23 Favorite Paint Colors + Paint Sheens Explained

By far the most asked question I get is what are your favorite paint colors?! So today I'm answering the big question + addressing what the different sheen options are and when you should use each sheen. If you haven't read this first post about how to select paint colors, go here then come back ;)
First, we need to understand paint sheens:

High Gloss: very shiny, highly durable, shows wall imperfections because of the reflective nature. Be sure to paint multiple thin coats for high gloss, semi-gloss and satin to ensure no brush strokes are seen.

*Best use: cabinets, doors, trim & possibly used elsewhere for a bold effect (like in the picture below), but I have never painted interior walls with this sheen.
Semi-Gloss: not quite as shiny as High Gloss, but still reflective, very durable, great for spaces with lots of moisture.

*Best Use: bathrooms, cabinets, trim work, doors.

Satin: has a great sheen to it called "luster" and described as "velvety". Still very durable and shows some wall imperfections, but not as much as high or semi-gloss. Great for high-traffic areas.

*Best use: entryway, hallways, bedrooms

Eggshell: this is a flat paint, but still has some "luster", which is why it's great for any space. Its medium durability is balanced by the fact that it's easy to touch up, doesn't show wall imperfections and is a cheaper paint option.

*Best use: public living spaces

Flat / Matte: doesn't show wall imperfections, but not as durable (we have flat paint in our entire apartment and it shows scuffs and water marks like crazy!) Least expensive paint option and doesn't show brush strokes, which is a huge plus!

*Best Use: depends on if you don't mind touching paint up, but this can go anywhere except rooms that have a lot of moisture (bathroom, kitchen, laundry room, basements). I don't love it from living in a place with it now, and will always suggest Eggshell before flat. Ceilings are also usually flat, unless otherwise specified.

Alright, now on to my favorite paint colors! 
You can easily pin this to come back to for future reference. 

Here are a few of my favorite colors in action in some client's homes!

Revere Pewter: this is showing up a little lighter in the pictures and this home gets tons of natural light, typically this is a little darker.
Stonington: this typically reads a little blue / gray.
Don't forget to ALWAYS test out your colors on different spots in your room (either on the wall or on foam board) before going for it! Be sure to look at the colors at different times of day, as the light will change the color, sometimes dramatically.

What are YOUR favorite paint colors?! If you have any specific paint questions, drop them below and I'll answer in another follow-up post!
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Client Reveal: Modern Farmhouse Family Room Tour

A couple weeks I showed you the entry and playroom of my recent Modern Farmhouse client project. Things have been crazy and totally got away from me as I was gone in Austin last week, but today I'm back showing you the family room of this home! 
Many of you followed this house design from the ground up, as it was a new construction home and in the Grand Rapids Parade of Homes. Some of you even came to see it during the Parade, which was so fun! This is one of the projects I'm most proud of since I was involved from the very beginning. I'm so thankful to have had the opportunity to show off this house in the Parade, alongside Steve Visser Builder, the builder of the home. 
This family room needed to be comfortable, functional and fit a lot of people since the family who lives here has 5 kiddos! Keeping the decor up on the shelves was key, so little hands can't (quite) get to it and making sure the sofa fabric was durable was obviously extremely important! Luxury Vinyl Planks make clean up easy, but the beautiful rug provides some added warmth (and is cheaper to replace if needed than a whole room of carpet!)
The fireplace stone draws your eye up and highlights the tall cathedral ceilings, detailed in shiplap, along with that cozy beam. The white curtains (easily washable!) also add height to the space, while the warmer tones found in the floors, leather chair, beam, stained countertop, and walls help the room truly feel like an inviting family room. Touches of blue and green throughout give some color and tie in the obvious statement piece-- that GORGEOUS lion painting, done by one of my BFF's, Chelsea Michal Garter. I love how unexpected it is for the farmhouse! 

Photos: Ashley Slater Photography // Flowers: Modern Day Florals // Builder: Steve Visser Builder // Dress: August Cloth 
Get the look:

Hope you love this family room as much as I do! Have a wonderful start to your week,
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The Art of Filling Your Wall Space (and what not to do!)

One of the most-requested topics I write about when I asked on Instagram was what to do with your walls! I wrote a post about this last year, so I'm reworking it a bit and adding to it to share again with you today.
Your walls make up a ton of area space in your home, so it's no wonder it's a topic of conversation and a need for inspiration! First off, I want to tackle a few design tips, dilemmas a lot of people have, and even some myths.

