pick a color. any color.
by victoria comment


benjamin moore paint swatches / sfgirlbybay

i knew when i bought my house that i had in mind lots of bright white wood ceilings and walls, dark wood floors and black doors. but do you know how many shades of white, and for that matter, black paint are out there? loads. but i poked around some of my favorite design sites like door sixteen and manhattan nest to see what their favorite paints were and narrowed down my paint options quite a bit. anna and daniel both have tried and true recommendations and have beautiful homes to back them up. and daniel’s black doors (just below) in benjamin moore’s Onyx had truly inspired me. so benjamin moore was where i was hoping to find the colors i wanted because i’d used their gravel gray on my former bedroom walls and it went on really easily and i don’t think i’ve ever had so many compliments on a wall color — ever. same goes for my wispy pink dining room — it was the perfect shade. i asked them if they might like to partner on painting my house and was thrilled when benjamin moore very kindly agreed to work with me on the makeover.

black doors via manhattan nest / sfgirlbybay

to narrow down my paint choices i went and checked out paint chips from the benjamin moore color gallery at my local paint store brought a few home to hold up in the natural light, and look at them in evening light as well. from there, i ordered up small pint-sized samples which are available in over 3,000 popular paint Colors, in the following shades: Bunny Gray 2124-50 and Iceberg 2122-50 for the kitchen; Oxford White 869 for the ceilings and walls; Onyx 2133 and Graphite 1603 for the doors.

benjamin moore paint swatches / sfgirlbybay

my goal? all of my inspiration is just below, but i wanted a slight Scandinavian modern vibe, but with an ecelectic, beachy twist inspired by my recent trip to coqui coqui in tulum, mexico. imagine Oaxaca meets stockholm and we land somewhere in the middle. i’m not even sure that’s possible but that’s what’s running through my brain, and i think i’m getting there.

benjamin moore paint inspiration / sfgirlbybay

i’ll be sharing what it all looks like soon, but thus far we’ve painted all the wood ceilings and walls in Oxford White 869; and inspired by daniel’s doors above, we got solid wood vintage doors from the salvage yard (just $180 for 5 doors!) and painted them all benjamin moore’s Aura Grand Entrance in Onyx 2133 black and added white porcelain doorknobs. Grand Entrance is environmentally friendly with low VOC and very low odor, and dries to a smooth, hard, high-gloss finish that’s as durable as it is beautiful.

benjamin moore paint inspiration / sfgirlbybay

the kitchen was dark gray, but i wanted light and bright, so we went with Bunny Gray 2124-50. next up: the exterior — i’m going to quite possibly shock the neighborhood and go back to black all the way; with white trim around just the windows (which black tbd). doors will be painted with Benjamin Moore Aura Exterior in black too. AuraExterior provides excellent fade-resistance, moisture protection and durability and is available in thousands of colors, with benjamin moore’s proprietary Color Lock® technology that provides richer, truer color. black paint is going to look great against the garden (green looks smashing on black) and i can hardly wait. a look at where we are thus far is coming up very soon here — and on refinery29 too, so stay tuned!

• inspiration photos via: Mikkel Adsbøl; lonny; arkpad; kjerstislykke; DESIGN*SPONGE.

• This post is in partnership with benjamin moore, and all words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help keep sfgirlbybay going with fresh content every day.

21 responses to “pick a color. any color.”

      • Oh my gosh, thank you! I knew there had to be something better than Eric’s on Sunset. I used to go to the ReStore when I lived in Seattle and have been hoping to find something similar in LA—this seems like just my sort of place.

      • I know! I went into Eric’s and was so excited because it was finally open (every time I drove by they were closed). And then I went in with a friend and we almost fell over at the prices. Insanity! There’s some beautiful finds, but I don’t know who would pay those prices except maybe designers to the stars. :)

  1. I just used a combination of the Onyx and White Dove in my guest bedroom and I’m in love with the results! Good luck and great choices!

  2. Hi there, would you send the link of the results? I’m in the middle of painting dilemma now and stockholm / oaxaca is totally my style as well! many thanks!

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