When painting walls, my gut usually tells me that everything in my living space should be white. I love white, it’s my favorite color (along with black, gray, green, yellow, red, pink, blue, etc.), and it makes me feel peaceful and happy. We spent days testing paint colors on the walls trying to pick out the perfect whites for our house (we settled on Benjamin Moore’s matte Moonlight White for the walls, and satin Simply White for the trim), and a year later I still gaze in awe at how right these whites are for this house.
And yet, we somehow decided to paint the entire front hallway (and the stairwell! and the upstairs hallway, too! and the ceiling!) two shades of purple. I don’t remember the exact color names, but “Lilac Nightmare” may have been one of them. HUGE MISTAKE. Yeah, no kidding. We lived with it in agony for a full year, thinking we’d learn to love it. That never happened, so we devoted three full days last week to painting over it all…with our perfect whites. Ahhhh.