Pink Be Gone

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 4, 2009


Good morning!

I’ve been baking in the kitchen this morning since about 6am. It is amazing how much progress I can make when I get up at 5! Hopefully I don’t hit a wall later…

Breakfast was this delicious Green Monster:



  • 3 steamed kale leaves
  • 1 T natural Peanut Butter
  • 1 T cocoa powder
  • 1/2 ripe frozen banana
  • 1 cup Almond Breeze
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 cubes ice
  • squirt Kyolic garlic extract

My snack that I had just now was Nature’a Path Flax Plus + AB + chia seeds!


I still can’t get over how nutritious chia seeds are. They are a vegans best friend I tell ya.



Eric and I need your help!

Remember how pink our entry way was…?

It used to be all the colour pink shown in this picture below. Every inch of it was pink.


As you can now see, Eric has started to prime the entry way! Yippee!

Here are some pictures taken as of the progress he made last night:

Side by side:

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Even though it is just ugly white primer, I already think it looks like a new room!

Now we need your help!

We can’t decide what colour to change the entry way. Any ideas?

If you can be specific with a picture and/or colour name that would be a huge help.

Also note that you don’t need to ‘match’ the colour to the tile floor as we will be ripping them out and replacing them at some point.

I’m back to baking, see you this afternoon!


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Gina August 4, 2009 at 10:30 am

For entryways, you usually want to use “welcoming” colors, which are oranges, yellows, or greens. Ours is a light yellow.


britt August 4, 2009 at 10:34 am

it does make a huge difference! i think a green would look great!


Sarah Jayne August 4, 2009 at 10:35 am

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Amanda August 4, 2009 at 10:40 am

I love lighter/brighter colors for an entryway, and it looks like anything too dark would just be gloomy in there. How about something gold-ish?


Sarah W. August 4, 2009 at 10:41 am

I would go with a neutral color like a light green or a pale yellow. my parents have yellow and I think it looks best


Paige @ Running Around Normal August 4, 2009 at 10:46 am

I think a burnt orange or red or maybe even a golden tan would look wonderful with the flooring.


Andrea (Fit Healthy Fun) August 4, 2009 at 10:48 am

I am always a fan of neutrals. Mine is Benjamin Moore Affinity paint in Cotswald. I love the color and their Aura paint only takes one coat to cover. I also have a yellow by BM in my sunroom. It’s called Soleil. It’s a very welcoming and warm color.


Rose August 4, 2009 at 10:51 am

Green or yellow would be my choice!

(I love the bowl you have that cereal in – very cute!)


Lainie August 4, 2009 at 10:52 am

That primer does make the room look like a whole new place! What about a very light shade of yellow? I always love yellow in houses…obviously nothing crazy and bright, just something mellow and tame.


Kristen August 4, 2009 at 10:55 am

I would say a sage color or a khaki color. Both are very warm but they don’t overpower the room. For the sage you could do “Grasslands” by Benjamin Moore. In our dining room we used silver sage by benjamin moore and it came out as a light greenish gray which was beautiful. Good luck!


april August 4, 2009 at 11:03 am

Thanks for introducing me to chia seeds! I ordered some from the website you mentioned and used your discount.. they have become a daily staple!


Andrea August 4, 2009 at 11:08 am

I think a light art-deco type sage green would look great with the color of wood on your beautiful staircase.


Amelia August 4, 2009 at 11:09 am

Wow it looks so different! I’ll agree with Kristen and say a khaki color because it’s inviting and doesn’t overpower the room. Also, it’s pretty easy to match with anything else you want to add.


Pam at Highway to Health August 4, 2009 at 11:09 am

I vote for a light green or light yellow. Both very welcoming colors! That stair case is beautiful!!


Katie August 4, 2009 at 11:09 am

I don’t know why, but I think a sage green would look really nice.


Angela August 4, 2009 at 11:12 am

What else other than green? If you are into more modern looks, a vivid green would be pretty kind of like an entryway to the outside green. Its good for relaxing the eyes too!


Diana August 4, 2009 at 11:14 am

Oh – I posted with a link – must have gone to junk.
Utterly Beige by Sherwin Williams is nice.


Shelly August 4, 2009 at 11:31 am

I’d do a light celery green. I think it would look great with your light siding/door and dark staircase.


Nicole (the other one) August 4, 2009 at 11:42 am

My dining room is Ralph Lauren Almalfi Red. They have samples at Home Depot…I use the paint sample but by the storebrand paint.


