This is the first time we are painting more than one room at a time in our house; the interplay of color between rooms is a new one for me.
The walls have been a pale putty color since before we moved in. The dining room, livingroom and hallway from downstairs to upstairs - all a beige-y putty. It is a decent neutral which is probably why it hasn't been painted over sooner but we are ready for a major freshening up of things.
Our kitchen is done in golden tones, from off-white on the walls to dark yellow in the cement tiles on the floor; it is viewable when you walk in the front door, through the front hall and dining room. I want to paint the hall a butter yellow and I think it would add a lot of charm to this in-between space but I worry a little about the yellow on yellow. I think with z strong color in the dining room though that it could work. We already have draperies purchased to go with that color so I better love it.
For the dining room we gave had some debate; my partner wants a color that fosters conversation and appetite, I want one thatadds atmosphere, depth and works with our furnishings. I'm leaning towards a green in the jade family right now, I think it will really help to showcase our brightly painted buffet and upright cabinet. I worry that it will darken an already dark room on the shaded north side of our house.
For the livingroom I wanted something beautiful. At first I was thinking of blues but we already have a fair bit of blue in the house. My partner was suggesting eccentric colors. I tried a couple of sample colors from Benjamin Moore, a green-gold that is a wonderfully dynamic color but doesn't quite work with our furnishings, and a yellow ochre which is too dark. My partner, after looking through some of my home decorator books, noted that many if them had white walls in the layouts his eye was drawn to. I looked and saw many different hues, but there were many in the neutral-white range (creams, offwhites, light and neutral pastels). I didn't think he would go for a white so I hadn't looked into it. This required another trip to look into paint swatches and samples.
I've tried one of the three whites that I picked up at the store and it is amazingly different than the beige we have. We both like it though I see how I will want to step it up a bit with our decorations to pull it together more tightly. The thing is that the offshore is really close to the kitchen wall color but it looks totally different in this room. How crazy is that? They are by different manufacturers so I then wonder if we should stick with the same exact color as used in the kitchen or not. This is a really tricky decision to make.
Tomorrow afternoon the painter comes by to discuss our choices and I'm feeling a bit panicky. I want to feel totally confident in the colors but a room is more than a swatch, more than a patch of paint. I work with color and design for a living so I shouldn't freak so much but maybe because of my training and occupation I care so much more.
Wish me luck!