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Narrowing Down the Valspar Paint Choices

Narrowing Down the Valspar Paint Choices

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Valspar Paint.

So many ideas! So many different opinions! Just like the voices in my head!


I decided to go down to my local Lowe’s store and look at the Valspar Paint swatches in person. I am so glad that I already had a starting point because the wall of similar, yet slightly different, paint colors was overwhelming.


Miles is overwhelmed too.


Or else just bored and wondering why Lowe’s doesn’t sell donuts.


Lowe’s, you should get on that. Donuts, coffee, dancing unicorns…

I think this is why I have always had trouble picking a paint color I like the first time. And why I have been so hesitant to paint for this entire year. I wish I had known about the Valspar Paint color tool before I had embarked on some of the painting projects I have done in the past. You know, the ones where I repainted the entire room three times before I liked the color.

All of you have such great ideas and it really helped me to look at the paint colors in a new way.

I brought some of the paint swatches home that I liked the best and taped them up to the walls, which wasn’t all that helpful because the swatches they are small. And the walls? They are LARGE.

I thought about all the colors that coordinate that I could use in the niches and adjoining rooms. I thought about the accessories I already own.

These are some of the ones that all of you picked that I think would work the best.







I will admit that I am leaning toward the top three swatches over the bottom three. As much as I love the Limolicious color, I think if I used it for anything more than an accent color I would have a nervous breakdown.

Tell me what you think? Tell me what you think? Don’t hold back. Love ‘em. Hate ‘em. Have any different ideas? Let me know. This paint picking thing is HARD.

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  1. Mocha says:

    Cream in My Coffee.


  2. Lisa V says:

    #3, but I always lean toward yellow. My 2nd pick would be #1.

  3. Janet Smithe says:

    I love Carolina Inn Loby yellow, I bet it would look fantastic mixed with the second pallette. Replace the cream in my coffee. Can’t wait to see the final product.

  4. Kimberly says:

    I like the Cream in My Coffee swatch. It seems cooler, and I think, in Texas, you need “cooler.”

  5. christine says:

    I would stay away from “Cream in my Coffee”- I picked almost the same color for my daughter’s room. By the time we painted, and put her furniture in (cedar), with a light tan carpet, it looked like a bubble gum factory had exploded. Light (natural and lamp), furniture color, carpet or tile color, all that stuff- reflects onto the wall and plays with the color. Sorry- that isn’t really helping is it? I LOVE the first one though!!

  6. Kristen says:

    I like the Caroline Inn Lobby Yellow palette! With the Cream in My Coffee a close second. My dining room walls are painted a similar cream color on the top (mine was called Coconut Milk) and a seafoam green on the bottom and I love it! When we move I will probably paint the new place exactly the same way.

  7. Kristina says:

    Chickery Chick looks the best out of the six.

  8. Heather's Garden says:

    I like the first one the best although it has some of the worst names. Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow — how the hell did they come up with that?

  9. Mari says:

    I like the first two but prefer Cream in My Coffee. Can’t wait to see the final result!

  10. Nancy says:

    Hubbell House Tamarisk! Wow, love those colors. Makes me want to paint!

  11. Karen says:

    I actually like the last 2 options best (Hubbell House Tamarisk & Lyndhurst Shady Grove).

    But, from the 1st 3 options if you’re favoring those, my vote would be for Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow. :)

  12. Marcea Grilli says:

    I like the Cream in my COffee.. Its pleasing to the eye and Hubell House is nice. However Id omit the Rust color, not sure what I would do with that, maybe paint a accent piece with that color would be fine though…
    Cream Coffee color is my top pick though along with LightHouse Shadows!

    Good Luck!

  13. Maggie says:

    Universal Umber with the blues and cream as the accent

  14. AR says:

    Chickery Chick!

  15. Katie says:

    Chickery chick! It’s so sunny and cheery. I painted one wall in my house a color very like Limolicious and I love it, but I agree but more than that would be overwhelming.

  16. Dustin says:

    Study them long and hard, compare them to the furniture, the carpet, the flooring, Miles’ complexion… then pick Cream in My Coffee. Because that’s obviously the best one. Imagine telling people what color your paint is! The only one close to being as awesome is Limolicious, but some people have a citrus issue (don’t ask).

    Just don’t lick the wall when you’re done painting. They haven’t invented that kind of paint yet.

  17. Sherry says:

    I assume we’re only talking about the big top color of each swatch?

    Keep in mind that whatever you put on your walls will be MORE of whatever you think when you first look at it. I love that first color - the Carolina Inn yellow - but let me tell you from experience - it will be a YELLOW room. So whatever you think when you first look at it - keep in mind - MORE. (I ended up with a pepto bismol dorm room because wow - the little sample - not so bright. on the walls? glow from my room down the hall of the dorm…)

    I also like the Cream in my Coffee - but it’s just a little to tan for my taste. I think it’s a nice neutral though if that’s what you going for.

    And I like the Lyndhurst Shady Grove - but think it would be too green in the large quantities you of your walls. But of those choices you’ve got up there - it’s my favorite.

