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Picking My Valspar Paint Color

Picking My Valspar Paint Color

This is a sponsored review from BlogHer and Valspar Paint.

This has not been an easy decision. At all.

You all are so creative with your accent colors and mixing palettes. I am confused enough just trying to pick ONE Valspar Paint color. Though I will admit that now I have great ideas for all the adjoining areas.

The second most popular sugggestion was Cream in My Coffee. While I like that color by itself, when I put the swatch next to my tile floor and carpeting it was all too much of the same. It seemed really bland.


The same was true with the Lyndhurst Shady Grove. In the light of my house it looked like a really boring gray. As in go paint a battleship with the brush while you have the paint out. I think in a smaller room it would be a perfectly lovely color, but not an enormous expanse.


I really do like this paint color, alot. I love greens. But I think it would too much for such a large area. Sort of cave like.


This is the color I decided to go with:


The color looks decidedly more yellow in person than on my monitor. A sort of lemony butter? Buttery lemon?

The Gothic Tan on the swatch matches the color of the grout on my floor tile. And the tile is brown, so they all seemed to tie together nicely on the little swatch.

I am beyond excited to have this project done. I already feel more emotionally invested in this house, by painting it I am making it into the home I want it to be. Next up I can actually hang things up on the walls! Where I want! Not just where there are already nails. I know! There is no holding me back now.

I have begun painting.

I hope I survive.


So, tell me what you think so far. I must admit that I feel sort of boring going with one color now that so many of you had such great ideas for accent walls and using paint to define different areas. But I figure this is a start, right?

Tune in next week when I reveal the new paint job in its entirety. Unless, of course I die first.

Again, 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! I really hope that someone decides to paint and blog about it, because this is the most fun I have had picking a paint color. Check out some ideas of what you could do with the gift card here.

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  1. Terri says:

    Hey, looks nice! Did your husband have any say about the color, or is he like my husband and says, “Yes dear” to whatever you say?

  2. Amanda Jennings says:

    Oh I love the color you picked! We have been living in our house for two years and we still haven’t painted yet. I’m really itching to get started with that. These colors help give me some ideas. The painting looks lovely so far!

  3. Jen says:

    I like the color. It looks very similar to the accent wall in my living room (also with impossibly high ceilings). I agree that picking paint colors is HARD. I think there were 12 different samples on my walls ALL over the house before I found the ‘perfect’ one. Who knows how long it will remain perfect!

  4. Jessie says:

    I LOVE that color, but my husband has vetoed yellow for most of the house. Our whole house is painted in a weird light beigey-almost pink color, and we are hoping to start tackling the walls with fresh color this weekend. So exciting!

  5. Molly says:

    My goodness, are you doing all the painting (with that big tall ladder) yourself?

  6. mamabird says:

    I think it looks great … although I CANNOT in anyway imagine painting all those high walls and crevices! I think you will love the yellow color. I painted my kitchen a yellow and every time I walk into it, even on a rough morning, it lifts my spirits just enough! Do you have Miles helping? I have a picture of my niece painting a closet door when she was about 3 - !

  7. AR says:

    Looks like it’ll be sharp when done. Not my vote, but probably a close second.

  8. Dustin says:

    Looks great! Be careful on that ladder!

  9. Brenna says:

    Those colors rock! That yellow is going to make your room so happy & bright - like it alot!

  10. Anke says:

    Looks really good! I love yellows anyway, so the color is definitely one I would use, too. Good luck with the painting!

  11. Jennifer says:

    It looks great so far! I just moved a few weeks ago myself and I’m on my first painting project as well. The den in our last house was a shade of yellow that I liked so much I’m painting the den here the same color. We didn’t live in the last house long enough to get tired of it so I don’t feel completely unoriginal in using the same color.

  12. Alana says:

    Love the color! Not to out there, but enough color to not be boring.

  13. Pamela says:

    Yay, you picked my color! Can’t wait to see it finished. I wish the internet could help me choose a color to paint a dresser I’m trying to re-finish.

  14. kate says:

    love it!! yellow is my favorite for walls… *sigh* now i want to repaint my house! i blame you. (ok and lowes)

  15. Spinoff says:

    Great choice. Like living in a smile.

  16. Jenni says:

    Looks good so far. I too have impossibly tall ceilings in my livingroom. We painted when we first moved in, I would love the change the color, but I’m not up for painting it.

  17. Penny says:

    And I thought painting my 10 foot ceilings was torture to my butt and legs. You will feel the burn, but you will love it. It will feel more like home soon. At least that’s what I keep telling myself about the new home we’ve been sharing with my mother-in-law for the last two years.

  18. Annette says:

    I love the yellow! I painted my kitchen yellow 2 years ago and it still makes me happy every morning. I painted the rest of the house neutral 6 years ago, (thinking we’d be selling in a few years—not.) and I am ready for something more interesting. Can’t wait for the final photos!

  19. Kristi says:

    You sure are professional! Look at all that plastic! Can’t wait to see the results.

  20. Matthew says:

    Love the yellow, We painted a third of our house one color and then a year later changed it. I suppose that is the nice part of paint, it is pretty easy to change.

  21. Staci says:

    After 3+ years in our house, I’ve just this week finally been painting the dining room and kitchen. Man how it needed. I love the yellow. I was thinking that would be great for your space, but am horrible at selecting ACTUAL paint colors, so left that to others. And I’m all for starting simple - one color everywhere - as you can always choose to accent specific walls later. Especially over a light-ish color like yellow. Good luck with the high places!

  22. Mindy says:

    I love new paint and my house could really use it. I’m excited to see it all done. Beautiful.

  23. Mimi says:

    Ooooh I like it.

  24. Jody says:

    I love the color choice, and it looks very similar to what we have throughout our house. (Also, with an open floor plan). It truly goes great with everything! Now we need to do some exterior painting as we have a large concrete wall that surrounds the property. It is currently puke green and so inviting!

  25. Cindy says:

    Nice colors….looking forward to seeing your finished work!

  26. parsingtime says:

    We just bought our first house and have a new baby so paint for the nursery would be great.

  27. Sherry says:

    We are needing some new color in this house. Most of the walls were painted what I refer to as “flesh”. The former owners had no color in here.

  28. Kelly says:

    Hi - Great color! I think you are going to love it.

  29. Rachel says:

    I love the color! Good choice!

  30. Ellen W says:

    I love sunny yellow - it is the color of the “baby’s room” at our house.

  31. elizabeth says:

    the yellow is so different in all the different lighting situations - gives the different rooms different colors without even trying! it looks fabulous. can’t wait to see the final pics.

  32. Emily in IL says:

    looks good to me - but this is coming from the lady who still has a bunch of paint swatches on the walls of her house because she’s indecisive.

  33. Katie says:

    Love it! It looks great. And also, wow, I am super-impressed that you’re painting that yourself.

  34. Kristin says:

    I love it, it’s so warm and cheery! Are you planning on working that Fountain color from the swatch into the room, or do you have something that color already? Some throws and pillows in that color would be perfect.

  35. Haley says:

    I love the yellow! You can’t help but look at it and feel cheery. Happy painting!

  36. melissa says:

    i love the buttery yellow. i can’t wait to see what you do with the space.

