Should I hire a paint color consultant? (pic)
I'm am still dithering about how to completely redecorate my living room. Everything is going to be replaced.
I have spent hours on Houzz and other places, and most rooms that have dark woodwork and dark floors and a stone fireplace are painted some shade of white, have white or very light colored rugs, and white furniture.
The sofa I purchase will be leather - until I have a paint color all I know is it will not be red, brown, or black. The other upholstered furniture will be fabric-covered, and I have no problem finding fabrics I love.
I love white rugs, but I have a dog and 4 teenagers, no foyer, and live in the country, so I'm leery about buying a white rug especially during mud season.
I like color, and am especially fond of green (except for dark greens), pale yellow, and medium blue.
The ugliest toad in the room is the fireplace. I think I should pick a paint color for the walls before I do anything else. I can buy furniture and area rugs that will look good with the paint color. I am leaning toward apple green. The paint in this inspiration picture looks like Glidden's Granny Smith Apple. The yellow I would use in the color scheme would be similar to Martha Stewart's Yellow Gerbera.
This is the fireplace, the dark woodwork, and the Brazilian cherry floors. According to my daughter, the woodwork is a warm brown and the floor has a cool tone. Since the landlord will likely never live here again, I'm going to ask him if I can remove the sconces.
There is no point in my purchasing a rug first. I have seen thousands of rugs online and in person, and since I don't absolutely love any of them, I'm fine with whatever will go with the walls -- even a plain neutral. Actually, I found one multicolored rug I absolutely adore on Houzz, but I can't find it online - it would go with practically any wall color I chose.
So my question is whether you think I should hire a color consultant to help me decide on a wall color? I was thinking about consulting with Ellen Kennon. Question is whether full spectrum paint would be beneficial in such a dark room. The 13.5' x 20' room faces north, and the one window on that side is useless because we have a front porch. The other two windows are on the east side of the house.
Thank you for your help.