I had to press pause on pumpkins today.
Just for a minute.
I was getting a little pumpkin-overwhelmed.
I thought we’d discuss paint colors today instead. I’m in the middle of a house refresh because I have people coming over next weekend to sit around my dining room table and discuss business and blogging and how to make money and discovering the amazing that we all have inside of us.
10 wonderful, amazing, incredible people are stopping by for the first ever Inspire Workshop held at right here at the Thistlewood dining table.
And you know what happens when you have people coming over.
Painting. And more painting. And painting with extra painting on top.
If you are like me and you’re getting your house ready for company or the holidays or book club, this is the post for you.
Here are my favorite blues–the best blue paint colors for any space.
A couple of quick things before we get started:
1. If you want some amazingly sound, totally non-intimidating, non-judgemental advice on how to pick a paint color learned from all the years I’ve spent staring at the paint chip display.
Read this post first.
2. If blue is not your thing—I have some other paint color posts, too.
3. Paint is a super tricky thing to see through the eyes of a computer screen. It can look one way on the computer screen and another way on your paint chip and still another way on your walls. That’s the amazingness of paint. It looks your own special way in your own special house. For questions on this—refer to number one.
4. If some of these colors seem a little overwhelming for your walls—think about furniture or even the back of a bookcase instead.
5. And lastly, these are my favorite blues. They are ones I’ve used for my own home and client’s homes. They are colors I’ve tried again and again and work perfectly in so many different spaces. They all have their own personality and their own character. I hope you love them as much as I do.
Dress Blues SW 9176.
You can see it and all of its friends on the paint chip here.
I showed it to you in this living room so you can see its superpower.
It’s a networker.
It’s the perfect blue to navigate the entire blue world. See all the different blues in this living room? It totally brings them all together and introduces them to each other and anchors the space with a brilliance that brings everything together and make it work.
Plus—I have a soft spot for a navy blue uniform.
Adrift SW 7608
I get asked about this bookcase all the time.
What is that paint color?
I get it.
This is the blue that’s kind of a wedgewood blue and kind of a classic blue and kind of a soft blue and kind of a blue that you want to bring home and introduce to your family.
(total aside: there’s a lot of sunlight in this picture—depending on the light in the space, this blue may appear a little darker)
Naval SW 6244
This blue and I have been friends for years.
I was working on a project for a client that needed a true navy and I found this color and never looked back.
You can see it on the back of this built-in bookcase in the living room.
I’ve also painted an entire room this color that you can see here.
It really is a true navy and the perfect classic paint color.
Gris SW 7659
This is the bathroom from the farmhouse.
It was such a surprise when I painted it.
When I picked this color out in the paint store, I was expecting it to look more gray than blue. But then? After the room was finished it turned out more blue than gray.
This is one of my favorite blue-gray paint colors.
Rain SW 6219
This color is my go-to for a soft blue.
It’s friend on the paint strip–Tradewind SW 6218 is amazing too.
It makes me think of rainy summer afternoons.
It’s soft and subtle and a classic blue that works with almost any palette.
And here they are all together.
Look at that beautiful blue pallette.
Aren’t the colors so pretty together?
And now I’m off to paint some more. I can’t help it. I have a house to get ready.
It’s called the Inspire Workshop and I want them to be inspired from the first paint color they see. 🙂
PS Don’t worry. Pumpkins to return shortly.