  37. Tina says:

    Looks great! I hope you have lots of help and it goes quickly.

  38. Amy N says:

    Looks great! I love yellows, but have yet to choose one that looks good once I get it up. This maybe my next try!

  39. Kate says:

    looks great. I hate painting myself but we really need to.

  40. Lisa says:

    I have painted my upstairs hallway twice this summer. I am still not in love with it. The first was too yellow-y. I felt like I had walked into a Mexican Cantina. And although I love yellow and to eat Mexican food, it just didn’t go with my house.

    I have the same problem….very high ceilings. So I am living with the hallway and hoping to go with an accent color on the rest. I’m waiting until school starts just in case I have to paint and repaint. Or die.

  41. Mary W. says:

    I really like it. I’ve been wanting to repaint our house for ages so I’ve been loving the ideas here. Now I just need to do it too!

  42. Karen says:

    Love it so far! I’m generally more of a cool-blue type of girl but the yellow is so warm and inviting. Nice choice!

  43. Kathy says:

    I like the color. The house is going to look great and it will feel more like home.

  44. Brandy says:

    Supposedly my hubs will be painting sometime this week, though I have my doubts. I picked a lemon yellow for our bedroom after five years of a gray-blue that has become depressing, so I like the yellow you’ve chosen. Good luck!

  45. Brenda says:

    Looks good so far, although I’m sure it seems endless.

  46. Jamie says:

    Can’t wait to see it finished, Chris. I’ve got paint chips taped to the walls in two of my rooms right now trying to decide on the right color. I also think I need to add just a couple more from some competitors to be sure I’ve got it right. Maybe I’ll have $100 to go and buy the paint! Thanks for the chance!

  47. Angie says:

    I like it. I love yellow!

  48. Kelly says:

    Painting always SOUNDS fun….until you are half way through and want to quit but can’t because your room is only half way painted! The end result is always worth it though.

  49. Karate Mom says:

    Gorgeous! I just love yellow! I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  50. Michelle N. says:

    Since I voted for that color palette, I’m glad you picked it. :) Good job!

  51. Amy F. says:

    Love the color you chose. I once painted a bedroom yellow and it was my favorite room. who can be in a bad mood in a yellow room?

  52. s says:

    I like it, but I’m partial to yellow!

    I cannot imagine painting that much house! Good luck and I am betting in a little while, you will be doing some accent painting!

  53. Terri says:

    I love that color yellow unless my monitor is really off it looks a lot like my kitchen yellow and it does blend really well with the tan and brown (my kitchen runs right into my family room where the walls are close to that tan, and the couch is chocolate brown, yum!

  54. CaliforniaGrammy says:

    That yellow will certainly warm up the entire house. How fun to pick out accent colors - there are so many combinations to be had! It’s going to be gorgeous.

  55. shawn says:

    WOW!! Those are somw high walls. I like the color. I have been leaning toward tans and browns of late and that yellow would make a great accent. Painting always means major cleaning so I am always thrilled when it is done. Good Luck!!

  56. Jules says:

    LOVE the yellow. I had the same color in my kitchen and found that guests always migrated into that room because it had a cozy home feel to it.

    Great choice.

  57. Jenny says:

    I LOVE that color! It is the one I’d like to pick eventually for our living room, hallway, dining room/kitchen, too! How many gallons are you going to need? Have fun!

  58. Shar Files says:

    Great color.Isnt it strange how colors look so different in homes.I have an open concept home and the front rooms are all the same color.But it looks different in each room as the sun moves!

  59. Suzy says:

    I think the color looks really great. I painted all of my living/dining room one color (warm honey) and now I am set to hit my kitchen with the bold streak of red - I am hoping it will all pop and not just make me shriek with horror.

  60. MrsNurse says:

    Ohhh yay! That is the one I was hoping you’d go with! Good Luck ! Painting is a hard job…but it will be SO pretty when you are finished.

  61. Vicki says:

    I’m not usually a fan of yellow but I really like it in the second picture, it looks a little darker there. I’ve got a bedroom to paint, maybe this will be the inspiration I need to get it done. Good luck with the rest of it and I look forward to more pictures.

  62. Julie says:

    While I thought the green would be really nice, this color is gorgeous.

  63. edj says:

    Looks great so far! And you can always add accent colours in later. (although we both know you won’t…)
    And soon I will have a new house, and I’m sure it will need painting, and I’m going to copy your idea. Although it won’t do any good; my husband is very opinionated, and last time we painted it took us a very long time and much marital counseling to reach a decision.

  64. Diane says:

    I like it much, much better in your “on the walls” picture than in the swatch - yellow is always such a cheerful color, isn’t it?

    How on earth do you keep the kids from accidentally knocking you off that ladder?!

  65. maegan says:

    that is such a cheery color!! it looks great so far!!

  66. Amy C says:

    I love that color, can’t wait to see it all finished!

  67. Rachel says:

    I love the color you picked. I hate painting. The end. = )

  68. Jenni Williams says:

    I love the buttery color! And holy heck that ladder is scary!

  69. Kelly says:

    Oh my…a painting project…makes me want to run the other way. But it is Oh, so nice when it is finished!! Looks great!!

  70. Joelle says:

    looks wonderful … we just finished remodeling our kitchen (it went from white with laminated cabinets and counters to blue walls with quartz counters and dark-stained oak cabinets) and dining room (from white to yellow above the chair rail and chocolate brown below) … can’t wait to see your finished product!

  71. Krista says:

    I love the color. It’s almost exactly the same as what we painted our house when we moved in 6 years ago. The idea was that we would go back and repaint with other colors after we settled in. Of course we haven’t managed to do that yet.


  72. Headless Mom says:

    Good choice. I would agree with accent walls, though. I’ve done that in my house with expansive ceilings and it really adds interest where there might be none. I recently painted my bathroom purple, with Valspar paint, of course. Next up? My bedroom, so winning this would help a lot!

  73. Barbara says:

    I like it! Just be careful over those stairs!

  74. Kristen says:

    Looks beautiful already and I’m so jealous of your big open stairway! Lovely.

  75. Leah B says:

    I love that color! I have so much painting to do - We keep putting it off. Good luck with the rest - it looks great already.

  76. hope says:

    GREAT color! Looks happy and sunny!

  77. halloweenlover says:

    Love it! And you’re inspiring me because I am also painting our whole house and I have lost steam right in the middle of a giant tall hallway, but I think I shall take it up again. Plus, everyone tells me, “are you insane? How can you paint with two toddlers?” but now I’m going to tell them about my friend who paints with 7 kiddos. That should shut them up, right?

    Good luck!

  78. Cara says:

    That is quite the project. I don’t envy you, except that maybe you are getting it painted by professionals and not having to do it yourself? ha!

  79. Crisanne says:

    That is the color I was hoping you would go for! I think it will look wonderful with your floors.

  80. Rachel says:

    Wow! Are you guys doing the painting yourself or hiring painters? Those are some seriously high walls! Love the color and can’t wait to see the finished product.

  81. Courtney says:

    Now you have a big yellow house again, seams appropriate.

  82. Sherri says:

    Love the color :) !!

