Win $100 & Help Me Pick a New Paint Color for My “Take Back the Dining Room” Makeover Project!

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Help! My “dining room” has been an ad hoc “play room” since we bought our house. It made sense at the time: moving from a small apartment, we didn’t even own a dining room table, and since our daughter, Isabella, wasn’t even one yet, it made sense to have some toys in there, so she could be occupied close to the kitchen. It worked out perfectly while she was little, but … fast forward TEN YEARS and I’m ready for a change!

Win $100 gift card! Details at the end of this post!

I want to take back the dining room, and while I hunt for a table, I’m going to start with repainting the walls. Ergo, I was totally thrilled to work with Glidden paint to kickstart my dining room makeover! I actually am pretty happy with the color we originally chose (a decade ago!): I forget what it’s called, but it’s a very very VERY pale blue. It’s so blue it’s almost white. What I like about it is that it plays to the strength of the room, which is that it gets a lot of nice light (I go for rich, warm colors in darker rooms to make them cozy, and light colors in bright rooms to enhance the airiness). However, I think I’d like to kick it up a notch and find a more saturated pale blue. I’m also open to going wild and crazy, and going in a totally different color direction. This is where YOU come in! I’ll show you my options, but first, here’s what we’re working with:


I know, I know — I decided not to even tidy up before I took the pics. This is real life, complete with all the clutter! It’s a nice space with beautiful floors and good light … Hopefully you can make out the paint color behind all that stuff Isabella has up on the wall. OK, so, on to choosing a new color!

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121 thoughts on “Win $100 & Help Me Pick a New Paint Color for My “Take Back the Dining Room” Makeover Project!

  1. Milaxx says:

    I think the SPRING BLUEBELL would look great. The floors in the sample remind me of the floors in your picture. I think they would showcase that great looking hardwood.

  2. Mami2jcn says:

    I love the Robin's egg color!

  3. Elena says:

    I like soft meadow. My last project was inspired by Pinterest

  4. Cherilyn White says:


  5. Christal says:

    Soft Meadow looks the best

  6. trojanrose says:

    I really like Soft Meadow for a dining room with either white or dark wood furniture.

  7. cindy w says:

    I like the bluebell one. I always get design ideas from design on a dime HGTV show….my latest was modernizing my kitchen cabinets with paint and new knobs

  8. tcarolinep says:

    I like Soft Meadow. Our last home decor project was inspired by the decor of Restoration Hardware store. We got an antique console table and a coffee table for the living room.

  9. @bettycd says:

    I prefer the soft meadow or even warm stone colors. It would make a difference to know if the table/chairs were light or dark wood. I would put darker wood with soft meadow.

  10. Lorri S says:

    I also like Soft Meadow

  11. Sean says:

    soft meadow! I love that color.

  12. Melinda says:

    I like the misty aqua. It's light but cheery and very "in" right now.

  13. Wonderful work! That is the type of information that are supposed to be shared across the net.

  14. Becky Horn says:

    I would like to paint my bedroom, its very bland

  15. d schmidt says:

    I really like the Spring Bluebell color because its calming and would look fantastic in a childs bedroom

  16. Susan Smith says:

    I like Soft Meadow color. My last home décor project was inspired by a paint color I saw on Pinterest

  17. rachel says:

    I like Soft Meadow. I get inspired by my friend's art and homes.

  18. tina m says:

    i like the soft meadow.My husband and I watched a show called
    Brother Vs. Brother. we were inspired by them!!

  19. Margaret Smith says:

    My favorite is the Soft Meadow. Very pretty color.

  20. james young says:

    I like the soft meadow

  21. heather says:

    I like candy apple red

  22. soha molina says:

    I like MISTY AQUA. My home decor was last inspired by my daughter's arrival.

  23. BYoo says:

    I like the Warm Stone! My last home decor project was inspired by pictures on Pinterest.

  24. heather says:

    soft meadow is pretty

  25. Chase smith says:

    I like the aqua mist, im a green guy. My last home decor idea was inspired by my grandmother

  26. I like Soft Meadow too. This is really awesome and I got some idea to decorate my house.

  27. Cindy Merrill says:

    I would love the Misty Moonstone color,very unique.

  28. Lisa Brown says:

    I would choose Soft Meadow color.
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  29. Lisa Brown says:

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  30. Jimmy says:

    I would go with a darker blue, like Country House Blue.

  31. Steve Stone says:

    Robin's egg color is very nice for bedroom.

  32. kyl neusch says:

    choose soft Meadow

  33. jalapenomamamn says:

    I like the Spearmint Gum – thank you.

  34. anastasia2013 says:

    Oooooh I really love that Robins Egg, Watermelon Smoothie, and Spanish Olive combination that you found! Really pretty and it pops out :) My last home decor project was inspired by some funky artwork I found at a second hand store along with some ideas my daughter had for what would look cool :)

  35. tamarsw says:

    I like Lavender Cloud and I used pinterest for my last project. tamarsweeps-at-gmail-dot-com

  36. Kim Henrichs says:

    Misty Aqua!! All are so pretty though. I get inspired by my travels. Recently being in Indonesia opened my eyes to new combinations and fabrics. Love that.

  37. Natalie says:

    The lake view inspired my desire to put stone up on the wall

  38. Becky Richied says:

    Inspired by the new Restore for Habitat for Humanity that opened down the street.