Erin August 4, 2009 at 11:46 am

I love the Benjamin Moore color “Corn Stalk” – a greenish/khaki color, which is neutral but still fun! It would look great with the wood and whatever you decided to put on the floor.


brandi August 4, 2009 at 11:47 am

are the chia seeds easy to eat in cereal/smoothies like that? I was wondering how they would be.

a blue or green would look nice with the wood staircase.


Alex August 4, 2009 at 11:49 am

I think a warm pale yellow is always a crowd pleaser and almost always suits any wall, but I also like the idea of an antique blue colour, to set of the beautiful wooden staircase.

Good luck!


Mar August 4, 2009 at 11:59 am

I think the room looks so much better. WOW. I would go with something light and neutral. I was thinking maybe a few shades lighter of the grey you used in the work out room. Myself I would go out and find a piece of art work with a wood frame to match the staircase and pick a colour from that. I would also think about any curios, consoles, mirrors, chairs, chaise lounge, or settee’s you might be considering putting in. I’m sure you are planning furniture of some sort even if it is just coat racks I think planning the wood colours and an idea of fabric colour will help you a lot. Then you can sort of see how dark or light those pieces will be to judge how dark you can go with paint. I think a light grey would look nice with the wood and wouldn’t clash with any new flooring or furniture you put in a long the way.


Stefanie August 4, 2009 at 12:02 pm

What about a nice Taupe for the entry way or sage green? You know what they say about the color sage is that it’s a soothing color. It would also look really nice with the dark wood.


Annie August 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm

I think green is here today gone tomorrow just like the rose. I think a very light grey with ceiling and trim in white would look very nice as well. It will highlight the staircase instead of competing with it and a grey makes picking floor covering and mats so easy. It also will be so easy to add art mirrors or a table or even seating with a very light grey.


Recipes for Creativity August 4, 2009 at 12:05 pm

It already does look so much better, Eric has done SO much to that house!


Carla August 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Either a golden butter color (but definitely not yellow) to tie in with the gold hues of your staircase or a sage color, as already suggested. But avoid pastels in cool tones. There needs to be warmth to work well with your staircase. Also avoid certain colors with blue undertones such as what was in your pink walls. Blue is a cool color and doesn’t work well with your staircase, but a bit of blue in a sage green could be warm and work well. My preferred color, however, is the first one I mentioned. It would be a beautiful neutral that won’t overpower or detract from your staircase.

Here’s my favorite for you. Bright and cheery (just like you) perfect with your woodwork:

I love the creamy color of the door and paneling. Very contemporary yet elegant and welcoming. I would recommend painting the double doors behind the staircase in the same color. The wood doesn’t seem to match the staircase and disrupts the flow of welcoming energy in your entryway. Either the staircase is your main feature when you walk in your front door or those doors, but not both.


Darlene August 4, 2009 at 12:13 pm

I think a light grey as well. I’m not sure but I think the lead in the windows is a grey already, I can’t really tell. I love a reaaly light grey in entrace ways and hallways. Gives some colour but leaves the area light and feeling bigger then it is. I find it is also very neutral for the rooms that lead off the entrance or hallway.


Eilzabeth August 4, 2009 at 12:16 pm

I was looking at warm neutrals on the Sherwin Williams colorizer tool – I like anonymous, quiver tan, and portico. Our place is all gray, black, white, and wood, so I might be biased :) Downing stone is also nice. Optimistic yellow looks nice, too, and what a name! We have a lovely Sherwin Williams low-voc accent wall in a warm neutral (sometimes gray, sometimes brown) with a very light taupe on the trim.

Thanks for the opportunity to look at something more fun than email and spreadsheets on my lunchbreak :)


Carla August 4, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Also, be sure to paint those metal brackets that attach the staircase to the ceiling. That’s the first time I’ve been able to see them in a house. Usually the hardware is embedded within a decorative beam or other such embellishment. Paint the brackets the same color as the ceiling. :o)


holly the healthy everythingtarian August 4, 2009 at 12:19 pm

i think a bright, sunny light yellow would be a perfect warm, friendly tone for the entry way. you write oh she glows, and your new entryway could glo too :)


judy August 4, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I agree that a nice sage green would look nice. I did not read through all of the comments so forgive me if this has been suggested, but have you thought of “ragging” or “sponging” the color on? :)


She-Fit August 4, 2009 at 12:30 pm

You should do a khaki color … or a light brown.


sarah August 4, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Two of the colors that we’ve used in our house that are light enough to be neutral are Martha Stewart colors (we found her paint at Lowe’s): Cake Stand Blue (very pale icy blue) and Stem Green (also very pale with warm undertones).


