It’s no mystery that changing to a new color of paint is one of the easiest ways to change up the vibe of a room. It’s also is a great way to bring something cohesive to your entire home’s color palette.

When we started painting after we moved in we made some pretty bold decisions, and learned some pretty serious lessons about color choices. We chose two bold colors for the living room and office. We’ve kept Behr’s Minted Lemon in the living room, but our choice of Olympic One’s “Sunbeam” has always worried us. Here’s the office as it appeared a few weeks ago.

Yellow Office Sunbeam

In the photo it doesn’t look that bad I suppose, but walking into that room everyday was a bit of a jarring experience. I’m not one to be afraid of color or bold decisions, but I just don’t think we have that kind of house. Maybe with a little more natural light it could have worked.

Wave's Crest versus Sunbeam

The new color we chose was “Wave’s Crest” by Valspar. As soon as we started painting we were worried we’d gone too light or too white. Once we had finished the room, let it dry and looked at it the next morning I think we realized we’d made the right decision. Then we cleaned up the trim with a new coat of white paint and we were done.

Office Painted with Wave's Crest

Overall I think it really brightens up the room and if nothing else it looks a lot better with the finish on our floors. The yellow may have been more tolerable when we had carpet, but with the refinished hardwood it really clashed.

Let us know if you think we’ve made the right color decision. Stay tuned to find out what we paint next, the kitchen? the basement? or a repaint of the living room?

Painting Again?

That’s right…we’re thinking of painting again! Yes, we’ve only been in the house for just over 1 year, but we’re starting to realize that “Minted Lemon”, featured in our living room, and “Sunbeam”, featured in our office, are not meshing very well. You can read all about our 1st adventure in painting by clicking here! Because the office and living room are directly next to one another, it’s sort of like shared space. We think we need to find a way to make the colors throughout our house (specifically in these two rooms), blend a bit better. I love the loud green color and the cheery yellow, but maybe not together, right next to one another.

House paint colors

So far, we’re just shopping around for new colors. We really like paint and primer in one and since we love Lowe’s so much, that would point us to Lowe’s “Olympic One.” We’ve used it before, and with good results, so we will most likely be picking new colors from their collection. We want to keep with the same color scheme, but we want to seriously dumb down the brightness and really go for some muted tones this time. We love the look of “Pale Vista” to replace the bold and bright “Minted Lemon.”


For the office, we like this very subtle yellow. It’s almost white, but I’m confident that in the office, it will show up as a lovely soft yellow.


Together, with the other colors we have throughout the rest of the house, we think we have a winning combination…


Pictured above:

  • “Fresh Day”, Bathroom
  • “Burnished Metal”, Bedroom
  • “Gray Beige”, Dining Room
  • “Sugared Shortbread”, potential for the Office
  • “Pale Vista”, potential for the Living Room

What do you think? Should we keep the bold green and yellow or take it down a notch with some more muted tones?? Head over to our Facebook page to voice your opinion!

With All the Trimmings

As many readers already know, we’ve been working really hard to eliminate the color brown from every room of the house. Not the color-of-our-new-floors brown, but dark, outdated-looking, dark brown, stained wood. We started right away with the yucky brown cabinets in our kitchen.DIY kitchen renovation, painting kitchen cabinetsThen we moved onto the trim throughout the kitchen and the weird ceiling tiles with the brown lines running through them in the living room, office and bedroom. Painting ceiling tilesLast but not least; the dining room and hallway. Oh the dining room and hallway. So brown, so ugly, so dark and limiting. Such a simple painting project and a small adjustment has made a HUGE difference.Painting window trim

I knew I hated the brown trim, but I had no idea just how much better the dining room and hallway would look with the all-white trim, doors and ceiling. Look how much brighter the whole space looks, especially in these shots of the hallway leading to the bedroom door! DIY home remodeling, painting trimI find myself looking past the trim now and actually seeing each room. The dark brown trim really drew your eyes in and sort of stopped you from seeing what was ahead.Home remodeling, painting trimHome remodeling, painting trimSee what I mean? What a relief! We couldn’t be happier with this makeover and it was all in less than half a day’s work.