- Every wall does NOT need to have something on it. You read that right! Sometimes people feel they need something on each and every wall in their home and that's just not true. That can feel very cluttered and unintentional, not letting the eye have a place to rest.
- Scale matters! Big wall = your art, frames, or whatever you put on the large wall also need to be large. When in doubt, go big!
too small
too small 
slightly too big (I actually really like this if the art was just a smidge smaller. Right now I feel it's dwarfing the dresser. I don't prefer when a piece of art overhangs the furniture under it.)
- The center of your wall art should be around 55-60" high off the floor, depending on your height (I try to land around 57"). I can't tell you how often I see art hung too high (most often!) or too low. If you're hanging a gallery wall, treat the entire grouping of frames as one big piece of art to help you find where to hang the pieces correctly.
too high
too high 
too low (I like this room too, I'd just notch the art up a little!)
- If you're hanging art above a console table or sofa, the art (or object) should be at least 1/2 the size of the furniture below it. 2/3 the size is even better! The reason for this is so that the art and the piece of furniture actually feel like one cohesive vignette and not like the art is floating in space.
- Avoid the urge to hang frames far away from each other. The goal is to create a cohesive design and one that feels like a grouping to promote unity in the room. Hanging things too far apart will not accomplish that, seen below:
too far apart
Alright, now that we've covered those things, here are my favorite ways to fill your walls!

1. Gallery Wall: this is the ever-popular collection of frames in a grouping. You can do this so many different way: same colored frames, different colored frames, all art, all photographs, a collection of mix matched photos, art, quotes, etc. I love gallery walls going up a stair case like below (notice the mix of wide and thin black frames to give it interest):

I also love gallery walls in living rooms. This one does a great job of maintaining balance, even though it is asymmetrical. You can also see here that there is an awkward window on the left side of the couch, so they probably hung these frames strategically on the right side to balance that out.

Then there are symmetrical gallery walls! These make my OCD heart really happy ;)

This last one combines gallery wall with shelving, our next way to fill up wall space! I'm loving the look!

2. Open Shelving: floating shelves are a great way to fill wall space, because they give you linear lines (which actually makes the room appear larger) and you can display things on the shelves. It's a win-win!


You can see here on either side of the fireplace that without these floating shelves, the space would have been really bare. These fill up the space, detract from the big black TV, and give the home owners more space to show off their unique finds, books and more.

3. Mirrors: One of the best ways to use mirrors is by hanging it on the opposite wall of a window, so that you're maximizing the natural light. The light will reflect off the mirror and bounce onto other walls. Mirrors also give a bit of a feminine touch (of course, depends on the actual look of the mirror!) and adds depth, as well as a touch of metallic to the room.

Hanging one in the entry is always a winning choice, because it's so convenient to look in the mirror before heading out! A round mirror is a perfect way to break up the boxy look of rooms. If a room has a lot of rectangular or square shapes, intentionally hang a round mirror to mix it up!

It's important, when considering a mirror, to think about the shape. Round, rectangular, square, floor length, arched. There are many options! I love the arch look for this space, because it makes the ceiling look even taller!

Floor length mirrors are large, so they make a big statement and take up a big chunk of wall space. If you have a tall blank wall, this is a great place for a floor length mirror! They are especially perfect for a bedroom. I also like them in the end of a hallway, especially if the hall isn't well lit. Again, mirrors reflect light and that would help bring a bit more light to a dark hallway. 

4. Artwork: The best way to infuse personality into your home is by hanging art! It sets a mood, tells of your interests, brings texture, color, pattern and LIFE to the room. I love to use Minted for artwork. It comes framed beautifully!

One of my favorite examples of beautiful art in one of my client's homes is this coastal family room. It also happens to be my parent's house :) They love a beach town in Northern California called Carmel, so the painting is of one of the beaches there.

Abstract art is great for a more modern, contemporary or mid century look. They typically play with texture, which is a needed element in every room!

Favorite Art Sources:
World Market
Ballard Designs
Etsy- House of Belonging and Between You and Me for wood signs
Feather & Birch for cut out wood words and art
Favorite Artists (love supporting artists first before big stores!): Chelsea Michal for incredible and colorful animals and florals (she's who painted the lion in the main image on this post!), Hollyhocks & Hydrangeas for farmhouse flowers, Wildfield Paper Co. for florals and nature watercolors, Simply Jessica Marie for pretty calligraphy prints and custom watercolor paintings,Bree Maden for beach photography, Lily & Val for chalkboard art prints, Rachel Wadlow Art for Abstract, Parima Studio for abstract, Emily Jeffords for landscapes.

5. Clocks, Signs, Vintage Finds: these are special elements that further personalize your space.

City Sign


Love how this clock is stacked over a rectangular planter to offer a different shape to the vignette:

6. Textured or patterned walls: Not only is a fun wallpaper a great way to make a big impact on your walls, but so are wall textures created with wood trim (called board and batten).



via (just a note, sometimes the art above the furniture size rule can be broken. For example, here the art is only 1/3 the size of the bed and the rule says it should be 1/2 or 2/3 the size of the furniture, but it works here because of the board and batten texture and because the art is dark, contrasting the white wall, therefore taking up more visual space.)

Wallpaper magic! I'm so excited to be installing some wallpaper in a current client's home. It's going to be so beautiful! We're doing it in the powder bath and the master bedroom.

Hope this gives you some inspiration!!
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