Within minutes of closing on our house, I dragged my husband across the street from the title company, and we were standing in our local Sherwin-Williams store, picking out paint colors. I had talked him into a white kitchen, and I wasn’t giving him time to change his mind. He comes from generations of cabinet makers and a great love of wood, and it was a hard fought battle to get the go ahead to paint over perfectly good oak. I know some people absolutely love oak, and even have a mom who worked hard to get her oak kitchen, but oak is not for me. We came home with the Sherwin-Williams color, Alabaster, and set to work taking off doors and prepping them for paint.


I was so excited to watch the transformation, and crossing my fingers that I would love it as much has I had built it up to be.


After the last door was hung, the kitchen sang to me–I LOVED IT!! Except it kind of seemed like it was floating. With so much white, there wasn’t anything to ground it. I decided to live with it for a while, and see how I felt later (we had plenty of other projects going on at the same time to worry about). Well, fast forward 1.5 years and I still feel like the kitchen is floating, and needs a dark color on this backside of the bar to anchor it down. But what color? Sherwin-Williams has this awesome color selection tool called, Color Visualizer, that lets you upload your own photo (or use one of theirs) and virtually try out colors before you buy the paint! I uploaded my photo and set to work trying out colors. I used the little square to color in the area I was testing out. After I had the first one color colored in, from then on I just dragged and dropped and the color changed. So easy I tried out a lot of colors!                                                                  roycroft_copper_red

This orangey-red was nice. But not for my house.


Really Teal made me happy. But no.


To tone down the green undertones in the wall paint (which is Techno Gray) I tried a hue with a little more green. But, again, not for this area. Picking a paint color is hard. I spend a lot of time second guessing myself and inspecting all the undertones a color has, but Color Visualizer from Sherwin-Williams makes it a lot less stressful.

To see which color I chose and the kitchen reveal click here!


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  1. I love looking at art, craft & decorating magazines for ideas. I also check out fabrics I like, and nature – can’t beat flowers for color inspiration! :)

  2. I love using the Sherwin Williams site. I have been “playing” with colors for my living room even though I know it’s far down on the list of things to do.

  3. I get most of my inspiration from nature, something that has special meaning to me (like the needlepoint dragon my grandfather did), or a favorite piece of artwork (something I’ve done or my kids have done or I bought). Magazine images also inspire me. I will take one color that catches my eye and plan the rest of the room around it. If the color is too bright, I will figure out ways to tone the rest of the room down so as not to overwhelm everyone.

    I have always wanted to upload a photo to a program and see what different paint colors would do to it. I will definitely try this!

  4. I admit. I have a color inspiration board on Pinterest. If the colors speak to my heart, I pin them. I still haven’t quite figured out how to incoorporate them, but I’ll get there someday!

  5. Lindsay Fekitoa Says: May 1, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I am in need of some paint for sure in this house! Working slowly but surely downstairs up! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  6. Kelly D Says: May 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I find color inspiration from nature. I like green, blues and browns so I usually go for these types of shades

  7. Kelly D Says: May 1, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I find color inspiration from nature. I like greens, blues and browns so I usually go for these types of shades

  8. Kelly D Says: May 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm
  9. Shawnee H Says: May 1, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I love new paint! I’m in the process of a big paint job myself and I’m using SW paint. A gift card there would be great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. PAIGE CHANDLER Says: May 1, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I read decorating magazines and take home many color swatches.

  11. I love to look at other paint colors as I’m out and about. I found my most favorite wall color while in the bathroom at a Panera! My entire main living area is painted this awesome color now! And I love it just as much in my house as I did in that bathroom.

  12. Fawn B. Says: May 1, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Most of my inspiration comes from either sewing/quilting blogs I follow and/or Pinterest.

  13. to find paint colors, my husband and I usually just go to the store and start looking at paint chips for ideas, then bring a bunch home to look at with the furniture, art work, and other stuff that’s already in our home. we just choose the ones we like best!

  14. Kat F. Says: May 1, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    In inspiration comes from choosing colors that make me happy & brighten up the room & my day.

  15. Kat F. Says: May 1, 2013 at 2:43 pm

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    i thought I had already left this comment but didn’t see it so leaving the url again.

  16. also, I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/LeahGolland/status/329696980618080257

    seriously, we are buying a 2200 sq ft home and will need to paint the inside AND some of the outside, so this would be a GREAT prize :)

  17. Brooke Says: May 1, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I look at color swatches and go with my gut!

  18. Jennifer Says: May 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    We pick a theme for each room and pull colors from that. But I do love ability to see it on the walls before we paint.

  19. I am a little ashamed to admit it but I bought whatever was on sale. It’s not my favorite color but until I can upgrade it will do!

  20. LaurelB Says: May 1, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    For wall color it depends, like my daughters bedroom we bought the bedding and matched one of the colors in the bedding. For our Master, brown, then I go look at paint swatches bring a couple home, next time I am in the paint store I grab a couple again. I have picked the same color again, thats my color. I know that I am drawn to it and it works. This is also how I choose in other rooms. I do not consider trends, I go with colors that I am drawn to. Has worked for me for many many years. After the painting is done, and I walk in the room, I feel happy. Color talks!

