Custom Paint Colors

Have you ever found yourself wanting to bang your head against the wall while attempting to find the perfect paint color? I swear, I wanted to do just that with our dining room color. 

Moroccan Spice

I've said from the very beginning that I wanted a coral red. And a coral red I set myself on finding. First, I tested BM Moroccan Spice, but after I settled on a fabric for our window treatments, my original inspiration color seemed too dark. Back to the drawing board...

Adobe Dust

Next up, was BM Adobe Dust. The perfect peachy compliment to my window coverings. But, on the wall, it seemed too fleshy to me. Not a love match, that's for sure. 

Golden Gate

Then, I came across two colors that were almost identical when compared side by side. I decided to test them both. BM Golden Gate had more of an orange undertone, which I thought I wanted. But, again, on the wall, it seemed too pumpkin-y. I do like Thanksgiving, but not year round. 

Coral Bronze

Onto the BM Coral Bronze, which is a color I pulled from the massive wall of samples at the paint store not once, not twice, but three times. It had to be a winner. But, once again, on the wall it didn't look the same at all. It was too pinky/rouge. No way I was convincing Mr. DD that this was our next color. 

At this point, I really wanted to throw in the towel. So much so, that I went back to the paint store and picked up three samples of gold. All very pretty and would have looked perfect in the room, had the rest of my house not already had a lot of yellow and green.

BM Crimson

In an act of final desperation, I went back to the paint store, with both kids and my paint sample to plead with the very nice lady behind the counter. I told her my plight. I told her about my blotchy walls. I told her how I had practically paid for a gallon of paint already in sample pots. I told her I was fed up. I told her this was my last ditch attempt. 
And then I said, you see, I love the BM Coral Bronze, but it's a little too pink. And, I love the BM Crimson {next on the paint sample strip}, but I'm worried it's going to be too dark, too bricky red. 

To which she replied...
No, problem, let me see what I can do. I'll take a look at the formulas of both, do a bit of tweaking and see what we come up with. 
I couldn't believe my ears. 

And, I really couldn't believe the color she came up with. 
And, my smile almost broke my face when she told me there would be no extra charge for the tweaked sample.
I had no idea that custom color creation was even an option. Did you? 

I'm sure you can guess the rest of the story. I ran home, slapped up my sample and it was love at first stroke. 

Come back later in the week to see the full wall reveal and some before and after shots. So exciting.

until next time,