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From plaster to paint- plus my 3 tips for selecting a paint color

Before I get into my next post I wanted to take a minute to say thank you to all of you who asked about the blog and missed my posts! The feedback was encouraging and has motivated me to open up my laptop and dive into Building the Bennett’s again. I don’t know what the future has in store for Building the Bennett’s but I know that it is something I enjoy doing. So thank you again for your support!

The next few posts are going to show how our house being completed over a period of about 4-weeks. We learned a lot during this process but it was really amazing to see what can get done in the last 4-6 weeks of your build. You have to know there are going to be delays, hiccups to the process and sometimes sacrifices but at the end you have a wonderful home.

When the interior paint was completed I had a few days of panic. Your house goes from all white to color in a matter of 2-days and if you use any bold colors (as we did) it can feel overwhelming. We were close to even re-painting two of the rooms as we doubted our selection. But we waited, and our “vision” came to life once the rooms were complete and furniture was delivered.

I learned a lot from this process and would have done a few things the same and a few things differently. Based on my learnings I think everyone should have these three tips when selecting a paint color:

1) Test the paint color(s)! Go to your local paint store and buy test paint. There are less brands that actually sell the small test jars so you have to invest a little more $ to buy the small paint jar but it is worth it. Next, test the paint on a piece of white board and bring it to your house and the room you are painting. Hold it up to the wall in different lights so you can get a sense of what it will really look like. And make sure you have enough of the paint (use two coats when testing) on the cardboard to really see the color.

2) Narrow down your color choices buy using a color fan deck and looking at it against fabrics or furniture you have in the room. One of the first things I purchased during the building process was the color wheel from Benjamin Moore Paints– you can get it at your paint store, hardware store or online. I brought the fan deck everywhere! Having the paint swatches allowed me to narrow down thousands of colors to around 20 to make our final choices.

3) Remember that your paint will always be brighter than a paint swatch- always! This might seem like a simple tip but one you should not forget!

With our painting experience both our Master Bedroom and Bath paint selections had us second guessing our choices when we first saw them. I was ready to change the bathroom, but felt like we would live with the bedroom. We decided to keep both as is and now we love both colors. Looking back, I would have paid more attention to tip #3 and happy that we followed tip #1 and #2. Good news is for anyone painting you can always change it- but why not make sure you love your first choice!

From Plaster to Paint-

Front Hall- Benjamin Moore Metro Grey
Front Hall- Benjamin Moore Metro Grey

Front Hall- Benjamin Moore Metro Grey
Front Hall- Benjamin Moore Metro Grey
Great Room- Benjamin Moore Metro Grey
Great Room- Benjamin Moore Metro Grey

Dining Room- Benjamin Moore Nob Hill Sage
Dining Room- Benjamin Moore Nob Hill Sage

Den- Benjamin Moore Smokey Taupe
Den- Benjamin Moore Smokey Taupe

Nursery- Benjamin Moore Palatial Skies
Nursery- Benjamin Moore Palatial Skies
Nursery- Benjamin Moore Palatial Skies
Nursery- Benjamin Moore Palatial Skies

Master Bedroom- Benjamin Moore Lazy Sunday
Master Bedroom- Benjamin Moore Lazy Sunday

Master Bedroom- Benjamin Moore Lazy Sunday
Master Bedroom- Benjamin Moore Lazy Sunday
Master Bath- Benjamin Moore Morning Glory
Master Bath- Benjamin Moore Morning Glory

Master Bath- Benjamin Moore Morning Glory
Master Bath- Benjamin Moore Morning Glory

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I am back…

I can’t even look to see the date of my last post as this delay is longer than I would like to admit. I am not even sure where to start with my posts but I will start with a few big updates…

1) The good news is- the house is complete and we moved in at the end of April!
2) Life! My lack of posting was due to a combination of- building the house, work, decorating the house – oh and being 8-9 months pregnant! On top of that our wonderful little girl decided to come a few weeks early – she was just so excited to see the new house and surprised on Mother’s Day with her arrival.
3) We LOVE our Home. We couldn’t be happier. Of course our house to do list is never-ending but I Love it. I definitely have a little OCD in getting the house decorated but I am also making sure that we live in it to make sure everything we buy and invest in makes sense for our home.