  21. Margaret Smith Says: May 1, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I usually get inspiration from home decorating magazines. Thanks so much.

  22. Gayle Warner Says: May 1, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    My husband & I like southwestern decorations & colors. Most walls are earth tones, but in our sunroom, which is mainly white, we painted one wall bright turquoise with a bright, sunny yellow trim on a window & doorway. We get a punch of color when we come in the house, but it’s not “in our face” all of the time!

  23. Julie Campbell Says: May 1, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    I tend to cut swatches and then tape them all over the room I’m looking to paint. As I see the colors in different lights and moods, my husband and I remove the ones we don’t like. Inevitably, there are a couple left or even better just one and we go with that. Good luck! Remember, it’s just paint! You can always cover it up. Be creative!

  24. Shannon Says: May 1, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I look at other people’s kitchens on blogs. :) I am actually trying to decide if I should paint my cabinets and walls in my kitchen.

  25. Pinterest :)

  26. Kristen Says: May 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I love getting ideas from my favorite magazines and sometimes tv!

  27. Adrienne Gordon Says: May 1, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I get inspiration by looking outside or by watching shows on TV.

  28. I go to the store and check out the paint cards. I take the colors I like home to decide on a final color

  29. Becky N. Says: May 1, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I get my color inspiration from magazines and looking at what color clothing I’m attracted to.

  30. I love how your kitchen turned out! I love that visualizer tool and will be using it soon. I usually come up with an idea and then spend the next 1.5 years trying to talk dear hubby into letting me do it. I have painted a few rooms and then repainted trying to get it right. I get inspiration from something in the room or something I have seen and the room comes together and other times it seems like I keep stumbling about.

  31. My house is still builder white – 3 yrs later! I need to paint something. I’m sick of the monochromatic-ness!

  32. Pretty much every room I’ve painted, I’ve already fallen in love with a particular fabric or accessory, so I choose my color based on the fabric. I heard that once on a tv show–that it’s much easier to find a color you like to match a fabric than it is to find a fabric you like to match a color and I think it’s true!

  33. shannon Baas Says: May 1, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I find fabrics I like and go from there.

  34. Pinterest is one of my go-to places for inspiration.

  35. What a generous giveaway!! The artist in me sees inspiration everywhere. . .an ad, a catalog, a flower outside, a Target shirt, the craft store, blogs, Pinterest. . .

  36. Darla Cook Says: May 2, 2013 at 8:04 am

    I find color inspiration at the flower show.

  37. Andrea B. Says: May 2, 2013 at 8:43 am

    I usually select colors by matching something else in the room, for my daughters room it was the bedspread.

  38. Holly S Says: May 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Oh wow! This app is awesome! I can’t wait to try out colors for every room in my house!

  39. Valerie Says: May 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I LOVE color!! It is a gift in our lives! I get inspiration from EVERYwhere…flowers, fabric, the ocean, photographs….When I am getting ready for a decoration/painting project, I get lots of swatches to hang on the wall and observe at different times/lighting throughout the day…then if I am still trying to decide, I buy a sample and paint it on the wall. I just finished painting the paneling in our family room a light “mocha cream” sort of color (with white trim on the woodwork) and absolutely LOVE it! It transforms the space! Thanks for entering me in the drawing! I would love to win!

  40. So what color did you pick? I am dying to know. Love the white cabinets.

  41. Stephanie Larison Says: May 3, 2013 at 3:18 am

    I use pinterest and country home type mags to find inspiration. I like a lot of blue and gray colors for the home.

  42. Rebecca Graham Says: May 4, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Home decor magazines help to inspire me.

  43. Erica Best Says: May 5, 2013 at 9:02 am

    i love books and design blog plus i went to school for it

  44. Erica Best Says: May 5, 2013 at 9:04 am
  45. I find color inspiration through Pinterest.

  46. Margie Young Says: May 6, 2013 at 6:58 am

    I enjoy making quilts and will pull color inspirations from the quilts I make and other items I am decorating with.

  47. I like checking out home and garden magazines for ideas.

  48. Livivua Chandler Says: May 6, 2013 at 10:32 am

    i find the color inspirations from just going up and down the mall and looking into the store windows and shops located in our downtown area. Even though my hubby and i have a home, we sometimes go home browsing on other days to see what others have in their home.

  49. Livivua Chandler Says: May 6, 2013 at 10:34 am
  50. I find inspiration from the blogs I read!

  51. mickeyfan Says: May 6, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    My most recent inspiration was a happy accident. I walked into the paint store and asked if they by chance had a gallon of mis-mixed that I could use for the interior of a closet. Owner brought out a grey and said I could have the $35 gallon for $8. SOLD. Brought it home, slapped a bit on the wall, and it was love at 1st sight. Now it’s in my new bathroom and pantry. Oh yeah, and in the closet too

  52. Jacob LaFountaine Says: May 6, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Look through magazines to things that catch my eye

  53. I like to take tours of homes that are for sale.
    onefrugalgirl AT gmail DOT com

  54. Angel Jacklyn Says: May 8, 2013 at 10:51 pm
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  56. Bridget Vanover Says: May 9, 2013 at 7:39 am

    I love surfing Pinterest to get ideas on designs I like. I have a hard time visualizing how a finished room will look. It helps me to actually see the colors in a home.

