dining room top and bottom - dark over light or vice versa
I currently have a chair rail in the dining room and many years ago I painted the bottom walls (and trim) a dark brownish red and the tops are off white. It went well with my country rustic look.
I am now sick of it all and want to switch the dark red to the same gold (BM Honeymoon) that is in my adjacent living room. I also think the top off-white Navaho is too dark. I am going to use Sparkling Wine which is a tad brighter but not too white.
However, I am wondering if I should swap the current white-over-color to be color-over-white.
Seems more typical in a dining room, huh? It would be more work (coats) and money. Is white over dark more country/rustic? (which I'm tired of)
My rationale to put the dark on the bottom in the past, was because the color was VERY dark and would be overwhelming on the top (which is taller than the bottom). But the gold would not be overwhelming at all if there was a lot of that.
what would you do?