Finding Your Perfect Blue.

Finding your perfect blue may be harder than you think.
Take this room for example.
I loved it!
I thought it was the perfect blue for me.
I even went as far as asking the builder for the exact color code.
It's Benjamin Moore's Grey Wisp in case you're wondering :)

Can't you just feel the soothing colors relax your senses?

I just knew I had found my inspiration here.
Grey Wisp for me please.

.......At least that's what I thought.

It looks blue...right?

We all know how color changes when placed in different surroundings.
Lighting play's a huge part in this catogory but I just knew I had it right this time!

I could not wait to get home and Google Benjamin's paint locations.
I found one semi-close and hoped I would not run into anyone I knew.
(It's no secret around here I'm called the crazy paint lady)

Long story short...
Not the color for me.
It had way to much green for me.
No fear...
I did,however find the perfect color.

Just the right amount of blue without feeling the need for a swimsuit.

The words out on the street now.
Susie Harris has painted her bedroom...once again! Ha!

So what's my perfect blue?

Woodlawn Blue
Benjamin Moore
(more on that to come)

A happy ending!


Did you love that bedroom?
Here is the back patio the leads off the bedroom .
Beautiful huh.
I knew you would love it :)

The courtyard  includes this awesome fountain too!

So what have I learned?
The paint is not alway's greener on the neighbor's wall....ha!
Corny I know..but in this case it was.
Take your time.
Pick up every color swatch you can get away with.
Buy samples and paint them on white poster board.
This way you wont have ten colors on your wall and you can move your poster boards around the room.

Happy Painting!

xoxo Susie~


  1. Grey Wisp is BM's copycat color for Restoration Hardware's Silver Sage. My guest bedroom is painted that color....sometimes it's silver, sometimes gray, sometimes green, sometimes tan. Never has a color looked so many ways! :-)

    Glad you found a color that you like!

  2. Ms. Susie,

    I have the same problem. I saw Janelle's bedroom (over at isabella & max rooms) and fell in love. I ran out and bought samples of the exact colors and a few that were just a shade lighter and now my walls and ceiling look like a patchwork quilt. See...

    I wish I would've thought to paint the colors on posterboard first. That's such a good idea.

  3. So true about painting and lighting...that color did have a greenish undertone to it...and I agree with you - not my favorite choice. I think it's great that you like to paint so much. You wanna come help me here? :)

  4. That is great advice about the poster board! I'm looking for a blue, for my bedroom,too! I will check BOTH colors out (and probably a few hundred more!)! : )

  5. Ohhh! I am so glad I am not alone on this paint color thing! My kitchen has been painted 5 different colors on the journey to the "perfect" color!
    I am loving your perfect shade of blue :)

  6. Blue IS hard...not as hard as white though. ;-D

    Thanks for the poster board tip, I like that idea. Love that bedroom, too. Well, the whole mansion!

    Happy Day, Susie!


  7. Finding the perfect color is definately hard and I can't count the times I've painted and repainted trying to get it just right. I'll have to remember the posterboard in the future. Can't wait to see what your perfect blue is. Blue is always hard to me.

  8. In one of the photos it looks a little like Front Porch by SW. That is what our bathroom is painted. I did the poster board thing when we built or house. It certainly simplifies things.

    We just painted the condo bedroom antique white by SW...just like our bedroom here at home.:-). I, however, am using blue in the room, too. More about that soon, I hope.

    We are going to meet a couple of bloggers this evening. Cannot wait!

  9. That is a lovely room, and I'm so glad you found the blue for you!! :0)

  10. AnonymousJuly 30, 2010


    I know exactly what you mean. I "love" blue and I also have three shades of blue in my home to prove it. Alas I only "like" one of them. Can't wait to see what you've done with your room.


  11. What a gorgeous room and a great color. It is so hard to find the right blue, isn't it? I just painted my bedroom blue and it wasn't really what I was going for, but with a baby running around I don't have the energy to do it again. I have decided to love the blue I'm with! lol! :)
    Can't wait to see yours!

  12. Hi Susie,
    I know what you mean. Color can be very tricky and look different certain times of the day.
    I do love that gray and that bedroom is 2die4. But, everyone has to live with the color they choose. So keep trying.


