Woodlawn Blue Dining Room

Benjamin Moore Woodlawn Blue was the perfect choice for my dining room, even though it is thought of as more of a bedroom color.  In this room with Northern light, it stayed muted and subtle.

I settled on Woodlawn Blue for the dining room after obsessing for many months.

When I was looking for a color for this room, I knew I didn’t want a neutral because I have those everywhere else in my house.  The whole thing is Accessible Beige, which I like, but it was everywhere. I got really distracted by paint color names.

I wanted the house to feel cohesive, so I copied a color scheme I saw in this blog post.  I had plenty of brown and beige, and decided to add navy blue, colonial blue, and burgundy to give the house some life.  I thought burgundy would be too intense, and navy too dark, so colonial blue was what I chose to paint this room.

What is colonial blue you ask?  There doesn’t seem to be an actual definition, but I think of it as a grayed down robins egg blue.

After choosing colonial blue as the color I was focused on, Woodlawn Blue seemed light enough for this dark dining room.

Woodlawn Blue is one of Benjamin Moore’s historical colors, which all seem to be a little bit gray to keep them from looking overly modern.  (Which, as it turns out is not really accurate, as 18th century paint colors were actually very vibrant.  Anyway.)  As an avowed color-fearer, something with a little gray was what I wanted.

This room faces northeast and northwest, so it gets light early in the morning and late in the afternoon in the summer.  In winter it gets some afternoon light but is mostly shadowed.   Woodlawn Blue looks like a pretty, calm blue gray when there is no direct light:


Woodlawn Blue seemed really light and bright on the chip, but it seems much darker and grayer in my dining room.

When there is direct sun, it warms up the color to more of a blue-green, and the gray seems to disappear:


Then I needed to choose a white for the bottom half of the room, so I again chose something that seemed vibrant on the chip. I knew the cool light of the dining room would gray down the white, just like it grayed down the Woodlawn Blue.

The white I chose for the bottom half is Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace, one their whitest whites, with no gray.  I would typically go for a warmer white, but I wanted something that would brighten up the gloom of this room and not look dull or dirty in the shadows.  And Chantilly Lace is obviously a beautiful name and that is important.  It doesn’t match my existing trim at all.  I will repaint that trim when I work up the energy, probably when the garden is done.


In the background is a throw pillow I made this spring (three of them in total), and it matches!  As does the ocean painting above the bench.  Color scheme success.

Now it needs some burgundy, to complete my four color scheme. I ordered this block print tablecloth, which should arrive next week.  Will it look right?  I think so.  Was it way too expensive for a house with three kids, one of whom eats hot sauce on everything? Perhaps.

I have some burgundy flowers timed to bloom shortly as well.  (The sunflowers here are called Procut Plum, so are not quite right.)

And now I promise not to talk about paint colors until 2019.

Do you have your own process for choosing paint colors? It has become a real obsession of mine!


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