Beiged and Confused

Home improvement projects are supposed to be fun, but they stress me out.  So many decisions, and then the expense of it all. I mean, why can’t I just paint the lower half of the walls for half the price?  After all, that’s the line of demarcation between those who use the banister and those whose philosophy is “Why waste a napkin when the stairwell will do?”

Unretouched photo of my stairwellphoto 2

So out of necessity, the painters come tomorrow, and even though it’s been on the calendar for a few weeks, I haven’t picked any colors. I think my paralysis comes from the many bad choices I’ve made over the years.  My husband refers to our master bathroom as Infirmary Blue, and we once painted the exterior American Cheese Yellow. You’d be surprised how many neighbors (you never knew you had) come out of the woodwork because they can’t sleep due to the “glow.”

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Color is great, but I’ve learned that unless you’re a trained professional, stay away from it.  When Dayna and I list a home, we explain to the sellers that the goal is to make their home appeal to the masses.  Proper staging and fresh neutral paint can do wonders to help achieve this goal. Mexicali Turquoise in the master bedroom may have sounded like a good choice at the time, but potential buyers may think fiesta instead of siesta.

Mexicali Turquoise – Benjamin Moore


Actual Fiesta


This is where we hit them with our beige speech.  With names like Manchester Tan and Wheeling Neutral, these neutral tones allow a buyer to see the space instead of the owner’s taste.  The fact of the matter is, when it comes to homes, beige is universally appealing, and we have three or four shades that we typically recommend to home owners.  We suggested Tapestry Beige by Benjamin Moore for our client’s living room below.  Among our other favorites, Carrington Beige and Coastal Fog.


So given my storied past with paint, you would think I’d heed my own advice and stick with a few of these tried and true colors..but what did I do the other day?  I went to the paint store.  Like a hypnotized cartoon character, dilated eyes and all, I went straight to the Use At Your Own Risk section.  A crazy voice inside my head said, “Go ahead, I dare you, maybe you’ll get it right this time!”  Staring at the rainbow of choices was enough to snap me out of my trance.  The Trusted Favorites section was more up my alley.

Don’t Do It!  


Safety Zone


I thought this would make things easier, but holy 50 shades of beige!  If you hold up the chips one at a time, they all look the same but side by side, you’ve got blue-beige, green-beige, peach-beige… How about just beige-beige??


Feeling overwhelmed and somewhat defeated, I will probably just settle for one of the go-to colors from the Blumel Adams beige speech…I mean all I’m really trying to do is give my walls a fresh look.  Come to think of it, the safest bet would be to color-match the finger prints on the stairwell.  Would it be inappropriate to ask the painters to try to scrape off a sample to bring to the paint store?