Looking for antique gold, only updated

wfwalshAugust 31, 2012

Does that even make sense? I'm looking to paint my living room a slightly greenish shade of gold, without having it look like Grandma's house. (Where is the line between fashionably retro and Grandma anyway?)

The color on the header of this site is actually not too far off, though I'd like something lighter and less saturated. Any ideas?

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You might want to look at the Ellen Kennon full spectrum paints. Her Citrine or Mustardseed might work.

Also, go to the Home Decorating forum and click on the Gallery, then do a search with the word Gold

Here is a link that might be useful: EK Nature's Palette

    Bookmark   September 1, 2012 at 8:53AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

I used and get a lot of compliments on BM wilmington tan, but that may not be green enough for you....take a look at BM millington gold which has a lot more green in it.

GF went with BM caramel corn in her family room and it looks great with her off white trim.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 8:36AM
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Thanks! The competition so far:

We've painted samples of Valspar Redstone Dining Room Gold, Benjamin Moore Marblehead Gold, Valspar Harpswell Green and Valspar Hubbell House Golden Maize on the same area. The Harpswell Green was an early favorite based on scores of swatches, the Redstone Dining Room Gold looked EXACTLY right when wet in the sample jar, and the Marblehead Gold had tested well in isolation, though it was curiously neon-bright.

The Golden Maize, which we had thought too yellow but threw in as an outlier, is emerging as a favorite, with Marblehead Gold a close second. Not sure whether we really didn't want as much green as we thought we did, or whether the side-by-side effect makes the green look much greener than it would in isolation. There is a lot of sage green in the oriental rug and the sofa, and so we want the walls to be complimentary but not too redundant with that green.

Samples of the Ellen Kennon colors are on the way ...

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 9:51AM
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