Inherited Hues: Downstairs

Sometimes we fall in love with a space for its potential. Sometimes, we fall in love because it already feels like home.

Walking through our brand new (to us) home in Charlotte, left me feeling excited about the possibility of getting to live in such beautiful space, itching to make changes in certain rooms, and thrilled that I didn’t have to change the whole house!

The previous owners had made enough improvements to make the entire house livable until I could find the exact paint colors and furniture we needed to make the house beautiful in our own way.

The wood floors that cover the entire downstairs (minus the powder room and laundry room) had been refinished to the exact color we would have chosen. The lovely dark, warm brown made all the white millwork pop in such a classically beautiful way.

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The first floor (with the exception of the living room, dining room, and powder room) had been recently repainted a cool gray color: Sherwin Williams Silverpointe.

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Had I hired painters to come in and paint the whole house before we arrived, I may never have chosen this color – but I love it. It’s quiet and soothing on our walls, while still offering contrast to our floors and trim. I’m so grateful that the last owners had such similar tastes to my own!

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That said, there were certain rooms I felt like I needed to paint ASAP, and after a few weeks of moving-in chaos I managed to knock one out during nap time!

The Powder Room:

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This is the only room in the house with no natural light. I found myself attempting to apply my makeup here, while my toddler ate his breakfast around the corner at the table. I say attempting because, this room was yellow. Although I knew I wasn’t experiencing liver failure, my eyeballs were burning from the yellow tinge of my entire complexion. It gave me the worst headache!!

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I hoped to bring the feeling of natural light into this room with a soft sky blue. Although it was extremely difficult to see true colors in the already yellow room, Sherwin Williams Tradewind gave me hope that I could achieve that fresh air feeling, even with a bright yellow glow.

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It was my first painting project in the new house, but somehow it never made the blog as I didn’t feel the results were “dramatic enough.” It turns out that photographing a tiny bathroom is extremely difficult, and even the very best photos end up including a toilet…not exactly a breathtaking subject.  See what I mean?

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This is how the powder room looks today. As you can see, not a lot of “wow” factor, but it’s still a far cry from where we started.

Don’t worry, I have LOTS of ideas on improving the space: wallpaper, painting the vanity/walls/ceiling, new hardware/faucet, countertops, new light fixture…

The list could go on and on. For now, it no longer gives me a jaundiced glow as I hurriedly apply my makeup for the day…and I’m pretty happy with that.

The next room that was begging for a refresh was the living room/office.

Living Room/Office:

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This room was used by the previous owners as the office. The dad worked from home, and they created a cozy space for him with dark furniture and bookshelves.

I was still deciding the exact function of this room for our family, but every night I stared into this tan/brown/greenish room from our couch.  I was desperate to make a change and bring some much-needed lightness to the space.

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Once our new rug arrived, I was ready to choose a paint color!

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As you can see from my Instagram post, Copen Blue by Sherwin Williams was the winner!

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It looks so muted on the computer screen, but it was delightfully bright and beautiful on the walls! This might be my favorite color in the whole house. It took us about 5 paint samples to find the right one, but it was worth it. Even my husband said, “We should paint every room in our house this color!” – That’s when you know you got it right!

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More details to come on the evolution of this room and dining room. For now, we’re just talking paint colors!

The Dining Room

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The dining room was the only room I knew I wanted to paint before we saw the house in person. There was nothing specifically wrong with the color, I just wanted something with more pep and less…vanilla?

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After a few far too minty paint samples, I landed on a very light green (similarly toned to the Copen Blue of the living room). You can hardly tell the two colors apart when the paint chips are in your hand! On the walls, the entire downstairs palette feels coordinated enough to allow the house a sense of flow, while the three colors still maintain their own personalities.  (Can paint colors have those? In my mind they totally do!)

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We chose Filmy Green (another Sherwin-Williams color – no they do not sponsor these posts, but I should look into that!)

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Again, it looks so muted and murky on my computer screen, but on the walls it’s fresh and light! These cool colors really make the warm brown floors stand out too!

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Here’s a better shot of the before and after.

**This photo made possible by running out of time and choosing to paint around large furniture during nap time. (Tell me I’m not the only person who does this!!)

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After painting only three rooms, this is our new downstairs color palate.

I’m surprised at the muddiness of the colors on my screen, because they feel so natural, fresh and almost beachy in my house!

My hope is that these new and inherited paint colors can last 5+ years since they aren’t too trendy or too strong of a statement. As of now, I’m still head over heels with each color as I walk from room to room. What more could a girl want?!

Do you have a new favorite paint color? Have you tried any of these out in your house? Let me know!