  57. I get color inspiration from the outdoor places that I love….forest, beach

  58. I usually find my inspiration from a piece of artwork that I want to hang in the room. Or if it’s my bedroom I find my inspiration in a comforter I love. And then I match the paint to that.

  59. Wild Orchid Says: May 11, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I find inspiration in my favorite decor accessories.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

  60. Wild Orchid Says: May 11, 2013 at 7:05 pm


  61. From magazines, most of the time.

  62. ky2here Says: May 12, 2013 at 5:44 am

    We have an Eastlake Victorian so it’s easy to find color inspiration from other Victorian homes. Thanks for offering this.

    ky2here at msn dot com.

  63. ky2here Says: May 12, 2013 at 5:45 am
  64. Lorena Keech Says: May 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    When I see photos that I like in magazines, I tear them out and file them. Then when I need inspiration, I pull out the file and get ideas.

  65. Margot C Says: May 14, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    I look for ideas in art works, blogs, magazine layouts, fabrics – you name it (even food!) then I load the pictures on my phone and take them with me to the store.

  66. Margot C Says: May 14, 2013 at 7:02 pm
  67. My favorite way of finding color and decorating inspiration is by reading my favorite decor/craft blogs. I also really love perusing Pinterest for inspiration.

  68. Jennifer Says: May 16, 2013 at 7:49 am

    I look for timeless colors that flow well with the rest of the home… but with a great color pop for fun!

  69. maria cantu Says: May 16, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I look through magazines to find color schemes I might like.

  70. Diane baum Says: May 16, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I get inspiration from looking at fabric stores

  71. i like to look at blogs and watch hgtv

  72. I like colors from nature!

  73. i get inspiration from nature!

  74. I look through magazines and watch decor shows.

  75. christine jessamine Says: May 17, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Alot of my color ideas come from how my home decor looks in a specific room

  76. I find color inspiration by browsing Pinterest.

  77. s riches Says: May 18, 2013 at 8:44 am

    I like to use color samples from web sites for inspiration.

  78. DeeAnn S Says: May 18, 2013 at 8:57 am

    I like to walk thru fabric shops to see different color combinations. Thanks.

  79. I find inspiration through my husband

  80. I don’t know. Its from all different places. Nature is a big one…and my favorite colors are a natural choice too. My hubby also has a good eye for color.

  81. Brenda Elsner Says: May 18, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    I look at magazines and browse the internet for ideas.

  82. Betty C Says: May 19, 2013 at 2:15 am

    I get a lot of inspiration from fabrics. I love to sew and find that creating a wall hanging or a quilt will generate enthusiasm for a totally different look for a room.

  83. Betty C Says: May 19, 2013 at 2:16 am
  84. susan smoaks Says: May 19, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I am inspired by colors that I see in nature. I love the colors that God shows us and I love to use them in our home.

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  85. find insperationhome magazines ty.

  86. cassandra Says: May 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I like to use pinterest for a lot of my color inspiration lately. I think the ideas that they have on that site are really great!

  87. I get ideas through magazines.

  88. Stephanie G Says: May 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    My color inspiration usually comes from nature and projects I find on home improvement websites!

  89. Stephanie G Says: May 19, 2013 at 4:39 pm
  90. Tabathia B Says: May 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I always find great inspirations from the DIY channel and magazines

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  91. Tabathia B Says: May 19, 2013 at 5:52 pm
  92. My inspiration comes from magazines, visiting a neighbor or even watching TV. When a project needs doing, you start picking up on an idea from here and a color from there. In the end, it comes together from multiple sources and becomes uniquely your own.

  93. […] With a handful of paint chips and the Sherwin-Williams Color Visualizer to try out the colors with, I quickly whittled my options down to Peppercorn. But then, the second guessing started so on my trip to buy paint, I decided to ask the Sherwin-Williams staff for their opinion. The girl there was so helpful and asked me questions about the space and what I was after. I wanted a color that could take a beating since little feet sit in this space and leave kick marks. Also, the adjoining room has a lot of color in it. There’s an orange zebra rug that is pretty much an attention hog, and I didn’t want a color that would compete with it. Also, we have light gray bar stools, and I wanted a color that would make them stand out. She recommended using a complementary color, and we settled on Peppercorn (just like the Color Visualizer had). See part 1 of the process here. […]

  94. Wow – I am amazed at how true to life the color visualizer is!
    These days, I get my color inspiration from blogs mostly :) Thanks for the chance to win!

  95. […] Not only do these tools allow you to capture colors from wherever you like and match them to paint colors, they allow you to virtually apply the colors to a photo of the room. Check out an excellent use of such tools on the Crafting Chicks website. […]

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