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pretty as a peach

First, if you are my landlord you should stop reading right now. 

If you are not my landlord, you can help me solve my latest dilemma. I just moved into a cozy little studio last week (no fireplace but there is a dressing room..!) and was intent on not painting the walls. But before I had my kitchen unpacked, I began to resent the  predetermined run-of-the-mill drab khaki color of the walls. They absolutely have to go. 

I thought about pale gray, I thought about pale lavender... but I've always found the warm peach color of the Hovey sister's glamourous grandmother's apartment to be perfect. (P.S. The space is featured in full in their book, Heirloom Modern... you need to see it.) I've tried Benjamin Moore's "Conch Shell" and  a coral-peach from Sherwin Williams - both were a no-go. A friend suggested Farrow & Ball's "Pink Ground", but that may be a touch too pink! What do you think? Sadly, I don't think I will sleep well until this is figured out :) 

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Hi! I painted my daughter's room in Sherwin Williams "Spun Sugar." It is truly lovely and soft but with a great warmth about it. Everyone who sees it comments how it is the right "pink" although it really is a soft peach.

08.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie

I hadn't heard of Heirloom Modern, but gosh, those photos are incredible inspiration. Can't wait to see what you end up choosing! Best, Anne

08.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Because paint is mixed for you, according to a formula, at time of purchase, you can ask them to change the formula to suit you. If you find the Farrow and Ball Pink Ground a little too pink, consider asking them to mix up a sample with one-half the tint. I was once married to an architect, who always did this, and it worked very well.

08.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

I just ran across Tea & Honey by glidden. I don't know if this is similar to the shade you were thinking of, but its a lovely name. http://www.glidden.com/search/results.do?q=Tea+%26+Honey

08.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeah

Odyssa Pink. I have painted my cottage this color, e-mail me and I can send you a photo. It is PERFECT and I use Hollingsworth Green and a dark green (I forget the name) as well as White Dove to set it all off.

08.1.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMrs.


I suggest Ointment Pink, Fowler Pink, or Dead Salmon by Farrow and Ball.

08.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet

I absolutely love the Hovey Sisters and I snatched their book as soon as it the shelves at the local anthropologie :) But I totally say go for the peach!!!

08.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah O'Brien

My favorite is the Pink Ground. It's not too pink. I really like the softness of it. But I am soft person, so. :)

08.9.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRen

I love Queen Anne's pink from Benjamin Moore. It's a grown up pink--not girlie.

08.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbigail Samoun

a little suggestion, if you go with a peach or lavender you could pair it with a gray (perhaps Dove Gray from Benjamin Moore, which is my absolute favorite,) to soften the tones. (In fact, your background is the perfect palette for this example!) Looking forward to seeing the outcome. xx, Jessica,Ocean Violet

08.15.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Arb

I too love the perfect peach-fleshy pink. I found it in a very light version, but love it! Can't really tell from the swatch; you really need to get a large sample on the wall-"Wild Oates- Miller Historical collection. p.s. I agree with the others as well...fowler pink and pink ground are gorgeous, but if you have asmall room and want a lighter colr try this wild oates (half the price, but great quality, goes on like custard!

08.26.2013 | Unregistered Commenterkari

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