  39. janna johnson says:

    Soft meadow is the nicest.

  40. kim burnett says:

    I like spring bluebell very pretty!! Hmm, has me thinking of doing mine now!! I get alot of inspiration from pinterest when I'm ready to tackle a project!

  41. sarah hirsch says:

    i like soft meadow

  42. Jacob LaFountaine says:

    Go with marshmallow white. For the hell of it

  43. tiffany lane says:

    i love neutrals

  44. Allie says:

    I like the bluebell color. I get inspiration by seeing fabric designs

  45. Madeline says:

    I like the soft meadow! What inspired my last project was an all-over scroll stencil I saw online that looked so classy. I bought it and created a wallpaper look in our bathroom.
    madelinebrubaker {at} gmail [dot] com

  46. Stephanie Larison says:

    I really like the Soft Meadow, I'd use it :)

  47. @tammigirl says:

    I love spring bluebell! I mayyyy be partial to lavender colors and I may have just bought pretty much that same color for my laundry room. You never know!

    I need some inspiration for our master suite. It's still the same ivory color the builder bestowed upon us.

    Inspiration? I'm supposed to remember where it comes from more than a week later? Sometimes I do:

    Sara at Thrifty Deco chick has been inspiration for some projects.
    Marian at Miss Mustard Seed has, too.
    Centsational Girl and her Ikea billy built ins made me realize I could tackle that project in my husband's office. (the room which I know keenly wish to convert to a butler's pantry)

    I get inspiration from my mother and grandmother and aunt. I get inspiration from more blogs than I can mention.

  48. Denise S says:

    I just go to the store and see what's available and then get inspired by the choices there.

  49. kjasus says:

    i love the robin's egg

  50. jacie says:

    I like the Misty Aqua!

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  52. ashley says:

    I like Misty Aqua

  53. Scott Martin says:

    We actually just wanted warm inviting colors.

  54. mickeyfan says:

    Soft Meadow. We just completed a MAJOR renovation and my color choices were inspired by the countertops I chose very early in the process.

  55. Our last (or current) home remodel project was born out of necessity after a tree fell on our master bedroom in June. We're getting close to having the room back to "normal" and did upgrade the bathroom tile to a beautiful marble which inspired the rest of the theme.

  56. @sweephappy says:

    The Misty Aqua is my favorite,

  57. Diane Baum says:

    I really like Soft Meadow for my bedroom

  58. Debbie B says:

    i get inspiration from magazines and from watching shows on HGTV

  59. Nancy says:

    my favorite color, blue-green, inspired redecorating the guest room.

  60. jennifer says:

    bluebell is my favorite!

  61. Lisa V. says:

    The soft meadow is my favorite.

  62. ky2here says:

    Ours is easier because we have a Victorian. We saw a similar house with warmer less ‘museum-esque’ colors and copied accordingly.

    ky2here at msn dot com

  63. ky2here says:

    Ours is easier because we have a Victorian. We saw a similar house with warmer less ‘museum-esque’ colors and copied accordingly.

  64. Erica Best says:

    i love design books for ideals

  65. Debbie B says:

    i posted a tweet:

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  66. Daniel M says:

    i like the soft meadow too

  67. Lorena Keech says:

    I really like the warm stone, it would be so easy to accessorize. MY latest project is our master bedroom, and we used a pair of drapes in soft teal as our inspiration.

  68. Alicia says:

    My last project was painting my son’s bedroom orange with stripes because that is his favorite color.

  69. david cosgrove says:

    my last project was inspired by my sons love for the boston red sox

  70. Angela Wilson says:

    for sure soft meadow

  71. Brenda Elsner says:

    My last project was inspired by my son.

  72. mariem says:

    soft meadow is lovely- i'd use it for sure

  73. Bruce says:

    Soft Meadow. My wife inspired our last project

  74. Sky Kory says:

    I love Robin's Egg color! My project was inspired by the beach.

  75. Beverly Metcalf says:

    I like the soft meadow color, too. Thanks.

  76. Donna Pyszk says:

    The Soft Meadow is my choice! :)

  77. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    Id love to paint my bedroom

  78. susansmoaks says:

    the last home decor project i did was our dining room and I was inspired by the house we visited at the beach on our summer vacation, i love it!

    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  79. Mihaela D. says:

    My inspiration for painting my living room came from the cover of a book I was reading at the time

  80. Tabathia B says:

    I would like to paint my bedroom

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  81. shea balentine says:

    My current project is the master bathroom.. my inspiration came from humming birds =)

  82. Cody Anderson says:

    I like the misty aqua

  83. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like the warm stone and and a home improvement show inspired my last home decor project.

  84. Sand says:

    Lavender cloud is my favorite.

  85. Francine Anchondo says:

    I like the LAVENDER CLOUD: and Pinterest was my inspiration for my last home project

  86. Christian Alejandro says:

    I think as long as it's a soft tone it will look great!

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  88. Donna K says:

    I got a new couch.

  89. kathy pease says:

    I love the ocean so I once bought a bunch of little lighthouse knick knacks and put them in a glass hutch it was very pretty

  90. Such a great yet interesting post. Thank you very much for sharing this good stuff.

  91. I love srping color. it is fresh. So you may also choose a green color for your dinig room.

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