  18. MagaMama says:

    I’m leaning towards Cream in my Coffee. However Carolina Inn is also a good pick and if you love reds, like I do, and have red accents to incorporate in I’d go with Hubbel House. I want to say that I remember pics of your living room rug having reds in the color scheme. Try this instead of taping tiny swatches to large walls, try to make a color board of some sort. When I redid my living/dining rooms (joined - no clear separation) I collected paint swatches, furniture swatches, pics of rugs, drapes, couch, table cloths, and played around with laying them all together until I found a great combo. If you know Photoshop - I would suggest taking a pic of your rooms, scanning the color swatches into your computer, and “coloring” your walls on there. This works especially well if you can incorporate artwork/furniture you already have in your room photos. You can also go really crazy with it and place in new art work on your walls by grabbing online images. Crazy - I know. But much more productive and satisfying than standing in Lowes scratching your head - and time saving considering all the time it’s gonna take you to paint those big ass walls.

    I carried all my clippings, swatches, etc. with my in a mini notebook I kept in the car along with room dimensions and other info I’d need anytime I went shopping for the room. It really helped to streamline the process.

    Good Luck!

  19. Spinoff says:

    Chickery-chick, because it’s beautiful and fun to say.

  20. Miranda says:

    I like the first one with the Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow

  21. Jenni says:

    My favorite two are the ones with Cream In My Coffee and the Lyndhurst Shady Grove.

  22. Damsel says:

    Pick the top swatch!! So pretty!

  23. elainepill says:

    chickory chick.

    i like limolicious too, but it might be a little TOO much on a big expanse of wall.

  24. June says:

    Love the first one!

  25. Ms. Huis Herself says:

    I still think you should go yellowish, so my choice is Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow. ‘Cuz you’ve got enough people sleeping there every night that it’s almost like a hotel, right? ;) I think it would look nice with your couch.

  26. Michelle says:

    Cream in my coffee! Hands down the best of the bunch!

  27. Christi says:

    I would go for the color swatch that starts with chickery chick. It is nice to have some color and not have the walls too bland. Don’t be afraid of color is my motto. :)

  28. Cathy McCaughan says:

    The Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow collection looks very forgiving of tiny fingerprints and smudges while still maintaining a cheerfulness. That’s probably not a word.

  29. Jess says:

    Lyndhurst Shady Grove!

  30. Emilie says:

    I like the Carolina Inn palette. It is a bit further from white without being crazy!

  31. Julie says:

    Caroline Inn Lobby Yellow, I’m still worried about the natural light washing out the color so I think that has enough umph to stand up to to the sun.

  32. zunzun says:

    Really like that Cream in My Coffee combination.

  33. Heather says:

    Carolina Inn and those schemes are really pretty.

  34. Michela says:

    I like the Hubble house swatch! I hear that green is calming :).

  35. Kelli says:

    Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow

  36. Lucy says:

    Cream in my coffee, but with Universal Umber as the main color and Cream as the accent. (Disclaimer - I hate yellow, so that influenced my pick.) My philosophy for picking paint colors - pick the colors you LIKE, and don’t worry about the “rules” of decorating. And if in doubt between 2 shades, pick the darker one.

  37. Sarah says:

    Cream in my coffee gets my vote

  38. jennifer says:

    I like the bottom one. The filoli dark iris kind of makes it.

  39. Cortney says:

    We are on the verge of painting ourselves, so I will be interested to see what you go with!

    I love blues, yellows, and browns, so I am leaning towards the top two! Good luck!

  40. Alisa says:

    Have to agree with Mocha, Cream in my Coffee.

  41. Lori F. says:

    Cream in my coffee…by far the best one.

  42. Christine says:

    Citrus Yellow all the way.

  43. Kathy says:

    I really like the top two color palettes.

  44. MrsNurse says:

    Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow palette. I think it gives you the ability to paint using different colors that all compliment one another. Good Luck!

  45. liesl says:

    While I think I like the 2nd one the best, I think the 1st one would be better for the areas you are covering! Have fun!!

  46. Katie says:

    I actually like Lyndhurst Shady Grove!

  47. JLP717 says:

    Carolina Inn lobby yellow. All of the colors on that swatch are great.

  48. Elissa says:

    I really like the “Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow.” Pretty!

  49. Jenni says:

    I love the Inn Lobby Yellow color - it looks so warm and inviting. Good luck with the painting!

  50. Betsy says:

    I like combos 1, 2 and 4.

  51. Babs says:

    I like the first swatch the best and the last swatch is 2nd in my humble opinion! Good luck — looking forward to seeing the finished rooms.

  52. goliadyaya says:

    Carolina Inn…1st, Cream in my Coffee…2nd…

  53. Carrie says:

    I love the Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow! Can’t wait to see pics after you paint!

  54. Gettysburg Mom says:

    Another cream in my coffee vote.

  55. Michelle N. says:

    Definitely #1. I think it will go with your floors/furniture best, and it’s classic enough that you won’t get sick of it quickly.

