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Painting and Needing Advice

When the floor went in, I had to empty the bookshelves, tabletops, buffet, etc so we could move the furniture out of the way.
Before the carpet was removed: Now there's no red cube ottoman,
dog kennel is out; just the basic furniture left.

I have to admit I'm liking the pared down much so that I haven't really put anything back (ok, I might be busy painting the baseboards)!

But one thing I noticed was how tired the color looked on the lower part of the walls in the entry and dining room
Color is called "Coconut Husk" It's a brown green. And I'm so over it!
and the whole kitchen.

This is a sage green. It's lighter than what's in the dining room
(Oh, the floors in here are still tile).

It's like, so yesterday! I want to change it but the question is to what? Grey doesn't work, otherwise I'd have the perfect color to use. I don't want yellowy colors (Can you say "Golden Oak"?). And no, I'm not going to paint the cabinets (I wish I'd stained them darker back when we redid this kitchen) although it would make my choices easier.

So I'm coming today to ask for your help...what color/colors do you think I should try? Give me some ideas - please help!

I am definitely going to be purging all the stuff I removed. I want to keep this looking nice and clean looking - not to mention, we don't need all that stuff!

Thank you in advance for your suggestions! I'll definitely check each one out in the space to see how it looks.

Hope you have a great 4th of July. My sweetie and I are off to go on an anniversary trip. 35 years and he's still the one! 😘
from our 30th anniversary
Last year right after our 34th in Cape Cod

Having fun together at Halloween last year
Here's to many, many more years together!



  1. Happy Anniversary, Cecilia! Great pictures of you two! You have the nicest smile! So pretty! As for changing the wall color in your kitchen - what color is the light shade of tile in your backsplash? I would go with something like or near that. I think you need to brighten the walls and that would blend in with the floor tiles too.

    1. Thank you Gail!
      As for the tile, it is hard to match. It is white but has mottling of gold in it. I do want brighter though so good suggestion!

  2. I really think a light grey would work based on the picture with the stainless fridge. I think that it looks nice with the tile in that picture. It might also make the floors less of a focal point as well. A pale robin's egg blue would be pretty as well I think. It's always hard to decide though! Happy Anniversary to you two! I hope you have a fun trip. My 29th is coming up in October. So many marriages end in divorce these days so it's nice to hear about some that are still going strong! You two are so cute! Hugs and blessings!


  3. You two are adorable! Happy Anniversary! 💕

    This is a tough one Cecilia. I would go with a white though. Something warm that won't clash with what's already there. It will brighten things up and it's neutral.

    Have fun this weekend with your hubby!


  4. Happy Anniversary, you two Honeymooners! We just celebrated 32 married, 36 together. Ran over to New Mexico for a few days of cooler temps. I don't think I can help you much with paint color. After living in a dark paneled house the first half of our marriage, we went for white for the place we're in now. We're ready for some color, but with thoughts of moving I'd rather not put forth the money and energy. I think a sage green might be nice if I were to paint. No blues or grays for me. No yellow, although my sister in law had a pretty yellow kitchen. Your kitchen is like mine with the cabinets and white pantry door. Why don't you paint walls to compliment the floor tiles and backsplash in the kitchen and the fireplace in the living room? Maybe something in the taupe/tan color scale. Y'all have a good time and a safe trip back home again! (Patty)

    1. Weve been with each other for 39 years - dated four years before getting married. 😊
      I just want to paint the walls a nice neutral color...thinking lighter, brighter. Need to go pull samples and narrow it down.
      Fredericksburg was a blast but it's good to be home again. Have a wonderful 4th!

  5. Congratulations on your 35th. Awesome pictures. We just celebrated 67 years on June 25th. Not much help with picking wall colors. I like light colors and usually end up with some shade of white. We did paint the guest room a very light sage green and I love it. You are a very talented artist and I know you will pick the best color. I would also love to have a cleaner, "less stuff look", but just too much to get rid of. ... maybe some day.
    Audrey Z.

  6. Happy Anniversary! What a cute and happy couple!
    My suggestion for paint is some shade of white or a soft gray.
    Happy 4th of July!

  7. You guys are such a cute couple. Very inspiring. I too recently had to move everything out to put in new flooring. What a job! I put on a fresh coat of Du Jour (available at Lowe's). I love it. It is a clean, soft white that then allows me to change the look of my kichen with accessories at the drop of a hat.

  8. Happy Happy Anniversary to you both. Such a wonderful loving couple. Terry and I are celebrating our 35 this year too. Have a wonderful get away. Enjoy. I think you should leave the floors and paint the walls a nice cream or beige color to compliment the floors and the cabinets. There are so many wonderful cream colors and maybe go to the creams in the yellow family to compliment the yellow in the golden oak cabinets. Whatever you pick I know it will be wonderful.

  9. Very pretty home! I would go with a very light grey. I had a living room with a lot of yellowed wood windows and baseboards and using a grey ally got rid of that old yellow looking wood. The grey I used is called Grey Ghost and can be found by Pittsburgh Paints at Menards. Or if you'd like to see a before and after shot from 2 years ago you can see it by going to my blog ( ) You've got a lot of cream and brown tones going on so a grey or whit would rally help tone down all that yellowish glow going on.

    1. Thanks, Christine! I will check it out. It sure looks pretty in your room!

  10. Happy Anniversary, Cecilia! Hope your trip is fun!
    I don't think you can go wrong with light neutrals...its just a matter of finding the right tone. That way you can use any color you want when decorating...


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