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May 28, 2013 |

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Hi everyone, it's Jacob and Grace here. Grace and I really need your help. We don't write quite like Ana does, so we made a little video about our big problem. We are very thankful to be able to reach out to you for help. Can you take a minute to watch our quick video and help us out?

Grace and I really need your help! We need to pick the paint colors for the main room that includes the kitchen, living room, dining room, stairs, and the downstairs landing area. This will be the main color of each unit.

Ana's been too sick to pick out anything but morning sickness green colors, so she mumbled something about asking her blog friends for help with color recommendations.  Here's what some of Ana's friends recommended:

 Shelley at the House of Smith's recommends Autumn Haze (see below)


photo from House of Smiths

And Shelley also recommends a color called Upward (see below)

photo from House of Smiths

Kate from Centsational Girl recommends a color called Camouflage that looks great with wood cabinetry (see below)

photo from Centsational Girl

Whitney from Shanty2Chic recommends a color called Homestead Resort Parlor Taupe (see below)

photo from Shanty2Chic

 Layla from The Lettered Cottage recommends a color called Rice Grain (see below) ...

image from The Lettered Cottage

Emily from Decor Chic recommends Balanced Beige (see below)

image from Decor Chic

Melissa from The Inspired Room recommends Polished Gray - since there's a kitchen in the Momplex rooms under discussion, what do you also think of the gray cabinets?

image from The Inspired Room

Roeshel from DIY Show Off recommends Smokey Taupe

image from DIY Show Off

And Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick recommends Analytic Gray

image from Thirfty Decor Chick

To me and Grace, all the colors look pretty much the same.  So can you help us pick a color in the poll below?

Thank you so much for your help. Grace and I will be reading comments if you have additional paint suggestions and ideas as well.

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Upward!!!

I vote Upward.... AND love little Grace becoming a big sister!!!!!!!!!

Whitney
www.whitneysworkshop.com

posted by whitney_smith | on Tue, 2013-05-28 16:06
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Upward!!!

I vote Upward.... AND love little Grace becoming a big sister!!!!!!!!!

Whitney
www.whitneysworkshop.com

posted by whitney_smith | on Tue, 2013-05-28 16:08
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Paint color for Momplex

I also voted Upward, because blue is cheerful, reminiscent of clear skies, friendly, charming, and just a happy color that makes me think of warm weather.

Thanks so much for this fantastic blog and the lovely plans. There are so many things here that I want to build for myself and for friends!

posted by WynneUO | on Tue, 2013-05-28 17:20
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Yellow!

DUplicate

posted by Tsu Dho Nimh | on Tue, 2013-05-28 17:38
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Yellow!

All those colors are trendy, and lovely, but cool-toned. They work fine in Texas or Arizona where we are hiding from the sun year round. However, the blue-grey light of an Alaskan winter will make them look dismal and depressing.

I suggested (on FB) a very pale yellow paint, or a slightly yellowish cream, to counteract the blue tones of the light. Artificial sunlight :) Goes well with trendy greys, hot pinks and allkinds of colors.

Just make it REALLY pale or it turns into school-bus yellow.

www.houzz.com/pale-yellow-paint has lots of them. Most color matching, such as Home Depot's can put the really trendy paint into a less expensive brand for you.

Pale Sand 1 by Laura Ashley (Lowes)

Ralph Lauren's "Nantucket White" is really creamy yellow
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posted by Tsu Dho Nimh | on Tue, 2013-05-28 17:37
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Oh, it's been confirmed!

CONGRATS, YOU ALL!!!! I've been trying so hard to not jump to conclusions and wanted to wait to congratulate you until it was totally confirmed (do you know how hard that was!?)... How exciting!!!!
Moving on...
I think I need to go visit The Inspired Room. I love the color choices (and gray cabs? TOTALLY LOVE THEM!!!!!) and all the decor..! That's my vote!

Gina - Lady Goats
DIY Blogger (when I'm not procrastinating)
http://www.ladygoats.com

posted by Lady Goats | on Tue, 2013-05-28 17:51
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AND!

Feel better, Ana!!!