  56. Karen says:

    I love the cream in my coffee palette best.

  57. Leslie McMahon says:

    my vote is for the lyndhurst shady grove.

  58. Jen B says:

    I really like Hubbell House Tamarisk swatch.

  59. Jordan says:

    I love the Carolina Inn yellow… with that brown and blue, it’s gorgeous!

  60. Tina says:

    I like the Carolina Inn Lobby mix best…for what it’s worth :)

  61. Mrs. Ike says:

    #2 i like best - it will go with almost anything. So you could change up all the stuff in your house and not need to repaint.

    I like #2 next best.

    #5 comes in at #3 for me. If i could replace that Hubbel house Tamarisk with Cream in my Coffee from #2, then it would be My #1.

  62. Jordan says:

    I linked this on my twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jordyliz

  63. Crista says:

    I like the Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow with the bottom three choices from the Cream In My Coffee swatch. But maybe something a little darker instead of Universal Umber…something like Chocolate Turtle.
    Also, you know you can buy a paint sample, right? My sister took this to the extreme and had 16 beige/brown samples all over her walls. “This one is too yellow, this one is too gray, this one looked great over here but horrible over there…,” etc. It was funny to me, but not to her hubby. She did eventually decide on a color and loves it.

  64. Bethany says:

    #1 is my fave!

  65. Heather says:

    I like Hubbell House Tamarisk and Carolina Inn Lobby.

  66. Kirsten says:

    I’m in to yellows and greens so I would mix the two middle ones. Or just go with chickery chick because the limolicious makes you nervous.

  67. Carrie says:

    I like the top two a lot — but, for my 2 cents worth, that bottom one if the one I would pick for my house.

  68. Sharon says:

    Cream in My Coffee!

  69. Lindsay says:

    I really like the ‘cream in my coffee’ palette. Nice & neutral & then you can add in some accessories w/lots of color.

  70. Mary W. says:

    Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow, love it!

  71. Sarah says:

    I like the first one!

  72. kate says:

    oooh i like the chickery chick but instead of the green color, steal that purple color from the top swatch!

    cannot wait to see!

  73. Jenny says:

    The Hubbell House swatch is my pick. I just love that shade of green! The Limolicious swatch, on the other hand, would require sunglasses indoors!

  74. elsimom says:

    Okay - here’s my opinions (I’ve always got opinions!):
    Carolina Inn - like. This is a great neutral, and you could move a lot of different directions with accent colors from the other swatches as well. Plus - with this on your walls, in three years you could change accessories and have a whole new look.
    Cream in my coffee - I’m seeing a grey tinge here that I do not like, and I think on a big wall, you would see it too. I like warm colors (even if I lived in Texas) - I would worry about this looking “dingy”.
    Chickery Chick. LOVE!! Toasted Wheat on that swatch also very nice. This is my top choice for a happy, energized home - which yours seems to be. I think it will be great with all the stuff you already have. We have a similar color in our kitchen and it is probably my favorite color in our whole house. the Citrus yellow is fun, and not so crazy as the Limolicious (see below!) and I would think about that for your kitchen maybe? Or on some doors in the hall or something?
    Limolicious. This is a good color for a throw pillow - not a 30 foot ceiling. Emphatically no.
    Hubble House - no - this will look like you live in a hospital. This is not a happy color. I have made this mistake, so I try to help you avoid it, you think it’s peaceful, but really it’s just depressing. Also - greens like this are a b*tch to match - I think this one is pretty “in theory” - and maybe a little room (like a master bath or something) but not a big ol’ wall. I like the blue and the rust though - and either would be nice as accents with the Carolina Inn, I think.
    Lynhurst - again too grey, and probably worse than the Hubble House, as I look a second time. That Iris is gorgeous, but not for your living room. What have you got in your bedroom? I have dark pink in my master bath and it makes me very happy.

    It is SO hard to choose, isn’t it? I’d get quarts of the Carolina and the Chickery, and paint a big swatch of each on a well lit wall, and then look at them at different times of day and in different lights and then decide. (We did this in our living room - and there was one that was okay at night - but in full sun, it kinda looked like a pumpkin - it was OUT!)

    Good luck - I’m sure it will be beautiful.

    OOOhhh - one more piece of advice. Dirt is brown, not blue - keep this in mind when making your choice - colors with a warm brown base will not look dirty as quickly as colors with a blue or grey base!

  75. Shelley says:

    My favorite is “Cream in My Coffee.” We close on our house the 30th of this month and I’ll have to start making decisions for paint color as well. Good luck!

  76. Nicki says:

    Hubbell House Tamarisk. It’s not overwhelming but does add just a bit of color to the room. I am a bit weary of yellows. I once painted a mid-size bathroom in what the swatch color was a very light pale yellow. It turned out to be like walking into crayola marker yellow.

  77. Kathy says:

    As someone who has, over the past 12 months, painted 4 bedrooms, the LR, DR, kitchen, and family room in an astonishing variety of colors, I will say that the LR and DR (which are muted shades of yellow similar to Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow) look the cheeriest in every season and every time of day. I find myself searching for excuses to go in there.

