January 31, 2019

The first step for beginning work on our master bedroom was paint! I wanted a very subtle blue-gray-green. And I wanted to make sure it was subtle. I feel like people often want a subtle color for a room, but picking from paint swatches is hard and you have to go EXTREMELY muted or else once it’s up in full form on all four walls it ends up intense anyway. (I feel like this is many a mother’s dilemma when they wanted a soft pink for their daughter’s room. What looks relatively pale on the swatch ends up still electric and bright.)

I did all my tricks – only looking in the “neutrals” section of the paint deck, definitely doing test pots, trying the color at 75%, and of course having the paint desk person tweak it even a little more for me at the end (adding some black). I did not want to paint this room twice, so I even rolled the whole test pot out on an entire wall.

Paint colors are pretty much always a little stressful but I am SO HAPPY with this color! It is EXACTLY what I wanted. And if you’re looking for a blue-gray-green too it is very good. It’s clearly “a color” and adds a lot of personality, but still has a subtleness that makes it almost like a neutral. I love it! Some of these photos are brightened so it looks a bit darker in person.

It was a complicated color match. It started as farrow & ball’s “light blue,” but then I tweaked it a touch (because the color match computer cannot be trusted!!).

Here is a picture of the label if you want them to whip some up for you at home depot. I also tried behr’s “krypton” (left) and sherwin williams “sea salt” (right).

The other thing that has made me really happy with our bedroom is that we painted EVERYTHING. I noticed this as something I was seeing in lots of rooms I was inspired by (just a few examples are herehere, here). All the trim and moulding and doors are painted the wall color.

To me it looks so nice in a room that is a touch of traditional or victorian. The uniform color feels really sophisticated and clean. It lets the details come out more too. And sometimes chunky white trim with a bright colored wall can feel early 2000’s to me.

Just one small illustration is the before and after of the closet doors.

MUCH more polished. It makes the room feel larger without the choppiness of white doors. And since shuttered bi-folds are not my favorite I feel like painting them the wall color minimized them significantly, and I really don’t mind them now.

Oh and outlet covers. I definitely paint the outlet covers the wall color.

The chair rail was in the middle of the wall, and we moved it up to a 3/4 height. I may wallpaper above it. But wallpaper is expensive! So even if I don’t for a while, I think it looks stylish at a 3/4 up level.

We’d been living with our bedroom for so long. I thought of it just as an unoffensive white room that I could deal with. Now that all the walls are repaired, wiped, and caulked I realize how dingy it was.

Paint always feels so good. Next up we are addressing the most important part of the bedroom situation by building a platform bed!

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  • Chris Gross

    Hi Rachel, I have tried twice now to match wall and trim and failed! the trim does NOT come out the same color…just looks white. In my bedroom I had the painter do the open staircase risers same as walls to blend in and in the kitchen I wanted two small cabinets to “disappear” so could get the look of open shelving. In both cases he put Bullseye123 primer on the wood before applying the same paint color as wall, but both times it looks white. In the kitchen, I even had him use satin finish on the wood…didn’t help. Any idea What the heck is going on here?

  • Becky Mitchum

    Rachel, I could use your help in my very large kitchen. I love the look you show us – of painting trim/doors/wall the same. In fact I love it so much I even want to use the same color formula you shared on the lid! But here is my dilemma: the ceiling color in my kitchen.

    I just finished painting my kitchen cabinets and frames white. Countertops are black-grey granite. Crown molding and baseboards and doors are natural light wood. Walls are Sherwin Williams URBAN PUTTY from before I painted my cabinets white (cabinets used to be antique glaze). Backsplash is tumbled marble in a sandy color. Ceilings are URBAN PUTTY, but 50% lighter (I think that’s the ratio). I’m trying to avoid having to paint my ceilings. The UB color on the walls works with the white cabinets and grey-black granite… I can leave it, and just use UB now to paint trim and doors to get the look you showed us. OR I can use the paint color you used, paint my walls/trim/doors. Will URBAN PUTTY cut to 50% on the ceiling clash with that color you used? I’m locked up with indecision. PLEASE HELP ME!

    • Rachel Schultz

      I don’t think so! In my dining room the ceiling is a very different white than the walls and it doesn’t bother me at all. Hope it turns out great. Your kitchen sounds beautiful. <3

  • laura haines

    Did you use the same wall paint on the trim, or did you get the same color in a trim paint?

    • Rachel Schultz

      Yep, I did same everywhere.

  • I really love this, rachel! I also am really into the paint-everything-the-same-color trend right now and I want to do it in my house but I feel really nervous about doing it myself. I want to do it but we have traditional wood trim all throughout our house and people really seem to love it when they come in, and so I wonder if I paint it if selling the house will be harder? also, I wouldn’t want to do it everywhere and would it look weird if I only did it in some places?? ugh, sorry for the novel but it stresses me out. any advice is appreciated!!

    • Rachel Schultz

      <3 I am not in the camp of opposition to or fear mongering of painting wood. Some places in my house I’ve kept it and some I haven’t. I think it doesn’t have a bearing on resale. Also I don’t know what people in general mean when they say it’s “permanent” to paint. Like, there’s wood trim for sale at Home Depot if it’s an actual ruined your house catastrophe. (Probably won’t be.) And always keeping the wood because someone’s afraid to paint is effectively a permanent decision too. I say if you don’t *love* it, paint it. Also I did go gradually in places I wasn’t sure.

      • thank you for this! part of it is just some fear surrounding trends because I think, wonder if I just like this because it’s a trend and then the trend changes and I don’t like it anymore? but that’s no way to live your life.

        • Rachel Schultz

          that’s true though i can relate

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