in previous homes, i have specified anywhere from 5 to 15 colors of paint for the interior, but to keep costs down, we have opted to only have one color for trim, one color for ceilings/walls, one color for stairs parts + doors and one accent color.
i chose the same color for the trim that i chose for the kitchen cabinets---a soft white called "swiss coffee OC-45" by benjamin moore:
i wanted the ceilings to still read as white, but i wanted a slight variation between the trim. i chose "winds breath OC-24", also by benjamin moore.
to save a LOT of money, we opted to have the walls sprayed the same color as the ceilings. this will allow me to have a nice backdrop for the time being, until i can go through each room and paint them the color that i REALLY want them to be.
right now, the only room i plan on leaving white is the kitchen/dining room.
i painted the interior doors of my last house (nearly 6 years ago) a black called "onyx" and i LOVED them. i know everyone and their dog is now painting their doors black, and i thought twice about NOT painting them black, but then i realized that the only reason i didn't want to paint them was because everyone else was doing it.
(ugh. do you ever do this design pschoanalyzing stuff too??)
i couldn't decide what was worse....following a trend even though it was something i did years ago and liked it, or NOT following a trend purely because it was a trend and i din't want to be another "follower". i ultimately decided that this house for me isn't about setting trends or following them....it is about creating a place where my family and i are happy.
trends will come and go.
i feel like i know my taste really well, and if i like something, i am going to do it. trend or not.
SO, i will be painting the doors black. but a slightly softer black called "blackjack 2133-20".
and as for the accent color?
it will only be going in the bonus room. since the ceilings are vaulted, and the room will function mainly as a media room, i wanted something really dark and warm.
i chose a color called "deep creek 1477"
it is a nice, deep brown with lots of grey in it.
once we move in, we will add trim (yay for crown molding and coffered ceilings!), and i will eventually paint every room in the entire house. eventually....
for now, i am fine with the white...plus it's one less decision i have to make right now!