Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Green or Grellow?

I normally do not have a hard time picking a paint color but trying to decide on a color for the first floor is another story. 

My first choice was taupe but the more I thought about it, the more I thought that it would be BOOOOORING. Then as a scraped paint and saw all the green, I realized that green not only would be historically accurate for the style and age of our house but also would work with my furniture and not clash with most of my art work.

So once I settled on green I needed to fine tune what shade of green.  I knew the green that had been on our walls was too dark.  My vintage sofa and chair are a dark sage color so I needed to pick a shade that would work with that color.  I like the green that has a tad of yellow but that would not work at all with the sage sofa and chair.  

Over the last couple of months,I have picked up green color chips whenever I ran across new colors.  I quickly narrowed it down to three different color chips.  I placed those color chips behind the thermostat  in the entry so I could check them out whenever I walked by.  
One of those chips has a National Trust for Heritage Preservation color on it.  That color is very close, but slightly lighter, to the original green found in our house.  This is the color sample that I like the most.  The darkest green would work well in the den where we watch TV and lounge.  The medium shade would work well in the dining room, living room, and entry.  The lightest green is just a hint of green and I think it would work best on the ceiling, vestibule, first floor hallway, and the staircase.  
I think I am just going to have to bite the bullet and buy a small can of each color.  But now I have to decide on satin or eggshell?  My last house was satin and I was happy with that but I'm just as unsure about the sheen level as I am about the shade.  

Decisions decisions.


Alex Dent said...

In general I don't like the color green, however, I do like dark greens like a forest green and sage green. Victorians would describe sage green as a dusky color and I think that is the key to matching it, the colors need to be a bit grayish to be dusky. As far as I can tell on my computer screen you seem to be on the right track with your selections. I'm also a fan of satin or semi-gloss paint so that would be my choice. Hope this helps with your decision.

dynochick (Jan) said...

I agree with the grayish dusky part. In person the color chips read that way but when I look at the computer screen the lightest color looks darker and blueish. I definitely want to stay away from any blueish tinge.

I think satin and semi gloss are the way to go.

Green has never been high on my list but I think in this case it's the direction I need to go with in this house.

Thanks for the input, it helps that someone else agrees with my reasoning.

baby sister said...

I was never much into greens either, but then I decided to paint my dining room green and it looks like the darkest green on your paint chip. And as it turns out, I really like it.

Also, I always get an eggshell finish, which I suppose is similar to semi-gloss...?

dynochick (Jan) said...

Yvonne, I like the colors you have so it looks like from the comments so far that these greens are OK.

Ocean State Home said...

I think the Panacea (who comes up with these names?) has just the right amount of blue and green. Testing the colors by buying small cans sounds like a good idea.

dynochick (Jan) said...

I agree, the names are sometimes not appropriate.