    Oh, and our MBR is brown - not unlike Universal Umber - and although it looks very spa-like and sophisticated in the finished room, it was far too reminiscent of poop as it was going on. Moral: do not be frightened of the brown paint, for it will dry to a lovely chocolate tone.

  78. Lurky Mommy says:

    I’m not sure you want my opinion as I have some commitment problems when it comes to paint colors. For Valentine’s Day, my Hubby offered to paint our bedroom. I picked out 5 colors, bought sample cans and painted all 5 colors in squarish areas on 3 of the bedroom’s walls to see how they would be with light changes during the day/night. They are all still there with the same hideous color on the walls in the background. That being said, I vote for Chickery Chick. Best of luck!

  79. Jo Blankenship says:

    Cream in my coffee

  80. lucy says:

    I have to say CREAM IN MY COFFEE!

  81. Ani says:

    chickery chick…lovely bright color. I’m not keen on the citrus yellow complimentary color though. If there’s lots and lots of wall..perhaps tone it down to the summer moon.

  82. Karen P says:

    I have tried picking out yellow paint several times. It always ends up being too yellow. Guess I really wanted a cream color. We (my husband) just painted the bathroom yellow and it was horrible. Changed to another color that looked more brownish but it had a pink hue. Once the yellow was all covered up I decided I liked the new color. I would suggest buying a sample of the color or colors you like so you can paint a small area and see what it actually looks like on your walls in your home.

  83. Emily in IL says:

    I like #2 best - but then again you might not want to take paint advice from the lady who has 10 (yes) different samples of paint on various walls throughout her house…

  84. Barbara says:

    I like the first and second swatches, in that order!

  85. Melissa says:

    The 2nd one is great! BUT the 1st one contains so much more liveliness. My vote is for the second swatch group.

  86. Kelli says:

    I know you said you like the top three, but I really like the last one, Lyndhurst Shady Grove. Accenting with the dark bluish one below and the Filoli Dark Iris I think would look wonderful. You know, I’ve been wanting to paint my living room…

  87. Meg says:

    I really like #1 and #5. There is enough contrast to make things interesting, but the colors probably won’t make you insane as with #4. #6, 2, and 3 seem a little bit too bland, maybe.

  88. daniele says:

    I like #1. I think that the others will look “dated” and old quickly.
    Have fun!

  89. Evie says:

    I am putting something similar to cream in my coffee up in a hallway. It is th third time I have painted the wall in two weeks. How colors really look in your house is so different than at the paintstore. Good luck!

  90. mish says:

    I like the first two!

  91. Diane Shay says:

    Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow - I have it in my bedroom and it is yummy!

  92. Brenda says:

    I do love the limolicious, but I think it would be a little overwhelming due to the size of the space that you are painting. The Hubbell House Tamarisk is pretty as well, but I worry that it would look a little dull.

    I prefer Citrus Yellow. Am I supposed to use that as an option, even though it appears to be an accent? Oh well, that’s my suggestion.

    Good luck. It seems like a big job. Better train those kids in the art of wall painting.

  93. Kim says:

    Number one
    cream in my coffee…… so comforting.
    I had a living room in these colors for years and everyone loved it….
    why did I change it when we moved?
    Just for a change I guess :0)

  94. abbe says:

    The second swatch, where Cream in My Coffee is the top color, is wonderful! it has an ice mix of neutrals and colors that cooperate but don’t overwhlem anything. They are colors that will allow you to add accents by way of things on the walls, furniture, rugs, etc., without having to worry about clashing on a grand scale. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  95. Michelle says:

    I like Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow!

  96. Katie says:

    The Cream in my Coffee palette seems the best to me. Good luck!

  97. Old Bird says:

    Poor Miles. I don’t have a paint swatches suggestion, but for all you moms of little ones who have seen that sad look when you’re trying to get your shopping done, there’s a book about that.

    My little grandson loves “Llama Llama Mad At Mama” by Anna Dewdney. Little Llama just wants to play and his mama drags him off to run errands instead. We’ve all been there.

    Spoiler alert: Last line of the book is “Llama llama loves his mama.”

  98. carrien says:

    Man, I just blew $60 on curtains and stuff for our new house this morning. My kids had the exact same look on their faces. The bonus, they were having a 75% off sale on select items. That’s a lot of curtains.

    Cream in my coffee is lovely. I would probably end up choosing the shady grove set though in the end.

  99. steff says:

    cream in my coffee pallett is the very very best! :-)

  100. Mom in MN says:

    I like the first the best, but I also like the last…

  101. annie says:

    #1 Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow

  102. Nicole says:

    I like the second one best :0)

  103. Meredith says:

    I’m loving the whole cream in my coffee swatch. I’ve already figured out which rooms on my main floor get which colors. But we were talking about your house.

  104. Tanya S. says:

    The cream in my coffee palette is my favorite, followed by carolina inn lobby yellow. Tied for third are chickery chick and lyndhurst shady grove.

