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Paint Colors and Painting the Living and Dining Room

Inspiration for Living and Dining Room: 

The Choices:

I borrowed  Thom Filicia’s book from the St. Paul library and used his section on neutrals to pick out the first colors.  I put the colors that I liked on cardboard boxes, so I was able to move them to different walls easily. I knew right away that one option was too dark so I didn’t even bother putting it on the wall.


After washing the walls with TSP and applying two coats of primer, I tried the colors on different areas of the walls. Test colors: Balboa Mist, Stonington Gray, Thundercloud Gray and Harbor Gray (all by Benjamin Moore).

After much deliberation, I decided on Balboa Mist by Benjamin Moore. It is a very light gray and seems to go well with both black and brown decor. I had the nice lady at Ace transfer the Benjamin Moore color into the Clark + Kensington eggshell paint.

The living and dining room paint Before and After:

Now I need to work on that dirty white trim!

Resources I used on how to pick out paint colors:

A Pro Tip for Picking the Perfect Paint Color

Consumer Reports Picks for Best Interior Paints: 2013

Best Neutral Paint Color Ideas from Thom Filicia

ACE Hardware: Paint

The Best Colors for Every Room: Paint Color Portfolios 

Tips and Tricks on How to Paint:

Easy Clean Up Paint Tray Liner  *

How to Paint Your Room: Best Tips and Tricks

Expert Advice: Cleaning Paint Brushes

*I tried this tip and it was an epic fail. Seems like a great idea, but you just end up adjusting the plastic bag constantly.


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