Are you tired of seeing the same gray-on-greige paint palettes on Pinterest? I’M NOT! I still break into a Richard Simmons style sweat everytime I see a well-coordinated neutral palette. HOWEVER, there is something to be said for some well-placed colours that not only work WITH gray, but ENHANCE it. That’s right o’ Great World of Pinterest, I said the ‘c’ word – COLOUR!
And that’s why I want to show you this next project – which happens to be my BFF Kim’s home (I captured her via a tranquilizer dart and forced the Kool-Aid down her throat – lucky girl).
Kim loved country style with a nod to farmhouse, but didn’t want to go full-steam ahead with trends such as shiplap, tons of distressed/painted furniture and the usual ‘white on gray on greige on beige on taupe on mushroom on cream’, type of paint palette (all in one breath too!). So, we decided to use some ‘thoughtful colour placement,’ to work with the homes existing colours/features and to capture the mood that Kim wanted to create in her home.
Living Room and Dining Room
The entire left side of the house is pretty much living room and dining room, with the kitchen and entryway branching off on either end. It was VITAL that this colour set the right foundation to support the more ‘colourful’ sides of the adjoining rooms.
And the paint colour is NONE other than Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter (read ALL about it here). And this is one of those RARE times when rather than going a muddy green, Revere Pewter picks up a faint stony blue undertone. This can happen when you have the ‘perfect storm’ of exposure, trim colour, interior lighting and a bottle of wine.
See the entryway in the upper left corner? We tied the colour of the entryway (and kitchen) into the living and dining room via yellow accents – this helped to create flow from space to space.
Country Kitchen and Eating Nook
Painted a beautiful sunshiny yellow, this room is radiant and inviting! Because all of the main floor windows are underneath a deck, the natural light is slightly diffused coming in and could make some paint colours feel a bit flat and dull. The golden warmth of Benjamin Moore Suntan Yellow radiates out of this room and invites everyone in (or maybe it’s just the beer fridge).
In the photo above, you can see how Revere Pewter makes a GREAT back-drop to the warm yellow kitchen.
The cabinets are a colour very close to Benjamin Moore Navajo White with quartz countertops and a golden oak floor.
We spend a lot of time at this table! With French doors leading out to the pool (everyone needs a friend with a pool, now we’re waiting for them to get us a boat…wink wink Clint), the kitchen is definitely the hub and heart of this home. And for my friends in the USA, I know a pool is a common feature down there, however up here on the West Coast of Canada, a pool is a novelty and bathing suits are optional!
Read more: 3 Neutral Farmhouse Country Paint Palettes
Entryway and Hallway
Attached to the kitchen is the entryway. With creamy wainscoting and a built-in bench, it’s not just a simple transition area, it really sets the stage for the rest of the home with its colour, warm wood tones and accents.
And you can see a sneak-peek of Kim’s home office to the left – one of my FAVE colours…
Kim’s Home Office
For her home office, Kim wanted something a bit ‘West Coast’ inspired, which was an easy look to get with Benjamin Moore Stonybrook. Stonybrook is a super fabulous blend of blue and gray with some green in it which stops it from falling too cold or shadowed looking.
This is where Kim works on her website, Vancouver Island View. An AWESOME resource for those of us living on Vancouver Island and for all of the tourists that come to visit our beautiful island (passive aggressive travel suggestion…). And if you look closely you can see a lovely little ginger in the photo (because all gingers are lovely and if you disagree we’ll steal your soul).
Now let’s go upstairs and take a pee(k) in the guest bathroom.
The Guest Bathroom
With it’s cool blue vibe, the guest bathroom is a fresh retreat for company (or when I don’t want them to hear me peeing in the powder room downstairs).
Benjamin Moore Smoke, is the perfect complement to the blue vinyl flooring and countertops – giving it a fresh, beachy vibe!
The Guest Bedroom
The guest bedroom is also a soft blue paint colour – Benjamin Moore Glace Bay.
Glace Bay is a soft, fresh blue that is relatively neutral in that it doesn’t lean strongly purple or green toned (which blue just LOVES to do).
Read more: The Best Blue and Blue/Green Paint Colours
The Love Shack
And finally – where the magic happens. Well, that’s what her hubby Clint likes to think anyway.
You’re looking at Benjamin Moore Fernwood Green, a soft muted green with a subtle earth-toned base that calms things down, giving this green a farmhouse country vibe. And I blurred out their faces in the photos because Clint is just so DARNED good-lookin’ that I didn’t want Kim to get jealous of the fan mail he’d get.
So there you have it – a colourful country home! Feeling inspired to add some colour to your home?
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