  105. Diane says:

    I adore the top two, but if I had to pick one, it would be cream in my coffee - love the blues and browns.

  106. Natalie says:

    I love your choices! I played with your choices and have to admit that my first choice is Chickery Chick with an accent wall of the Jekyll Club Pulitzer Blue. Next to the Jekyll, on walls that don’t get as much light I’d put the Lighthouse Shadows. You can also play with half formulas of the Chickery Chick for walls that don’t get as much direct light as the main wall.

    As much as I know you LOVE your coffee, on my computer the Cream in my coffee looks as if there’s a purple tinge to it. I tend to gravitate toward warmer colors.

  107. Julie says:

    I LOVE Limolicious…..we have a color almost EXACTLY like that in our living room and I love that it’s “lighter” in the daytime with natural light and darker at night. It’s the only color in my house that looks different from day to night and I think that’s cool. And I’m amazed at how many compliments I receive when people enter my house.

    My second choice is Hubbell House…we have a darker version of that in our master bedroom and it’s so comforting! Good luck in your decision making!

  108. Cor says:

    this is a really hard decision without seeing the floors. before deciding a color i put all the colors on the floor for a week…it has to go with the floor!

    with that said, #2 if the floors work with it!

  109. Jenny says:

    Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow! I think it is just beyond neutral enough to be interesting, but not so bold that you wonder what in the world you were thinking the next day!

  110. Elizabeth says:

    I love the Cream in my Coffee palette. It is a soothing, cool mix of color which will reflect sunlight nicely with turning startlingly bright. The only thing I think that would make it even better is adding a richer brown to the scheme instead of Universal Umber, which bring a hint of warmth to the cool blues and purples.

  111. Momsy says:

    For me, I would choose Carolina Inn. You, however, seem to be much more fun, so I would choose Chickery Chick and Citrus Yellow.

  112. sue bell says:

    got to go with Limeoluscios
    We have a similar color in our kitchen and it really helps wake you up in the am

  113. Tonya says:

    Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow looks to best to me. I like the cream in the coffee color, but I think it would be too boring in the vast amount of walls you have.

  114. Joanna says:

    Lyndhurst Shady Grove

    Love the palette with that one

  115. Jennifer R. says:

    Ohh, I like cream in my coffee.

  116. Janalyn says:

    I love the Cream in my Coffee palette. We just painted our bedroom a light blue one shade lighter than the Lighthouse Shadows color on there, and I love it. It looks good in all lighting, and that main color will be easily adaptable to your own furniture and accessories!

  117. CDP says:

    I LOVE cream in my coffee. We have a similar color in our entire downstairs and it works wonders. TIMELESS!

  118. peepnroosmom says:

    I love the first one, Carolina Inn. Very pretty.

  119. Jen says:

    Chickery Chick. The combination is a bit different, but not out there.

  120. liv says:

    chickery chick! gorgeous combo.

  121. Alison W says:

    Love swatches 1 and 3. Probably give a nudge ahead to 1 because I like the accent colors better. Have fun. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

  122. Katy says:

    My mom’s house is a very open floor plan and almost all of her walls are a color that is close to the Carolina Inn. Having said that, I’m sorry to say that I’m not a fan of that color being everywhere. I like color. I really really like color. I just think that in a space like that, where the walls go on for miles something ike Cream in my Coffee would work so much better. Its comforting and unobstusive.

  123. kelly says:

    wasn’t the living room in your old house green? and you hated the green? and then you painted it yellow? and kind of liked it? so i would lean toward the yellow…but man - real yellow is going to be BRIGHT in that space. so, only because you have A LOT of wall to paint, i’m voting for the neutral. Toasted wheat or chickery chick (which is actually pretty yellow…so i clearly don’t know what i’m talking about).

  124. Sharon Durkin says:

    I like palette #2, but you have to replace cream in my coffee… way too close to white. Not enough color for big walls. Swap it for either chickery-chick or toasted wheat. I’m afraid Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow will be too YELLOW.

  125. Melody says:

    I would definitely get sample cans of your top 2 or three colors and paint them on one of the walls. Since you only want to do this once and you have so much wall space, you’d do well to try them out first. I did that with my last house in the garage and was glad that I did. You can paint over it all once you decide for sure on your color…I like the coffee one too. It reminds me of the almond color that I have on most of my wall, neutral but not white. I love it.

  126. Stacey says:

    Carolina Inn, the first one.

  127. TLR says:

    Carolina Inn palette or Chickery Chick but with different accents. Thanks for the chance.

  128. Hadley says:

    Hubbell House

    I am with Miles. Lowes needs donuts. If walmart didn’t have donuts, I wouldn’t be able to enter it.

  129. Editdebs says:

    You’ll never go wrong with Cream in my Coffee, which, um, I think I’ll go have some right now. Yummy!

  130. Laura says:

    hands down, cream in my coffee.

  131. McKenzie says:

    Number one! I love the combonation!

  132. Cheryl M. says:

    Cream In My Coffee!