  83. SJ says:

    Wow, looks great! Very warm, and rich - very homey. Good luck with the painting! I have high ceilings in my house too and well, they are a bitch.

  84. Brandy Scott says:

    I chose to paint all of our new house before we moved in. Made things much simpler. However, now that it’s been 3 years, the camoflauge in my son’s room is getting dated…. :)

  85. paige says:

    Good choice! The nice thing about yellows is that one paint color looks so different in different sorts of light, so the color changes from room to room and hour to hour through the day.

    We have a similar sort of open plan (but with ceilings so low that I, at five feet tall, get claustrophobic) and it’s a challenge to choose paint colors for that sort of house.

  86. Heather says:

    I love it! Of course, I’m one of the people who was begging to know the color of the living room in your old house and then ran right out and bought it and painted several rooms that color in my old house. I think I just confused myself.

  87. Katherine says:

    Wow…looks really nice! Can’t wait to see the “AFTER” pictures!

  88. Suzie says:

    I cannot believe the difference between the yellow as it appears on the chip, and the yellow as it appears on the wall.

    Good choice of color, though. Should keep the family cheery! Even on rainy days (does it rain in Texas?).

  89. Crista says:

    Oh I love it! I can’t wait to see more!

  90. Mrs. Ike says:

    I think it’s going to be bright and lovely without being in-you-face-eye-popping bright.

  91. rebekah jones says:

    It is lovely. So cheerful and sunny.
    When we moved in to our current home, we had a tiny window of time to paint. Our furniture was arriving in days and my husband was starting his teaching position. We had to cover a large area that was painted, I kid you not, pepto bismol pink. I wanted a nice matte brown. In my mind, I knew exactly what I wanted. I picked the color and couldn’t wait. When I came into the house on painting day and found our dear friend who was painting for us, I burst into tears. The lovely brown, when put on the wall looked purple - deep, eggplant purple. Our friend had no idea what to do with a sobbing woman in the hallway. He just kept saying, “It’s just paint. I can re-do it.” And he did. Re-painted the whole thing!

  92. Jackie says:

    I’d love to paint either my bather room a light green and accent it with pink roses…. if I can get away with it ;-)

    I have so many things I need to repair at our house that a $100 would be a nice start. My living room is more the tan color. the rest of the house is white paint. When had the house build 15 years ago I had everything painted white because that is the way I was raised. ummmm Kill me I was 24 and had no idea what I was doing. The tan living area and entry way really warmed the place up. My son put navy Blue on a couple of walls and left the other two white.OH my heck was that a pain in the rear.

  93. Suzanne says:

    Looks great. Large area rooms with a lot of wall space are tough to figure out a color. I think you made a great choice. Nice!

  94. Jennie says:

    Please tell me you hired painters! We also have very high ceilings in areas, although probably not quite as high as yours. I wonder about them, when they’ll need to be repainted. The upside is that they are so far away you won’t actually be able to see when they need to be repainted.

  95. M&Co. says:

    Love the color you picked! Picking colors is so hard for me too!

  96. Erica says:

    Looks great! I hope you have someone painting for you :) That is an awful lot of space to paint alone.

  97. Mary says:

    I had a love affair with color a few years ago and painted my dining area a rich dark red, which I still like. I then painted the large wall next to the stairs what I thought was going to be a cream color with a bit of orange in it. I was wrong, it was yellow, and not a good yellow, we lived with it for a few years and recently repainted it white.. I have now fallen in love with all white rooms, which is awesome when you have kids, eh? But I’m contemplating painting a dark hallway a color. But what color? A dark blueish gray? A dark chocolate brown? It doesn’t help that my husband, who actually went to art school, has strong opinions of his own.

  98. dee says:

    back to the big yellow house? :)

    pick on if my comment wins btw I am in the uk.

  99. SoMo says:

    I like the yellow. I wanted to comment on the first post, but really I am a spaz when it comes to picking out colors and making decisions regarding decorating.

    We have a buttery yellow in our kitchen and did a slight different color for this odd wall that holds our a/c/heater unit. It is in the kitchen faces the dining room and can be seen from the living room, so I didn’t want to paint it the same as any of the rooms. I am happy with the color we choose which is just slightly darker than the kitchen color.

    Anyway, good luck with your painting.

  100. Amy says:

    I like it! We are going to take a painting job upon ourselves at my office in the next couple of weeks! That’s a good color to know about…buttery yellow…it would actually look really pretty with the carpet in our office…maybe that one will win our color contest too!

  101. Mysti says:

    I think that color will add *alot* of warmth/cozy to the rooms. You picked a color much faster than I did when I painted our house 4 years ago - I’m pretty sure it took me 6 weeks of pouring over paint samples to decide!

  102. Ashlie- Mommycosm says:

    That staircase is gorgeous - although I wouldn’t want to be the one painting around it!!

    I have a very similar yellow going up my stairs and in the upstairs hallway. Love it.

  103. Lisa says:

    I love it. Not sure i would have the guts to do a yellow, but I think you are going to pull it off!

  104. Alison W says:

    Love it! Love all the Southern Color names, too. Can’t wait to see the finished results. As an aside, seems to be turning it into “The Big Yellow House”?? :) Guess I’m dating how long I’ve been reading.

  105. Stacy says:

    Love the color! I can’t imagine painting that all yourself though. I have to hand it to you, I would have picked up the phone in a heartbeat. LOL

  106. Dani says:

    I think it looks great! Nice soft tone, it’ll warm up the room but not be overwhelming. I love color on walls. We bought 35 gal of paint when we moved into our current house (about 6 months ago) and we’ve got 6 rooms done. Two of them need a bit of touchup and one hallway, two bathrooms and a kitchen to go. Woohoo. Painting was much easier when the baby couldn’t walk.

  107. Cortney says:

    I think it looks great! Yellow makes a great backdrop and your trim will really stand out! I’m kind of a fan of everything being the same color…

  108. Meg says:

    Looks great in the photos! Yellow is hard … there’s a very narrow line between lemon yellow and orange, but it looks like you landed on it. I might steal this color for the new baby’s room!

  109. elismsue says:

    Not to brag, but I love picking the right color. Looks great, Chris!

  110. Dani says:

    Okay and this is not a ploy for the prize. The valspar paint chip thingy? Way cool!! I can forsee too much time spent determining colors with it. Thanks!!

  111. Becky says:

    I love painting. A place doesnt really feel like home until I slap some personal color on the wall. I love that color you picked.

  112. oshee says:

    Reminds me of the color I painted my house (outside) only we used green for the trim. It looks great, I’m impressed with your hard work.

  113. Nicki says:

    We just painted and laid new flooring - you are right, it makes such a huge difference in how settled you feel! I blogged pictures if you want to check ‘em out. I never knew picking paint would be more difficult than the painting itself!

    The yellow looks great! That is the color I really want in my kitchen. It’s so fresh and happy and uplifting.

  114. Caroline says:

    The paint looks great but um…are YOU painting that ginormous room yourself??!

  115. Shelley says:

    Very nice. My brother and sister-in-law have a large house with tall walls and have a very similar color to the yellow you chose. It looks great in their house.

