Inspiration for Living and Dining Room:
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:
Tips and Tricks on How to Paint:
*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.