Monday, June 11, 2012

Too many choices is a prison

The walls are up in our basement now, which means the next big step is painting. As I'm sure I've mentioned before, painting makes me both excited...and a little bit nervous. There are just too many choices.

As Manny so eloquently said to Jay on Modern Family, "too many choices is a prison." Although it was in reference to his vast wardrobe, I feel it applies to paint colours too.

I've decided on a charcoal grey for the rec room and hallway. The bedroom and bathroom colours are still undecided. I love charcoal grey because it's a neutral - so it works with almost any other colour - but it's a bit bolder than most neutrals, so it still makes a statement. We've gone grey in the past - with our second condo in Ottawa, and I loved the results.
Modern Living Room design by Austin Architect Webber + Studio, Architects

Originally we planned to use the same trim colours in the basement as on the main and second floor. However, choosing grey for the walls was a bit of a game changer. Our baseboards throughout the rest of the house are espresso - which won't mesh with grey. Remember how I said grey goes with almost any colour? Espresso is one of those few colours that just wouldn't work.

After spotting the photo above on Houzz, I remembered that you don't always need to highlight your baseboards and other trim by painting it a different colour than your walls. You can just keep rolling that paint right over the baseboards.

The less substantial a baseboard, the easier it is to have it blend right in with the rest of the wall.
We're getting our paint on next week - I'll share some photos as we make progress.

In the meantime, here are a few more great greys from Houzz...notice how the bright colours really pop against the grey backdrops.


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