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Now that we are about mid-way through the construction of our home, we are making decisions left and right on colors and finishes. I recently detailed our experience selecting kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities, which was a whirlwind of decisions all at once. This is definitely the fun part of new home design!
One thing that you want to do when selecting a color palette for your home is to look at samples and paint chips in your house and IN the rooms that you plan to use them in. This is so the natural light will hit each color and you can get a better idea about how the real deal will look once used in your house. We did this both in the morning and the night since the lighting will be different during each day part.
A friend of mine recently opened up her new art studio shop, called Ink Reel Art Studio. Ashley creates beautiful one-of-a-kind original Alcohol Ink Paintings. She also offers prints and digital/printables in her shop. I am obsessed with her work! They are unlike anything that I have seen, and I cannot wait to hang this gorgeous abstract original in our son's room. One of the things that I love about Ashley's shop is that she donates a portion of all sales to an organization called Babies of Homelessness, a phenomenal organization that raises awareness of the innocent babies, toddlers, and young children living in homeless encampments. Gorgeous paintings and a great cause?! Yes, please!
I took this 11x14 Alcohol Ink Painting and walked it around to several rooms in our house and it looked different in each room depending on the natural light. This painting already fits into the cool color palette that I am leaning towards for this room, and I cannot wait to see the finished look!
When it comes to light in other areas of our home, my husband recently finished the below red brick wall that will be a support wall in our garage. I took this photo in the evening time when the light hits the brick perfectly to make the various reds pop. I told him that this wall will definitely be used in the future as a backdrop to my photography! This wall looks completely different in the morning with the light is coming in from a different angle.
For our kitchen sink, we were torn between two colors in two different finishes - Ricotta and Parchment in a quartz and a fireclay material. The Parchment is slightly more off-white than the ricotta. After looking at the samples several times in our kitchen space, we decided that the Ricotta Quartz was the winning color and finish. It can be tough to envision what an entire sink will look like, but comparing samples side by side in a given room will help you greatly to nail down a decision.
With our kitchen cabinets, we had three different shades of white to choose from. When looked at side-by-side in our kitchen space, it was easy to see that two of the samples had a yellow hue to them. I loved the way these colors looked while in the cabinet showroom, but once in our space, it was evident that we need to go with a crisp decora white instead of a white dove color.
Now that the electrical, mechanical, and plumbing work has been installed, we are about to move into the drywall phase of construction. Mike and I elected to paint our entire house ourselves. Talk about an endeavor!! We will not have time to be repainting any walls, so it is important to get the colors correct at the start. This is going to involve many paint samples to ensure we have the best color selection for each room. For the most part, we plan to stay fairly neutral, but I am definitely going to want to have a few accent walls.
Having good lighting in our new house was a priority for me. I want all of the colors that we end up selecting to illuminate and pop the best that they can. We opted for extra large windows throughout our house and we have the house positioned to catch the most sun (which is the southwest corner of a house) in our most used rooms. Selecting a color palette can be difficult at times, but take your time with it, and make sure you looking at everything at different angles and during different times of day in order to get the best idea for how the end look will be.