  116. Jennifer says:

    I love that color. I actually have a huge paint job waiting for me to come tackle it…a staircase that does something similar to yours, and requires a tall ladder. Ladders and I do not mix at all, so I have been procrastinating indefinitely.
    Looking good…be careful! :)

  117. Kelli says:

    THat was my favorite color. We just painted our living room and ceiling is high high. Not fun. Good luck

  118. Becky says:

    Congratulations on a color choice.

    I have about 10 paint chips of different shades of blue taped to my kitchen wall. They have been there WAY too long. I cannot decide what shade to go with.

  119. pickel says:

    I do like that color…very warm.

  120. Katherine @ Grass Stains says:

    I’m so proud of you! Yellow isn’t a color for the faint of heart. And if you believe one of the * eliminated * contestants on Design Star, it’s “confrontational.” But it also reminds me of where your blog began, and that’s fun! I have a yellow basement and dining room, and we don’t fight in those rooms any more than we fight in other rooms. ;)

  121. Midj says:

    Very nice. I started rearranging furniture because painting is not in our budget this year. :-)

  122. Tina says:

    I like it; I think it will really brighten the room & make you feel SO much better about your “new” home. When we moved into our current home, we immediately painted the kitchen, living room & the kids’ rooms…and then sort of stopped. Now that we’re trying to sell the house, we’re having to go back & paint the ones we didn’t paint, PLUS paint over some of the ones we did because I was pregnant & got a little “creative” with the colors. (Honestly, my kitchen looks like a Mexican restaurant.) I think the colors you’ve chosen are bright enough to be cheery, but muted enough to be calming, if that makes sense. If it doesn’t, then have another donut! It worked for me! :o)

  123. Christina says:

    I like that color; it looks much better than the sample on this post. Your living room is looking good, however, honestly, I think *I* would get tired of having the whole downstairs (and upstairs?) all the same color.

  124. Sarah says:

    Oh, I hope you find a way to use that blue color on the swatch too, I am a total blue girl! (which is why every color in my house looks different when you hold the swatches together, and looks the same from one room to the next. But they are different! One is dark storm cloud, and one is raging sea! Completely different!)

  125. Mariah says:

    Oh… I have so much painting to do in my new house. Other people’s projects definitely help in the inspiration department.

  126. Sarah Jean Baker says:

    good call not going with the green, you won’t be sorry

  127. Mymsie says:

    I like the buttery color. It’s fresh but not over-the-top.

  128. Katy S, says:

    I love it. Great choice. I can’t wait to see the rest!

  129. jen says:

    Oooo! I think it looks great so far. Our butter yellow rooms are the favorite in my house!

  130. goliadyaya says:

    You are one brave lady!

  131. Casey says:

    I think that it is beautiful for your house… It looks so open and inviting and not cookie cutter house. The only thing I might have done differently is I would have defined those lovely alcoves and cut outs with different paint that matched with the color palette; however looking at how much you had to paint… I might have rethought that idea lol.

  132. SarahN says:

    Just this afternoon we started painting my son’s bedroom - we have already painted my daughter’s room a few weeks ago. Son chose Florida Gator blue. Kind of a dark color - but his room gets TONS of sunlight so it should be ok. Next up will be their bathroom - maybe then they will use it instead of my bathroom!

    I like the yellow! Bright and sunny!

  133. Alisha says:

    I love that color and think it will look great when finished. Yellow is definitely one of my favorite colors to use because it can go with so many different styles/colors of furniture and flooring.

  134. Stephanie says:

    It’s better to have the simple and neutral painting done first, then do accents later. So your procrastination will pay off. We just finished painting our house, and it was so daunting, that even thinking of accent colors made me go crazy. We’ll get there later. For now, it still looks 1000 times better than before.

  135. peepnroosmom says:

    That is the color I chose for you! Looking good! I am about to start painting several rooms in my house. Sage green for my bedroom, sky blue for teenager’s room and bathroom. Four yr old wants a Hulk green room, but i’m going to have to veto that one!

  136. Melody says:

    I love it! It will look really good too when there are things hung on the wall to break the color up some. You chose well!!!

  137. elsimom says:

    Yay! That was one of my picks, and if I do say so myself, it looks just as good as I had hoped it wood. You are right - it is a bit more yellow -I count that as a good thing. I think it looks great!

  138. Ashlee says:

    oooooooh, I could do a lot with a hundred bucks:)

  139. Jen says:

    Loooove the colors! I am sure it will give your home the right feel. Happy- as every home with children is.

  140. Ms. Huis Herself says:

    It looks so cheery! Our LR is yellow & I love it. You can always do accent walls later if you decide you want to. :)

  141. joy says:

    I love yellow walls. They make life so much brighter.

  142. Suzanne R says:

    I love that yellow. How exciting to choose a paint color! I can’t even commit to a color to paint an old secretary. Have fun painting!

  143. Deb says:

    Looks like a good pick!

  144. Mary Ison says:

    Yellow is always good; so happy and warm. Good for you for making a decision and getting started!

  145. Rachna says:

    I just had my house repainted and know exactly how you feel, I finally put up all the pictures I wanted to and where I wanted to. Happy Painting!

  146. Jaime Thomason says:

    You can always add the blue later.

  147. diana says:

    I love that color!! Can’t wait to see it all put together! We just moved and I am in need of some paint too, but deciding on colors will take a little bit as we feel out the house! Good Job! :D

  148. Deputy's Wife says:

    You are going to love yellow. It really brightens it up and you have so many options of colors to go with it. I used to be an accent wall person, but I gave it up. Now when I see one I cringe.

    Good luck on the painting. Can’t wait to see when it is done!

  149. Adrienne says:

    Love the color! Have been toying with using a buttery shade for my (low ceiling and smaller) living room and foyer….I might just be sold!

    Enjoy the painting!

  150. Ani says:

    Just painted son #1’s room, and son #2 is giving me the evil eye…I foresee more paint in my future.

    Your room looks nice, I like that color. It is so bright and cheery. :-) Congrats on starting to feather your nest and make it your HOME.

  151. Michelle says:

    Wow. I really like that paint color. My paint color that I’m trying to do is a summer moon color by behr. Sadly, my husband couldn’t read the label and painted the ceiling that color, so now I have both yellow walls AND yellow ceiling instead of the candlelight ivory it was supposed to be.
    It will take me longer than a week to paint my dining room. Mostly because I’m still working on primer and I only get one wall done a day with a baby and a 5 year old.
    I still have the walls and the trim to do. You are my hero for ambitiously getting it done in a week. :)

  152. Michele D says:

    Wow, that looks great. We are getting ready to paint the house room by room. Ugh. It seems like we just did it, but uh, no.

  153. Mimi says:

    I love it! We also have a huge open living area that is still painted beige. This is very inspiring, and I think it’s time we took a trip to look at paint colors!

  154. Deborah says:

    I like it! We moved into our house a year ago and have painted nothing so far. I keep thinking that I’d like to paint my bathroom, of all places. Green, perhaps.

  155. Tara says:

    I don’t feel so bad for having no pictures on the walls (except where there were previous nails of course) after 8 months! It looks great so far!

  156. Amber says:

    I have never gotten around to commenting (although I have been reading your blog for years now) but I think you made a great choice! Buttery Yellow is the color I had my room for years and it always gave it a cheerful, warm glow!

