Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Change of Plans

Sadly, after most of the living room was painted, I decided that the look of the lighter paint was not nearly as sophisticated as I had imagined. Whether it was the color, or the play of the lighter paint with the rich burnt chestnut hue of my woodwork - the room suddenly looked dead.

I believe that rooms, homes in fact, are alive. They carry the spirit of the person who lives there in the present, the many that may have lived there in the past, and often times (when we're oh so lucky) the integrity of the planner, builder, architect who decided that this house deserves this land. It's mildly philosophical, and not generally my practice - but I do believe that houses speak to us, and they cry out in glory and in shame. That creamy beige had my house yelling: STOP IT DAMN IT!

So I did exactly that: stop, and I sat down in one of the leather chairs and studied the room. Immediately I went to dig through the basement until I found the can of Behr's promenade paint that I had kept for emergency touch ups. Thank goodness it was there! Now - more painting and an extended timeline ... though while I work my behind off, enjoy the glory of these great green rooms:






16 comments:

  1. Not only do I understand, but I've been there and done that! BTW...my fav green paint...Sherwin Williams...Rye Grass. It's a deep base with yellow in it...looks great in the daylight and warm and cozy at night. Love it...check it out!
    **Tami

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  2. So are you going back to the same color you had? How about a lighter version of it

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  3. Hi Anonymous! Yes, I plan on going back to Behr Promenade. I hadn't quite finished the painting before, so this makes it VERY easy. I have the lighter color on the card (restful) in my sunroom, and I think that it could be a bit too minty, but that's a great idea! I'll have to do a little test with the extra can I have of restful and see how that works out! Thanks for commenting!

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  4. Often what we do is take a photo of the room, and play with colors in Photoshop before we are set on a color. I don't know if this would work for you, but it does for us.

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  5. Best to quit before you had finished! We have all been there! And by the way....in one of those pictures those "fern" looking things on the table...HEART! WTH are those?????

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  6. They do speak to us -- and we should listen . . . not get our head turned by something in a magazine that we think we fancy -- as not every fashion works for every figure -- not every paint/style works for every house!

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  7. Oh good--back to the green MUCH BETTER! The other looks too cold sometimes. The green is more cozy and inviting.

    Melinda

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  8. Oh no Artie, I thought it might work for you...but I agree with everyone else, best to stop while your ahead. And the green really spoke to you!

    More pictures please!

    xo kelley

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  9. Artie, is there any possibility that you may have just chosen the incorrect color as you describe it as a creamy beige. Perhaps one with a green undertone would have worked better???? I think I would be back to the store adding additional colorants which I have done on occasion. Half of the fun in decorating, can be experimentation. -Brenda-
    P.S: If successful, just ensure you mark the original can as to the amount you added the colorants to as the same formula for a full can wud be entirely different.

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  10. Agony, trying to decide on a shade or color. I always paint large patches on the walls of each color in the running then live with them way too long while I decide. I have found it's always much easier to make a decision when its for someone elses home. Should we all come over and help? Twist a few arms and we can have a painting party.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  11. You should have kept going, it is hard when you update to see the full picture until everything is placed and accessorized! Just like I tell clients wait until it is staged and if you don't like it we can always paint again! I've never had to paint again!!!
    Tina Ramer

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  12. I too wonder if the color was wrong or if you got nervous. hard to make such an early decision unless the color was wrong. yhou may have needed another shade??? oh well. disappointing Im sure. I flipped out too during my process and realized the color was all wrong, which it was, but i went back and found another gray that had more brown in it. good luck!!!!

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  13. Good luck with the color correction!

    I love the unexpected blue of those vases,

    Nat

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  14. MOST of the time, you can never go wrong with a good shade of green...
    these rooms are beautiful...:)

    My favorite wall color has always been creamy white.....but it has to be the RIGHT shade of creamy white.

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  15. ...oh i do indeed believe that houses (and therefore rooms) speak to us...and i believe that they take on characteristics of those who are living in their space...as the homeowner... who listens carefully...can take on the character of the house...not everyone has the gift of listening...trust what you hear...the house will tell you which way to go... and remember sometimes it may just whisper...and that can be louder than a scream...

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  16. What paint is used in the 3rd photo from the top ( grey green dining room)?

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