Thursday, January 13, 2011

Some Favorite Colors

In the last few posts, I've shared some thoughts from the "color experts" about the predicted color trends for 2011. I guess time will tell which colors really grow on us and which ones get lost in the shuffle.


I love trying new colors. Isn't it fun to crack open a fresh can of paint? But some colors are so successful, you know you'll use them again. Here are a few of my favorites.


My laundry room is one of my absolute favorite colors. It's a Duron paint color (available at Sherwin Williams) called Grazing Field. It has some punch, but is not overwhelming. And it contrasts so nicely with white. It feels very fresh. I used it in both my laundry room and my powder room.








And I even tried it on this cottage dresser and loved the result, although it looks much lighter out in the sunshine.





But my favorite colors are definitely shades of blue. My front door and shutters are painted in Bluecoat by Duron. I love the way this blue looks next to the crisp white trim (Duron's Crystal Ball) and the red brick. In the summer, it looks very patriotic.





My master bathroom is Duron's Still Creek. This is definitely a shade I will repeat in my next bathroom remodel. Yes, there is still one more to go!









I don't use spray paint very often, but last summer I was making chalkboards with old picture frames and found this wonderful shade of blue. I just had to try it on a piece of furniture. It's Rustoleum Painter's Touch in Slate Blue.





Grays are really popular right now. I recently painted a dresser and nightstand in Sherwin William's Network Gray. It's hard to find a true gray, but I really like this one. It may look a little purple in the photos, but definitely not in person.









And a nice pale gray is Duron's Stonewall that worked nicely on this table..





I also liked Winter Gray in Rustoleoum Painter's Touch. This piece was finished with a black glaze.





And this soft pretty Ballet Slipper Pink will never go out of style. It's from Martha Stewart at Home Depot. And you just can't beat an 8 ounce bottle for under $3.00. What a great way to try new colors!

I'll definitely be using these colors again!
How about you?
Are you sticking with some old favorites or searching for a new color in 2011?


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43 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

love those blues and grays!

NanaDiana said...

Sharon~ That green is gor-ge-ous! I love it! WOW...I have that same color Still Creek in our bedroom/master bathroom. I love it because it is somewhere between a taupe and a grey depending on what you put with it...and it matches a "shade" of our carpet.

I am going to pick up some of the Ballet Pink for my grandkids bedroom. I have a couple of things I need to paint in there and this would be perfect!

Have a great weekend-Hugs- Diana

Julie said...

Great colors! Thanks for sharing them with the party! I love the front door & the furniture makeovers, too!

My Serendipity said...

They are all pretty colors..it's so hard for me to choose when it comes to paint :). I am bookmarking this post as a reference next time I need to choose :)
Beth

Red Gate Farm said...

Love the blues and greens. I tend to like the lighter version of blues, greens, aquas and pinks...not necessarily pastel, just lighter hues.

Love that green you used...

~Chris

The Starr Family said...

I am contemplating camping out in your laundry room... has the feel of a bed & breakfast. Guaranteed I'd never get a load of wash done in that room... I'd just want to curl up in there with a book!

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

Sharon,
I love all the colors you choose for your pieces! Never thought I'd be a fan of gray, but I'm loving it right now! That's my prediction for the new popular color! :) Have a really great weekend!
Kim :)

vintage vine said...

Great colors...your front door is to die for! Thanks for sharing over at the paint party.

Kim said...

Love all of those colors. The hardest part of any remodel is picking out colors in my opinion. You've done a great job. Mind if I ask about your master bath counter top? I'm in the process of getting a new one and you have the exact color I am looking for.
Thanks
Kim

the cape on the corner said...

i love the slate blue color. and that sweet ballet pink table...i have a few oops paints, but i can't find any furniture!

Ellen said...

Love all the colors! Each piece looks great! Thanks for sharing,

xoxo,
Ellen

Donnie said...

Great colors. I go more for the blues myself. Happy Pink Saturday

Jingle said...

love these colors.
beautiful and fun to share.
smiles.

Alayna said...

LOVE that bathroom color!!! And the winter gray side table. It would go with just about anything. Guess I know where I am going to be tomorrow, yep, the paint aisle at my local hardware store:)

Saundra said...

Love the green you have used in your laundry room. I'm thinking I might need to try some of it in my redo!! I was watching The Nate Show today where he talked about trends for 2011 and he unveiled the new color for 2011 as being "rust". hmmmm

Char said...

I have always loved green. It looks fresh, and always is uplifting no matter what the weather is like outside. Green on the walls is like a sunny day. Your green is beautiful and I love the window fabric too. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

Custom Comforts said...

Beautiful paint colors and finished products. I redo furniture too and you do really nice work! I'll have to try some of these colors. Thanks for sharing them with us.
Cindy

Marydon said...

For one, I am in Mt. Airy, how did I miss you?!
For two, where is your shop?

Love the paint choices & the furniture you've worked on ... the green in laundry room would be fun.

