Paint Colors + Regrets

Neutral Paint Colors

Hello again!

It’s Cassie here for my monthly guest post! Last month I shared our backyard renovation and I hope you found it inspiring as you all prepare for spring yard work and gardening! Speaking of gardening, we just planted our first seedlings in some raised gardens beds we added after my last post, so hopefully we will have some veggies to harvest this summer!

Many of you asked about the paint colors we used in our home in my mini home tour. I decided to put together a list of all the colors we currently have (from Sherwin-Williams), and give you a few of my thoughts on my favorite ones and what I wish I had done differently.

blue dining room


  • Seaworthy– This is the color we have painted in our dining room. So many people asked about this color in my first post. It is probably my favorite color painted in our home, which I find a little humorous because I tend to love neutrals and this is a fairly bold color once painted on the walls. I think its a favorite because it’s different. The light in our dining room is also some of the best natural lighting in our home, so I am sure that also has a little to do with it.
  • Iron Ore– We painted this color only a few weeks ago in our kitchen, and I am so surprised at how much more it makes me love this space. Our entire home was painted “Accessible Beige” (more on that choice below), and the contrast of this new color adds a whole new level of interest next to our white cabinets. We also only painted up part of the way, so the paint sort of imitates tile (which wasn’t in the budget this year) and also keeps the main house color continuing through the space so it doesn’t feel like a dark hole in the middle of our open-floor-plan downstairs.


Our kitchen right before we moved in! (Sadly, the best “before” example I have)

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Our kitchen right after we painted!

Maybe Not My Favorite:

There are a few things I wish I had done differently when we were building our home. One of the biggest of these is the paint colors we chose throughout the entire home. I mentioned above that I like neutrals, and I wanted to keep the palette of our finishes pretty basic throughout so we could add new colors and textures over time to make it more personal.

This was a good  idea for the most part, but to save money we painted the ceilings the same color as the walls, which means our home lacks contrast and interest. Now if we had done a plain, basic white (which is what I wish we had done now), this wouldn’t have been a big deal. But since our ceilings are a warm off-white “greige” color, it makes painting any cooler paint colors on the wall impossible, unless we also paint the ceiling. Lesson learned!

Loving the Home I Have:

As easy as it is for me to pick apart the things I dislike about my home, like looking at a whole bunch of greige walls, there are so many things I love, or at least have attempted to make more lovable. I am in the middle of reading Melissa’s new book “Love the Home You Have,” as I am sure many of you are as well! This book is speaking so beautifully to my heart and my desire for finding contentment in my home.

We are in a crazy stage of life and are trying to accomplish so many projects in our home before baby number two arrives, and sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed or feel like things are just out of my reach of getting right. I am trying to slow down and enjoy this process of making our house into a home, and also trying to be more content with the things that aren’t perfect. I can’t say enough good things about the book, and I honestly am so thankful for it in this time of chaos in my life. I hope you all have had a chance to grab a copy and are loving it!

Talk to you next month!


Giving Yourself Grace At Home {A Guest Post for Ann Voskamp}

Love the Home You Have - The Inspired Room blog

You’ve probably heard that our home should reflect who we are and what we love.

That’s great if we like what we see.

But what if the reflection staring back at us scares us? GASP!

What if our home tells us we are a complete disaster and we need to lose a lot of (ahem) excess clutter? GULP!

Who wants to hear that?

–from Love the Home You Have

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You can read a little bit about how I feel about our home being a reflection of who we are in a guest post I am sharing on my friend Ann Voskamp’s blog!

Ann and I met at a conference years ago, I believe it was the first time she had ever spoken in front of a crowd after the release of her book A Thousand Gifts. She was really nervous and I was all intimidated to meet her, but she immediately put me at ease.

Ann is the kind of friend who looks you in the eye and makes you feel like you are the most important person in the world, even if you just met. We bonded over our introverted ways and we quickly became friends. Ann was such a big encouragement to me as I wrote my book, in fact, I’m quite certain there may not have been a book had she not convinced me I could do it. I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to share a story from my book on her blog.

You can find the post here!

PS. Be sure to notice the glimpses of Ann’s lovely farmhouse kitchen in the photos she shares in the post!

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