Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ducts & Paint Samples (Photos)

Alright, here are a few photos showing the finished section of duct for the L Room.

PLEASE IGNORE THE GIANT MESS OF WIRES. These will all be fixed and organized later.

A few pwople commented about the wiring, and I wanted to show a few areas that I organized, as a bit of a preview.

Now for the fun part: PAINT! (Keep in mind that I'm nowhere near ready to paint).

The two samples shown below are the light grey for the office (left) next to the darker grey-brown that will be going in the upstairs hallway.

Mrs. D pointed out the new "trend" with all the grey and beige tones (affectionately called "greige" by someone on Old House Web - a term I'm now using very often). The colours themselves (grey and beige) have been popular for centuries (French Grey for example, and Antique White) but the fad nowadays is to have an ENTIRE HOUSE painted in grey or beige (rather than white). This sounds rather odd or funny, but I've seen it in person. Several of the new houses I work in (installing kitchens & baths) are painted entirely in one shade of beige or light grey. Most of the time it looks pretty good, but I find it a bit boring.

I rather like some shades of grey, beige, taupe, light brown, etc. But I also LOVE green and blue, as well as other neutral shades, so that's where I think I don't really fall into this "trend". I am using some trendy/modern colours, but only here and there.

Below is the sample of the green. It doesn't show up very well in the photo, but I have another accompanying photo to go with it. This green is a shade called "Olivine" by Behr, and my aunt used it in her living room. I *LOVE* this green. She's actually gotten tired of it, and is planning to change it, but the paint sample below is from her.

And this is what it looks like in person. This is a photo of one of her cats, Justin. He's my favourite. But the green wall behind him is the colour above, and the colour I want to use in my living room. It's not the best photo for showing the wall colour, but it's the best I could find.



  1. I'm a total greige person myself but I do like the olivine. The swatch looks completely different painted on a wall but if you like blues/greens, I think it will be perfect. I love the ones you chose for the office and hallway...told you I was greige all the way! :)

    Have you shown a layout of the floors? I'd love to see if it is similar to my foursquare. I'm sure it is...mine's three squares stacked on each other basically.

    1. Hey Sarah, I posted a floor plan (both floors) in one of my first 3 posts on this blog. Unfortunately the photos won't show until Feb 25th, when my bandwith resets.

      My foursquare doesn't have a typical 4 over 4 layout, though. It's more of a 6 over 4 + hallway.

  2. I would love a room the colour of that cat's eyes!!

    I had been thinking about doing a grey/beige in our bathroom, but now I can't decide between that, a yellow, or an off white. Aaaaaaah.

    1. Beige or grey are a good choice for a bathroom, because it's easy to change the decor with the seasons, since it's a neutral background. I originally wanted more of a grey colour in my bathroom, but ultimately, the shade I picked out turned out to be more on the yellow side. I still like it.

  3. What is the name of the green color your planning on using?

  4. Looks like you did a great job on the wiring, are you a pro electrician or something? When we gutted our house we had to get in a whole bunch of Cambridge electricians to sort out the mess, got it all sorted now and it was definitely worth the wait!