Move day.. is anyone ever really ready for it? We got the keys to our new place on Monday. It was a day. Our plan was to slowly move this week and then have movers come this weekend for the large pieces. So we packed up our cars on Sunday evening and woke up Monday morning to find Parker’s car battery dead. It was annoying, but he just squished in my car. We got to the house, did the walk through, Parker went to leave for work in my car and my battery was dead. I mean… We just laughed. All I can say is thank goodness for AAA. After replacing my car battery, Parker took my car to work and I Ubered to work. So our plan of “slowly” moving this week just happened slower than anticipated. Oh, and Parker’s car battery wasn’t the problem. He needed a new body control module.
I had plans of taking my own “before” pictures of the house, but I couldn’t wait a second longer to paint samples on the walls. These are the photos from the real estate listing.
My absolute favorite part of the house is the natural light. It’s so bright I have to squint sometimes. I love it. Our old apartment was long and narrow and had two windows on one end of the apartment. I told Parker before we started looking for a rental house that my #1 must have was lots of natural lighting. I don’t think he believed that was a thing. It totally is.
My second favorite feature is the original hardwoods. They have so much character.
I’ve mentioned before that we are only sacrificing about 100 square feet of space, and that space is taken from the bedrooms, closets and 2nd bath we had in the apartment. We agreed that we would much rather have a larger living area than bedrooms. The house is about 900 square feet total – 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, a living and kitchen area. It is perfect for where we are in our lives right now. It’s just the two of us and now that we sold our stuff on Craigslist, we don’t need much space. The inside (and outside) of the house is charming and that’s why we love it. But the real reason we were so drawn to this house was the location. We are in downtown Austin, and it just doesn’t get better. This city has our hearts.
Because I’m starting over with a cohesive design, paint is a necessity. Paint pulls a space together and is 99.9% always necessary if you are giving a space a makeover. I think the reason most people avoid painting is because choosing a color is so overwhelming. Could the paint stores make it any harder on us by giving us 2,395,923 options?
I have some tricks if you are searching for the perfect paint color. And chances are if you aren’t searching right now, you will be one day. I’m sure you’ve noticed, but we have seen gray shades replacing beiges over the past couple of years. A shade of grey is a great paint color option if you want a light and airy feel for your space.
How To Choose the Perfect Grey Paint Color:
1. Look at undertones. Looking at the color strip will show you that strip’s undertone. The bottom color is the base color of that strip. I put my favorite two grey strips together (below) to show you the undertones. The left strip has black undertones and right strip has brown undertones. I personally prefer black/brown undertones in grey colors (as apposed to blue, green, etc.) so my very favorite grey paint colors are found in these strips.
2. Examine paint samples under different lighting. It’s really amazing how a color can appear unrecognizable under different lighting. Right now I am debating between Eider Gray, Repose Gray and Agreeable Gray. Eider Gray in particular looks very different in my kitchen and living room. The kitchen has less natural light and living space has natural light flowing in.
3. Don’t go too dark. A good rule of thumb is to choose a grey color somewhere on the top/middle of the strip. Paint always looks so much darker when you have it in an entire room. I think sometimes people want to go darker to ensure that the paint makes an impact. When going with a grey, less is more in most cases.
4. Research rooms with paint colors you love. Seeing a paint color in an actual room always helps to vision what your room will look like. Just remember, your space will not look exactly like theirs depending on lighting, furniture and room size.
I hope this was helpful if you are searching for that perfect paint color! We are painting this weekend, so I’ll be back next week with house updates. Wish us luck.