  157. Lisa Lisa says:

    Looking at how high the ceilings are in picture #1, you have a lot of work ahead of you!! It will be very rewarding and satisfying once you are done :) Love the colors you chose.

  158. Kate says:

    I think it looks great so far! I can’t believe you’re doing the painting yourself! Really?

  159. Nikki says:

    Beautiful color! I can’t believe you get up on that ladder!

  160. Sharon says:

    Love the colors! They sure are high ceilings!

  161. Lisa says:

    It looks great! Can’t wait to see the finished project.

  162. Rebecca says:

    It looks great, can’t wait to see the finished product… I am currently in a house with every wall white and I can’t wait to move and paint again!

  163. Marla says:

    Great color choice. I can’t wait to see the final reveal. Want to come to my house to paint? Such an inspiration.

  164. Kimberly says:

    I still like the coffee one, but your explanation suffices. I like PICKING paint colors more than actually painting. But will do it when necessary!

  165. Brenda says:

    Love the color choices and your blog!

  166. Corey says:

    OMG! Are you doing the painting yourself on that giant ladder? Go you. Wow. I painted my breakfast room…the same color it was before…after my son learned to feed himself.

  167. FunnyGal KAT says:

    It looks great! And you are very brave to be doing the painting yourself. I had to use a stepstool to reach some areas in my house, but nothing like the extension ladder you have leaning over your staircase! Good for you!

  168. Kristi says:

    It looks great so far. I think it’s a great choice to stick to one color. I did a few colors in my house but the tannish/brown (actually called Oregon Dunes)is my favorite and now I want to paint all the other rooms that same color. You can accent with accessories. Happy painting!

  169. happy says:

    That yellow is going to be so cheerful. I painted my kitchen a similar yellow that ended being a little too bright. So, I used a glaze with a little bit of white and got exactly the look that was in my head.

  170. Jodes says:

    I think that IS actually the color of the lobby in the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC. Which helps you not at all but is a nice little trivial fact living in my brain since I was married in the Carolina Inn ten years ago. Enjoy your new living space as much as we enjoyed our wedding (which was not actually IN the lobby but people did have to pass through the lobby to get to the wedding…)

  171. Heather's Garden says:

    Hey, that’s the color I picked out of your final options! I knew I liked your taste. I think it looks great so far, but all I can think about is those plastic covered stairs and how I’d definitely fall down them. Or worse, your boys creating a slip and slide!

  172. Alison says:

    I think that’s a great color, especially since it will end up on most of the walls! That looks like a sweet, happy yellow.

    My mom’s townhouse has a similar open style to your house. Changing the paint (a neutral-y pumpkin color, oy) has only happened in the living area so far. I admire the huge undertaking painting a house the size of yours is!

  173. Billie says:

    I think the yellow you picked will look good with the rest of the house. It will compliment the other colors very well.

    I personally can’t go with a yellow in my house. I painted over all of the yellow in the house when we first moved in. It just reminds me too much of the 70’s color scheme that was in the entire house (lime green, bright blues with swirls, nasty wallpaper, lets not forget the linoleum floor in brick red style and carpet covering up beautiful hardwood floors.

    I could always use $100 from Lowes. I would just have to decide whether I want to use it to repaint every wall that has hand prints from the 10 yo or 2 yo or to finish the patio that got started while pregnant with child #2 that hasn’t seen any work since (and we have a child #3 now with a possible #4 on the way).

  174. Heidi says:

    It looks really nice! I cannot imagine painting all of those tall walls…we have 2 in our house and that is more than enough for me!

  175. shokufeh says:

    You make me want to paint my rooms.

  176. NiceMatters says:

    My favorite!! Just the color I had in mind for our home.

  177. Lee says:

    What?? You are painting your house by yourself???? OMG!

  178. Stephanie says:

    I think it looks nice- can’t wait to see the rest of it!

  179. Britt says:

    Ohhh I love to paint. I have been itching to do my boys rooms and the gift card would be awesome.

    Good Job on painting. I can’t wait to see the end result.

  180. lizneust says:

    I like it a lot - a very warm color that will probably give you lots of subtle shadings in the niches and angles.

  181. Allison says:

    I think Lyndhurst Shady Grove is my favorite color, but I agree that it might have made your house cave like in such a large dose.

    I can’t wait to have a place where I am allowed to paint colors on the walls.

  182. Kathleen says:

    More yellow than I was anticipating, but I like it! Are you doing the painting yourself? Way to go!

  183. Molly Elizabeth says:

    It is a very warm and welcoming color. I see it is from Valspar’s Historic Colors. I have found some really wonderful and rich colors from the historic colors from several paint manufacturers. Be careful on that ladder.

  184. mary says:

    I bet it took a long time to do all of the cutting in for this project!

  185. Kirsten says:

    love yellow! it was my bedroom color growing up and as an adult. wonderful to wake up to and live in.

  186. Sharon says:

    I love the color. My question though, is are you doing the actual painting?

  187. Nancy says:

    It looks wonderful, and alot like the color of my house! No wonder I like it :)

  188. Cyndi says:

    I think it looks very welcoming. I’m really most impressed with your drop cloth coverage, though.

  189. Courtney says:

    You are brave! :o) I hope you survive. Love the color!

  190. jodi says:

    Love the color. It will make your fireplace more prominent.
    Hardly noticed it with the bland colorl

  191. Jenny says:

    I vote that you paint that alcoves in the last 2 photos one of your accent colors - add a little pop of color to break it up… and easy to repaint when you get sick of the accent!

  192. Nancy R says:

    Nice. It’s cheery without being too chipper.

  193. JEN says:

    wow, that is a high staircas! Be careful. I love yellows.

  194. Ann Fisher says:

    LOVE the color!!!!

  195. Karen says:

    I love the smell of new paint. For years I couldn’t decide what colors to use, so I stuck with neutral, light tan shades (yawn). I finally woke up and made some changes, and love it! I hope you love your new walls too. Can’t wait to see the reveal next week.

  196. Wendy2 says:

    I like the color. When we moved into our house, my husband and I were of the same mind, all walls should be white, decorate with stuff instead. NOW, all but the living room walls are painted different colors. The next project to paint a different color is the dining room and living room. However, I HATE picking colors, we never agree.

  197. Kelly Stevens says:

    Looks wonderful!

  198. Kim says:

    Those colors are going to look great. Now how did you figure out how much paint you need on those walls that go on forever?
    Really are they 20 foot ceilings?
    I painted every inch of this house before we moved in….since it was a local move I could work an eight hour
    day of painting then go home and pack some more for the move.
    I used Valspar and it still looks great 6 years later.
    Oh did I mention that every wall in this house was a different shade of green? I’m so glad you didn’t go with the green!!! And mine is a modest house of 2200 square feet…….I think your living room is bigger than that!

    Good luck with it and be careful on that latter.

  199. Johna says:

    Such a happy color!

  200. Lilly says:

    Buttery lemon yellow is my favorite color and most of my walls are painted with it. I think way back when I bough my paint, the swatch color was called ‘Michaelangelo’ which sounds classier than ‘Buttered Corn’ which is a little more descriptive.