Gina - Lady Goats
DIY Blogger (when I'm not procrastinating)
http://www.ladygoats.com

posted by Lady Goats | on Tue, 2013-05-28 17:53

Warmth

I agree with Tsu Dho Nimh about warming things up due to your lengthy winters and darkness. I feel honored you are asking us, but I have to ask, why aren't the Moms picking out their colors? Do they want a total surprise factor? Last but certainly not least, congratulations!!! :)


posted by spiceylg | on Tue, 2013-05-28 18:03

Warmth

I agree with Tsu Dho Nimh about warming things up due to your lengthy winters and darkness. I feel honored you are asking us, but I have to ask, why aren't the Moms picking out their colors? Do they want a total surprise factor? Last but certainly not least, congratulations!!! :)


posted by spiceylg | on Tue, 2013-05-28 18:09
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Oops!

Oops!

posted by birdsandsoap | on Tue, 2013-05-28 18:42
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This is the hardest part!

I think I agree with Tsu up there, I would choose a color with a warm yellow undertone. Those colors are fab, but I would choose something that compliments your Alaskan environment.

Fifteen years ago, when my parents and Aunt built homes up in the Idaho wilderness, grey was a really on-trend color at the time. My mom and aunt both painted their entire homes with "Smoky Candle," a pale shade of grey. That translated to a very stale cold feeling all winter. Not a big deal unless your winters are half of the year.

Choose something a little warmer, that's my advice. My current fave is "Crocodile Tears" by olympic. It's a pale taupey green with warm undertones. I would have it lightened by 50% for a very neutral effect. The online view does not do it justice: http://www.lowes.com/pd_144532-86-C123CROCODILETEARS_0__?productId=33220...
So glad the cat is out of the bag!! CONGRATS GRACE ON BECOMING A BIG SISTER!!!

posted by birdsandsoap | on Tue, 2013-05-28 18:24
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Congrats!!

Very exciting news! I have to be honest and say that most of those listed colors are sitting in sample quarts out in my garage. I love those blogs and tried most of those paint colors. But, the rice grain looked to yellow, the autumn haze too green, on and on. I painted my whole main part of the house SW Mindful Grey, which is an awesome grey that I get tons of compliments on. BUT, after last weekend painting my dining and living room SW accessible beige, I realized that it picks up the sunlight so well and brightens my home. So, I'm in the process of re-painting. I think balanced beige may be similar. I guess what I'm trying to say is, put a sample of them all up on the wall, and get a feel for which one picks up the light best. Every single space is different! (You can look up SW Accessible Beige on houzz.com along with SW rainwashed - a great bedroom color!)

Marion B.

posted by mebohn | on Tue, 2013-05-28 18:30
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Congratulations!

Congratulations to the White family! What wonderful news! Hope Ana feels better soon! I love the creamy beige and taupe colors and the Smokey Taupe color is my current favorite from the list (but we had our house in all gray tones for about 5 years, and we loved them too). I remember from the early kitchen design posts that Ana mentioned liking distressed painted cabinets in cream or a pale buttery yellow or a sagey green, which would all be lovely cheerful colors with a neutral wall. Another great gray color for cabinets is Greek Column by Ace (I had my kitchen cabinets that color for about 5 years - it's also a great color to distress over a white base coat). So exciting to see the Momplex progress! Thanks Jacob and Grace! Your video is wonderful!

posted by JoanneS | on Tue, 2013-05-28 19:21

Colors and Congrats!

I like Upward and Autumn Haze.

Congratulations on the new addition to your family! Babies are blessings.

posted by Mols | on Tue, 2013-05-28 19:53
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Double post

It did it to me too:-(

posted by bhoppy | on Tue, 2013-05-28 21:39
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Congrats!

Congratulations to all of you!! Grace you are going to be such a good big sister! You are already one since you and your Daddy are helping your Mom while she is feeling so sick!! Hopefully it will subside after the first trimester.

For a paint color, I voted for Autumn Haze.. It seems neutral enough but I like the previous posters suggestion to get a sample of you faves and see which looks best:-)

posted by bhoppy | on Tue, 2013-05-28 21:38
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So is green completely off the table?