  133. erin says:

    I really like the hubbell house tamarisk. I’ve been recently painting my house and I really like the natural greens with a red but not true red accent. My second choice would be cream in my coffee. Very neutral. Good luck!

  134. Penny says:

    Caroline Inn Lobby Yellow. I think that pallet lends itself best to the needs of a home of seven children. Needs like: covering up dust from baseball diamonds and football fields,etc.

  135. Gina says:

    Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow. Bright enough to keep you awake, yet soothing. Have you seen the Carolina Inn at Chapel Hill? Check out the website…..if the paint can do that to your house, go for it.

  136. Andrea says:

    I like the 2nd palette. Very relaxing.

  137. TodayWendy says:

    I like the first two because they sort of match the colours in Miles’s shell collection.

  138. Kirstin Melaas says:

    Carolina Inn lobby thingy.

  139. Karate Mom says:

    I think that the Chickery Chick color would be gorgeous! Plus, you could probably find some walls to accent with the Limoliscous color.
    Yellow is just so bright and airy!

  140. Erin says:

    I love Hubbell House Tamarisk! It is a it not too much, but something a little bit different from the various shades of taupe and gold that everyone is going with. (I know I wish I had done something other than the taupe and gold and picked for my house!)

  141. ellen renee says:

    Cream in my coffee comes off very soothing to me - peaceful.

  142. Cyndi says:

    I love both of the first two, but I am going to stick with number one. Our Lowe’s used to have a Krispy Kreme right inside. WHY did they get rid of it, WHY?

  143. happy says:

    It’s good that they have the sample bottles. I would have a patchwork of colors on the walls trying to decide. I like 1 and 4. But it depends on the light that you get during the different parts of the day.

  144. lizneust says:

    I’m torn between Carolina Lobby and Chickery Chick. I love the idea of Cream in my Coffee, but I have a funny feeling it would be too much when on a large area. Or maybe I’m just a color wimp.

    I swear by the sample bottles. You can get a 2 foot square sample up, completed with various trim colors.

  145. LPB says:

    The second one - love the names (at first I thought universal umber said “unibomber”)! I like the first one a lot but think this will be too dark for you to love long-term (though you have ample light). Have fun!

  146. Debbie H. says:

    I’m loving the #2 from the top.

  147. Joelle says:

    i’m loving both of the first two swatches!

  148. Stephanie says:

    Love #2! But I can see what Christine (comment 4, I think) said about it being too reflective. Could I convince you to trade it for the Fairmount Penthouse Stone from the last palette? (do it, do it do it!!!) Gray is timeless. And having just painted over all the yellows and greens in my house with cooler grays and blues, I’m totally biased against those citrus colors. You will totally be painting those walls again in a few years.

  149. Jennifer says:

    The first or third. Especially the third.

    But then, it’s hard to tell on the computer screen.

  150. April says:

    I like the second one down. It just said relaxing and home to me when I saw the colors together.

  151. Brigitte says:

    My personal favorite is the Hubbell House Tamarisk, but the Cream in My Coffee was a close second.

    I think the Lime one would hurt my eyes, especially after a few martinis! It was the only one I really DIDN’T like.

  152. Ann-Marie says:

    Caroline Inn Lobby Yellow palette. It’s subtle, but there’s a nice variety to the colors that gives it some interest. Plus, I’m a sucker for that shade of creamy yellow.

  153. Mary says:

    Carolina Lobby is my favorite combo. Rich colors but not too dark. Great choices though-all would be pretty!

  154. Christy says:

    They’re all pretty but I think either the Carolina Inn yellow (first one) or the Lyndhurst Shady Grove (last one) - both give you some color but are still neutral enough to work with a lot of different accent colors. I’m very influenced by the number of rent houses I’ve lived in the past 10 years, and the large number of new homes I’ve been seeing in tan/taupe/beige; to me, color makes a house yours.

    I also get hung up on the undertones/subtle shades in a paint color - on my monitor, the Cream in My Coffee color is a nice, creamy ecru but it looks like it has a pinkish undertone. It may not in real life, in your house. But if it does, your floors have a lot of red in them & that will really bring out any pink in that color.

    I guess my answer depends - are you going to be moving out of this house in less than 10 years? If so, the Cream in My Coffee is probably a better color to go with because you wouldn’t have to repaint. If not, go with a color, stand out from all the other spec houses in Austin (and I know there are many). :)

  155. Jayme says:

    cream in my coffee

  156. Chrissie says:

    I like the first one - good balance and variety. have fun painting! :)

  157. kim says:

    Be bold go with limolicious, just don’t use to much of it and use good accent pieces in the
    room dark browns to calm it down.

  158. Starangel says:

    #2 - I love the blues.

  159. Chrissie says:

    Well I’m a beach/ocean kinda girl, and the second set of colors (Cream in My Coffee) is the only one that really appeals to me. I think the blues and creams are soothing and peaceful :)
    I do NOT like any of the yellows or bright greens. I just think they are too blaring to be nice in a home as anything but throw pillows. A nice, warm, soft yellow, like a butter yellow, might work … the Chickery Chick is decent.
    But I really like the blues :)

  160. Carie says:

    We have Cream in My Coffee in our kitchen. We love the color!

