Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Favorite Paint Colors of DIY Bloggers

Are you currently struggling to find the perfect paint color?  Are you wondering what that paint sample actually looks like in a home?  Do you trust the judgment DIY bloggers?  If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you are in luck!

Favorite Paint Colors from DIY Bloggers
Today some of the blogosphere’s greatest are here to share with you their very favorite paint color from their homes!  The sample is on the left.  The paint color in the blogger’s home is on the right.  Some of the bloggers also share why the color they chose is their favorite.  Enjoy!
(Click on the photos below to be taken to some fantastic blogs!)

Behr Gentle Rain (Retro Ranch Reno)
Retro Ranch Reno- Gabbi’s favorite is Behr Gentle Rain.  “This is the color I used to paint our living/dining room area.  I also carried it down the hallway since it's such an open space.  For me, grays can be tricky because they often have undertones that make the read as too purple or blue or green or tan.  In our space, this color reads as a true gray...a perfect neutral.”

Behr Glimmer (Hazardous Design)
Hazardous Design-  Carrie’s favorite paint color is Glimmer by Behr. “It’s not too blue, not too gray, not too green.”

Behr Palm Breeze (Maybe Matilda)
Maybe Matilda- Rachel’s favorite is Behr Palm Breeze.  “It’s kind of a quiet, springy green.”

Behr Sculpted Clay (Wills Casa)
Wills Casa-  Amber’s color of choice is Behr Sculptor Clay. “Why I love it: It's a gray that's light and bright, and it works with virtually any color palette. (It's neutral without being beige or tan.)”

Behr Witch Hazel (The Flipping Couple)
The Flipping Couple:  Cindy’s very favorite paint color is Behr Witch Hazel.  “It makes me happy on a daily basis. How's that for a personal endorsement?”

Benjamin Moore Cloud Cover (Primitive and Proper)
Primitive and Proper-  Cassie loves Cloud Cover by Benjamin Moore. “It's a nice warm white.  It's the perfect white for our house.  Cloud Cover leaves it feeling cozy and warm and light without being creamy.”

Benjamin Moore Deep Caviar (View Along the Way)
View Along the Way- Kelly’s favorite paint color is Benjamin Moore Deep Caviar. “It has amazing color-changing properties, and everyone who looks at it sees something different. It looks dark brown to me, but some people swear it's a dark purple; others say it's navy blue, and others see a charcoal black. Everyone is adamant about what they see and it creates some interesting debates at the dinner table.”

Benjamin Moore Paladian Blue (Life on Mars)
Life on Mars- Maury loves the shade in her living room which is Benjamin Moore Paladian Blue.  “It's the perfect soft blue and makes a room feel bright and calming.”

Benjamin Moore Rich Cream (Finding Silver Linings)
Finding Silver Linings-  Mindy’s favorite paint color is Benjamin Moore's Rich Cream.  “It's a great neutral that works well with our darker wood trim.  It's my favorite because the color changes beautifully throughout the day.  It's a frothy white early in the day and changes to a golden cream in the evening.  It makes a room glow as if it were candlelit.”

Benjamin Moore Sea Foam (His and Hers)
His and Hers: Erin’s favorite color is the one in her living room-Benjamin Moore Sea Foam.

Dutch Boy Crushed Seed (Buffalo Roam)
Buffalo Roam-  Amy’s favorite is Dutch Boy Crushed Seed which she used in her master bath.

Martha Stewart Seal (NewlyWoodwards)
NewlyWoodwards- Kim’s a fan of  Martha Stewart Seal.  “It’s a perfect, moody and chalky grey. And it seems to have some brown undertones, which makes it less cold in our home. We have this in our dining room with white wainscoting and it's my favorite color in the house (which is saying a lot because I truly love every color in my house). It would also blend well with  just about any accent color.”

Ralph Lauren Mercer (Nuestra Vida Dulce)
Nuestra Vida Dulce-  Joi’s favorite color is Mercer by the now discontinued Ralph Lauren paint line at Home Depot.  (She thinks Home Depot still has the old paint deck on hand and can mix it for you in another paint brand) “It is a dark moody gray-brown in my kitchen.  I love it because it makes my white kitchen cabinets "pop."”

Sherwin Williams Mint Condition (Two Twenty One)
Two Twenty One- Chelsea’s favorite is Sherwin Williams Mint Condition.  “As part of my ongoing kitchen makeover (that's been at a standstill for months), I painted our kitchen Mint Condition by Sherwin Williams this past August.  It's a great shade of mint, and I think it'll look great with our, hopefully, soon-to-be painted white cabinetry.”

Sherwin Williams Restrained Gold (Let's Just Build a House)
Let's Just Build a House-  Trina loves Sherwin Williams Restrained Gold.  “We have it throughout the living room kitchen hallways etc. I know it isn't the chic grey everyone in blogland loves but it fits perfect into our house!”

Sherwin Williams Smoky Blue
Decor and the Dog- I made myself pick my favorite.  It only seemed fair.  It was pretty tough.  I love all of our paint colors but Smoky Blue is the winner in my book.  I had always wanted a blue dining room.  I got it.  And I still love it. Which says a lot coming from me!

