I think this shade of blue is the cat’s meow. But I am somewhat intimidated to try to recreate this color in my own home.
You see, for me, blue is a hard paint color to choose-it always looks many shades darker on the wall than on the paint chip. When choosing the blue for our kitchen, I test drove many, many paint chips. We lived in a rental while the house was being built, and Mr. Marvelous was a good sport in letting me scotch tape paint chips in giant groups all over the walls.
This picture (below) was my inspiration kitchen, I printed this picture out as large as I could and held it up to those paint chips, over and over, in different lights, trying to find the right shade. It was an impossible task. And the color-match process at Lowes was not helpful.
I eventually gave up and went with my instincts: River Rapids by Ralph Lauren.
I was very nervous about this paint color because it was the first paint color I chose for the new house and the last thing I wanted to do was mess the place up before we even moved in to it! I even hired a pro to do the paint job-something I’d never done before. I’ll never forget sitting at my desk at work when the painter called at the end of the day to let me know they had finished the job. I asked him how it looked and he responded “well, when we first opened the cans we thought ‘yuck’, but it ended up okay.”
Well, I don’t know what his kitchen looks like, but I think it is more than okay.
We are happy here. Especially Fred Thomas.
But I am still hesitant to revisit the blue chips in the paint isle. I wonder how green is to work with . . .