Painting quickly became one of our top priorities. Most of the house was painted a light pink, save for the front bedroom which seemed to be trying to compensate for all that pink with a dark navy. As a friend of ours commented, “Dang, that makes me want to shoot mallards.”
In one of our more rational moments, we decided it would be easier to paint before the furniture was delivered so we went straight from the bank to our new home with a car loaded with painting supplies. We actually chose the colors for our two bedrooms fairly quickly and I’m proud to say I only had a few moments of panic when the color first hit the wall.
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve always defaulted to off-white, liking how it looked against my dark wood furniture. However, Jonathan wanted some color and I was ready to take the plunge along with him. I think it also helped that all the interior trim work and doors had been painted white by one of the previous owners. (We had discussed the possibility of stripping everything and restaining it but frankly, we just weren’t sure what kind of wood was under there.) In lieu of that, we selected colors that would provide a nice contrast to the white trim.
For our bedroom, we chose a great green that I had always associated with the Arts and Crafts movement but was surprised to learn was common in the 18th and the 19th centuries—Pumpkin Seed from the Martha Stewart Collection (Benjamin Moore has a similar color, Wethersfield Moss, in its historic collection but I’m thinking we had a Home Depot git certificate we wanted to use.)
For the front bedroom we chose Morris Room Grey from the Sherwin Williams historic color collection. It matched a Morris-style bedspread I had and the color ended up looking wonderful with green tiles and landscapes paintings.