Picking paint for the interior walls has been a challenge for us.  Em and I process these kinds of decisions in very different ways.  Here’s the system we’ve hit on that works:

1.  We pick a room we’re working on and go to home depot.  We then get any and all swatches that could possibly, even remotely make sense.

2.  We go home and cut the swatches apart so it’s one color per piece.

3.  I walk around with the pile staring at walls and doing first round cuts.  Discards are thrown gleefully to the floor.

4.  I had the pile to Em and she walks around making cuts in the same fashion.

5.  She hands the pile back to me.  If it’s sufficiently small (say 2-5), we’ll tape or hold those contenders up and decide between them.  Usually this is a bracket system where we say “I like this one better than this one”.  If there’s still too many, we repeat steps 3-4.


My personal process is to wander around and look at sight lines and think about how the pallet will match whatever we’re working on.  While I think globally about the house palette, I don’t feel particularly confined to sticking with 3 or 4 colors and repeating or varying on them.  For me, it’s more about mood setting and where I want to start with decorating.  So far I’m feeling pretty good about our choices even though I don’t think they’ll all look good until the room is cleaned and finished with window dressings and things hanging on the walls.  Though we still have a lot of rooms to go and most of the 2nd floor will just be primed white by the time we move in.

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Kitchen and Pantry are a grayish purply blue called Downpour.

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Back hallway is Mustard Seed.

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Interior of the coat closet is a saturated red/maroon that I can’t recall the name off. We also painted an accent wall in the pantry this color.

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The pantry is a robin’s egg blue.

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The doors are, of course, purple.

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The ceilings actually all got primed and painted white. The new ceilings we put in got textured to match the rest of the house. We thought about doing something crazy, but decided that’s a choice better left to fantasy right now.


About Nathan

Originally from central Florida (near Orlando), I've lived in the Cleveland area since 2008. When I'm not caught up in the life project de jure, I paint, sculpt, play games (mostly board games and video games), and run a small hobby import/export business.

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