It all started because my rug got ruined. I won’t go into how because that is a story all on its own. But lets just say I needed a new rug.
“Well, if we are getting a new rug we might as well recover the bench and if we are doing that we might as well paint the walls…… and so on and so forth. We have all been there, right?
I have always loved my family room. And even though I am changing things up a bit, that does not mean everything is getting hauled off. We have plans to finish our attic someday and to me an attic would be the perfect place for my Americana inspired decor. So I will store what I don’t repurpose for the new family room and use it in the future for the attic space.
I have loved my golden walls. They are so rich and warm and make our family room seem so homey. But the new look begged for something a little lighter. I still want to stay in the yellow family though.
If you have ever tried to pick out a yellow paint color you KNOW how hard it can be. Those little paint cards lie. LIE, I tell ya. They tell you they are a nice buttery yellow and then you paint your room and they scream bright lemon.
So here are my tips for picking out a yellow color that won’t overwhelm you.
*Always go more tan than you think you want. It may look like it is too tan but trust me, you get it on the whole wall and it will brighten up. If you choose the perfect color on the paint chip, it will come out too bright.
*ALWAYS buy a sample can. Those half pint little jars of paint are huge life savers. And for less than $5.00 it is a cheap way to ensure you have the right color before you buy a couple of gallons of the stuff. If you don’t want to paint a section of your wall then get cardboard or plywood and paint that. Put the plywood in your space and live with it for a few days. You need to see how it will look in the morning, evening, and at night with your lights.
*Yellow, like most colors, has an undertone. There are yellows with a blueish green undertone, yellows with an orange undertone and yellows with a brown undertone. And sometimes you can really tell until you get them in your home and hold them up to the wall in natural light. Another way to tell is if the paint card has multiple shades of the color, look at the darkest color and you should be able to tell if it is cool or warm.
*Be okay with the fact that you may have to buy several sample cans of paint before you find the right one. Yellow is tricky to get right. Just go into it with low expectations. And if you do get it right the first time then you can reward yourself with some chocolate that you bought with the money you would have spent on other sample cans :)
Here is my wall full of color choices……. Some of which are very wrong. In my defense they looked much better in the store. Which is why you never pick a color and buy the paint all in one trip.
And here are my top two choices. I actually may pour both sample cans together stir them up and call it good. Because I can’t decided.
Aside from painting and getting a new rug, I will be building a few things, getting pillows (mine got ruined in the wash by he who shall remain nameless), adding more pictures, and recovering my bench. I haven’t convinced my hubby that the ceiling fan needs to go yet. But maybe……ummmm…. something will happen to it………payback for the pillows?
Here is a tiny peek at some of the elements that may or may not make the final cut.