With the new drywall in our family room finished, it was time to start considering paint colors. I had decided a long time ago that I wanted our entire first floor to feel like a very open space, although it's not quite an open floor plan. Because of this, I knew that painting meant painting the entire main floor, and that was going to be a massive undertaking.
I think I knew pretty early on that I wanted gray walls, but I wasn't very confident about it. Pinterest (stupid Pinterest) is full of photos of beautiful homes with gray walls, but it seemed NONE of them had natural wood trim. Everywhere I looked there was white trim, and no one is laying a finger on my precious Golden Oak wood. NO ONE. But gray walls with wood trim? That was scary. I was really worried that the color would either clash, or be so light that I'd hate it.
I went to Lowe's and came home with dozens and dozens of swatches of gray to compare, tape up, tear apart, cross off, pull out of the trash, and start over again. I held them up the walls for people and then scowled at their suggestions. I got irritated by my husband's response of, "They all look nice." NO THEY DON'T!
My mom and I finally agreed on the "best" shade and that week I went to Lowe's and had three gallons mixed (so much painting). Three gallons on a paint color that I hadn't tried seemed really risky, but I needed to make the decision and I also wanted to make sure they all came out the same.
My goal is to (at some point) widen the doorway to the kitchen quite a bit and add a breakfast bar or an island. I haven't quite decided on that! Our kitchen is quite large and the space is really under-utilized. In fact there are a handful of projects that I'm holding out on for the kitchen. One thing at a time though!
**You may have noticed that despite the painting being triggered by the completion of the family room drywall, the family room is not actually pictured. That's because I'm still working on it. Curse ye, indecision!