4.20.2017

One Room Challenge: finding the perfect paint color

I'm back for week 3 of One Room Challenge and I'm sharing a major update in our dining room! Before we purchased our home I spent a LOT of time on Pinterest looking at paint colors and I driving my husband crazy comparing different options. There are way too many options out there! 

Our dining room opens to the foyer and it's the first room that you see when you walk into our house. So I wanted to make sure that whatever color I picked for the dining room worked with the rest of the colors in the house.

I already decided on using Sherwin Williams Zurich White for the foyer, kitchen, hallways, and living room -- it's a great neutral grayish white and Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray for our downstairs bathroom, playroom and Violet's room. We used both of these colors in our last home and I loved them. I also wanted to use Sherwin Williams Let it Rain -- a grayish blue -- for our laundry room and upstairs bathroom. The colors in our master bedroom, upstairs guest bedroom, and H's office were fine so we left them alone. That just leaves the dining room!
I used Benjamin Moore Van Deusen Blue in our master bedroom in last home in SC. I liked it, but H always referred to it as the "little boys room" -- so that color was out.
I decided I wanted something richer and darker for our dining room. Benjamin Moore has really helpful tools that allow you visualize their paint in a room. After a lot of research I narrowed down my choices to Hudson Bay and Hale Navy. Here is Hudson Bay in a dining room similar to ours with white wainscoting on the bottom:

Same room in Hale Navy:
HALE NAVY! Hands down. I love how dark it looks in the room and it's totally different from our old bedroom. And it looks great with rest of our color scheme:
Here's a quick reminder of what we were working with "before": 
And now our dining room with Hale Navy paint on top -- with our new unfinished hardwood floors and the same old chandelier:
Also in case you were wondering... I drove myself crazy trying to find the "perfect" white, I spent a lot of time looking up different shades of white on Pinterest. I ultimately gave up and told my contractor to use whatever they normally use on walls. And it's perfect. So sometimes I guess it's OK not to over analyze everything!! :)

What do you think -- did I make the right choice? 
-xo- 
Jillian 

p.s. you can see my other ORC posts here: week 1 + week 2
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18 comments

  1. Ooh I love it! The contrast with the white is so nice, and what an improvement going all white on the bottom... :)

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    1. thank you anne!! And agreeeed! I was not a fan of the different colors on the wainscotting -- I think all white wainscotting looks much classier.

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  2. oh wow, i liked the hudson one but the hale navy is gorgeous, even more so in person (i mean, in real life on the computer haha). i definitely think you made the right choice.
    i am horrible with paint. i spent months deciding on a paint colour for our last master bedroom and it turned out 'little boys room' as well haha and then i found a grey colour we used on the living room and loved it. ended up painting the whole house that colour and just bought a new house and did the same thing. boring, but when it works.. it works lol.

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    1. You can't go wrong with colors that you know you love!! That's why we used so much of the Zurich White and Stonington Gray in our house -- I knew I'd love it and it was easier than finding something new ;)

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  3. Your hale navy looks great in the dining room! I used it before in our theatre and the color was all wrong, I think we got a bad can - nice work!

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    1. thanks Denise! I think the Hale Navy might be too dark if it's in a room with little light -- thankfully our dining room gets plenty of sunshine!

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  4. Love how it turned out.

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  5. Hale Navy and Stonington Gray and two of my very favorites...love that you went bold (I'm always too scared in my own house!) :) Looks beautiful! Halfway there! Kristin @ Postbox Designs

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    1. thanks Kristin! I was a little nervous that it would be too dark but I'm glad I decided to do a bold color in at least one room in our house.

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  6. Hale Navy - love! Looks great

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    1. thank you Lauren! It's my new favorite shade of navy!

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  7. I love the Hale Navy! I have been trying to figure out a way to work it into my house! I was afraid it was going to be to dark, but I love it with your board and batten wall! It balances it out nicely! Can't wait to see your finished room!!
    - Jaclyn

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    1. Thanks Jaclyn! I think the white wainscoting helps balance out the room too -- and keeps the navy from it being too dark! xo

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  8. Beautiful!!! Love the hale navy.

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  9. Oh, I love the navy! It looks so good!

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