Color Theory

Before hitting the “go” button on painting our new Master Bedroom, we tried out quite a few sample samplers before landing on a color that seemed perfect.  I even researched the color… no seriously!  And after seeing just how highly rated this designer solar was, it just felt like it had to be foolproof.

So we pulled the trigger.

And 2.5 days later, we hate it.

The worst part is that it just took us SO long to finish painting, thanks to the ridiculousness that is lay-down textured walls.  Can I get an Amen?!  And that wasn’t just because we’re slow or we took our time, either… I painted for 9 hours on Saturday, 8 on Sunday, and then Studly finished up with a few hours on Monday (thank you Columbus!).

The problem is that the color is just so much lighter than we anticipated.  And we had even painted swatches of it on every wall, sometimes several times on a wall.  Super frustrating!  Really, though – search Pinterest (or Google) for Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter.  It does NOT look like a very light, cold color in pretty much ANY of the pictures or articles about it.  So I was thoroughly displeased with the outcome.

Our bedroom is quite large, so now that it’s entirely painted this really light color, and since none of the warmer aspects of the color came through at all, it feels like we’re waking up in an asylum.  The only time you can tell the awl isn’t white is when you look at it right next to the trim.

Oh right… and our ceiling and trim aren’t quite white either.  *sigh.  which I discovered after trying to touch up where the awful previous colors were around the ceiling.

So that’s where we are.  Ridiculously exhausted from all of the time and effort spent painting over the holiday weekend, and really disappointed with the end result.  We aren’t making any rash judgments about the color just yet, but frankly – I’m not at all sure how we could change our minds to keep it.  It’s just not what we wanted and in our effort to make this place feel like home, it feels like we’ve just taken 3 steps in the wrong directions.

Back to the drawing board, I suppose.

Have you ever done something like this?  Have you had bad experiences with paint color, either in your choice or in a house you’ve moved in to?  Any suggestions for painting textured walls?

My biggest thing now?  I’m on a huge paint sprayer kick.  I’m almost positive that an airless sprayer will make painting this house LEAPS and BOUNDS easier than any other technique.  Has anyone had any experience with paint sprayers?  I am ALL ears – err… eyes?

Wish us luck in finding the strength to try again… and in finding the right paint color!

~Hope

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Posted on October 14, 2014, in home, Life and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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