  161. fweetieb says:

    The second one. I love the blue accent colors, and in a big space the Cream in my coffee would look lovely. Plus, I’m no a fan of “peach” and I think the first one is much too “peachy.”

    Can I steal the last two of these palettes for my currently-being-remodeled bathroom and yet-to-be started kitchen? :)

  162. Lorraine says:

    Coffee in my cream gets my vote!

  163. PamS says:

    Don’t know if I’m too late but my favorite is #2 cream in my coffee and lighthouse shadows … how can you go wrong?

    And I am very impressed with the multiple colors you picked-
    I am lucky to have accent walls with everything else being white!

  164. Mary Jo Johnson says:

    The Lighthouse Shadows is very similar to the color we chose as the main base color for all the common areas of our house. Our builder thought we were insane, but it turned out very well. Also, once it was up, it really did read as a neutral and we were able to accent it with a lot of other pops of colors. Good luck with your choice !

  165. Milcah says:

    I think I like the 3rd or 4th one.

  166. Dee says:

    I like the Cream in My Coffee :)

  167. Melgan says:

    Ha! I chose Cream in my Coffee for my front hall. It was barely perceptible in the scarce natural light. The replacement color? Carolina Lobby Yellow. And I adore it! Go with the yellow.

  168. Pollyanna says:

    Ooooo, tough choices.

    The Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow is super inviting, but the Cream in My Coffee is so sophisticated.

    I’m going to go with inviting over sophistication - Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow.

  169. margalit says:

    I’d say you like muddier colors than I do, but of the samples you have there, I’m with the Carolina Lobby group. Nice complementary colors, although I’m question the Gothic Tan pinky color, which to me looks way to bandaid pink. I’d go for a clearer color.

  170. Kristi says:

    Cream In My Coffee palette! But then, I’m a coastal loving girl, so those colors call me. I do really like that Lyndhurst Shady Grove color too. Good luck!

  171. Erin says:

    #2, I like all the colors on the swatch.

  172. abby says:

    Cream in my coffee. Reminds me of a day at the beach (and my house).

  173. Tiffany says:

    Hubbell House, but I’m not good at picking out colors either!

  174. Susan Getgood says:

    #1 Cream in my coffee
    #2 The carolina one

  175. Lisa says:

    I liked Chickery Chick the best. It seemed bright, but not too bright. I liked the coordingating colors on that swatch, as well.

  176. Jill H says:

    Chickery Chick is my pick! :-D

  177. Indigo Bleu Photography aka Kate says:

    Love Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow

  178. Brittany says:

    Cream in my coffee- 1st choice
    Chickery Chick- 2nd choice

  179. Eve says:

    I dont like the leprechan one! Nor do I like yellow in my house. it reminds me of a farm house

  180. Eve says:

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  183. Rebecca says:

    I love Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow!

  184. Bev says:

    Love the Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow and the rest of that palette too.

  185. rebecca follon says:

    Carolina Inn because who doesn’t love the Carolinas?

  186. Sarah L says:

    I like the Chickery Chick best. Thanks for the contest.

  187. Marilyn Wons says:

    The Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow color group is so fine looking. It would go with so much.

  188. 216amyc says:

    Lyndhurst Shady Grove is my #1 pick.
    Cream in my Coffee-2nd choice

    I hate yellow! But that’s just me!

  189. Kirsten says:

    I LOVE the cream in my coffee! Beautiful colors. I wish I was painting…whoa…did I say that? Now I am getting carried away..

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  192. Jean D. says:

    I love the Limolicious, Leprechaun, Yellow Mustard combination. I’ve been helping a friend paint her new place, and she made some bold choices. I would have been too chicken to paint an accent wall, but now I have the confidence to do it. Her place looked fabulous.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  194. TammyLyne says:

    Love the Carolina Inn Lobby color scheme
    as first choice
    my second would be Hubbell House Tamarisk

    The Hubbell House scheme is what I have in my home and I get a ton of compliments. I wanted a fall color pallette and my couches are a green like the Hubbell House color my walls a burnt orangish color my accents a maroon, the wood a deep brown. I get alot of compliments on my color scheme :)

    I have had this color scheme since we moved in 6 years ago and I am ready to redo it all to something different! Just for a change of pace :)


  195. SANDY says:

    like 2 then 3 the bottom I do not like

  196. Carol says:

    ABSOLUTELY Number 3! It’s just lovely, so welcoming, warm, and modern.

  197. Carol says:

    tweeted http://twitter.com/cdziuba/status/18947290682

  198. Louise Brouillette says:

    Cream in my Coffee does it for me!

  199. Margaret Smith says:

    I really love the combinations of the first swatch. I’d be afraid from personal experience with the third swatch with the yellows. yellow tends to get a dirty look to it in a short time and well with kids, it also doesn’t fair as well. Believe me, yellow is my favorite color, but it doesn’t do well on walls.
    I also find it so difficult to settle on a good color choice. Thanks for making me laugh with your review. We’ve been in the same spot with our kids shopping with us too.
    Thanks for this great giveaway.

