paint and pot lights

We have some of both.

About a month ago, we auditioned a painter.* He seemed really good, and keen, and asked all the right questions, and had a lot of experience, and came highly recommended, and. . . he ditched us. There wasn’t much of a conversation about it, but we’re not working together. So our general contractor pulled through again. We knew he would do a meticulous job, so here we are: he is at least three-quarters through the house, with the first and second floors now complete and just the interior walls of the basement left to do.

*Doesn’t that sound like more fun than, say, “meeting a contractor”?

We are using Benjamin Moore Aura paint. We tried it in our current house, and really liked it. It has great coverage, has low VOCs, and the colours come through as quite vibrant.

CC110 muslin/zen. This is our main colour throughout. It’s a kind of beige-ish cream-ish white-ish neutral, with pink-ish undertones in some light and yellow-ish undertones in others. Like a muslin zen. We really like it.
CC100 flurry/chanvre. Ceiling in the kitchen (all other ceilings are knock-down, so have not been painted). This is a white-ish white and looks far more like snow than hemp (okay, I had to look up “chanvre”).
C92 autumn leaf. This is on random walls: one in the kitchen, one in the living room, and a patch of wall up from the first-to-second-floor stairs.
2134 whale grey. Two walls in treehouse room.
HC51 audobon russet/ myrtille. This is an extra colour that we had in our palette, but have not yet used. Again–it looks much more russet-y than blueberry-ish. I would wonder what part of the “myrtille” was that shade of brown, and definitely not add it to my pies. We are considering a good spot for this colour, and until we find it, it will stay in the “ideas” file.

Pot lights
They are in. We went with black baffles and white “flanges” in both the kitchen and the living room. It’s a guess as to whether that’s best. An educated guess, but a guess nonetheless. We’ll tell you in a year or so, whether we have made the right decision.


3 responses to “paint and pot lights

  1. Yay! Paint! and I can’t imagine the photos do it justice!

    You need to comment on the painting of yours that the colours were inspired by!

  2. The house paint colors were inspired by this painting ( see link below) from Caroline James. It is called The Most Reluctant Queen. Tomato Man purchased it back in 2004 or so and it enjoys a prime place in our current house. We built this house for the most reluctant queen, and a few of her friends, so you could enjoy them when you visit us. We took a high quality tiff of the painting and found some close matches at BM…

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