Answers to Your Paint Color Questions…

I’ve received several emails lately regarding the paint colors I’ve used in my home or on client projects. So I thought I’d go ahead and answer all of your questions at once!

Starting with our living room ……Behr Ashes:

I also opted for Behr Ashes in this master bedroom project

Our master bedroom is Washboard by Ralph Lauren…

And last, but not least, our interior doors are Dragon’s Breath by Benjamin Moore…

Other paint colors I’ve been loving lately…

Behr Perfect Taupe:

Behr Castle Path:

Happy Painting Everyone!




  • Vickie H.

    Just wondering where your sourced those round bullseye type mirrors with the black frames I see in these pictures! They are a really nice design element with these colors.

    August 15, 2011
    • Thanks Vickie…. They were purchased at the Dallas Trade Center.

      August 15, 2011
  • As one that asked about colors, thank you again for your generosity in sharing all your colors with us.

    August 15, 2011
  • Carol

    Too funny- I just color-matched Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter at Home Depot this morning (before reading your post) and it came up with the Behr Castle Path. All my samples so far are reading too blue or violet on my living room walls, so I’m trying more taupe-y hues instead. How does the Behr Ashes compare to the Castle Path (it’s so hard to tell from pics and since you’ve seen both, I thought I’d ask). :)

    August 15, 2011
    • Carol,

      Ashes tends to come out a bit blue….have you tried Graceful Gray by Behr?

      August 15, 2011
      • Carol

        Thanks so much for the response, Emily. I’m actually loving the Castle Path– gave it some time to dry and settle and no blue/violet to be seen! Success! My room seems to pull blue out of everything, so I think I’ve found a winner. Your help is really appreciated– have a great day!

        August 16, 2011
  • Kristen

    Hi Emily! I’ve just recently found your blog and I fell in love with your decorating style!! I’m wanting to redo our master bedroom and have been looking everywhere (with no luck) for a paisley quilt to fold at the bottom of our bed. Then I saw a pic of your bedroom and it was exactly what I had been looking for. Would you mind telling me where you bought your bedding? Thanks so much!!

    August 15, 2011
    • Thanks, Kristen!

      The bedding was custom made…the fabric is Latika by Kravet.

      August 15, 2011
  • Nell Amos

    Hi Emily,
    I love your deisgn! Especially the master bedroom with the starburst mirror. Can I move in?!!
    Any chance you’ll share where you bought it? I’ve been looking for one just like that.

    August 17, 2011
  • Elizabeth

    Hi Emily- I am new reader of your blog and really love your style. My husband and I have been talking about painting our interior doors for awhile and wondered if you painted both sides of all of your doors, in particular the closet and bathroom ones.


    August 18, 2011
  • Elizabeth,

    We painted both sides of all of the doors, except the closets… Hope that helps…


    August 18, 2011
  • I’m transitioning my home from browns to gray as my neutral and found your blog. I’ve pinned almost every picture of your home on my Pinterest account. I’m so in love with your style! In my opinion, you’ve nailed the perfect mix of masculine and feminine. I really appreciate your involvement in the comments section. I too have been struggling with Ashes being a very bluish gray and in my very bright daylight-filled living room it looks almost French country blue. I’ve bought a sample of Graceful Gray and it seems a lot more toned down, and plays well with brown accents. It’s a surprisingly bright gray. I’m hoping it will work for us! Thanks for your help!

    August 20, 2011
  • love those colors. I just recently painted our new finished basement in that Behr- perfect taupe and our living room is Behr- castle path. I love the Castle path….it’ really a great color.

    August 22, 2011
  • Kimberly Davis

    Hey Emily,
    I have never used Behr paint before. My friend loves it, she says you can scrub the flat paint w/soap and water and it still looks great…your walls get scrubbed alot when you have small children :) I usually buy Ben Moore paint in eggshell finish. Which finish in the Behr paint do you use? I really didn’t want to use flat, but would be open to it if it looked good. Thanks so much! Love love love your house. Also, when you do design boards for clients, do you also tell them where to purchase the items you pick out for their rooms? I live in Alabama.

    September 04, 2011
    • I usually use egg shell finish…

      And yes, design boards include a floor plan and a specifications sheet.


      September 04, 2011
  • Kimberly Davis

    Forgot to ask you what color are your kitchen walls and kitchen cabinets painted? Thanks so much! Kimberly

    September 04, 2011
    • The walls are Behr Ashes and the cabinets were a color match… Good luck!

      September 04, 2011
  • Ann

    Hi Emily,

    Thank you for answering so many helpful paint questions! There is one paint color you didn’t mention in your home, it looks like it might be a bluish/gray color in your hallway (I’m guessing off of your bedrooms), I really love it!


    September 09, 2011
    • It is all Behr Ashes… Thanks

      September 09, 2011
  • Ann

    Thank You!

    September 10, 2011
  • Sherry

    Thank you for posting your pictures..they are great inspiration! I love the master bedroom project with Behr Ashes and would like to duplicate that look. I am curious. We do not have white woodwork. We have oak..that after 20 yrs has a hint of orange to it. No option for painting the wood. So, I really want to find a paint color that will not highlight the orange in the woodwork…should I stay away from the blue tones? Do you have a suggestion for wall color? I am also installing new need to find the right color there too. Thanks!

    September 28, 2011
  • Shelby

    Where is your bed from!!!

    June 21, 2012
  • Nancy McCallum

    Could you recommend a good white paint color to use on crown molding? We recently moved into a house with many different whites and want to make a good choice!

    July 12, 2012
  • Nattalie

    I lOve your doors. Could you please tell me what Benjamin Moore paint you used on them? Impervo regal etc? And what sheen. Beautiful home thanks so much.

    September 14, 2012
  • Terriann

    Love the the colors. I just painted my living room and dining area Behr Ashes paint and I am trying to put everything together. I just need to know what color/brand are the curtains. Thank you so much.

    September 18, 2012
  • Sarah

    Love the look of your home. What finish did you choose for the Behr ashes? Matte, eggshell, satin…?

    December 12, 2012
  • Karen

    Beautiful rooms and colors! In that last picture, with the “Dragon’s Breath” door, what is the color used on that wall? Is that Ashes, as well? Love it!

    January 03, 2014

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