Thursday, June 27, 2013

I've decided on wall color...

I am giving myself a pat on the back for not only admitting that my initial wall color choice was so "not me", but for listening to that little voice in my head and changing completely.

Initially I was thinking pale yellow as our friend Ellie, has a beautiful yellow sunroom.  Now mind you, I wasn't even thinking wall color when I  picked out the vinyl for my flooring, I was thinking how I wanted something that I really like and would want to live with for years.  (I may no longer be a spring chicken, but I am planning on many more years in this new space).  I love the vinyl squares that give the appearance of stone with grouting, but give me the benefit of more cushion underfoot and easier maintenance than actual slate. 

So after deciding on the vinyl, I realized yellow walls would not work at all.  Especially with the laminate that I picked for the counter tops.  This is the process I used to determine what paint color would work...

My appliances are going to be stainless steel, so I took a stainless steel burner cover, the yellow paint sample, the sample floor tile and placed them all together.  I even made a little drawing of my stove and cabinets cut them apart and placed them on the yellow paint sample. See how I colored the counter tops with pencils in the drawing?  Then I used the outsides of my colored pencils as substitute "paint samples" to see what shades would work.  It didn't take long to realize that my floor and counter tops would simply not work with yellow.

I continued with this method using other colored pencils and decided that I really needed something in the warm rose or beige family.

I took my laminate samples and headed to Home Depot to look at more paint samples.  I finally narrowed my choices down to a warm color in Behr paint called Champagne Ice and a cooler version of the same color called Early Sunset.  I purchased paint (sample sized) mixed in both of these colors and went forward with this...

I wish the colors on the wall showed up better in this shot, but as you can see when you click in, I took the floor, laminate and stainless samples and placed them next to the white baseboard ( representing my new white cabinetry) in my dining room.  I then proceeded to paint the sample colors directly on the wall.  What??? is she crazy??  She's not having the dining room remodeled!  What about her walls? 

Well, the area that I painted will be cut out to make a four foot opening connecting the old dining room to the new sunroom.  It will then be more of an extension to the foyer and the color of the sunroom  and kitchen will be very visible from the dining room/pass through.  For this reason, my carpeting needed to be complemented by the new flooring and wall color.  Whew, what a long (and probably unnecessary) explanation. 

Bottom line is this, Campaign Ice won out. I love the warm beige-y color with everything.  It reminds me of the color of my grandmother's face powder.  It is such a "make-up" color and it feels soft and comforting, where as the Early Sunset (the cooler painted block) ended up looking cold and uninviting and pretty much turned gray.

So the porta-potty has been delivered and the dumpster for the demolition trash.  The plumber has been here and the hvac it is really underway.

I'll try to give you updates, and who knows maybe I'll have time for some art while all this is going on.  In the meantime, let me know what you think of my choices so far. 

We'll talk soon. Take care.


NanaDiana said...

I am loving your choices so far. I like the Champagne ice- I have actually picked that sample up myself and used didn't work with what I was doing but I do love the color. It is looking good! xo Diana

Peri said...

Your methodology is really "right there"! Colors that we think will work frequently look just plain "wrong" when we pull everything out and look at the totality of the project. Three cheers for admitting your first choice would not work and then three more for going with the Champagne Ice! Proud to know you!!

Countryfolk Keepsakes said...

I LOVE the description of the paint color you chose! I know the color because my Grammie had the same color compact. ♥
Ooooh, I love remodels and can't wait to see yours!
I love everything you chose. Good job, my dear!!