  201. Kirstin Melaas says:

    Love it!! looks yellower (word?) than the swatch on my computer. I wish you’d have someone take a photo of you on the scary ladder…

  202. Michele says:

    I bought my first house last fall. Thank goodnes the living room was recently painted and I liked it. It took me forever to choose a color for my guest room and then again for my office. My sister took one look at the office and said ohhhh, your so daring ;-) beige! LOL, it is hard and in my case I don’t know why, it is only paint and my rooms are small. Your choice looks great and I hope you have some help.

  203. Erin R says:

    I love the color, it is not what I expected, but it is loooking good so far!

  204. Erin says:

    It is looking very good! Good luck with the project — it’s a lot of work.

  205. Kathleen says:

    It looks great! Jealous of that high ladder. I love to paint.

  206. Pam says:

    I really like it. I painted my great room almost the same color. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  207. Emily says:

    Looks bright & cheery, sunshine all year long.

  208. Connie F-G says:

    I too am painting right now. We have a French foreign exchange student coming and her favorite color is red! So, I am going with an accent wall in red. The rest will be a more basic cream. Then I can change that red wall easily enough later if I want…or not! Don’t know about you, my arms hurt! But, I don’t have to get on a ladder this time! I don’t envy you the high ceilings right now…

  209. kellie says:

    I so need to paint and as I watch you do it…I become even more inspired…to keep watching you. I would have to hire somone, my husband and I would kill each other before we finished…I love the color and can’t wait to see it finished! I loved watching your old house turn into a home…

  210. liv says:

    love the color — that was the one i voted for (tho, i’m not sure if i actually left a comment communicating that..). good choice, and congrats on taking the plunge!

  211. Ashley B. Chandler says:

    Good choice! It looks great and you are right it will make you feel much more at home.

  212. Joy H says:

    Beautiful choice; happy painting. BUT, Uhem, that ladder is high, yikes!

  213. Michelle says:

    I love yellow! We have a yellow kitchen (which is supposed to make you eat more)and I love how bright and sunny it is - even in the yucky winters!

  214. Julie says:

    Girl, I can’t believe you are painting while on top of that ladder….I’m scared for your life too! The color looks nice so far, can’t wait to see it finished!

  215. Abby says:

    I’m impressed that you’re doing all the painting yourself! I just painted our smallish bedroom, and that was enough for me!

  216. Crystal says:

    It looks great! I love the yellow. We just moved into a new house and I need some inspiration for the new playroom! My daughters vote for pink!

  217. Kate says:

    I love the color! I am glad you went with it, I picked that one as well :)

    Good luck I hope you don’t die from painting I am looking forward to seeing the end result!

  218. Katherine says:

    I love the color. I actually stayed at the Carolina Inn (in Chapel Hill) and this color does remind me of that trip. Beautiful.

    When we moved in, we painted literally every surface of our house (ceilings, walls, trim) I’m hoping we’re done, but every now and then I do find myself thinking about an accent wall here, another color there.

  219. daniele says:

    Love the yellow! Can’twait to see more.

  220. Amy says:

    Maybe I’ll get my act together and paint our family room downstairs. I painted it 7 years when we moved in and it’s gotten some serious abuse over the years. It’s not as daunting a project as your house though so maybe there’s hope for me!

  221. Cincy says:

    Chris! Are you really doing that yourself? You’re a better man than me, Gunga Din.

  222. Jen says:

    I bought a house a month ago, and currently have about 12 paint swatches taped up in the den, trying to decide on the right color. After that, we’ll decide on the bedroom furniture which will lead to the bedding, which will hopefully lead to the color of the bedroom….I appreciated the website you used to show the colors from Valspar!


  223. Jamie says:

    We just moved into a house and I’m dying to paint it anything different than the white builder’s flat that just can’t stand up to my four kids. But, we still have a house to sell before I can justify the expense : (

  224. Grace says:

    GREAT color. My BIL’s parents have an even brighter yellow on their walls & it looks gorgeous like yours.

  225. Lynette says:

    I, too, have stayed at the Carolina Inn and the lobby is a warm and inviting place (with fairly high ceilings). Good choice! When I’m ready to pick colors for my kitchen, I’m coming back to these posts and re-reading the suggestions.

  226. Colleen says:

    Ha, perfect! We did ours in what appears to be the (insert name of other brand here) equivalent (assuming the swatch on my monitor is even near being a match to my walls), and I love it. I was going to try and figure out the Valspar equivalent to recommend for you, but I’m lazy. I really like the way it looks different in the different lights of the day and soothing at night when the lamps are on.

    Congrats on making your house your own. In three years I’ve done my living room and entry way. I still have the dining room, hallway and guest bath before I decide on the colors for the bedroom.

  227. Natalie says:

    Love the color! I have a similar buttery yellow in my kitchen/dining room. It’s nice and sunny even in our dreary MN winters! I hope you enjoy it!

  228. kris says:

    we are so bad at picking colors we have painted some rooms in this house 3 times in a 4 yr period…

  229. TLR says:

    Love it even if it’s more yellow than I thought. I am in the process of picking exterior colors for my 3 story Victorian that I will be painting myself. Last time I did this, I tied myself to a desk inside the 3rd floor in case I fell off the ladder. My neighbors loved the circus show every day.
    I hope you have banished the kids from the house while you are up there. You’re tiny enough that you could tie yourself to the chandelier for added safety.

  230. E's Mommy says:

    So pretty! I love the yellow.

  231. Carrissa Barbee says:

    Glad you chose a yellow - that’s what I suggested! Bet you’re glad you don’t have tiny ones underfoot while you’re painting anymore. Sigh. I have to run upstairs now - I can hear my 3 yo got ahold of the can of Lysol and is spraying it EVERYWHERE. Good luck with painting!

  232. Dianna says:

    I like the color! I think it would be really pretty in a kitchen, too. Have always wanted a bright, cheery yellow kitchen. Hope it goes well!

  233. Mary Watkins says:

    YAY! Paint!

  234. Heather R. says:

    Love the color you choose! We’re renting so no painting the walls for us.

  235. Alison C says:

    I have to say when I looked at the swatch I thought the colour was a bit boring. But on the walls? Gorgeous!

    You aren’t really going up that ladder are you?

  236. diane says:

    Yellow, such a nice mellow color - looks great! Can’t wait to see the end result. Good Luck!

  237. Alyssa says:

    I love painting! But I also don’t have huge high ceilings. Love the color!

  238. Jen says:

    I think it looks lovely! I wish I had the guts to use color, but I’m stuck with clean cream walls. Which are a nightmare to clean. Maybe if I win that gift certificate I can splurge on a color…

  239. Lori says:

    Yellow is good! It shouts ‘HAPPY’!!

  240. Brigitte says:

    Ha! I tried doing my own painting ONCE, in college, for about half a wall. I decided then that no matter how poor I am, it’s worth scraping up the money to pay someone ELSE to do it!

  241. Dot says:

    Your color choice is very nice. I posted about painting my bathroom way back in 2007.

  242. Kathryn says:

    Love it! And I love that you are enjoying your home more now that you’ve invested some thought and time.

  243. Not June Cleaver says:

    I love it! I wonder if these brown/blue combos will be the avacado green and harvest gold of my childhood or the mauve and blue of the early 90s?

