The upstairs priming is finally finished. This was such a lousy week for Kids 5 & 6 to stop taking naps (and kid 6 to revolt against potty training.) Took for-ever. Anyway, with the walls white there are already some projects that are jumping out at me—some small, some big: So those projects have been added to the list. Now that the kitchen and entry way red paint are gone and I thought I was ready to start painting the main wall color, but I’ve hit a bit of a snag. The color. I have two nearly full 5 gallon buckets of “builder’s beige,” but my heart’s just not in it. I know, I know. Beggars can’t be choosers. It’s just that having The Red House was something that set us apart from the literally hundreds of other identical homes with the identical floor plan in our neighborhood. And Mr. Thrive isn’t thrilled about going back to beige, either. After I got done with the priming he took a look around and said, “Congratulations. It looks exactly like when we moved in.” So I’ve got two options and could really use your input because here’s the thing: I’m so not a decorator. I started following blogs a few years back to get ideas for my house because I’m terrible at designing rooms. I’m a junker. A save-it-from-the-trasher. An I-so-can-make-that-catalog-thing-from-scratcher. But a decorator? Not so much. So here’s my choices: #1: Stay The Course – Go With Beige No one rocks the whole beige/cream + white look like Ballard Designs. And they’re beautiful and amazing and full of perfectly placed wall hangings and knick knacks. And maybe that’s why beige is so intimidating: I don’t get to rely on bold color to “carry” a room and do half the design work for me. I’ll actually have to figure out all those little details that make a room work. So the kitchen would go from this … … to something like this: cream walls + white to-be-added backsplash, trim, pantry + black accents on the cabinets and maybe floors. (It’s actually more of a contrast than it looks like here and the cream has more of a yellow cast than pink, but you get the idea.) I’m thinking more like this color scheme from Ballard Designs: Cream walls + white trim + black accents. #2: Start Mixing Paint and Hope For The Best In addition to all the beige, I also have a couple partial gallons of slate grey, medium grey, black and dark brown that I could start mixing with the beige base. I’m crushing on grey at the moment and love the idea of having light grey walls and white bead board to go with my black kitchen cabinets and living room couches. Something like this: grey walls+ black cabinets + new white back splash and pantry + fun b/w fabric curtains, etc. I also wouldn’t mind going the brown route either and trying for mocha color. But will that even work? Have any of you ever mixed a cream base + dark paint and come up with a color that worked? Is it awesome or way too yellow-y? I have a long history of selecting terrible paint colors and don’t want to waste the only paint I have. So … what would you recommend? Beige? And if so, what accents for pillows or art would you put with it? Blue/greens like this Ballard Designs look: Source: Ballard Designs Online Something different? – or – Go for grey? Or mocha? Any mixing tips or please-for-the-love-don’t-ever-ever-EVER-do-this tips? I’m serious about this. I need your advice. Leave me a comment or drop me an email at choosetothriveblog (at) gmail (dot) com. In the mean time, the kids and I are working on other areas around the upstairs: 1) Sanding the acres of bead board in the kitchen and living room to get rid of all that lovely “wood” 2) Sanding down this book case from the living room for a much needed make over 3) Washing those dusty light covers in the kitchen. Thanks for your help!