Setting the Mood with Color

I absolutely love blue and am trying to incorporate more of it into my home.  A few years ago, I painted an accent wall in Tranquil Aqua.  Now that I’m redecorating the living room, I’m reconsidering the color.

My goal is a restful yet classic, sophisticated room.  Here are a few color palettes that I’ve put together using an online tool.

Scenario 1:  St. Bart’s accent wall with Urban Putty on the living room walls. The hallway is Neutral Ground with Extra White on bottom half to simulate board and batten wainscoting ( a future project.)

picking living room paint colors:

Scenario 2: The same color scheme as above except the living room walls are Kilim Beige which is what they are currently.

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Scenario 3:  Tranquil Aqua accent wall (current color) with Urban Putty in the rest of the Living Room with Neutral Ground in the hallway with board and batten painted in Extra White.  (current trim color in the rest of the house.)

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Scenario 4:  Tranquil Aqua accent wall with Kilim Beige in living room….both what I currently have.  With the hallway being painted in Neutral Ground and trimmed out in board and batten painted in Extra White (current trim color in the rest of the house.)

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I’m decided on the hallway.   The difference in Urban Putty and Kilim Beige is subtle. I think Urban Putty may be more of a greige while Kilim Beige is tan. They are both warm neutrals, which I prefer.  I think the “it” factor is in the details, so I’m willing to repaint to get the look I want.

I think I know which color palette I prefer, but I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Take into consideration that the decor has changed.   I’m looking more at the mood the colors create.

See you in class,

Mrs. Hines


  1. All look great–I just love color! (Kind of tired of seeing all neutral rooms.)

  2. I love color, too.

  3. I think #1. It’s hard to tell the nuances of the lighter colored walls, but I definitely like the darker accent wall better. The darker color brings the elegance.

  4. St. Bart’s for the accent wall. Love the contrast it has against the fireplace. 🙂

  5. Thank you for that input. I agree with you.

  6. Thank you, Kim. I really appreciate the feedback. St. Bart’s seems to be the unanimous choice so far.

  7. Love the blues…putting more blues in my home too….I like the St Bart’s….but then again..I like the lighter color too..!!…My go to color lately has been SW Silvermist…Happy painting Sharon!

  8. I like them both Sharon, it is a tough one. I know I am not really helping by telling you I like both. an’t wait to see it finished.


  9. I’m like you Shirley. I like the St. Bart’s but also like the lighter color. I LOVE silvermist and am trying to find a place in my home to use it. The silvermist looks gorgeous in your home!

  10. Perhaps that means I can’t go wrong, Cynthia. LOL!

  11. I am the wrong person to give advice on picking paint colors. I have made so many mistakes that I’ve lost count! My biggest problem is not going dark enough on the paint chip. Your choices are all nice. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

  12. lovely color, warm and welcoming xo

  13. warm and welcoming is the goal…along with “casual elegance” I want someone to walk into my home and think, “this is so Sharon.”


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