Back to the Colortopia drawing board.

Tell me you love it.
Tell me it reminds you of the ocean.
I’m just not sure.
It’s a big departure from colors I normally work with.
Sometimes you may love a color but it might now work in your space with all kinds of variations of lighting.
Under normal circumstances I ALWAYS test color samples out in my space before I make a commitment.
However, at this point in our renovation…I’m tired and just want to get it done and over with.
As a result, I talked myself in this color…at the paint store…while looking at a tiny little paint chip.
ALWAYS TEST THE COLOR OUT IN YOUR SPACE FIRST!
When will I listen to my own advice?
I originally wanted to paint the door my true love yellow, which I used a lot of in my last
home but I thought I would be adventurous and try blue/green instead (and that flopped).
So now I’m going back to my original gut feeling.
Problem is,this color isn’t made anymore.
No problem.
I took this photo and uploaded it to the My Inspiration page on Glidden’s My Colortopia.
Source.

I hovered the box over the color I wanted paint suggestions for…

and the best matched suggestions are “Spicy Banana Pepper” and “Extra Virgin Olive Oil”.
Then I came across these inspiration photos of yellow on
Pinterest.
Source.

Same easy process gave me some more great color suggestions.

Want to try the My Image Inspiration tool out for yourself?
Go here.

You can also get some great color advice on the My Colortopia website.

Stay tuned for some possible “Spicy Banana Pepper” in my front door future.

I have been sponsored by Glidden brand paint to write this post but the thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Comments

  1. I like the blue. Sorry. It jives with all the other blue/grey/marble/silver tones in the house.

  2. The blue is pretty, but the yellow will be outstanding, if our inside front door didn’t open to our living room, I’d likely paint mine yellow too! :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    I love the blue! It’s so relaxing/calming for me… But you have to do what makes you happy! I look at it once, and go on to the next thing, but you have to live with it! Choose a color that makes you happy, calm, excited, and brings positive thoughts/feelings.

  4. Sorry you don’t like the blue but I think it’s really pretty! I’m excited to see the yellow though since I can never seem to get yellow’s right.

  5. As much as I love the blue/green for myself, I totally understand when something just doesn’t look or go the way you’d wanted. If you don’t love it, change it! I never thought I liked the idea of a yellow door until I saw the one Sherry and John did over on YoungHouseLove and now I definitely see the appeal.

  6. I like the blue but if you don’t change it! I love that yellow so much I used it to paint my nightstands in my bedroom last spring. You can’t get it anymore? I had it color matched at Lowe’s actually because Home Depot is farther from my house.

  7. Go with your gut for sure, but…

    I LOVE THE BLUE.

    To be fair, I’d paint everything in shades of bluish-green-gray if I could.

    Sigh. I love the ocean.

    But the yellow is hot, and I’m sure it will look fantastic as well!

  8. I love it. so much i want it in my future home!

  9. Honestly I really really like the blue. But I also really like the spicy banana pepper! Tough call

  10. Ugh. I did the SAME thing (very similar color too, BTW…wondering if this is just a very hard shade of blue/green to pick?) in my bathroom. I was going for spa/ocean/serenity and got “easter egg” instead! Boo. It’s still there. I was pregnant and my husband refused to re-do it, so now that I have an infant + 2 kids but I’m no longer pregnant I get to add re-painting the bathroom to my list of fun projects this year!

    I digress… I painted my front door a very bold grassy green last year and I love it. If you can’t find a better shade of blue/green, I say go bold!

  11. I like the blue but think it would look better if just the door is painted the color. I would repaint the side lights white.

  12. I really don’t think it’s the right shade…

  13. I actually really like the blue but you should go with your gut feeling.

  14. I can’t say I care for the blue/green. Then again, maybe it’s just that it’s not to my personal taste.

    I really love the warm (mustard) yellow tones. I think a variation of one would be great!

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned about colour it’s that you like what you like. I love warm neutrals and taupes. I decided to try something totally different for my new home and I just hate it. It’s not me. Go with you gut :)

  15. I do like the blue, but I’ve also seen spicy banana pepper used on a different door (here: http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/2011/06/b-n-n-s.html ) and I’ve been dying to try it out. Good luck!

  16. i love the blue!

    I ADOOOOOOOOORE every single last detail about your house. INSANELY beautiful.

  17. I love that color. One of the old bedroom doors in my house is almost that same shade. It looks great with the silver ceiling fixture too!

  18. This shade of ‘the ocean’ does not reflect the ‘essential Michelle’. I have seen this yellow on a front door and window shutters – WOWZA!!! It is terrific!

    Review your file of inspirations – I keep one – I am confident that you also keep one. Trust yourself – you are allowed to make ‘testing’ errors – I tested gray for more than a year to get the exact shade that I felt I needed to see on the foyer walls.

    Trust your sense of ‘statement making’ – your past decisions regarding some very bold decor has been really fantastic. You WILL find the perfect color for this door and you will know it when you do.

    SMILE!!! Part of the fun of this process is in the learning and then making really excellent decisions! AND YOU WILL – I am confident of this.

  19. Anonymous says:

    I love the color! It reminds me of the ocean!!

