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.