Ever since we moved into this house, I’ve wanted to do a family picture wall in the upstairs hallway. My inspiration comes from some that I’ve seen online, like this one from Design Mom, or this one from Mod Nest. I decided on plain black frames, with a few white mats in the center, and have been collecting family photos from both sides of our families.
Here’s the wall in question:
And here’s the general layout of the frames, which my mom helped me measure and lay out with while she was visiting a couple weeks ago.
We even finally figured out how to get the paste off the walls so we can prime and paint… smooth sailing, right?
Well, we’re about to buy the sixth — yes SIXTH — trial color for that background wall.
Here’s the original color I was 90% sure would be perfect:
Cincinnatian Hotel Ashley Atrium Blue from Valspar.
I was really excited about this color because it’s on their list of National Trust-approved historic colors, and it’s a very pretty cool grey-blue, which was what I wanted for this hallway. But in person, especially in the shadowy hallway (which gets very little sunlight) it was just too dark, and also too blue somehow — it looked like a cliche baby boy’s room.
Lighthouse Shadows by Valspar
This one was too grey and borderline too dark, but I really liked it. Again, if the room had more sun, I might be picking this one for sure. Next up:
Tinsel Beam by Valspar
While this one was only borderline too dark, it was definitely too grey — in a big patch it sort of looked like concrete or the color of prison walls.
In an effort to have it NOT be too dark, and be more blue, we picked a new one that was definitely lighter but in the same family:
Glass Bead by Behr
This was horrible in person – it basically looked way too pale on the wall — it blended in with the white primer, almost… again, I think because of the shadows of the room. But we remembered one other one we’d liked while we were there, so we went back for
Velvet Sky by Behr
This one is almost perfect but, again due to the shadows in the room, looks a little bit purple. Like… noticeably purple. And we’re definitely going for blue, rather than purple. We have one more to try out, the one we ALMOST got when we got Velvet Sky.
Eminence by Behr
This is almost exactly like Velvet Sky but more blue and less purple. I am so ready to have the right color and have this ridiculousness — believe me, I fully realize how ridiculous this all is — over with. Here’s hoping Eminence comes through for us, because I’m so ready to be over this bottleneck in the process and get going with actually hanging the pictures.