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Help me paint my house!

We moved into a new house last Summer, and I haven’t painted any of the walls, except from the front room, which doubles as my studio (where I went from off-white to pure white).  I’m so undecided about what color to paint our kitchen/family room. We have a lot of golden oak and a red fireplace to work with. Here are some ideas, colors by Benjamin Moore (screenshots from their online tool). I’m drawn to a blue-green color, even though I know that a neutral gray or beige would probably work better. The kitchen does not receive much natural light, only spill from the rooms adjacent to it. It’s in the center of the house. I’d like to “brighten” it up with a cheery color. Any feedback is welcome!

What the rooms look like now:

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IMG_0894web Yeah, I know, it’s a mess.  Our back room doubles as a play room.

Here are some colors I’m looking at:
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Yeah, they all look pretty much the same, right?  How does one decide?  Shouldn’t this virtual painting tool make it easier?  Should I be considering another color?  The curtains in the adjacent room (the front room that’s painted white), are these curtains from IKEA
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As much as I want a teal color, I do think a butter yellow, like our old kitchen could look nice:
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I need help!

90’s Party

When I was in college, I was often invited to 80’s parties.  I never really understood 80’s parties for people my age.  I was 7 at the end of the 80’s.  I didn’t yet care much about fashion, music or pop culture.  So I’ve convinced my friends that we should throw a 90’s party in the next year.  If you ask me, which you didn’t, the 90’s were way cooler.  Fashion was more flattering, music was awesome and had much more variety.  The 90’s took me from age 8-18.  Basically, almost of all my childhood years that I can vividly remember.  90’s took us from Wilson Phillips’ “Hold On” to Montell Jordan’s “This is How We Do It” to Red Hot Chili Peppers “Scar Tissue.”  It gave us movies like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Clueless, American Beauty, Forest Gump and Pulp Fiction.  The 90’s bring to mind a time when homes increased in value.  The 90’s were awesome.

So please, give me your feedback.  What movies, music or style icons come to mind for you?  What music do you think we would HAVE to play at a 90’s party?

(here are a couple shots of movies that scream “90’s!” to me)


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