Updated: Sep 18, 2019
I would like to think of myself as a planner, an organizing connoisseur if you will. But for some reason when it comes to any sort of design, I am never prepared in a conventional sense. In fact, I am the complete opposite. When it comes to a space I’m designing, I have an idea of what I want the tone of the room to be - I know exactly how I want it to make me feel when I step in. However, in this vision there is no color scheme or decor set in stone. There is simply an aura of what I want a room to embody. When it comes to picking specific design details of a room, I am a very “fly by the seat of my pants" kind of gal.
I'm assuming my last minute mentality and glossed over eyes when I walked into my local paint store gave away to the man behind the counter that I would not be a quick customer.
Because the upper level of the house is a smaller space yet quite open, I decided I wanted to stick with one color throughout. I'm talking everything: bedrooms, bathrooms, the kitchen, and every nook and cranny in between. Typically when I am envisioning a space, the tone I imagine for the bathroom is slightly different to my vision of the family room. My difficulty here was the fact I needed to choose a paint color that was versatile and would complement the tone of each room. In addition, because I never have a color scheme planned ahead of time, I knew I needed to stick to light neutrals for the wall color.
For this house, I have light oak hardwood floors underneath the carpet (PRAISE BE!) so I knew I wanted to keep my light neutral tone on the warmer side rather than the cooler side. In general I tend to steer more toward warmer tones like sand or tan rather than cooler tones like grey, so this was a favorable choice for me. I also wanted to make sure it would look good with a white trim. Again, exactly what white I wasn’t sure.
I headed over to the Benjamin Moore section of the store.
Side note: I always use Benjamin Moore. My parents always have and it is one of those things where you feel like you are betraying a brand if you try something else. Plus, I have found that it is always of utmost quality.
I immediately gravitated to three different paint pallet cards - all warm, light, and neutral, and to both my surprise and the employees, I selected the color relatively quickly. I settled on a color called Indian White (OC-88) for the walls. It is a warm light neutral which is part of Benjamin Moore's Off-White Collection. It is extremely versatile and exactly what I needed as a base color throughout the house.
For the trim, I knew I wanted a shade of white, but I did not want a plain white with no color mixed in. I settled on Benjamin Moore's Simply White OC-117 for the trim because it has a warm tint that will contrast great with the floors and pairs beautifully with the Indian White on the walls. This is such a multi-purpose and versatile white. I plan on using it on the closet doors and inside the closet as well!