What, like you don’t swatch 21 samples and paint half a room before committing?
I’ve done it. I’ve tucked away my Farrow & Ball fan deck and called it a day after finding the perfect pink-beige (really, taupe) for our living room.
My whole life I’ve had this thing where if I’m trying to make a decision – whether it be an ice cream flavor or the color of a room – I always spin on my options and eventually end up going with my first choice, 98% of the time.
Even though I know in my gut that my first choice is probably the best, I put myself through the wringer trying to make sure that I’m definitely making the right decision by considering all the other options.
With that said, it should come as no surprise that the paint color I chose and absolutely ADORE in our living room is…
If you’ve been following this saga via IG, you’re probably aware that Joa’s White was my original top choice before I decided I wanted something “lighter” and “pinker” and went and spent an embarrassing amount of time and money on sampling.
I even bought two gallons of paint just to find out that both gallons were too pink (BM Puppy Paws and Farrow & Ball Dimity).
First gallon I bought was Puppy Paws – way too light/pink. Immediately no.
Never – EVER did I think that Joa’s White would look as good as it does on our northern-facing walls based on the photos I saw online and based on my Joa’s White paint swatches.
It’s a red-based, mid-tone neutral, but after seeing it compared to Tissue Pink, it looked so muddy and yellow, and I felt like I had to try Tissue Pink because it looked more like what I wanted.
When I started painting samples on the wall, Joa’s White looked like split pea soup compared to everything else, so the thought of committing to it didn’t even cross my mind.
(It doesn’t quite look like split pea soup in this photo but it did in person)
I bought a gallon of Dimity (which is supposedly one shade lighter than Joa’s White) and gave up 3 minutes in when I realized I *once again* chose a color that was way too light and way too pink:
At this point, I was really frustrated, but I realized that if I wanted a true pink-beige (taupe), I needed to go with a darker, muddier, yellow-er color than the ones I’ve been sampling, because they clearly weren’t working.
Before I succumbed myself to this journey down the pink-beige road, I wish I knew what an absolute bitch it is to pull off in general, but particularly in a northern-facing room.
So after Dimity, I went to buy a gallon of Joa’s White. As soon as I started painting and knew almost immediately that it was the perfect pink-beige that I was looking for.
I’ll be doing a separate blog post on the colors I swatched and which ones I loved/recommend (even though they didn’t work for me).
The room is still a work in progress, but here are some photos…
How AMAZING is my new commission from Hilary Howorth? It has 5 shades of Farrow & Ball Green (and one Sherwin Williams). I love her work so much! I plan to frame it eventually and also include more art on either side of this piece.
The brown chairs were borrowed from the dining room. I’d love to find a new set of chairs (secondhand) that fit the scheme better.
I absolutely love this new look, but I definitely feel like this room needs more masculine elements. I’m thinking some black accents/art?!
The chest is not staying on that back wall. I have plans to include a longer credenza/buffet there as it’s more fitting. I’m aware the size of the art and chest is off, but it’ll do for now.
I always loved the elements in our living room individually, but never felt like they really shined with white walls. Now, I feel like they’ve come to life with this paint color.
The color looks wonderful against the dark olive walls in the dining room.
The life lesson I learned (besides just sticking with my first choice in order to save myself a headache) is to give the ugly swatch a chance.
Also…I gave myself more validation that I should go ahead and just paint an entire room before deciding on whether or not I like a paint color.
- Floral oushak rug: One of a kind from Rug Source (use code SpringRug10 for 10% off)
- Window Sconces: Hudson Valley Lighting
- Brass Floor lamp: Serena & Lily
- Louis XVI Chest: See this post
- Visual Comfort Lamp
- Scallop Baskets
- Louis XVI Chairs: Facebook Marketplace
- Art: Hilary Howorth
- Mirror: Carver’s Guild (Facebook Marketplace)
- Coffee Table: DIY tutorial here
- Sofa: George Smith (Facebook Marketplace)
- Green Chairs were recovered in Fabric performance chenile
- Lee Jofa Althea Curtains: More in this post
- Tiger pillow
- Sister Parish Pillows
- Needlepoint Pillow
- To come: this beautiful wicker urn for that will go against the cased opening wall!
- Art on back wall from Diana Garrett
And this area is now in progress. I plan to include a console here. Obviously, the door needs casing as well.
I just love this art from Diana Garrett!