  13. AnonymousJuly 30, 2010

    Great advice. Never thought about putting it on poster board first. I will have to try that one when I go to re-do my master bedroom.

  14. AnonymousJuly 30, 2010

    Susie Q -

    You got the blues?! Glad you found the perfect shade...for this month! (Yes I am smiling because I am exactly the same way.)

    I did a pictorial recently on The PAINTED Ladies that line my shore. Check out these grand dame Victorians and their paint jobs:

    Your Friend,

    PS Remember not using the right primer can also effect the color.

  15. Isn't it funny how paint plays tricks on us, looking so differen't in others homes and light! I finally found the perfect grey! It only took 3 rooms to find it but it 's in the most important room, the master :)
    THanks for sharing the perfect blue! Love the house and room!
    Take care

  16. How did you know I'm looking for a blue for my bedroom? I'd love to see pictures of yours please.
    That first one is really pretty but I get scared.
    I'll wait for your pics before heading to the paint store.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  17. Love the poster board idea and I can't wait to see the finished room!! Have a wonderful weekend!

  18. Ha! I totally get it. My sister is only half joking when she says the square footage of our home is shrinking from all the paint.

    I try to stop by other Benjamin Moore locations when I'm travelling about just so the local one doesn't see me as much ;) Luckily my friend gave me one of their huge fan decks to play with.

    Looking forward to you sharing the room.

  19. So glad you found the right color, you crazy lady. :)

    Blessings to you.

  20. Susie, I can't WAIT to see what you do! Blue can be hard but I have to say I'm DEEPLY in LOOOOOVE with that room! No wonder you loved it, it's FABULOUS! Yellow can be tricky too. I love our foyer and kitchen (it's a sweet soft, warm buttery yellow)and my husband took the swatch and said he was going to match for our living room. Well, our living room looks like a crayon. A yellow crayon.

  21. Great tips!! LOVE the courtyard!

  22. AnonymousJuly 30, 2010

    Hi Susieness! I'm so sorry you painted your bedroom and the color wasn't right! I hate that for you! Your inspiration photo was lovely and what a beautiful house! You have a beautiful house too.
    Hope you're doing well.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  23. I thought it was just me! I have literally spent HOURS in the quest for the perfect paint color.... And have lots of those little sample jars in my closet to prove it. Can't wait to see photos of your new blue bedroom!

  24. I love that room and color. I have never had any luck with paint. My paint in the kitchen and living/dining room came to be through a mistake at the paint counter. I took it to 3 stores to color match but they couldn't get it quite right. Finally, Sherwim Williams did it. I don't think I'll ever paint those rooms again.

  25. Wow-I'm going to have to go look up those colors - you've got me curious. I'm glad you found the correct blue.

  26. LOL, I am so with you on blue. It is the hardest color...followed closely by yellow!

  27. Glad ya takin the guess work outta it for me before I paint my guest bath!!! LOL

  28. Ahhh, Susie. I have been all around the block with blue. I have never seen such drastic color changes in blue according to the time of day in my southwest facing bedroom. I bought the samples of the "perfect" blue, painted the poster boards, put them up in the room, and watched the kaleidoscope begin. Yikes! I was trying to harmonize with PB's powder blue and I finally settled on HC 146 Wedgewood Gray lightened by 50% which might just be HC 147 :)!

    Wouldn't it be fabulous to have a courtyard and have that lovely bedroom overlooking it? Can't wait to see your bedroom, too, I know it will be beautiful.

  29. I am currently searching for the perfect blue myself for the master bedroom. Husband thinks all the blues I am choosing are too grey! Thanks for letting me know about this one- unknown green undertones!

  30. hey susie! that room is beautiful! and the backyard is wonderful! i am glad you found a paint color you love! now hurry and show us you room! xo

  31. Thanks SO much for posting this. I've been searching for a color I found in "French Country" magazine...referred to "tendregris" - which is translated to "tender grey". It's a color that the french use because of it's transition between blue & green throughout the day/lighting. I can't wait to get samples of both and try them out! LOVE your blog and silently stalk it! *wink*

  32. Can't wait to see your bedroom in this color! I think that's what Karla (It's the Little Things...) has in her living room and I love it.

  33. Susie,

    I love this room! Thanks for sharing as I'm using it for inspiration for our master redo. Do you happen to know the color on the ceiling?

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