After the painters finished outside, we had them give us a bid for inside. It’s time to get rid of the Miami Vice look in the great room with wall to wall white.
My color lady, Sweet Paige, gave us a book to look through with color schemes. We settled on golds and greens and grays and picked up some samples. They were all wrong; I guess that’s why you buy samples. We went back for more and this time ended up closer to the target.
The Mr painted every room in the old house at least twice, but this is different. That outer wall of windows is going to require hours of prep work. And the ceiling is 20 years old; it needs a refresher.
We want to make good choices and not have to go through all this again in just a few years. So I’ve been painting boards, and then painting more boards, and then repainting boards.
Along with the sample boards, I’ve returned to my computer drawings. I remembered how “painting” the fireplace photo gave me a feel for what I liked and didn’t like in Fireplace Sizzle.
I started with the kitchen, since with the white cabinets and white counters any color would simply be an accent. So here’s what we have.
As you can see, there’s a whole lot of white going on. My first inclination was to try out the yellow we were leaning towards.
If the yellow has a touch of green, it starts looking really awful–especially at night when the the light fades. So while the yellow was a bust, I decided I liked the medium gray trim and light gray ceiling. Moving on, I decided to try a light gray since we’re having trouble embracing color.
Frankly, I find this rather awful. It looks so washed out and anemic. Instead of admitting failure, I decided to pump up the gray.
This is so much nicer. The cabinets are clearly outlined, and the gray matches the gleam of the appliances. But is it too cold or industrial? Maybe I should try something way out of our comfort zone. I could go with a purpley-blue to match the mountains in the distance.
That’s way too feminine. It’s a pretty color–just not us. I decided to go back and try something warm reminiscent of our old house.
This I like. It adds color and warmth without looking crazy bright. I could even wrap it around the rest of the kitchen area.
While all this swapping colors on the computer hasn’t brought us to a decision, it has narrowed down the search. I was quite surprised to see how much wall space there is in the kitchen after all. To be honest, the photo I was working from was taken from behind the bar, so you lose the impact of the lower cabinets. This whole space would look different grounded with another four feet of white, but there’s still a lot more wall area than I realized. Paint color is going to make a bigger impact even in this room filled with white cabinets.
My color lady was over yesterday to give hints and direction. She had some fabulous advice. Just paint the fireplace and live with the colors for awhile. It’s a small manageable area and won’t cost a lot in paint or effort to redo. Then if we hate what we’ve chosen, we can change our minds before committing to colors for vast ceilings and huge walls of windows.
Since my post about the fireplace, adding color, changing it up resulted in a plain, white fireplace three months later, we have a blank canvas to work from now.
I’m crossing my fingers that we can take that plunge. Our fireplace might end up something like this.
Have you had trouble committing to color? Do you embrace color or run from it? How do you make those hard decisions?