Choosing a Paint Color for our Vacation Rentals

Choosing the right Colors for your Vacation Rental or Home

When choosing a paint color, it is usually wise to research, gather paint swatches, plaster test patches all over the house, and pray A LOT.  Right?  Isn’t the pressure of picking a paint color almost like the pressure of naming your child…you know you HAVE to get it right or its going to cost a ton to fix it.

I spent a lot of time on Pinterest and really thinking about what I wanted these houses to look like once complete.  I wanted the farm feeling, but I also wanted them to be warm and inviting.  I needed it to be easy to coordinate furniture and easy to touch-up if we have a rowdy guest.

That is where the idea came to do a whisper of off-white on the walls with white trim and white ceilings.  Everyone I mentioned it to at first was like…huh?  But, I knew after looking at lots of pictures, that the white on white would look amazing, coordinate easily with anything I brought in for decor, and would be super easy to touch up!


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I am a Benjamin Moore fan…always have been (since I bought my first can of paint) and always will be.  I know there are cheaper options, but I honestly just trust their product.  Our color choices were:

Primer – Glidden PVA Drywall Primer  
Halo – Walls
Cotton Balls – Ceiling, Trim, and Doors

Our painter was the one who estimated the amount of paint we needed.  He did a good job in his calculations…we did not have tons of leftovers, but just enough to paint the touch-ups we need.  Also, he sprayed the primer on the walls and ceiling, then sprayed the first coat of Halo on the walls, sprayed the ceiling and completed it with Cotton Balls paint and finally rolled the final coat on the walls.  This method seemed to work great and did not waste a ton of paint.

Primer makes a big difference!  It helps to coat the drywall so that you do not have to use as much expensive paint!  Do not skip the primer step on new construction!

This shot above shows the faint color of Halo that I love!  It really looks so good on the wall!

halo paint from Benjamin Moore

I would not have thought there was this much “color” to Halo until I saw the difference between it and the primed wall!  On its own, it really just looks like a nice soft white!

I will have a part 2 on this post once the doors and trim are painted and hung!!

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How we chose our paint colors for our Vacation Homes.

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