So, now that I am settled (sort of) I hope to spend the next few days catching you all up on what happened since the last post and then dive into my decorating obsessions which I have been spending way to much time on (but it is so fun).

To start, I would like to share one of my favorite pictures of our HOME- it seems simple but a the door to your home is a key focal point. You want people to feel welcome when they come to your door. I tried to accomplish that by painting the door a shade of my favorite color (blue). This Benjamin Moore Color is called New York State of Mind- once I knew the name I was sold. I love New York, and always will, so this is a little connection point for where I grew up. Plus, the color looks great with the siding.

Looking forward to sharing more with you over the next few days-
xo Kris

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Final paint selection and My Tips for selecting paint colors

Selecting your paint colors for an entire house can be overwhelming! We took it one room/ one paint at a time and narrowed down to our final choices this weekend. It was important to keep consistency of the color palette throughout the house. While we wanted variation in color you want all of the colors to work back to each other. After working through this process I have put together some key tips on how to work through selecting Paint Colors.

Tips for Selecting Paint Colors
1) Buy the test paint and try it out. Looking at swatches online and in person helps but until you actually see it on a board to test it you don’t really see the full color (use 2 coats when testing).
2) Look at your test boards in the daylight in the rooms you are going to paint. Lighting is key, if you look at it in a different room or with different lighting it can change the look and feel of the color.
3) Use different design elements and swatches to help you narrow down your choices. Grey is so popular but there are so many different shades of grey to choose from. It helped us by having our cabinet samples, countertop, trim color and sectional fabric to narrow down on the right shade of grey for our interior.
4) Use the paint brand website. Fortunately our builders only use Benjamin Moore– their site is so helpful in providing recommendations and narrowing down the options (there are 1,000’s!)

These tips helped us narrow down the color wheel and land on what we think is a strong selection of colors that will help our house become a home!

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Sunday project

Our weekends are pretty much filled with house stuff these days. It’s exciting as it means the countdown is on and hopefully our prep will make our move(s) that much easier.
For this weekend we picked up a few paint samples to get a better idea of colors. While we couldn’t get our top choices (they were sold out) seeing colors close to what we are looking for really help you understand how light/ dark you want to go.
Here was my project for tonight- a little arts and crafts! Now that we have a few paint options on the board we can look at these against our color wheel to narrow in and make decisions. More details to come this week….

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And it begins…picking out paint colors

We have a few weeks before we have to submit our final paint colors. Benjamin Moore’s website has been my best friend this weekend. Working
to narrow this color wheel done and add in a few other options…while trying to keep the general color palette of the house cohesive. More work to be done- but getting there.

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Design Ideas- Caitlin Wilson

I stumbled up designer Caitlin Wilson’s website and blog this week after reading her post on Style Me Pretty Living [Note- I am bookmarking that post as it provides great ideas for Benjamin Moore paint colors- and I love that Caitlin suggested 3-grey paint colors!].  I immediately fell in love with her site when I saw the home page.  The interaction and site navigation with the board is genius!

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Caitlin’s pillows are the perfect accent to any room- they would look great against a neutral couch or to dress up a bed with some fun prints and colors.  Here are some of my picks-

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Lastly, I have added her blog- Caitlin Wilson the Blog– to my weekly must-reads!  So many amazing ideas from the design work she has done.  Happy reading!

xo Kris

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Design Inspiration- Front Hall

This week Rue La La is featuring a boutique that collaborates with the amazing brand Benjamin Moore .  The Boutiques offers the perfect Living items and Paint color ideas for your entryway.  Read more about the color palette designed for Rue by Benjamin Moore on the Rue Blog.

I was so inspired for the boutique itself I put together some of my favorite pieces that I would love to have in our Front Hall.  What are your favorite items from this boutique?

Boutique Inspiration: all items can be found on Rue in their Make it Warm and Welcoming Boutique.

Paint ideas can be found on the Benjamin Moore website.

Rue La La Boutique Inspiration
Rue La La Boutique Inspiration
Benjamin Moore- Rue inspired palette
Benjamin Moore- Rue inspired palette