Designing Woman

So I’m already starting to design our house in my head as far as where furniture should go and what colors I want to use. My style is simple and neat; I’d rather spice it up with some framed pictures or colorful furniture than go too crazy with paint colors.

The web mistress that I am I tried to find an easy way to look up paint colors online. While both Behr and Moore’s paint sites kept crashing on me it seems Moore’s was slightly less difficult.

livingroom.jpgHere is the livingroom color I want. It might seem strange to be going with an earthy color like this but I wanted to keep this room (biggest room) simple and classic. I am hoping :fingerscrossed: we can get a nice tan or sand colored couch set.

Erik wants the couch sort of in the middle to separate it from the kitchen but I’m not sure that will work. I think it should go along the wall. We’ll probably have to figure that out last minute when we’re actually standing in the room with the furniture.

bedroom1.jpgThis is the master bedroom (aka our bedroom) and for a while now I’ve had this vision in my head of light green walls and deep red/light green bedspread. I know it might sound strange but I think the colors can go really nice together. I have this fear though that I’m not going to get the right green color and it will look like mint ice cream.

Erik thinks A. it will look like Christmas and B. he complains he cannot see them. Well he can only really see yellow and blue so gimme a break :flippa:

guestroom.jpgLet’s move onto the guestroom shall we? I felt a nice relaxing blue would be nice for this room but I’m not sure what blue I want. The blue I picked here is nice but I think maybe I’ll see if Erik likes another blue better. He tends to go too bright though and I can’t deal with bright colors.

This room I plan to have our futon in (so it can turn into a bed) and the futon has a light beige/sand color cover on it.

office.jpgLast is the office, a room the cats will probably use more than us. I’ve been pondering using an orange color for this, is that completely insane? Is it awful? Do you feel like you’re in a pumpkin patch? I might just keep it white for the time being.

No clue what to do about the bathroom or kitchen. Not much to paint in the kitchen and I figure I might change the style of the bathroom in the future so white might be most sensible for now. Any ideas?

I’m not sure how it works but I was thinking that maybe we should paint the paneling a while to make the colors stand out more. A wood color paneling might not look as nice with the paint colors I’ve chosen.

Whenever Erik questions a color choice I have I just say “hey, you’ve done this before. It’s my turn this time :tongue:

  1. Chris

    June 8, 2006 at 9:19 am

    They are all lovely colours. I like the orange, but I would probably find it a bit… distracting… in an office. May just be me though.

  2. Robin

    June 8, 2006 at 9:22 am

    Yeah I’m not too sure on the orange. I’m pretty sure we’ll almost never use the office though.

  3. Gemini

    June 8, 2006 at 9:44 am

    I love all of those colors! they look great! :hyper: I can’t wait for our turn.. hehe :fingerscrossed:

    A suggestion for picking colors is to get test colors and paint it on the wall. Our friends S and G did that and it helped alot. I am sure that HomeDepot does that.

    They bought pill bottle sized testers and painted the wall in dif. spots with the dif. colors. this way they would get a good idea of what the colors looked like.

  4. Robin

    June 8, 2006 at 9:46 am

    See I’m new to this, that sounds like a good way to do it. Test it on the walls. I’m sure colors can look a lot different once you paint them.
    I’m excited we’re all doing this together and I hope we all end up with our dream homes.

  5. vixen

    June 8, 2006 at 10:46 am

    If Gemini hadn’t suggested the test paints I would have. You can’t go wrong that way. It’s a heck of a lot cheaper to do it that way, than to get a full gallon and realize the color is wrong.

    On the couch to seperate the rooms: Actually, this is a great idea. That way, you can have the conversation area in the middle of the room, and take advantage of that huge picture window. Nothing can beat a great conversation area with a beautiful view! 🙂

  6. Robin

    June 8, 2006 at 10:52 am

    Thanks Vixen, I know what we’ll be doing our now. Going to Home Depot to get test colors :hyper:

  7. Miss Ann

    June 8, 2006 at 4:24 pm

    Good fucking luck. I’m telling ya, it would be easier to name your firstborn than to pick out paint colours.


    I would go more bittersweet than orange though.

    Oh and Home Depot does NOT give you samples of paint. You have to order them on the website if Behr is the paint you’re gonna use…I don’t know about gliddon as to buying samples on the web. Trust me on this. I asked.

    Good luck! You’re gonna need it.

  8. Robin

    June 8, 2006 at 4:26 pm

    Don’t scare me! I guess we’ll just have to do our best. Erik is colorblind so most of this is on my shoulders :twitchy:

  9. Kathy

    June 8, 2006 at 6:54 pm

    :wave: I never could figure out how to comment here. Look at that! I found it. LOL

    Your color scheme reminds me of our house (bedroom red, guestroom purple, office green like your site, and ‘some day kid room’ is blue…like your guest room choice. Oh, and the guest bathroom? pink. The only thing neural is our living area. I love the change from one room to the next. Plus, picking out color samples at HD is my favorite weekend past time. (= Happy decorating

  10. Robin

    June 8, 2006 at 7:09 pm

    Kathy – :wave: well I’m glad you figured it out. I don’t quite understand why people have problems figuring out my site but it happens a lot. Thanks for the comment, I can’t wait to start painting :hyper:

  11. Sarah

    June 9, 2006 at 12:54 am

    I like the orange. I really love bright colors, and that’s how I would do my house. A lot of people do it in New Orleans, and I like the style.

    But hey, if you did go with orange, at least your office isn’t this color (courtesy of my boyfriend’s idiot ex-roommate). It sucks so much.

  12. Robin

    June 9, 2006 at 10:27 am

    Sarah – Ok, that is WAY too blue. I like color but nothing too in-your-face. I like to find a medium without going too pale or too bright.

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