  244. Kathryn says:

    Linked on my blog:

  245. Sarah says:

    Lovely color! I’m in my own painting hell right now too…I feel your pain.

  246. Beth says:

    Wow! That is going to be sunny and bright and warm! I love yellow, but I never think to suggest it as a paint color because there are Certain Factions in my household who despise it. Good luck with the painting!

  247. Suzy says:

    It is hard to pick the right yellow, especially when you need to match it to the tile and grout. I think you did a great job. Plus, I love it when the rooms are all one color because so many people go overboard with accent colors and walls. You should put up a picture when you are done so we can see what it all looks like without the ladder, drapings and all the painting must-havesl

  248. Suzy says:

    I put your giveaway up on my blog.

  249. Marci says:

    Oh I would LOVE to win this because I’m repainting some walls and I love repainting furniture- fingers crossed!

  250. keri says:

    Chris, the color looks very warm & inviting.. I can’t believe you’re painting that all yourself -thats a high ladder!!!!!!!!

  251. Laura says:

    I like it! And if you’re doing ALL THAT space by yourself, then surely I can handle my (much more reasonable) living room. Thanks for the inspiration!

  252. Caren says:

    I love yellow! I wanted a warm yellow kitchen, but when I got my paing home and started painting, it was not warm at all. It ended up being almost neon. Having said that, I love your yellow. :) It looks perfect.

  253. Margaret says:

    Love the color, very cheerful!

  254. Jenny says:

    With all that carefully placed plastic and the really tall ladder, you would think some pros came in to do the actual work! Good luck…the color looks great!

  255. Meredith says:

    Nice color! My house is painted Philadelphia Cream, which, when painted on my walls, looks like Southern Living yellow. I love it!

  256. Carmen says:

    Very warmand friendly. Nice choice.

  257. Robin says:

    looks good! We are almost done with our current project room (which has been the project room for over 2 years now!) I just need trim installed around 1 window, and then I can move onto the next room. I am hoping the next room will go much quicker, as in days instead of years till completion,.

  258. elz says:

    I love yellow, we have it in our kitchen and dining room. It was really hard to decide on a yellow color. So,once we had one we liked, I decided to paint 2 rooms with it! Good luck.

  259. Lari says:

    We’re about to paint our boys’ room and repaint the living room. That GC would be fantastic!

  260. Jaye says:

    I feel your pain. We are repainting this week too. Every muscle in my body hurts - even ones I didn’t know I had! And I have come the the conclusion that vaulted ceilings and crown moulding are way over-rated!

  261. Christy says:

    Very nice! I’m impressed that you’re tackling those two story walls yourself. Hang in there - just got done with a round of painting myself & I know how loooong the process can feel. But now I love it when I walk into my room & see the color on the walls. So glad you went with a color instead of the beige - it looks very warm & inviting. :)

  262. Amanda says:

    looks good!!

  263. Chrissie says:

    It is a beautiful color on the swatch, though it does look a little more “lemony” on the walls. But I bet it will look slightly different in every room. Overall, based on what you said, I think it’s the best choice for your house :) Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  264. Tammy says:

    I have just completed a color change in just 1/2 my house with standard height ceilings…. If I had your ceiling woulda had to call in the professionals! Love the color!

  265. Tamara says:

    I like the yellow! :) My husband recently finished building our house and I had an entire house to paint. Just finished last week or so. Picking that many colors at once is insane. I hardly blame you for picking one color and sticking with it! Enjoy!

  266. Chris in NY says:

    It is indeed a lovely color, and will change with the light. You are probably best not to go with a green throughout the house.

  267. Alicia G. says:

    I LOVE the new color! Great choice. Yellow is my absolute favorite color. I drive a bright yellow Jeep Wrangler. And I painted my foyer and formal dining room Goldenrod. It’s a very bold yellow. My neighbor across the street told me how much she loved it when I opened my front door. She was standing on her porch when she yelled it across the street lol.

    My dining room suite is a dark wood with inlays. I accented with burgundy sheers and sage green table linens, all pulled together in the area rug. It’s a very handsome, rich looking room. This is the first room you walk through to the casual areas at the back of the house. Those rooms are painted sage green and have the other colors to accent. I always say when people come in my house, the house greets them with the Goldenrod saying “Hello! How ARE you?!” and the sage green rooms saying “Come in, sit down for a while”.

  268. Katheryn says:

    I would love to win. We are redoing my son’s room, and will definitely need paint. I think the husband is planning on painting a mural in his room. We’ll see.

  269. Holly says:

    I usually don’t like yellow, but I think since it’s not a light pastel yellow I actually really do like it. I hope you are putting your sons to work!

  270. Julie says:

    Very nice! Most of the living areas in my previous house were a yellow/gold warm color. I loved it! It seemed to coordinate with just about everything, which is good because I really suck at decorating!

    The house we’re in now is all builder’s beige. I would paint, but it’s on the market now so we’re keeping the blah neutral.

    Good luck painting. At least you’ll get almost immediate results — always nice to feel like you’re accomplishing more than you really are. Ha.

  271. Tiff says:

    The names of paint colors these days crack me up. I always imagine a group of designer/marketing types in high level meetings discussing these silly phrases. Lookin good there in “Carolina Inn Lobby Yellow”. You may just feel like ordering room service from your couch, or expecting maid service to pick up all those beach towels from now on.

  272. Ami says:

    The pictures make the paint look much lighter/brighter than the electronic image swatch. In real life does it match the swatch better? Anyway, congratulations!! Hope you LOVE it!

  273. mamalang says:

    ANd I need paint for my living room! No really. I have the gallon for the accent wall, as it was on the oops table and was excatly the color I was waiting for, but I need the 2 gallons for the other 2 walls, and another gallon for our halls. And then a gallon or two for our den. And then our house will finally have color on every wall, as opposed to the shades of tan that the people that lived there before us liked.

    THe master bedroom had an accent wall, but we couldn’t tell until the night we moved in and I walked into one of the corners looking at the floor. The colors were so close they blended.

  274. maria says:

    Congrats on going with color!!!! Our house is mostly greens and yellows - except for the boys room - they picked red! I get tired of cream and brown walls. Enjoy and be careful on that ladder.

  275. Kim says:

    Love it! I love yellow - its so cheery. Its impossible to be depressed in a yellow house.

  276. Kathy says:

    We are also due to paint. Seems like we just finished. Partial to the yellow hues - my husband does not understand the subtleties of color. “Why do we have 5 cans of YELLOW???”

  277. Norah says:

    I wish I had your motivation!! If I win that giftcard maybe it will do the trick ;o)

  278. Dena says:

    I’m glad you picked a color. I’m not a fan of yellow, but I can’t wait to see the finished product. Thanks! and be safe on that ladder!

  279. Kathleen says:

    I hope your air conditioner works well…. that looks like a hot and sweaty job… the color will go great with the couch.

  280. Kelsey says:

    I love the color! Accent walls or not, I think it will look great!

  281. Gina says:

    What fun - I love it. I think it will look fantastic when all put together.

  282. Superwoman Quest says:

    I had a buttery yellow in my old home and loved it. I chose a “Caffe Latte” color for my new home and in the living room have an accent wall with “Farmhouse red” on it. Very Nice! Now I’m moving offices and need to paint.