  200. Adrienne Gordon says:

    I like the Shady Grove.

  201. Sue says:

    I LOVE #3. I also sent the buttery soft yellow recommendation. Good luck to you AND me!!

  202. Kim says:

    My favorite is Chickery Chick. I love bright colors!

  203. Nadine L says:

    Wow, paint is such a personal thing, but I personally like the Lyndehurst Shady Grove, Fairmont Penthouse Stone and Filoli Dark Iris. The Limolicious and it’s accent colors are just too bright for my taste, it would make me nuts after a couple of days, I would be repainting it and fast.

  204. Serge B says:

    I’d go for the top one, carolina inn!!!

  205. Jaque says:

    Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow would be my choice from those you have posted. I love Valspar paint…it is such high quality. I recently painted my living room and agonzied over the color choice. I settled on a pale pumpkin, I know it sounds like some hideous orange, but it is beautiful. I have saltillo tile in my home and this color, in satin finish is stunning and compliments everything I put in there. Valspar is such a quality paint that you only need to prime and add one coat for a super smooth finish.
    Good luck! :-)

  206. Denise S says:

    I like the top one best. They go well together and are calming.

  207. Nadine L says:

    I tweeted http://twitter.com/eyzofblu63/status/18958078268

  208. Sunshyn Vanderheiden says:

    I really like the 1st, Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow. It seems relaxing to me, not overly bright but not as toned down as the Cream in my Coffe either.

  209. Sunshyn Vanderheiden says:

    I tweeted this

  210. aimee says:

    i agree with the majority creme in my coffee!

    thanks for the give away

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  211. Stephanie V. says:

    cream in my coffee is my fave. Do not like yellow tones. Makes me think of urine.
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  212. Jaclyn Reynolds says:

    Chickery Chick looks really soothing.

  213. ConfessionsMom says:

    I like bold and contrasting colors (now). I was skeptical when we chose our crazy home colors, but LOVE the choices. Go with your gut and you’ll be fine.

  214. Rebecca Graham says:

    I like the Hubble House Tamarisk.

  215. Alissa says:

    I love the Cream In My Coffee swatch. It looks so peaceful and calming.

  216. Heather S says:

    I like the Carolina Inn Lobby yellow it is classy and a pleasant color scheme. It is colorful but not loud. Paints are supposed to compliment your home not scream at you when you walk in..lol. I think that would be a good choice

  217. April says:

    I think I prefer the Cream in My Coffee.

  218. Kim B. says:

    Absolutely the first one. LOVE it.. may steal it and make it my own!

  219. Margaret says:

    I like the top two. I am just not big on bright colors or blue, I LOVE browns. This week, at least.

  220. Shelley Mitchell says:

    I like the lyndhurst Shady Grove Pallet. I love colors like sage green and so on! They are soothing and look so nice!

  221. Cindy says:

    The Cream in my coffee is my fav

  222. Jeff says:

    Humble house tamarisk looks nice out to me!

  223. McKim says:

    Personally I like Hubbell House Tamarisk. Don’t you wonder how they come up with these names. Someone obviously has too much time on their hands!

  224. Deborah Wellenstein says:

    I like Hubbell House Tamarisk- thanks for the giveaway!

  225. Suzanne K says:

    I like the one with Cream in My Coffee, but it also depends on your furniture, how soon you think you might get tired of it (I’d tire of the more ‘in your face’ combos much sooner than the more muted combos)…

  226. daily lurker says:

    I like the Carolina Inn Yellow - beautiful. It’ll look great in different lights, too. However - I really don’t like that tan color. I suggest a darker color - Lyndhurst Rich Brown, perhaps? Or maybe a touch lighter? Also - how about accenting (minimally) with the Cherokee Rust you liked, and paired with something like Sugar and Cream?

  227. april j says:

    I really like the contrast of #1 but I also like #2. I don’t care for yellows or greens so that is why I picked the first two. My family room is light blue with a soft brown so that’s probably why I picked the second one.

  228. Anne D says:

    I like the Hubbell House Tamarisk but then again I’m partial to green.
    I was just in Lowes a few days ago looking for paint for my living room. I haven’t picked anything yet but I’m getting close.

  229. Mickeyfan says:

    The top color combo is my fave. Great look. I would love to use it myself.

  230. joni says:

    My fav is the Cream in My Coffee combo.

  231. Daniela says:

    i just love the first combo!

  232. Simone says:

    I like Carolina and the Chickory Chick palettes. Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

  233. Autumn B. says:

    i love the second one (its close to the colors i have in my living room) — also, my sons name is myles =)

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  234. Kristi C says:

    I love the first two but lean more toward the Cream in My Coffee palette.

  235. Pamela Simon says:

    I like the last choice best. I painted my son’s room a Carribean Ocean color, with brown accidents. It is bold, bright, and beautiful. Have you thought about something more bright? He likes it, too, and it is a room shade we will like as adults, too.