When designing the new paint line for Home Depot, Martha’s mandate was simple: make sure each color is one that you would want in your home. 280 color choices later, it was time for me to decide about my own apartment. Well, when you design a paint collection around Martha’s charge, picking a color for yourself can be, well, a challenge.
First, I knew that I wanted the entire apartment to be unified—the walls, ceilings, doors, trim, etc. So at least I only had to make one choice. I took my first cue from my floors. The bleached floors dictated beige. However, I knew that something as simple as a neutral, like beige, really means an exercise in warm vs. cool; choices ranging from pale taupe to grayish brown; and varying hues during different times in the day. Not so easy.
After I narrowed down my choices, I painted 2-foot-by-5-foot samples of 7 possibilities on the walls in my living and dining rooms, bedroom, bathroom, library, hallway, and entry. Then, I lived with them for a while. A week is ideal. I was lucky in that I had empty rooms/areas so that I could get a good sense of how each color would look in the morning, afternoon and evening light.
I started to think about finishes, as well. I preferred flat for most of the rooms except for in the bathroom, where I chose high-gloss,
Then, came the daunting task or prepping the walls. But that’s for tomorrow’s post.
Don’t forget to check out the March issue of Martha Stewart Living for my full column on paint and my apartment. Check out tomorrow’s post for more behind the scenes.