Paint for living room - Green?

Pimms1967August 23, 2012

I'm having a very frustrating time picking out a paint color for my living room. I've tried various shades of browns, taupes, pinks, blues...and now I'm researching greens. The people before me painted it a light minty green and I think it's puke (which is the color of my kitchen right now, no joke, it's that peachy/tan color that looks like vomit, not my doing and being changed soon), which is why I've avoided green as an option, but now reconsidering. I have an art exhibit going of Behr sample paint jars in the living room.

I have dark hardwood floors, dark wood beams (it's a Tudor cottage style house), the window/door trim is white, but baseboards dark to match floors, one end is a bay window. It's mostly northern exposure so the room doesn't get a lot of light (some west exposure end of day), the picture is deceiving on light. I have mostly chocolate brown furniture, thus trying to avoid browns/taupes for the walls (oranges or yellows won't work). I want something warm, rich, homey feeling, but it can't be too dark either. The lighter shades I've tried end up looking chalky and flat. My decorating is not modern or formal, kind of ecclectic mix of Pottery Barn and antique, if that makes sense. The room is 25'x15' with a limestone surround fireplace trimmed in dark beams and dark beam built-in shelving on either side.

Right now, the closest that's working is BM Slate Blue, but not totally sold. Blue is my favorite color. The living room has been the hardest paint color to pick. The picture is pre-minty green, I pulled them online from a previous owner listing because they show the room empty.

Any help/suggestions would be appreciated. It's driving me nuts!


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I feel your pain - I totally dislike minty green - and the related bubblegum pink, etc.

I painted our den green after trying to figure out which color to go with. I wanted something with color, but not dark. My floors were wood with some reddish tones in it, which is why I decided to try green.

The paint we went with is Benjamin Moore's Aganthus Green. We painted the fireplace surround in another color from the same paint strip. For the ceiling we went with ceiling white, cut with 25% Aganthus green so the ceiling molding stood out. This green is soft, but the underlying read is gray, not yellow. Greens with yellow undertones looks as bad to me as the minty colors. But the gray undertones make the green soft and neutral. It's been about 2 years now, and we still love it. Good luck.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2012 at 9:03PM
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BM Grant Beige might be worth a try. It is a greenish greige.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2012 at 3:50PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

What a lovely room!

My concern is that there is a lot of gold and orange coming out of the woodwork and any greens will add a contrast to that rather than a blend and greens/grays can be cooler than that warm feeling you want. I would suggest going with the more traditional off white to keep it warm and neutral against the dark woodwork and then let your fabrics and furnishings bring the color you want to the space....but an off white that is much warmer than what's on the walls now. Maybe like a BM niveous...

Traditional Living Room design by Minneapolis Architect TEA2 Architects

Traditional Living Room design by Minneapolis Architect Murphy & Co. Design

    Bookmark   August 28, 2012 at 8:29AM
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