I do agree with Tsu. A yellow or orange/apricot would be where I would be headed (but then I suffer from SAD so no grays for me!!!). I looked through the Valspar colors and I would be looking at Jalapeno Jelly (6005-6A) or Jasmine Green (PN10040) if it were me. I also like Apricot Butter (2005-2A) and Cantaloupe Smile (2007-2A).

Of your choices, I would vote Autumn Haze since it is the warmest beige/bone in the choices.

posted by JuneBug | on Tue, 2013-05-28 21:39
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congrats!

Congrats Ana, Grace, and RAM! So happy for the 3 of you!

posted by thomatuttle | on Tue, 2013-05-28 22:16
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Paint Colors

Congratulations on your wonderful news!

We have tried a variety of colors in all three homes we have lived in, and always come back to a cool ice blue called Arcturus, by True Value paints. We have large windows in the entire south/southeast end of our current home, so even in our northern Canadian winters it seems the house is a little bit brighter. We find the cool blue relaxing and easy on the eyes. I highly recommend it.

posted by Val Manchuk | on Tue, 2013-05-28 22:35

Congrats!

That's wonderful news-the baby, that is! Congratulations to you all and hope Ana is feeling better soon! You all are doing a wonderful job on the momplex and with plans. I love the gray, but maybe a warmer, brighter color would be cheerier. Looking forward to seeing which one you went with soon!

posted by LisaMarie | on Tue, 2013-05-28 23:21

Congrats!

oops! I accidentally left two comments.

posted by LisaMarie | on Tue, 2013-05-28 23:22
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Just a thought

I'm currently in love with Benjamin Moore's "Wales Green" after seeing the room that Mary Douglas Drysdale did in Traditional Home. http://www.traditionalhome.com/design_decorating/howwelive/before-after-... Living in Minnesota, i needed a happy warm color to get me through winter, so we just used it in our family room. Perhaps your moms are the same? There are so many colors to use with it!
Deborah

posted by dxgolsen | on Wed, 2013-05-29 00:33
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Congrats!

Congratulations on Grace being a big sister! I loved the video :)
I couldn't see the poll - so I vote for Upward!
I thought the blue would compliment the view. I have a similar color in my living areas and love the freshness of the color. Good luck!

posted by tonjacoy101 | on Wed, 2013-05-29 09:13

As an avid fan of actual

As an avid fan of actual color, I would vote for blue, but I do agree that maybe you should get the input of the people involved in this decision!

I would start with the cabinets and move to the paint color from there. Does Mom like stained or painted cabinets? What hue/color? Then pick a complimentary paint color to go with the cabinets.

The problem with any shade of yellow/orange/pink is that it tends to tint everything in the room that color. I personally don't like yellow/orange/pink and would prefer my white items to be tinted blue/green instead. That's just my thought. To reduce that kind of tinting completely, beige/grey might be best. Grey/Blue/Green will probably also reflect the most light back at you in limited light circumstances.

But who am I to talk? You've got pretty neutral colors listed there and I would be more inclined to go a shade or two darker! Or even feather light blue over a pale yellow or green!

posted by kailagenevieve | on Wed, 2013-05-29 10:59

Sorry about the double post!

Sorry about the double post! Work computer soooo slow...

posted by kailagenevieve | on Wed, 2013-05-29 11:01
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Congrats!!

I'm seeing that grey is popular - but, I'm telling ya', I live in coastal, sunny SC and my house is painted a beautiful SW Mindful Grey, BUT, my house doesn't get any direct sunlight as we are facing north and have tons of trees. As a result, I'm re-painting as we speak to SW Accessible Beige. It's a light neutral that picks up the sunlight SO much better!! I voted for the beige, b/c I think it's similar to mine - just a little darker. I have sample of Autumn Haze (too green) and Rice Grain ( I really like but is too yellow in my house). Upward would be a great bedroom color! Overall, I really encourage buying samples of all your faves and seeing how they look on YOUR walls. I've tried most of these colors on mine (b/c I also love these blogs) but they just didn't look as pretty. Good luck!

