Sunday, June 10, 2018

Pick a Color...Any Color


I have a very large great room in the lower level of my house. For quite some time, I have wanted to paint that room, but it just seemed so daunting, particularly considering that I’m troubled with carpal tunnel. It took me a week to paint the master bathroom because I can only do a little at a time. So, when a man who has painted for my family for the last 30 years got in touch with me and asked if I had any work for him, I jumped at that opportunity. But, there is good and bad in everything; I was deliriously happy with the idea of having that room, at long last, painted (I am not a fan of "Contractor's White"), but plunged into the depths of despair at the thought of having to select the paint.
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If you read this blog with any regularity, you know that one of my mottoes is, “Go Big or Go Home. The upstairs part of my house is done in neutrals and it’s serene, I like that, but the great room downstairs, designed to spark conversation, conviviality, and fun, needs to be dramatic. I found this picture on Pinterest, and considering I have a similar chair (as you can see below), and some of those exact same baskets, I knew I wanted to paint my wall a dark shade of gray.
But, and you can trust me on this one, there are way more than Fifty Shades of Gray! My painter left with me a couple of fan decks to aid in making my selection, and I was shocked at how many different shades there actually were. There is blue gray, and brown gray, and green gray, and gray gray, there are even purple-y grays. It was a nightmare! He told me to get a couple of paint samples, put them on the wall, and make my choice from there. I cannot tell you how stressful it was for me to select paint. I finally settled on three colors: Armory, Downpour, and Volcanic Ash. I thought to myself how the same guy who names lipstick and nail polish, must also name paint. The paint color that I really wanted was called Zombie. How exotic does that sound? Unfortunately, it was so dark as to look as though big, black hefty bags had been affixed to the wall. No, that would not do.
Why am I telling you all this, you ask yourself, yawning. I’ll tell you why, because I want you to help me select this paint. I put big patches of it in various parts of the room so that I could look at it at different times throughout the day. As I mentioned, I’m looking for bold, in a room that is roughly 20’ x 30’.
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I moved most of the furniture to the center of the room (and I needed a big nap after that), but moved one piece and the accessories (Very sentimental because the piece of furniture itself belonged to Jim, and the bust and brass lamp belonged to my mother) back into place so that I could see what they would look like up against the wall. Before you begin to wonder whether or not I have truly lost my mind, let me add that, in late fall, white crown molding is going to be installed all around the top of the room, as is a white fireplace flanked on either side by window seats. (See above inspiration photo.) I am also planning a gallery wall of white painted frames holding black-and-white photos from my travels.
So, here are two pictures of the paint, which color do you like? Color number one Downpour? Color number two Armory? Or color number three Volcanic Ash? I think I’ve made my selection, but I’d appreciate it if you would weigh in.
Funnily enough, son number two and I separately ranked the exact same colors, for the exact same reasons. That apple did not fall far from the tree.


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8 comments:

sandy said...

I love Volcanic Ash - I painted a color similar to that in my "library" years ago (two houses ago that I owned) and I never got tired of it - it was perfect. It might have been a touch darker - anyway that's my opinion. I love all those photos you posted.

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

Thanks for weighing in Sandy! I’ll bet that library was gorgeous! Bold colors make such a strong statement. In my last house I had a French blue dining room, and a port wine living room. The house was 120 years old, and those colors were wonderful in it. I do like public areas to have a lot of color. I would love to have seen that library of yours.

Michele Morin said...

I love that you are putting this out there for comments, but I also suffer from color angst and have a terrible time choosing paint!
All the best to you as you beautify your space!

Raquel said...

I like both Downpour and volcanic ash, but I would go with Downpour. I think the volcanic ash is too blue.

Rustown Mom said...

If you are keeping all of the beautiful white trim, I like Armory. It has just enough blue so your not worried about coordinating with it exactly, and enough gray to make it soothing. Can't wait to see what you do!

Linda said...

I like #1 and #3, in that order. I did the same thing after my Mom passed away. I went "bold" in a couple of rooms that she used, doing a pale yellow and a soft slate blue. I have the same trouble picking out paint!
It's going to be gorgeous, no matter what you choose. Especially with pops of white!

Louca por porcelana said...

I prefer Downpour!Hugs!

Charlenw said...

Love, love,love Volcanic Ash. It is lively and serene at the same time and makes the vignette pop. Will look lovely with the white trim. Although I really like all three and you can't go wrong with any of them.