Hicks House

From Builder Basic to Beautiful

New Year – New Paint


Bye Bye 2013 Welcome 2014

Bye Bye 2013 Welcome 2014

2014 is finally here. I don’t know about you but for me it came up faster than any past year I can remember (although I think I say that every year).

Hopefully you all had a wonderful holiday season and New Years with family and friends. We were lucky in that we were both “on vacation” from Christmas Eve through New Years Day so we were able to get some work done around the house as well as some relaxing and visiting with family and friends.

The major home accomplishment was that we picked out and bought paint for the ENTIRE house. If you’ve read this blog before you may know and that we haven’t had the best luck picking paint colors in the past… the condo guest room, half bath and house front door were all pretty big disasters. We’re taking them as learning experience.

We choose to believe that after three BAD choices now we know what we’re doing (we hope) and due to time and money we decided not to do any test paint swatches (GASP). I know, I know it’s against all decorating advice you’ve ever heard. How can we be so sure that we won’t massively screw up again? Well we can’t, but we’ve learned a few things:

  • Paint colors always look brighter on the wall than they do on the paint swatch ALWAYS
  • We don’t like bright colors on our walls (a problem since the “muted” colors we’d picked in the past all ended up being super bright)
  • We need to pick colors that are much lighter than we think we want to get the color we actually want

We went to the paint store with a list of swatches we wanted to pick up based on other blogs I’d read about great paint colors, searching on the Benjamin Moore website, and of course the holy grail of anything home decorating – Pinterest. Then we picked up additional colors that spoke to us in the store and brought it all home.

There were a LOT of colors. It seemed completely overwhelming however once we got started the process of elimination was actually a lot easier than we had thought. There were even several cases where looking at a color on the “list” for a particular room we both said not for this room but definitely for this room. Having a couple of items in each room that were staying helped too.

For the large kitchen/living room area we held up the swatches to the cabinets, countertops, couch, painting and curtains (that we bought but will wait to hang until after we’re done painting – so be patient). Interestingly the color I thought I wanted Revere Pewter – in fact I hadn’t even picked a back up color didn’t work. It looked great in the kitchen area but was too close to the color of the and the aforementioned curtains. The pretty “greige” of Revere Pewter was just much to beige next to them. We ended up going with a color that Ken grabbed on our way out the door that helps pull in all the turquoise accents while still giving that cool neutral feel.

To see just how many colors we went through in our mad dash through the house here are the rejects:

pile of rejects

pile of rejects

And here are our choices. I will go into more detail as I post the finished painted rooms one by one. As I said ignore the writing on some of the swatches. We wrote room names on them in the paint store and as stated earlier some rooms got switched… you’ll also notice a lot have no room name written on it showing how many we picked out of the random pile off of our original list. I think we only went with 2 or 3 original picks and not all of them are in the originally intended room.

Hicks House Color Scheme

Hicks House Color Scheme

They all look very similar in this photo, and even when looking at them in person. However from we’ve learned in the past once its on a big expanse of wall the differences – the now subtle undertones of green and blue – will be greatly magnified while still having a nice cohesive look and feel. We’re confident that this time our picks will be more what we’re looking for, and from the painting we got done over vacation that appears to be the case so far.

So what do you think, do you like our cool neutrals?



Author: Danielle

My name is Danielle, I spend the majority of my free time nurturing my love for sewing crafting and decorating. My blog www.hicks-house.com is about the journey to starting a newly married life in our new home. Join us on our journey as we make our house into our home!

27 thoughts on “New Year – New Paint

  1. I have a small bathroom I want to brighten up with a fresh coat of paint. There are some brushed nickel/stainless steel fixtures and shelves. The cabinets, tub, and flooring are all white. Do you have any ideas for paint colors?


    • Hi Mel, with brushed nickel and white you really have a blank canvas and could go with any color you like! My favorite bathroom colors are Woodlawn Blue -it’s a very tranquil and serene light blue and Sea Glass – a more greenish hued blue. The sky really is the limit, I look forward to hearing what you choose!


  2. Lol just got my answer down below….thanks girl!


  3. I love these colors what would you use for your trimming….thank you!


  4. What color of white would you paint the trim with this pallette?


  5. Love the colors!! What did you use to make your color palette? I love seeing all the colors next to each other.


    • Hi Chelsea, I used Photoshop to make the swatch collage. It helped give a visual representation of how all the colors go together. I’ve also been known to pull it up on my phone while out shopping for accessories! Thanks for stopping by!


