorry for the slight delay in getting this going.  I've been dealing with an elderly sister who is ill and we have had to put her in a nursing home.  She has a rare form of Parkinson's that has a heavy element of dementia or alzheimers and can't be left alone any longer.

Thank you for letting me help with your lovely home.  I have enjoyed looking at the photos of the areas you want to paint and I have some questions for you.

We are starting basically with a blank palette - so I need a little help knowing what colors you are drawn to - 
1.  Have you seen any photos of rooms that you love?  What colors were used? 
2.  Are there any colors that you definitely do not want in your home.   
3.  Would you prefer definite color or subtle color like what is on your walls now?   
4.  Give me an idea of where you live and what paint brands are available.
5.  Which areas are visible or share walls with other areas?
6.  Are you replacing any upholstered furniture?
7.  Are you open to painting any of the wood?

I have some colors in mind, so get back to me as quickly as you can.