    Paint stores generally keep books/records of their old color cards for many, many years so that people can buy more paint in a favorite color even if they stop making paint chips for it.

    Just because they don’t make that color card anymore doesn’t mean they can’t still make the paint color.

    Are you sure you can’t get the exact same one you already know you love? That is a beautiful yellow.

    I love the blue and yellow together.

  20. I think the blue is fabulos!! Although “spicy banana pepper” sounds fun! I may use that for my office redo!

  21. I don’t ike this shade of bue … but I love the yellows! Spicy Banana Pepper also sounds so … spicy. I LOVE it and also love the inspiration pictures!!! I’d wear all the outfits!!!
    Jule

  22. I love the blue…so pretty!!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Leave it that color…your favorite color goes so lovely with the blue you have chosen. Accents of your yellow is going to make both the door and the accents look awesome. Just look at the small strip of yellow tape I guess it is to the right of your door. Looks good..right.

  24. I personally like the first one, but I would call that more of a green. I have my kitchen painted that color..I call it Martha Stewart green, like a mellow pistachio color. I have white and red accents with it. I love it.

    I am not much of a yellow person, but I do like the toned down mustard colors.

    Lauri

    I am sure anything you do will look fantastic.

    PS Silver and Iron accents go so much better with greens and blues.

  25. Blue for me, but I am a blue and green person through and through!

  26. The blue is not for you. Haha I read your blog all the timeand the color is beutiful but you can like lots of thing but maybe smaller accents, not onyourfront door. Ilovetheyellow!!!!! Change it!

  27. The blue is not for you. Haha I read your blog all the timeand the color is beutiful but you can like lots of thing but maybe smaller accents, not onyourfront door. Ilovetheyellow!!!!! Change it!

  28. The blue is not for you. Haha I read your blog all the timeand the color is beutiful but you can like lots of thing but maybe smaller accents, not onyourfront door. Ilovetheyellow!!!!! Change it!

  29. The blue is not for you. Haha I read your blog all the timeand the color is beutiful but you can like lots of thing but maybe smaller accents, not onyourfront door. Ilovetheyellow!!!!! Change it!

  30. I really like it! You have had so many decisions to make…look at it for a few weeks and get settled. Then you will really know if you are dying for yellow or happy with it. Personally, it makes me happy!!

  31. I’ve got to go with the yellow group. I think it is a color that will reach out and grab you! If that is the Dragon’s Lair color from Home Depot, I just had them mix that color for me last month. My husband went to the store and asked for it. It isn’t a current color but they looked it up in the computer and TA-DA…perfect yellow! So, you can still get it, if you like! :)

  32. I like the blue, but think it would be better with a deeper, grayer blue (like teal lake)…of course, I also love the yellow, which is always my fall back here at my house too. The house is looking beautiful and the design elements are simply inspiring!

  33. I absolutely adore the blue! I would use that colour in every room of my house, in some form or another!!

    The yellow is nice…I like the warmth and brightness of it!

    Regardless of what I think, you need to go with your gut…it will only be right if you love it!!

  34. Ok missy! you need to step out of your comfort zone! That blue is AWESOME!!!! ant it was your instinct, go with it!!!! You had the yellow, black, gray combo everywhere in your last house(yes it was super fab) but its time to change things up! keep the blue, its amazeballs!

  35. Anonymous says:

    Jenny from Little Green Notebook went spicy banana peppers too! Love
    http://littlegreennotebook.blogspot.com/2011/06/b-n-n-s.html

  36. Carolyne O. says:

    So the color I want to do on my front door…LOVE IT!!! GO BLUE!!

  37. I LOVE LOVE the blue! What color and brand is it? BUT I LOVE yellow and white, too:) Sorry, I am no help…they will both be beautiful:) I love the wall on the side…is it planked or shiplap (no idea how to spell that).

  38. you painted a virgin door, let it live with its new identity a little while longer. the gray tones that you’ve introduced into this house are cool grays rather than warm which is why i think you panicked and went blue. keep it!

  39. The only door color I have ever (remember) living with are browns and white but the blue isnt bad. But I am very interested in seeing that Spicy Banana Pepper on your door :D You gave me some inspiration.

    x0x0

    lifelittlesurprises.blogspot.com

  40. The only door color I have ever (remember) living with are browns and white but the blue isnt bad. But I am very interested in seeing that Spicy Banana Pepper on your door :D You gave me some inspiration.

    x0x0

    lifelittlesurprises.blogspot.com

  41. Besides also loving the blue, the feel of the ocean does wonders, where did you get the painting of the tree? i’m looking for something similar!

  42. I LOVE it! I think its perfect..

  43. Please tell me you kept the blue. It is STUNNING – trust me, we painted our kitchen yellow and it got old and boring VERY fast!

    Whatever you choose, I know you will love it. But since you asked… Blue!

  44. I loved the yellow in your old house but I think with all that you have in this one, this blue is perfect!

  45. I love the blue door…but if you’re looking for a great, pure yellow…check out Cheerful by Sherwin Williams. I painted my daughter’s high boy with it and it’s perfection…no undertones, just pure yellow.

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