Time. It’s such a funny thing. I should have had this palette picked a decade ago. When we jacked the old house up and poured its first ever foundation, I should have kicked it into high gear. After the electrical was done – what about when the HVAC was installed? The installation, boarding, and plastering should have been a red flag that I was now – dangerously behind schedule. But it was summer and my mind was on other things.
Left: Benjamin Moore’s Maple Leaf Red Right: Benjamin Moore’s Mineral Ice
Time to fish or cut bait. I like my projects to have a cohesive color palette. Not ever designer agrees with this philosophy, and I certainly don’t adhere to a minimalist all white, all beige aesthetic, rather I like to choose moments that I introduce a theme color or paper into a room. Here’s where the struggle comes in for me. The front door color – Nantucket Red was selected by my sister Mary Beth. I love it, but in truth, it isn’t the way I would have gone. Now I feel beholden to it – a need to bring it inside, and I am not at all certain how I will do that.
Plaster Perfection. Smoothing out the rough edges.
The exterior is a pale gray – my favorite, and a lovely compliment to the Nantucket Red. I am going to push for gray on the interior walls – pale, and in keeping with a neutral, but I have 3 bathrooms, and 4 bedrooms to design. I am leaning toward using the Nantucket Red as a small, complimentary accent in each of the rooms. It might come in the form of an accent wall that’s papered. It might be hidden on the interior of a closet – painted walls or shelves, a pretty little pillow, a throw, a vase, the grosgrain ribbon detail at the bottom of the roman shade. All to be determined, but I like where that’s going – you?
Hygge and West . Mermaids in Coral
Now I need to settle on the primary palette for each of the rooms. The living room wants to be splashed in Benjamin Moore’s Mineral Ice. Jo-Jo will accuse me of being a one trick pony, but finding that perfect gray took years off my life, and now that I know it exists, I can’t un-know it. It’s begging to be recognized in all its subtle perfection. And besides, this isn’t about me – the living room is making the decision – it’s the one that has to live with it. Come to think of it, it’s neighbors – dining and kitchen have to live with it too. They flow one into the next so really do need to share their colors. I could fall in love with a dark, dark navy for the secondary color in these rooms. Maybe hang the painting of the fishing vessels I got at the Nice Flea Market in France on the wall. It has a fisherman wearing that signature Nantucket Red.
Share your thoughts with me. Don’t leave me hanging to make the decision alone. Jo-Jo is tough, she’ll shoot it down, and then where will we be?