Marion B.

posted by mebohn | on Wed, 2013-05-29 12:28

Thanks everyone for the kind

Thanks everyone for the kind notes and congrats - we are pretty excited to be able to share our good news with you!

Because the spaces will be so large (pretty much everything but the bedrooms, bathroom, bonus room and garage) for this paint color, we want to do a neutral color for the walls. Of course we can add color through furnishings and decor.

We love greens and yellows and blues too, but would like to put these colors in the bathroom, bedrooms, and the bonus room (which is the size of the living/dining area).

Thanks for all your input - good thing there's two Momplex units just cause it looks like we might have a tie or at least a really close one!

posted by Ana White Admin | on Wed, 2013-05-29 12:41
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Congratulations on the baby!

Congratulations on the baby! They say that lots of morning sickness means a healthy baby, so cling to that positive thought as you are clinging to the barf bucket!
My choice for paint is Upward. It's a fresh, cheery color that I think will counteract those sunless Alaskan days just fine.

posted by Pam the Goatherd | on Wed, 2013-05-29 17:31
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congratulations on your good

congratulations on your good news.
for the land of the midnight sun, i would avoid the beige spectrum and add brightness to the short days and long nights with the luminous greys, whites and blues. the very best color for a bedroom i ever lucked out with is a very pale ice blue, almost white, called Bleached Slate in the Lowe's American Tradition Valspar range. you can't tell it's blue until you have all four walls of it, and it kinda glows. like opalescent moonglow but still in the cool, almost white, range. it's awesome.

posted by purejuice | on Thu, 2013-05-30 10:36
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congratulations on your good

congratulations on your good news.
for the land of the midnight sun, i would avoid the beige spectrum and add brightness to the short days and long nights with the luminous greys, whites and blues. the very best color for a bedroom i ever lucked out with is a very pale ice blue, almost white, called Bleached Slate in the Lowe's American Tradition Valspar range. you can't tell it's blue until you have all four walls of it, and it kinda glows. like opalescent moonglow but still in the cool, almost white, range. it's awesome.

posted by purejuice | on Thu, 2013-05-30 10:37
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Paint Colour

Congratulations!

I agree with the suggestions to avoid cool colours like blues. I'm in central Canada and I'm nowhere near as wintery as you guys, but repainting a pale blue basement into warmer tones made a huge difference in the comfort of the rooms downstairs. HUGE. I am in love with a colour called Almond Petal. It's a warm beige that is almost olivey but not enough to throw off other colours. I also tend to lean toward very pale yellows like a Manila (also looks great with woods) but I know yellow makes a lot of people twitchy. Anyhoo. I'm sure it'll look wicked awesome no matter what!

posted by Chair | on Fri, 2013-05-31 00:43

congrats from sunny California!

Yay for your family!!!
I vote no blue or cool/cold colors. I've looked at a lot of interiors, and in Sweden (similar light/weather) white is very traditional, but even that seems too cold in winter to me. I would keep it a light color that has a bit of warmth to it (BA in studio art - now an interior design student here...)

Caroline B

posted by carolinelb | on Fri, 2013-05-31 16:53
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Warmer color

I agree that those colors might be a little cool (but I voted anyway). Personally I like a real color and I personally used a orangey color and loved how warm my room felt even in the depth of winter. Something along these lines:
http://pinterest.com/hgtvbriana/creamsicle/
just a thought. Love the house!

posted by CKay | on Fri, 2013-05-31 17:11

Pro-Warm Tones

I will admit to just plain being anti-grey b/c I just am. I strongly, strongly prefer warmer colors. And I do recognize that grey is a seriously hot trendy color right now, but if I were y'all and living in a place that is going to have grey and white and freezing cold outside for 6 months of the year there is no way in heck I would put MORE grey on my walls. It would just be depressingly monochrome for me. Grey sky, grey walls, no thank you. Y'all already mentioned how you take a trip some place warm every winter just to get away from the weather, I'd be afraid it would make things worse to invite the weather indoors with that color. So basically I'd say pick the most popular non-grey color that got voted for and go for it.

I am kinda wondering why you're not asking Mom what color to paint her house. Because if it were my mother there is no way in heck she would go grey and be okay with it. But my MIL might actually love it. Its her house, I'd ask her...

