A coastal home in Virginia: Entrance hall painted in Benjamin Moore's Hazy Skies (OC-48) with Acadia White (OC-38) trim.
I've just come across a lovely coastal home in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, featured in a past issue of Coastal Living. This gracious home encapsulates a colour palette I've been considering for a while...you see, I've been smitten with the notion of painting my main floor (dining and living rooms) blue! And I'd like to carry the blue into the rest of the house, along with lots of white and touches of linen brown (at least this week...)
Currently, our whole main floor (living, dining, foyer, 2 stairwells and upstairs/downstairs hallways) are a pretty chartreuse-green colour, which is warm and inviting. But the walls have a lot of nicks and chips and need a fresh coat. So, why not try something new?
But I'm struggling with this blue concept, since blue can be a little cold if you don't choose the perfect one. And I don't have an ocean outside my window for context (and to make it entirely unnoticeable). My living and dining rooms (not to mention the foyer) are naturally what one sees when one opens the front door, so I want these rooms to be as welcoming and warm as possible. Luckily, the foyer and living room face south, so the whole space gets tons of natural light. My furniture is sage green (and the new rug is beige and blue and green), so it's already a warm-enough space. But the existing greens are so inviting and cozy that I'm afraid to change. So I'm tempted to be a bore and repaint in the original colour or do a greenish version of blue.
But I'm so fond of those gentle pale blues, as shown in the living room and dining rooms below: Living and dining room in Benjamin Moore's Woodlawn Blue (HC-147) with trim in Acadia White (OC-38)
In these rooms, I also like the use of those linen browns and whites with small dashes of brighter complementary colours. I love this combination and it seems a natural fit for our house since the downstairs (family room floor) already has lots of brown (a brick fireplace, wood library panels, off-white berber, brown linoleum in the hall, taupe walls, brown linen curtains, etc.)
If I go with blue on the main floor, I'd prefer a different colour for the two stairwells and hallways that lead to the other two floors. For these, I'm considering ivory (like my master bedroom, which is White Down from Benjamin Moore). But I also like the idea of a warm pale brown (like Maritime White by Benjamin Moore, which is a beautiful milky coffee-ish colour) or perhaps a greige/grey colour, like that shown in the main entrance (first photo above) and the landing below: I really adore the pale blue, white, light brown scheme in this house. I find it oh-so-soothing but would definitely need to spice things up a little with some brighter colours. I happen to love pink, but I also like the whimsical guest room below, in which they've used fresh oranges and corals and such, a perfect foil to the nautical blues and whites. I think the possibilities are endless here, don't you? Now, if I can only stop changing my mind long enough to paint...
I'm an engineer by profession, but my first loves will always be writing, interior decoration, art and photography.
My life includes a house-in-progress, a wonderful partner, and a handsome cat.
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