For the Love of Beige

It’s no secret, I love a good beige. Don’t get me wrong, I love color, too, just not on my walls. As far as my house is concerned, it’s warm neutrals all the way (this might be true of my wardrobe as well).

Don’t tell Little Lady, but one of my least favorite paint colors is green, hence my efforts to try to convince her that pink walls were the way to go. We all know how that went.IMG_1919

I especially didn’t like the green in my kitchen. Except for maybe five minutes of the day, when the sun was shining just right, it looked blah, or neon, or something! It also accentuated the overwhelming amount of cherry stained cabinets and country hutch (that thing has got to go), just a little more than I cared for. You can see it in these pictures. Excuse the mess but this was the only before picture I had from this angle, it’s when I was going for the kitchen/den combo.

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IMG_1429The color depressed me every time I looked at it.

Enter, Ben Moore’s Bleeker Beige, one of my favorite colors. I used it in my last house and it turned my not quite right creamy kitchen color into the perfect match, so I knew it would work in my new house, too. In fact, I’ve had the paint for about a year now, it was one of the first things I purchased for the house during one of Sherwin Williams paint sales (it’s a BM color that I had matched in SW paint), because let’s face it, good paint can be expensive, but if you don’t want to paint fifteen coats, then you need to buy good paint. Believe it or not, I finished this room with one gallon.

So, when my light fixture finally showed up (more on that in a minute), I knew the time had come to finally get painting. And paint I did, from 9:30 in the morning, until 9:30 that night, only breaking for pick-ups, lunch, and dinner, not because I’m ambitious, but because who wants to clean up twice? Not me. Here’s the kitchen, now, painted and with my new light fixture.

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Here’s a few more. Before, don’t ask me why, but this corner of the room always bothered me.

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Here it is, after.

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IMG_1896I love it.

I love my new pendant light, too. However, what I’m not so crazy about is the light it gives off. You see, my love of neutral paint colors is only rivaled by my love of yellow lighting, which is why I ordered the Finley Light from Crate and Barrel in wheat and not white. The problem is that when lit, the drum has a textured look to it that I could do without.

IMG_1910But it will do.

A little over a year later, and my house is finally starting to feel like a home. Just in time to celebrate my husbands birthday, yesterday.¬†They’re a good looking bunch, aren’t they?

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