Help Me Makeover My Room with Valspar Paint
This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Valspar Paint.
It has been a year since we moved into our new house. I wrote not that long ago that it has yet to feel like “home.” I mean, it is a perfectly fine house, better than fine, truth be told. I am thankful for the house and all its newness.
And so I decided that I need to embrace that this house is different and move on. It will never be an historic New England house filled with character– that’s what us old house enthusiasts like to call the broken down and worn bits. Similar to the way people say the wrinkles on their face give them character.
This house has other things going for name it. Level floors, doors that shut, granite countertops, spacious bathrooms—to name a few. It is my job to make it homey. To reinvent that idea of home. To make this house into place that we all love and where we want to spend time. To make it a place where our friends and family feel welcome.
One of the things I have wanted to do ever since move in day was paint. And after living here for a year, it really needs to be painted. Children find it impossible to walk past walls without touching them. They drag their dirty hands along the wall. They slide their bodies along the walls. And judging from the dirt marks on the walls, they somehow manage to walk on them when I am not looking. The entire house is builder’s white. In a flat finish. I know. I just heard the collective gasp from all of you who are parents. The only thing worse than having a house whose interior is painted completely white, is one in which the white paint is a flat finish. There were random areas that were painted a color I not-so-affectionately refer to as baby poop brown.
The main stumbling block I ran across when trying to decide what color to paint the main room of my house is that the house is an open floor plan.
There IS NO END! The walls go on forever and ever.
Up to the second floor,
through the foyer,
up the stairs,
into the breakfast room.
There is no point at which to stop and introduce a new color. So my challenges are:
1) A color that can look good in lots of different environments and light, the family room has a wall of windows and gets lots of direct afternoon sunlight, but the foyer and upstairs hallway area do not.
2) Is an actual color, not a variation of white, but still somewhat neutral. Does that even make sense? I don’t know. Just not white.
3) Looks good with the chocolate brown tile floor,
4) Is a happy, friendly, inviting color (this one I realize is highly subjective),
5) I will not hate in a month, because this is a huge area and I will not be repainting it again anytime soon. Or ever.
Other limitations: I am keeping the area rug and brown leather couch.
BlogHer and Valspar Paint asked me if I wanted to participate in this program where they would give me free paint in exchange for telling them about my painting experience, I said, Hell, yes! It was just the impetus I needed to tackle this seemingly overwhelming task.
Here is where all of you come in. What color would you paint this large area? Tell me. Please. You can visit the Valspar Paint website and use their color wheel. I will be picking one person who leaves a comment to win a $100 Lowe’s gift card . You could buy lots of paint with that money! Check out some ideas of what you could do with the gift card here.
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