Colors and Paint Cans

Paint colors.  I've gotten lots of emails about them.  Two of my colors have names.  The others are custom, so I have pictures of my paint cans.  It's the best I can do! 

The first color with a name is "China Moon".  It's from Valspar's "Seaside Retreat" line from Lowes.  To me, it's a lovely neutral.  Not too brown and not too gray.  I have it in my kitchen, dining area, living room, and our little master bedroom (above the wainscoting).  I probably would have put it in every room of the house had I found it sooner.  It contrasts nicely with all my whites, browns, and grays.  It's the color on the walls to the left of the bed below.

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This next one is on the walls in the girls, boys, and playroom/office rooms. Many people have asked me about this color, and I thought it was a custom color and I didn't have a name for it.  Lo and behold I looked at the paint can this morning and realized I have been wrong all along.  It's actually another color from the Seaside Retreat line from Lowes.  It's called "Stonecastle".  It's the beigy color below.


However, I must tell you this color can be tricky.  Depending on the light in the room, it can go all the way from looking green to gray to beige.  So, definitely do a test spot on your wall in the room you're wanting to paint, and watch how it changes throughout the day.

You've probably noticed by now all of the beadboard and wainscoting throughout our house.  It's a custom white from Home Depot (below):

Last but not least is the most requested paint color in my house (below):

This color is on our island and gutter bookshelves.  I've not only had people from my blog request this color, but also people in real life who come to my house.  It is a really pretty color. 

Some of you will be sad to know that the turquoise color in the sneak peaks of my laundry room did not stay!  Some were asking the color.  That room was painted when we moved in, so I haven't a name or a paint can for it.  I do like it, but for my laundry room, I wanted something more subdued.  So I chose a soft gray color, which I love.  I'll be sharing that paint color once I reveal the laundry room in its entirety. 

I apologize for not getting back to many people who have asked about my paint colors.  And if it's not to late in coming, happy painting!


  1. Lovely colors for lovely rooms! I have enjoyed touring your home with you and it is so kind of you to share your love of it ~ and your COLORS ~ with the rest of us. Have a happy day!
    xx P&H

  2. Paint colors are SO complicated so thank you for the info. I keep toying with repainting our entire house white, but fear that that can of worms is way too big for me at this point.
    Love your home Rie!

  3. SO very nice of you to share your paint colors with all of us. Now...if you could just come over and decorated for me...THAT would be REAL nice!! :)

  4. Thanks so much for the information. Can't wait to go to Lowes!

  5. Your house is full of gorgeous, calm colors. Thanks for sharing how you created it!


  6. Oh thanks so much. I think your island is simply lovely and inspiring. It's a perfect example of the transforming ability of paint!


  7. Thanks for sharing the names - I will be buying some of the island color...just in case a project presents itself! :)
    Looking forward to seeing your laundry room ~

    Sarah xo

  8. How funny, I posted about my excessive paint can collection. I tend to hold on to them because I hate to waste paint. You have very nice colors in your home, soothing and welcoming.

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  10. Love your paint colors, thanks for sharing!
    Have a great weekend!

  11. Your house is AWESOME!
    I'm not sure if you received my emails about featuring it on but if not, I'd love to feature it in my next article on!
    Drop me a line if you're interested, and I'll have my editor send you a photo release! :-)


  12. Beautiful home! Do you have the name of your exterior colors?

  13. I love the colors of your home and have been searching for the perfect neutral for our main living space. I thought I had found it with your China Moon pick; however, when I purchased it through Lowes in the Valspar Signature paint, it turned out to be a very pale whitish blue. I know my lighting plays into it, but I'm wondering what base paint you had your China Moon mixed up in...if you remember!;)

  14. Oh no Heather! Hmm, ours doesn't look bluish at all. The "China Moon" color we used was from their Seaside Retreat line (which they no longer have). But every time I've gotten it since (which has been several), I've told them what line it was from and use the name "China Moon" and it is the same. The base of ours is Eggshell Ultra White 221388. I'm wondering if they have another paint color by that name now from another line? Or maybe they mixed it wrong? I'm so sorry!

    1. Okay, I was very specific about asking for the China Moon from their former Seaside Retreat line and I had it mixed up in the same base (eggshell Ultra White 221388). Is there any chance you have an old paint can around with the formula on it? The formula printed on my can is: 101-2.5, 107-7.5, 105-16. I completely understand if you don't have time to track this down or if you don't have the paint cans hanging around anymore. Thanks so much for answering me back...I really appreciate it!

  15. Heather-it's the same formula on our can. The only thing I can think is that it's different lighting in your room, so the color reflections look different. Yikes! I guess it goes to show how much lighting plays a part in a room. I'm sorry it didn't work out for you! I hope you find your perfect neutral!!

  16. What a lovely home! Here comes a question from overseas, I would be so grateful if you have the time to answer me: On the label of the custom white from Home Depot it looks like the base is mixed with two different colorants. I'm guessing B stands for black, but do you know what the L stands for?

  17. L = Raw Umber

    Hope that helps Mikaela!

  18. It definitely does, thanks for helping out!

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