Have a beautiful PS weekend.
TTFN ~
Marydon

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I love that green color! So energizing for a laundry room. Makes you want to do laundry. Sort of :) I will have to try a blue on my door this spring. I have the red brick too and was thinking of a navy shade maybe a bit lighter.

Christa @ Stories of a House said...

They are all great, but I especially love the color of your laundry room!

Miss Gracie's House said...

THANKS for the tips on colors...I don't use spray paint often either but every once in awhile it is quite handy...I'll be checking these out.
THANKS for the sweet words about dd's wedding...it was fun!
Rene

Jena @ Involving Color said...

Sharon, what great colors! I love your front door color. We have a blue front door as well, and I love it. So glad I came across your blog. I'm a new follower.

Valrie said...

Love that Ballet Slipper Pink!

Valrie Happy PS!

Mel said...

So many great colours. I am particularly drawn to the still creek in your master bath. Lovely.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there~ Love your favorite color choices~ the pink is a classic pink for sure and loving the grays as well and I have to say that green with the white wainscot is absolutely beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Custom Comforts said...

Sharon ~ you have an award waiting for you over at my blog. Stop by when you get a chance to receive it. Congrats!
Cindy

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great paint jobs. Your laundry room looks similar to the guest room I am doing now.

bj said...

Oh, my...all your colors are wonderful. And, what a good painter you are. I love each and every one of the little tables and chests you are showing.
I got on the BLACK BANDWAGON a few yrs back and painted a lot of my pieces black. Now, I am thinking of changing a few to other colors. I tend to stay with white and cream walls, picking up colors in other places.
Thanks for sharing all of these with us.
xo bj

michelle said...

All your colors are just beautiful!! I love the green, it is perfect and looks so clean with the white. Grays and blues are one of my favorite colors and the shades you picked look perfect!!
Thank you for stopping by my blog and your sweet comment about my headboard!

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Love all these gorgeous colors. Your laundry room green is just stunning. So happy to have found your wonderful blog via Pink Saturday! I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back.
Blessings,
Tammy @ www.beatricebanks.blogspot.com

Holly said...

Pretty, pretty colors. I really love green...it does look fresh against that crisp white.Perfect!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Sharon, each of those colors is a winner in my book. But, I absolutely love that green!

Thanks for sharing and joining the fun at the party.

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottag.blogspot.com/

~SueSCharmingChippyCottageCreations~ said...

Hi Sharon I just found your wonderful blog from the blog Second time Furniture and I was so excited to find you are in MD Yeah! I am in Western MD and get down your way a good bit. I can't wait to hear more about your vintage tag sale in April! I just love the grays and blue paints and the glaze thank you for the inspiration! I am opening my own business next month and I do a lot of re-purposing furniture so I will be using you wonderful colors to transform some great furniture finds to sell. If you are up our way my busines name is ~Past & Present Antiques & Flea Market~ Let me know if you do and please keep me informed of any flea markets down your way. Looking forward to following you wonderful blog!!

aneyefordetail said...

Love your painted pieces, and the way you have slightly distressed that dresser. I am loving gray these days! See my post about the colors for our new house. And, my office is almost the same green you have used, but I chose Ben Moore Pale Avacado.
This Paint Party was a fun idea, no?

pk @ Room Remix said...

You obviously have some painting experience - what a nice round-up of paint colors! I love that green in your laundry room and the way it pops against the white.

Thanks so much for joining the linky party today! Have a wonderful weekend...

Samantha said...

Very pretty green color! Green is always so hard for me. I'm going to check out the Grazing Field. Popping in from the Room Remix party.

oops! said...

My hardest thing, picking colors! I will be saving this post and trying out some of these colors! Thanks!

Tote said...

What a wonderful blog. I am a new follower. I love your style.

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Sharon-

You are an amazing furniture transformer. Oh my - all of your pieces are just beautiful - you have the touch for sure. I had to laugh at the chest of drawers - I have one that looks exactly like it. It came from Ed's grandparents house on Fitzhugh. Is yours from Kevin's family? Just wondering. :) I love the Ballet Pink color - I want to paint a little chest of drawers - this looks like the perfect color.
Thanks for linking up to the party and showing us your style.
My best- Diane

Michelle said...

Love your post! Thanks for sharing about all the colors you've used - I might try some of them. Thanks also for the heads up on the Martha Stewart 8 oz bottles for only $3? Did you actually paint that whole end table in it?

Michelle
www.newengland-style.com

Melissa said...

Thanks for sharing this! I was looking for a cheerful, non-sage, non-obnoxious green for my kids' play room. I just went and got a $5 sample of Grazing Field this afternoon, and I'm eager to put some up and see what I think! I appreciate your input!

koshastaja said...

очень красивые цвета! думаю использую что-то в своей квартире. у нас идет ремонт, и мы в процессе выбора краски:)
о да! мне очень нравится зелёный цвет! он даёт ощущение свободы, как будто в лесу..

Zane Wooder said...

I like blue a lot to. Blue is just such a happy cute color. It's not as risky as orange or purple but still has a nice style to it.

-Zane of ontario honey