Elsewhere Painting

My Colortopia

One of my favorite things to do is to choose paint colors. One of my other favorite things to do is to talk about do so. Clearly it’s a good fit that I’m now writing over at the new blog, My Colortopia.

I’m happy to be in such good company too! There are some great bloggers contributing. I’ll be adding a new article every month, and my first is already up: Tips for Choosing Paint Colors. Take a look if you’ve ever wondered about the nuances of picking the perfect shade.

I have partnered with Glidden/ Akzo Nobel Paints to participate in the My Colortopia program but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Kathryn Humphreys
    December 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    You are a color wizard.

    • Making it Lovely
      December 2, 2011 at 7:01 pm

      Seriously, it’s probably weird how much I enjoy choosing colors.

      • Kathryn Humphreys
        December 2, 2011 at 7:48 pm

        Go with what you love, right :)

  • Hilary Inspired
    December 2, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Very cool!! I’m working on selecting a few for myself… this could be really helpful!

  • modern jane
    December 2, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Loved the article Nicole! I normally like lighter colors but I love your library!

  • Robin @ The Balanced Life
    December 3, 2011 at 11:14 am

    This is perfect. I’m finally ready to paint our place for the first time. I have the hardest time choosing colors. This couldn’t have come at a better time. Thank you. Love your blog :)

  • Molly the Waffler
    December 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Your new blog comes at the perfect time! I have been struggling with what color to paint my small laundry room, and just last week asked my readers to help me decide. I was thinking a greeny blue like Benjamin Moore’s Blue Wyeth but lot of readers suggested yellow…which I find so tricky. I’d love it if you could tackle picking a good yellow in future posts of My Colortopia. Unlike you, picking colors give me the hives :)

  • Jamie
    December 4, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Great post. We are in the process of remodeling and I went through 7 different green samples before picking the right one for the bedroom. I love your blog and have been looking at your archives. I love what you did with your laundry room. I am replacing the linoleum in my kitchen. I have a cottage/farm style kitchen. I would love to put in a hex floor with flowers but can’t afford it. Do you think the Octagon dot would look good in there or too bathroomy? I was looking for something different and more retro than the large stone ceramic tiles everyone is using.

    • Making it Lovely
      December 18, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      I’m not a fan of small-scale tile in large rooms. If the kitchen is tiny, it could be cute, but if it’s even an average sized space, I’d go with something a little bigger.

  • Daniela Conn
    December 4, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Such great timing! We are moving in to a new house this month and have literally spent the last 48 hours priming, and painting, the walls and ceiling. We have put up 21 color swatches and CANNOT chose a color! I wish I were as decisive as you!

  • Lisa
    December 5, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I’d love to know about choosing color based on which direction you face. We moved to a north-facing apartment that doesn’t get much light, and the colors we loved in our east-facing apartment don’t look quite right in the new place!

    • Making it Lovely
      December 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      Yes, light (natural and artificial) comes into play. I tend to like truer colors in weak light and more muted shades in sunny spots.

  • Elisa
    December 7, 2011 at 8:26 am

    oooh, sounds awesome! Off to check it out.

  • Tom
    December 9, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I’ll be heading over to check this out right away! We need to repaint a few rooms and furniture in the rooms. This looks like a great way to make sure the colors match! Thanks!