Eri August 4, 2009 at 12:43 pm

no yellow. please. ;]
i actually kind of liked the pink- it made entryway more “regal” I guess, and looked good with the wood. But I think Mar’s idea about the picture- is really good. I also think a blue would look nice. It seems everyone is picking sage or yellow(maybe a generational fad?). & I honestly dont think those are the best choices. Just my opinion


lacey August 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm

How about a goldenish pale yellow. You want something that is not too dark but that is fresh and bright without being scary bright. Love your stair case by the way!


Kristin August 4, 2009 at 12:51 pm

I love that you have your green smoothie in a wine glass! Maybe I’ll have to try that!


JB August 4, 2009 at 1:07 pm

i love flax plus! best cereal ever. and i seriously need to buy some chia seeds RIGHT NOW. can you believe that i’ve never tried them?!

as for your wall, what about a light green color? not like a bright lime, but something more earthy and subtle? kind of like this:


Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope August 4, 2009 at 1:14 pm

I think you should do a light, rich red… almost a maroon color on the wall by the door, then have the rest of the walls a sand/off-white color. Gorgeous! :)



Chloe August 4, 2009 at 1:19 pm

I think I nice warm color like a cantaloupe would be nice. I love warm oranges or those type of hues in any room and it would be very welcoming when guests come into your house.

What a good husband for doing all that priming!


Jenn August 4, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Farrow and Ball’s Vert de Terre, Light Blue or Hay above the wainscotting.


judy August 4, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Me again! I’d like to add that you should consider which direction the doors face, since as far as I can tell, that is your only light source. If it does NOT face north, how much direct sunlight do you get in this room? The pink, the dark floor and the dark wood of the staircase all tend to make the room look dark and closed in, so you would want to do something to brighten it. But if it gets lots of sun most of the day, a yellow MIGHT be too much. Whatever you decide I can see a large oriental rug and a “chandelier”. Not a formal one with all of the draped glass pieces, but maybe a more modern one with a brown cast iron structure and a big upside down domed glass “shade”.


Kris August 4, 2009 at 2:24 pm

LOOKS GREAT!!!! General paint – Moose Point


Ellen August 4, 2009 at 2:34 pm

i say don’t be afraid of using some color! the entry way is your guests first impression of your home, and should set the tone for the rest of the space as well as express your personality! just because it’s a large space, doesn’t mean it can’t handle color.


jess August 4, 2009 at 3:14 pm

i’m sorry if i’ve missed some other posts about this but what other colors are you using in the surrounding rooms? that is something to think about. It may make the decision easier. I was able to throw out some of my paint selections just by holding them up to the colors I had just painted in other rooms. I’m a big fan of having a color plan or scheme thought out, then it doesn’t feel too wild.


Menden (SkinnyMenny) August 4, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Hey there! Do you have Lowe’s in Canada? My boyfriend and I painted our walls the Valspar brand of paint from Lowe’s in “Ivory Brown,” with “Stampede” as the accent wall, with white trim. There is a pic of my den in this post:

(May be kind of hard to see) Anyway – my whole house is very neutral, but those colors are complimentary to just about any decor, and lots of our friends decided to paint those colors as well after they saw how it turned out!

I also like the yellow idea…yellow is very cheery and welcoming!


Amanda August 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm

I like yellow, it’s welcoming. Your entry way is beautiful!


Mrs. Money August 4, 2009 at 6:42 pm

I love Behr’s rejuvenate and Gobi desert. Let me know what you think!


Faith August 4, 2009 at 7:55 pm

My absolute favorite wall color is a pale yellow called “buttercream” by Behr…it goes well with just about any decor and it’s such a cheerful color. Your house is GORGEOUS by the way!


Francesca August 5, 2009 at 10:37 am

you should try searching “foyer colors” on google… they have great ideas too!


Sally August 5, 2009 at 12:35 pm

I love Sico paints – they are low VOC which mean they’re better for you and the world. They wear really well and have any colour you could want (and can colour match).

Two great neutrals are:
White Artichoke 6196-11 – subtle green/yellow based white
Rice Paper 6195-31 – a totally “goes with anything” beige

There are many more vivid colours you can go with too! I LOVE Green Leaf, Etruscan Villa or Kennetcook Slate.

Also, they are a Canadian company!

Website is here: with plenty of retail locations in the GTA.


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