Sunroom Makeover – Step Two: Wall Color

We made a quick trip back to True Value to pick up wall paint for the sunroom last Thursday afternoon. After sampling a handful of other off-whites, we settled on a Benjamin Moore color called Cloud Nine because it was the exact gray-to-white-to-warm ratio we were looking for.

I love the color and the name. I’m kinda funny about those kinds of things. Paint names, I mean.

Are you a sucker for ones that sound pretty, too? (Mom- I know you’re nodding up and down right now!)

We’re planning to pop some warm textures, and fresh & fun, cottage-y colors into the space in the weeks to come, and we look forward to blogging all about ‘em when they’re in place and poppin’. Here are some photos of things & ideas, and colors & textures I’ve been having fun drawing inspiration from lately…

(Foyer PhotoChair Photo, SugarbooShannan’s WreathKitchen Photo, Bike PhotoBathroom Photo)

Here’s hoping I can squish a whole bunch of that kind of inspiration into a DIY bottle and bring it to life in our sunroom!

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  1. Gwen Carswell says

    I always wanted to have the job of naming the paint colors. HOW GREAT WOULD IT BE TO GET PAID FOR THAT??!!

  2. Lisa Fox says

    Love the colors. I am a color expert with a funny obsession with the names too! Glad I am not the only one! Can’t wait to see the rest of the room “Palmerized”! It is going to be great, no doubt!!

  3. Donna says

    Looks fabulous! I made that wreath from magazines with the penny center! So fun! Can’t wait to see how you put it together! :)

  4. Leah says

    HAHA!! I always have a reeeealllly hard time when I get down to a choice between two colors – and I’m leaning toward one, but like the name of the other!!! (I’ve probably never said that out loud before because I thought it was just me!)
    LOVE the new look in the sunroom – I’ll be smiling when I see your matchstick blinds!: )
    Leah: )

  5. Kate says

    Hi there, Layla! Love the colors you’ve chosen. Can’t wait to see how you put the wow factor in your beautiful new home! I am trying to get to the article about the wreath you displayed above. I went to Shannan’s blog, where she sends us to your magazine for the instructions. I can’t seem to get it to open properly. Ads show, but none of your text or photos. At the bottom it says “Error in opening.” SO, I came back to your blog, thinking maybe she just had a problem with the link (Sorry for doubting you, Shannan! :-O) , but I have the same problem opening from your link on the left side of your blog. I’m thinking the problem must be on my end. Do you, by any chance, have any suggestions for this simpleton on how to view your magazine? :-( Thank you for any help you might be able to provide! Keep on painting!

  6. Ben says

    I’m not going to lie, I was a little disappointed when my favorite Benjamin Moore dark gray that we have started to use everywhere turned out to be called “Gray” … seriously. Did they run out of nouns to append to the end? Just Gray? … Oh well, we love the color so there’s that. Maybe if I call it Gray 2121 (it’s numeric suffix) it will help ? … Like it’s the gray of the future?

  7. says

    I’m the same way with paint names. Like our paint in the living room is “Main Street USA” which is kinda cute and quaint. We used to have “Kitten” in the kitchen but since we had “Moonstone” leftover from the guest room, I repainted the kitten with the celestial covering. :-)

  8. says

    I didn’t dislike before (though that’s the exact same color as my guest room and I’ve been itching to repaint it since I moved in two years ago) but the after is so much better! Can’t wait to see what’s next.

  9. Vicki says

    Oh, my heart skipped a beat when I saw those first two inspiration pictures! They are gorgeous!!

    I love the lighter and brighter colors you’ve chosen!

  10. says

    Wow! What a huge difference the lighter color makes! I recently looked at a paint named “Baby Elephant” and it looked just like that :)

  11. says

    Love the colors! I, too, doing my sunroom makeover. I just might copycat yours! JK! I painted the walls satin white with gloss white for trims/moldings/”beadboard” ceiling. I will post the makeover in my blog soon for you to see! Thanks for sharing yours and congrats on your new home!!!

  12. says

    The “before” color of your sunroom looks exactly like the color I have in my kitchen and dining room. I just painted the walls below our chair rail white, hoping that would be a quick fix to brighten the space up and it worked, but I’m still craving something lighter on top. I LOVE Cloud Nine… hopefully I can get my hubs on board sooner rather than later! :)

  13. says

    For me, it’s always difficult to be sure of my paint. Even if the color painted on the lid seems beautiful, I’m often deluded when I paint walls.
    But I’m rarely deluded my all kind of white and grey.

  14. says

    my friends have been giving me a hard time because i love white (white-ish) walls and refuse to paint some trendy brown or grey or red. this post thrills me to the bone to see you take a (lovely) brown wall to white. thank you, thank you! really looking forward to seeing the colors you pop around the room.
    by the way, the colors of the flowers on that chair make me wildly happy. no reason why, but they do. just had to share.
    happy monday.

  15. Leanne says

    I love love LOVE crisp white trim with creamy walls. Love it. If you add touches of faded grey/blue/aqua and some gently worn, cozy elements I may go weak at the knees. ;)

  16. MiMi says

    Ditto on selling me by the name of a paint color….it will help me choose a color every time if I am undecided!!

  17. says

    That is THE PERFECT color of soft gray, Layla! You two are amazing at picking out the right paint for your transformations. I can hardly wait to see how it all comes together! LOVE your blog and your amazing make-overs!

    xoxo laurie

  18. ♪★♥Granola♥★♪ says

    ♪♪ Let the sun shine in…♪♪ That color change really lets the light come in. Can’t wait for the textures and color addition. To me the walls are the canvas and what you put in the room is the artistic inspiration. Have fun!