I would like to thank all of the ladies that we were willing to share their homes with the readers of Decor and the Dog.  I hope you all found some color inspiration today.  If not, I at least hope you found a new blog or two to read.  Because who doesn’t need more blogs to read?

Check back tomorrow for a super fun announcement and maybe a life update from Decor and the Dog.  I haven’t been as personal lately and I kind of miss it.  Look out!

What’s your favorite paint color?  Are you brand loyal? Looks like blogland has a lot of Behr and Benjamin Moore fans.  Me, I stick with the ol’ Sherwin Williams.  I’m a fairly loyal gal.  (I like the word gal.)


  1. My whole condo is CIL's Touch of Grey. It is the perfect neutral grey and it is very subtle!

  2. What a fun post! This makes me want to (hire someone) to paint every single room in our house. Thanks for that. :-)

  3. Ooh this is fun! I think I want to paint my nightstands either BM Glimmer or Seafoam. I also really love you dining room's smoky blue!

  4. LOVE THIS! Thank you for all the ideas and links to other DIY blogs. Way to go. :)

  5. Very nice round up of favorite DIY blogger paint colors. That mint colored kitchen is absolutely beautiful. I like your blue dining room too.

    With child are we?

  6. You can't take me to any paint department, I pick by name. So I'm going with Witch Hazel, Cloud Cover, Deep Caviar, and Seal. Does Benjamin Moore make Bun In The Oven Blue?


  7. This was an awesome post! Thank you so much for including me! :)

    Andddd life update...hmmmmm, baby news??

  8. This was a great idea! So neat to see how the colors translate in real life. Thanks for the invite! :)

  9. This was such a cool post idea! Thanks for including my dining room!

  10. Very cool post. Thanks for letting us join in! I'm a fan of smoky blues in the dining room too. Ours is a little lighter, but we don't have your gorgeous windows!

    On the edge of my seat for tomorrow...

  11. Hahahaha, everybody thinks you're pregnant. Don't let us down tomorrow!

    My room looks totally bland compared to everybody else's cool stylish rooms. I'M NOT TRENDY ENOUGH FOR THE DIY BLOG WORLD.

  12. These are gorgeous colors! Definitely adding a few of them to my inspiration color list!

  13. ooo a personal post tomorrow...i feel like there is big news!

    thanks for all the links too to everyone. off to blogland I go to explore some other blogs!

  14. That is really cool! It is great seeing all the colors besides the rooms.

  15. OMG I am in loooove with Kelly's fave (deep caviar)! I need a new accent color...

    Thanks for the blog fame!


  16. Your smoky blue dining room inspired me to do the same to ours! I love it! It is really a great color.

  17. Love those paint colors, especially that Deep Caviar!

  18. Oooo, I think my favourite paint colors are Benjamin Moore Paladian Blue or BM Cape May Cobblestone. Conveniently, both of these colors are in our house.

  19. thank you for including me! i am saving this for tonight so i can check out some new to me blogs! and.... am i the only one who doesn't think the news involves a baby? maybe i am wrong. but i think maybe you just changed shampoos and are excited to share your new one with us.

  20. I'm funny that I either like a very light color, or a very dark color on the walls.....I too love your blue dining room, and I know you said you guys were looking for a new dining about some white chairs to go with your blue walls? It would match your curtains and trim :) Oh, the torture of waiting till tomorrow for your news....arg!

  21. Loved this post- great blogs! I really like seeing the colour in an actual space too.

    Well I'm jumping on the bandwagon with everyone else and guessing a baby! haha.

  22. Oh a baby! Congratulations! This is how rumors get started :)
    Great post, I'll definitely be stealing some of these paint colors. Like Kelly's Deep Caviar. Her dining room looks AMAZING.

  23. What smart bloggers you have here. ;)

    And this time you ARE pregnant. I'm sure of it.

  24. Beautiful colors! I agree, great post and I LOVE the Nuestra Vida Dulce very classy! I have brick paint colors at my website! Check them out sometime and CONGRATS!!!!!

  25. My kitchen is MS Seal and it's the color that gets the most compliments from people! I adore it! These are all great colors to remember too!

  26. Great post. Awesome idea, Michelle, and thank you for including us. What an honor.

  27. Ditto to my buddy, Kim! Great idea for a post and thanks a billion for including me! xo

  28. Hmmmm. I didn't even put 2&2 together on that life update. I was thinking a puppy for Ike to play with! Um, if you're preg, I swear I will make you whatever cookies you are craving and ship them!

    I'm going to stalk your blog tomorrow.

  29. Well d'uh, I guess I could have looked at your blog before asking that question earlier??? Beautiful selection of colours. I guess it's not true that everybody is doing grey huh?

  30. I just love grey paint - but when we moved into our new home, I only painted one room a dark grey, another one beige, another one a dusky blue... so I guess I don't have a favorite paint color. The American paint brands aren't sold here, so can't tell ya my favorite!

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  35. This is a great post! I love all of the colors but the smokey blue color, I want to paint my dining room that color, I just need to stop being lazy. Thanks for sharing!

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  38. Ralph Lauren's paint line was great. I used it in my bedroom 5 years ago and it's still as bright and welcoming as it was the day I put it up. Wish I could find something that worked as well. asbestos abatement Los Angeles


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