And the winner is…

Vintage Claret!

Hadn’t mentioned that color before, had I?  O.k. So. I took all of the pink samples and poured them into a bucket and it made a very beautiful pink color, that I had no desire to put on my bedroom walls. So I painted it the color I’d decided on months ago, Vintage Claret. It’s a deep, intense pink, “so bold and so inviting… a bright violet pink color…” Technically it’s pink, so I’m not completely in the closet about my love of pink.

Julia Pink

Really pretty but...

Originally, the bedroom had been a peachy beige. Maybe salmon-y. Peachy salmon. I’m not sure how to describe it, but I knew I wanted to get rid of it. I painted the bedroom Ashley Gray (Benjamin Moore). Not Chelsea Gray, one of the famous Benjamin Moore grays, but Ashley Gray, a kind of deep greige. It was nice. It was fine. But really what had I been thinking? Deep greige? That’s so not me. I’d let myself be influenced by too many decor blogs, and the whole “gray” thing. (I’d painted the office a gray too, but that’s another post.)


Before: peachy beige


Then: Deep Greige

I found Vintage Claret, a rather bold choice if I do say so myself. But before I got around to painting the bedroom. I saw a video ona Benjamin website (see link above) and “Sonu” suggested using Vintage Claret in the kitchen. Genius!! That’s what I have to do! So, long story short (I know: too late), that’s when the search for another perfect pink  started.


Now: Wow!

But the lesson here is to follow my instincts. When I saw Vintage Claret I knew immediately I wanted it for the bedroom, but then I let self doubt in, instead of just forging ahead. It took a while but in the end I realized my initial instincts were right. So it’s Vintage Claret in the bedroom.

And maybe one day in the kitchen.


Paint Intervention

Since I wrote a few days ago, things got kind of out of hand. And it all has to do with avoiding making a decision. I need my third chakra!

pink samples

Things got a little out of hand with the paint sampling.

In the previous episode, I couldn’t decide between the RL Venetian and the BM Wild Aster. Again the room made a difference. In the yoga room, Venetian wins hands down. In the Bedroom, the Wild Aster or even the BM Pink innocence sort of wins, but I’m not wow’d by either.  So I kept sampling.

I bought four RL “pinks” from Home Depot, then another four from BM. That’s 8 additional soft barely-there supposedly pinks, all of which were more of the same, or worse. One was so peachy I couldn’t bare to even put it on the wall (RL Pink Sunset is neither pink nor like a sunset. It’s more of a melted orange sherbert in the paint pot.)

It was also at this point that I realized that I don’t really like pale, barely-there pinks. I like PINK! Here’s one of my favorite tops and my purse:

Favorite blouse

Favorite blouse


My purse

These are not shy pinks. So I started to wonder if maybe I shouldn’t go all out with the Pink Innocence; it’s pretty bold. And I like it. but I stop myself. Instead of making a bold decision, with the idea of PINK! in mind, I tried samples one last time.  BM Begonia is a beautiful color. Really it is. But there’s no way I’m putting it all over my walls (It’s the one alone at the very top of the sample photo).

At this point I have enough samples for a gallon of paint. Seriously. So this is what I’ve decided to do: I’m goign to get a big bucket and mix them all up and put it on the walls. At this point, what color I put on the walls doesn’t really matter. What matters is making a decision and acting on it. I hope it’s pretty.

sample pots

sample pots

Colors shown in top photo:

Top: BM Begonia. Second row, left to right: Paisley Pink, Strawberry Yogurt, Bridal Rose, First light, all Benjamin Moore. Third row, l to r: Mercer, Tudric Pewter, Venetian, Early Morning, all Ralph Lauren colors in Behr samples. Fourth row, l to r: Ballerina Pink, Pink Innocence, Wild Aster, Calm, all BM. Fifth row, l to r: Cameo Pink and Tea Rose both RL; third from left is a combo of Wild Aster and Venetian, and Verona Pink RL is the last on that row.

Which Pink?

I’m at the end (please let it be the end) of a 4-day pink paint bender. This is where Manipura needs to spring into action and help me make a decision. I need to go with my gut, the seat of Manipura, but my gut is all woarbly when it comes to making decision like this.

pink paint samples

Which Pink?

I’d been thinking about painting my bedroom pink, but had been really overwhelmed my the choices. I had dozens of samples, mostly from benjamin moore and Ralph Lauren (the local BM store now carries RL). Then I came upon Nicole Balch’s blog Making It Lovely, and her post on Picking Perfect Pink Paint.  Yes! I learned that I was not the only grown woman who loved pink, and some of them were willing to paint rooms that color. I’m not alone! After reading her suggestions, I got samples of BM’s Wild Aster, Pink Innocence, and Ballerina Pink (I also wanted to try BM’s Calm, which actually reads as slightly pink!). I also got two RL colors that I’d been staring at on little paint chips for months: Venetian and Early Morning (I also sampled RL’s Tudric Pewter and Mercer, because I was thinking of a rose and grey room).

One thing I learned first hand in this sampling is that colors look different in different rooms. I sampled in the yoga room upstairs and on two walls in the bedroom. each color looked slightly different in each spot and at different times of the day. That said, I’d narrowed it down to two pinks for the bedroom: Venetian (top, second from right) and Wild Aster (bottom, second from right). But I cannot decide! And it’s driving me crazy!!!

I mixed Venetian and Wild Aster to see if I like that more. Last night I went to home depot and got four more “pink” RL samples. I’m not even putting up a photo. I’m afraid I’m going to end up going to the BM store and getting more from them. And here’s the thing: I need to paint my bedroom this weekend. So it’s critical that I make a decision. Go with the Wild Aster, a color I never would have found if it weren’t for others who’re clearly obsessed over the color pink? Or Go for the Venetian, which is a much stronger color, but will it be too much? Should I try more pinks? What will I decide? I have absolutely no idea.