  19. says

    love those inspirational photos! i can definitely see how your room is already going in that direction.

    excited to see more progress… keep it coming :)

  20. says

    Can’t wait to see what all that fabulous inspiration leads to. I love your wall color choice! I’m sorta a sucker for the name to. In our last house I painted the living room Ralph Lauren Haybail. I was head over heals for the name, but I knew with the first roll of the roller I made a lil mistake, great color, but way too dark for the room. I lived with it for 3 long years!

  21. carol jane says

    I love cloud nine! Oh yeah. The paint color has to have a pretty name for me also. Gray Owl just seems scary to BM has a beautiful blue called HEAVEN ON EARTH. Have not tried it yet, but it is definitely going in one of my bedrooms!!

  22. says

    I always wondered what it would be like to be the one who names colors for Crayons and paint. Do you think it’s a full time job? I could do that.

  23. Toni says

    I LOVE this COLOR!!!! Choosing paint color has got to be one of LIFE’S most difficult! You make it look so easy… can’t wait to see the room come together. Bless you both in your new home! :)

  24. says

    i love paint color names! most of my house is “cozy cottage”, except my garage is ‘chocolate froth”…mostly just because i love those names!! ha!

  25. says

    Love the new color!! So inviting! Your comment about loving the name color cracked me up. BM’s “serenity” won in a recent panel of paint options in my laundry room based 95% on name alone. Who doesn’t want some serenity in a chaotic laundry room. Ha!

  26. says

    Oooh, pretty! Love how bright it looks.

    Thank you for sharing your perfect white-gray-warm paint. Just what I’m looking for. I hope it works in my space too. (Mine is months from the paint stage, but I’ll keep it in mind.)

  27. Bev says

    I’ve been trying to decide the colors for a rather dark basement bedroom, I think you nailed it for me. I just love it, Thanks!!

  28. Marion says

    Too funny about the paint colors! I just painted my office and I wrestled because I could not give up SW’s ‘Patience’ but finally I had to let go – it was just a little too light – and go with SW ‘Maison Blanche”

  29. says

    great paint names are a bonus to beautiful colors! love the color and the design inspiration photos. I think we have very similar taste…so I can’t wait to see what you do and I’m ready to be inspired!

  30. Lisa W. says

    OMG I am NOT the only one…when we built our house about 9 years ago, I HAD had had to like the name of the paint color or I just couldn’t do it. Everyone thought I was silly, Ya just gotta like the name ( and the color of oourse) :) Things are looking so nice, look forward to more views.

  31. says

    Ha, I totally pick paint colors the same way! Well, I actually pick them by color, but usually if it’s between one color and another, I choose based on name. We picked the color of our bedroom (New York State of Mind, Benjamin Moore) because of the name (we are both from NY, and hope to return to there soon), so we thought it was fitting to paint the room where we dream with that color! :)

  32. Claire says

    You are soooo talented. It’s why I love to read your blog, aside from that you are fun to read too. I love your style. I love my house but I have such a hard time picking paint colors. You have a gift.

  33. says

    I love the paint name!!! Perfect for your new home and the journey that you’re on :) I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Love your inspiration photos!

  34. Kimm at Reinvented says

    Wow, loving Cloud Nine and your ideas! I’m planning a redo of my teenage daughter’s room and she has chosen a shade of coral that is going to need cloud nine for balance! :)

  35. says

    haha I’m the same way with paint color names, though it’s gotten me in trouble more than once! {Jade Sea apparently equals = blinding aquamarine and Rubby Ducky = baby #2! haha}

    Random question for you: Have you guys ever purchased a refurbished large appliance? My husband and I can’t decide if it’s worth the risk, and we’d appreciate any feedback from someone who has experience! Thanks so much!

    • Layla says

      Hi Natalie!
      We’ve never purchased a refurbished appliance, but we have found a couple of inexpensive stainless steel ones on Craiglist and they worked great! :-D

  36. says

    I was wondering… do you still do the pick my presto thingy and if so, how do I submit that?
    I love, love, love your new digs. Inside and out. I am in a decorating rut, and I thought maybe I could get some inspiring ideas for a very, very limited budget that would help me get it in gear.
    I am redoing a tiny old office space into a cozy entertainment/reading space for me and the kiddos…and the 60 pound puppy who likes to eat decorations. :)

  37. says

    I was on the fence about the blue or greige paint color for our kitchen right on up until I took a closer look at the paint chips … and then the decision was made and there was no going back. Yarmouth blue from BM spoke to me because that’s where my husband proposed to me 19 1/2 years ago. Yarmouth, Cape Cod.

    Easiest and quickest paint color decision I’ve ever made! And I’m still happy with the choice two years later …



  38. says

    I do love the color you choose. My husband and I are trying to pick the perfect romantic gray for our bedroom, and yes, the paint name, is factoring into the decision! I’ll have to show him this color (which looks warm and lovely) when he gets home!
    Love it, thanks!

  39. Lynne says

    I see you used semi-gloss for the trim. What did you use for the wall color? I’m guessing eggshell? Love these colors for our new beach cottage! Thanks!

  40. Allison says

    Love the room! Just curious, it looks like you kept the trim color the same. Do you know what color it was? I am looking at cloud nine for our living room and I want a bright enough white on the trim to contrast with the walls. I’m nervous about picking one!

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