  6. Hi… I really love the color pallet of your house. I want to pain my bedroom with Benjamin Moore – “Sea Glass”, but I am having a hard time choosing a trim/ceiling color. I live in the mountains, not at the beach, Anything too white seems too beachy. I like the serene color, but I live in an older house in the Catskill mountains, anything too beachy will feel out of place. It’s a North facing bedroom and our we are surrounded by woods; that room get little natural light. I think this makes the prospect of looking too beachy seem even more out of place. But I do love the color and think it will work well in the room. I have dark furniture and wood floors. Any advice on trim, ceiling, or complimentary colors? Thanks!! Kindest regards, Stacy


    • Hi Stacy,

      I don’t think the color will come across to beachy especially with little natural light. We have it in our masterbath with dark wood vanity and it doesn’t seem beachy at all. The fact that we don’t have any beach elements like seashells or landscape art helps. We have white trim and white ceilings and a contemporary print shower curtain, so there are no hints of beach. With your dark furniture and lack of light it will help ground the color. The adjoining bedroom is ozark shadows which is a dark gray with brown undertones and that helps ground it as well. I would suggest keeping the trim and ceiling consistent with the rest of your house and use gray patterned curtains and modern bedding. The overall look will be serene and calming without evoking beach vibes. Let me know how it turns out!


  7. We’ve just moved into a new house and want to paint the whole dang thing. Love your color palette! Could you recommend a cream/off-white to go with. Daughter wants her room cream, but I’m worried about going too yellow with the rest of these colors.


    • Hi Steph, Glad to hear you love the color pallet! Unfortunately I am not familiar with any of Benjamin Moore’s off whites. I would suggest getting a few swatches of some off whites and comparing them to the swatches of the colors from my pallet you want to go with. To ensure it’s not too yellow look at the swatch in the room you plan on paining in the artificial light and at all different times throughout the day, because the amount and type of light can change it. If you’re still unsure get a sample and paint a small section of the wall.

      I can tell you that all of our walls were off white to begin with and we’ve been painting one room at a time and none of the new colors have clashed with the remaining off white walls.

      Hope that helps!


  8. Pingback: Arctic Gray Kitchen … Olé! | Hicks House

  9. In the updated Master Bedroom (I think) with the new Ozark Shadow color I believe can you tell me the color of the new carpet that was used?


    • Hi Tiffany, I don’t remember the exact name of the carpet, (it was a snap decision from the builder’s selection) however it is a light beige color. It is almost the same shade as the oak hardwoods and helps blend the bedrooms with the hardwood floors in the hallway.

      Hope this helps!


  10. Pingback: Back it up… | Hicks House

  11. We are doing our main living area in the Revere Pewter. I wish I had seen your site before we got started because I love the grey’s that you have used. I want to do a darker shade on an accent wall but I can’t figure out what to do.


    • Hi Kris, check out something like Galveston Gray for your accent wall. It’s sbout two shades darker than Revere and has the gray tones you like, with a more beigey undertone so it will coordinate really well with the Revere Pewter. Good luck, I’d love to see pics when you’re done!


  12. Pingback: Silver Mink you Minx | Hicks House

  13. Pingback: Relax it Away with Stonington Gray | Hicks House

  14. I absolutely love your colours Danielle! I’m going to be repainting in July and I was sure I wanted Revere Pewter throughout my house. But now after seeing some of your other choices (like Coventry Gray and Arctic Gray), I’m not sure what to do anymore! My house is a little different than yours in terms of layout. I have a living room/dining room in one space, so those need to be the same colour, and then I have my kitchen and family/TV room in another space. So again, those need to be the same colour. My main floor is currently Grant Beige, but I’m so done with it. It’s too beige/green I find. I just want a nice, neutral gray (or grays) that I can either accent with warm colours, or cool colours. I’m going to keep following your blog…love it :).


    • Thanks Melanie! I originally thought I wanted Revere Pewter in my kitchen/living room as well as I loved it and that room is the majority of the first floor. But after getting the swatch in there it read much to beigy for the living room area. I love the coventry gray that we put in the dining room as its more of a gray-gray without a clear undertone so you can accessorize with any colors you like. Keep an eye out for the next post we painted the guest room Stonington Gray which is one square down from Coventry Gray so it has the same pure gray-ness but is lighter. I think it would look great for a combined space!

      Keep me posted on what you choose!


  15. Pingback: Green with Envy? | Hicks House

  16. Pingback: Half Bath goes Blue | Hicks House

  17. Pingback: Revered Halls | Hicks House

  18. Pingback: Awash in Color | Hicks House

I'd love to hear from you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s