  283. Melissa says:

    That looks pretty!

  284. Monica says:

    I am impressed it is getting done in a single year!

  285. Steph says:

    This is the exact color of my office and I big puffy heart it! It’s a color that feels warm in the winter and cool in the summer, plus it gets bonus points because you can literally hang just about anything on the walls and it looks good!

  286. Jenny says:

    Chris, I am so glad that you chose a yellow. I LOVE that color and how it goes with the others- good job picking!

  287. Carolyn R (the other one) says:

    You do that with 7 kids in the house and no taping? Holy CRAP! I’m not worthy…I’m not worthy!

    My last house had ceilings that tall. We never painted (in our defense we were only there 3 years (AND with babies…yeah, right, so we were going to paint?)

    I think you’ll find you’ll gradually figure out where you can add the splash of color.

    I am curious…did the DH have any input? Mine’s color blind (really) so he could give a rip just as long as he doesn’t have to say “our living room is painted periwinkle”.

  288. Lori Hurley says:

    OMG OMG OMG!!! That is MY color!!! I have a different brand but the color is the same… buttery yellow. I love it. I have it in all of my hallways and in the side foyer. It makes me HAPPY!!!

    Yellow is a hard color and the first time it was painted I felt like I was living inside of a lemon. The buttery color was perfect!

  289. Christie says:

    I live near Chapel Hill, NC. I feel the need to go check out the Carolina Inn and see if that is really the lobby color.

  290. Christie says:

    Love the buttery-lemon color! We’ve been in this house for two years now and I’ve painted exactly two bathrooms. Every other room in this house is “Antique White”. Bedrooms, living room, kitchen, everything… and I’m hoping to change that soon when we finally pick some colors. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

  291. RebeccaLand says:

    Large spaces visually work better, my opinion only, with one neutral color. Pictures, accessories & furniture personalize and will make a space that represents your family.

  292. Tasha says:

    We also recently painted our new house in a yellow color, called pollen grains. Love yellow! Your yellow color looks great in the picture. I hope you don’t have the “orange peel” wall texture like we do. It makes painting super hard!

  293. emily says:

    I think it looks nice so far. If I win, maybe I can make my son’s bedroom walls actually match ANY of the decor in his room. :)

  294. Honor says:

    I LOVE the color you chose. My kitchen is painted a very similar buttery yellow color (was here when we moved in), and I adore it. Looking forward to the after photos.

  295. Emily says:

    Love the color!!!

  296. nancy says:

    Good luck, love the color. I painted my walls a very pale buttery yellow, it turned out great. Of course I ran out of paint and energy before I made it all the way down the hall…

  297. Amy M says:

    looks great, Chris! I’m always impressed when someone up and paints something. choosing the color is the step I always get hung up on.

  298. vanessa says:

    it’s a nice color…and I am very impressed that you are doing it yourself!

  299. Samantha says:

    Bright and welcoming, looks great!

  300. Monica says:

    That looks great! I work down the street from that paint’s namesake, FWIW.

  301. JoAnne says:

    Love the yellow! I’ve been wanting to repaint our downstairs forever. It is all a green similar to the one you show above. I want to go yellow also!

  302. April says:

    I love the new color and your house is amazing ! Good luck with getting all that painted - that is the worst thing, but once its all done it will look great.

  303. Cat says:

    I think the color you chose goes wonderfully. I love the name, esp. since The Carolina Inn is abou 20 mins. from me. We did our dining room and kitchen and now it is time to do our bedroom so I’m getting some great ideas from your post.

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  305. Selena says:

    Great choice! Thanks for sharing the pictures, can’t believe you are doing that yourself! Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

  306. Brandi says:

    Can’t wait to see how it all turns out! My husband would have had a heart attack if I had told him I was painting practically the whole house yellow! :)

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  308. Vivian says:

    I love color and love painting projects, I’m just not a painter myself - I don’t have the steady hand or the patience to do so, so I am in awe of your abilities and determanitiaio to find the right color. I like the color you picked but if you don’t you can always paint over - that’s what good about paint it can always be “fixed” (with a good primer and some good coats!) (BTW hate walpaper with a passion!)

  309. Katie R says:

    I have always wanted to paint a room (or more!) yellow. It is such a cheerful color. However, I’ve never actually mustered enough motivation to paint…One of these days…

  310. Dee says:

    That yellow is great! I wouldn’t have thought so upon seeing just the paint at the store but this looks great! :) You’re doing a really nice job!

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  313. Jen says:

    When I was a kid, my parents always painted my room yellow. I really wanted blue, but they had some reason why it had to be yellow. It put me off yellow for quite awhile, but I love it now (and have lots of yellow in my house now). Good luck painting. I hope it goes quickly!

  314. Anne says:

    I like the color, but I think yellow is a hard one to pick based on paint chips. I hate painting stairways, good luck!

  315. Michelle says:

    It looks way better on the walls than in the swatch! Excited for the final reveal.

  316. Laura says:

    Very simular to what i am painting my bedroom right now. Really starting to like it,even though i was not sure of it.

  317. Lauren says:

    I just finished (well, almost) painting my whole house, and only repainted TWO rooms! Colors are hard.

  318. Michelle B. says:

    We have a bedroom that is two walls that are similar to your yellow and two that are butternut squash orange - so I love your pick! It’s going to look great!

  319. mary says:

    I think that’s my kitchen color…I love the upbeat feeling I get from it!

  320. Dana says:

    Love the color!

  321. Jodi says:

    Hey, Carolina Inn! That is an actual hotel in Chapel Hill, NC, on the campus of the University of North Carolina. I went to school there. At the university, not the hotel.

    And I hate accent walls.

  322. kia says:

    That is going to look fantastic when finished.

  323. Chris says:

    Just about our whole house is a mix of different shades of blue. I like to say that it goes with the ‘beachy’ theme since we live on the SC coast, but I would love a yellow in the entry instead of the sand color we have now. So. Boring.
    Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  324. April says:

    I love the color you chose. Looks great!

  325. Stephanie says:

    Looks great–although I would probably hire out a painter with those tall ceilings!!!

  326. ilene says:

    I like the slim yellow edging. That’s a difficult thing to do neatly. My room has a bit of colored edging, and it was a lot of trouble.

  327. Melanie @ Mel, A Dramatic Mommy says:

    Accent paint makes a huge difference. I used to wok for a builder. One part of my job was to go to the model homes of our competitors. I love looking at models and I got so many great ideas for wall treatments. I have two purple accent walls waiting for some art to jazz them up!

  328. Susan C. says:

    This looks great! I can’t wait to see the finished project!

  329. tammy says:

    love the choice and shocked that you are painting it yourself you go girl

  330. karen says:

    Yay! I suggested yellow (a different shade), so I’m happy that’s what you went with. It looks great so far. Yellow is such a bright, happy color.

  331. Charity S. says:

    Really looks good! I wish I could be that creative, but I’m not.

  332. Erin says:

    I cannot imagine trying to paint that stairway. I got vertigo just looking at the ladder… Because I am an enormous wimp about heights.

    I love the colors and can’t wait to see the big reveal. :)