And congratulations!! I completely understand Ana's issue b/c I'm 6 months pregnant and sadly this baby girl is still kicking my tush so I've got a dining room half way through a redo that I can't finish until I stop puking!

posted by amjoda | on Fri, 2013-05-31 23:25

Pro-Warm Tones

I will admit to just plain being anti-grey b/c I just am. I strongly, strongly prefer warmer colors. And I do recognize that grey is a seriously hot trendy color right now, but if I were y'all and living in a place that is going to have grey and white and freezing cold outside for 6 months of the year there is no way in heck I would put MORE grey on my walls. It would just be depressingly monochrome for me. Grey sky, grey walls, no thank you. Y'all already mentioned how you take a trip some place warm every winter just to get away from the weather, I'd be afraid it would make things worse to invite the weather indoors with that color. So basically I'd say pick the most popular non-grey color that got voted for and go for it.

I am kinda wondering why you're not asking Mom what color to paint her house. Because if it were my mother there is no way in heck she would go grey and be okay with it. But my MIL might actually love it. Its her house, I'd ask her...

And congratulations!! I completely understand Ana's issue b/c I'm 6 months pregnant and sadly this baby girl is still kicking my tush so I've got a dining room half way through a redo that I can't finish until I stop puking!

posted by amjoda | on Fri, 2013-05-31 23:25
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Congrats!

I'm with those thinking that maybe Moms should be picking or at least having a say ... and congratulations on the soon-to-arrive family addition! Hang in there Ana - hope the morning sickness blues will soon fade away for you!

posted by judym | on Sun, 2013-06-02 22:32
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Get some fabric first!

I highly highly recommend fiding a fabric first! Its super easy to color match paint, its a pain in the butt to find a fabric in a specific color with a particular pattern that you may have in mind. Just my two cents :)

posted by cannelle9 | on Tue, 2013-06-04 09:59
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Congrats from Ireland

Hi Grace & RAM,

Firstly congrats on the super news. Sorry to hear Ana is feeling poorly and isn't getting to enjoy the end stage of all the nice girly bits for the momplex. Ram, you have done a wonderful job so far, and Grace you get to be the girl on the project. About paint colours, I think camoflague is lovely, I also love the blue and the grey, but you have to be so careful about the light, I know here in Ireland some colours are not best suited as they can make the place feel very dull during out wet winters, and blue or grey may not be best for your cold winters. sorry I cant be more help, I don't know a lot of the brands of paint you have in the US, I love farrow and ball paint, and colourtrend.

Whatever you choose, Ana will be very proud of you both. Big hugs for Ana.

Andrea in Ireland

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posted by ernesths | on Mon, 2013-06-10 13:44

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All of the choices are lovely, but since it is so dark during the winter in Alaska, I would think that you should choose a color that reflects a lot of light and from the photos these don't appear to do so.

posted by ArtGirl | on Mon, 2013-06-10 20:59
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I like both of the colours

I like both of the colours chosen by House of Smiths, but I voted for the Autumn Haze. I think that a yellow is a really nice cheery colour from some Grandmas, especially since your winters are so long and dark. Just a little something to remind them of sunnier days!

Congratulations to the 3 of you! How exciting! I sure hope Ana feels better soon.

He may wear the pants, but I wear the toolbelt!

posted by DirtSquirt | on Mon, 2013-06-10 21:15
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Yellow with warm undertones

I am probably WAY past the date of contributing much by the way of usefulness (due to login issues--- thanks for the quick fix!--- followed by travel), but wanted mostly to wish you well with the expanding family.

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posted by jakefrazier | on Tue, 2013-06-18 20:54

Paint color

Hi there,

I'm not sure if it is too late to help on the paint colors but here is my .02 cents. I love the gray color for the walls even if you do have long winters there. You can warm up your space with warm toned furnishings like warmer wood tones matched with light and airy fabrics. Try "Puritan Gray 164 by Benjamin Moore. Hope this helps!

Congrats on your good news,
Alisia

Alisia @ Forever Farmhouse

posted by ForeverFarmhouse | on Wed, 2013-06-19 12:07

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