Choosing new paint color for dining rm/library

Sueb20August 23, 2014

The painter is coming to do some work in DS' room, and while he's here I'm going to have him do the dining room, which is more of a library/gathering spot. I'm usually good with this, but I just can't decide on a color. It's a small room, maybe 13' x 14', with a lot of dark oak furniture and not much other color. We took up the rug because we suspected our dog was having an allergic reaction to it, so we aren't working around a rug. The seating is brown leather. Two chairs have upholstered seats that are a simple geometric pattern in cream and green but there is so little green, it's a nonissue.

I'm going to post pics of the other colors in the surrounding rooms. Colors throughout the first floor are variations of red/rust, gold, green. A few shots of blue.

Currently the DR is this color, which I have liked but am ready for a change to perhaps something a bit lighter and a little bit cooler...but that's the tricky part because all the other colors throughout the first floor are warm. So, maybe not cooler but a bit lighter and brighter.

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Sueb20

The biggest span of color is in the kitchen/family room, a large open space. It's painted River Gorge Gray, which reads more green than gray in my very bright space (back wall is almost all windows).

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 7:24AM
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Sueb20

The foyer, which is right next to the DR, is Everlasting, a light sand color.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 7:25AM
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Sueb20

The living room, which is opposite the DR on the other side of the foyer, is SW Blonde.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 7:27AM
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Sueb20

Finally, we have a small sunroom/office off the living room, which is BM Mesquite. It is brighter and lighter than this chip indicates.

So, the sight line from one side of the dining room is: Everlasting, Blonde, and Mesquite. The Mesquite room is the opposite end of the house from the DR but since it's not a large house, it's not far away!

Rather than introduce a separate color, I thought about going a bit darker than the Blonde in the DR, but I think I have enough green and gold going on. Still pondering a variation of gold, though.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 7:32AM
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tibbrix

For a library, I say go rich and bold, something like BM New York State of Mind. Blue with the oak and the leather would be gorgeous.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 8:05AM
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tibbrix

I have a friend whose library is done in C2 Karma (a gold). It is GORGEOUS.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 8:14AM
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Sueb20

Funny, that is color of my beloved mohair reading chair in the family room. I couldn't live with that strong a blue on the walls, though. It looks great in the pic but it's just not me, and it's so much stronger than the other colors I'm working with, I feel that it would throw my whole "picture" out of balance.

I could, however, live with something like Mount St Anne, a relative of some of my all time favorite colors (Healing Aloe and Quiet Moments).

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 8:20AM
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tibbrix

Mt. St. Anne is a gorgeous color. I had my BR in Quiet Moments until I repainted it in May.

Not sure, though, about Mt. St. Anne for a library. I think it's too cool for the leather. Maybe I"m being staid here in thinking of libraries as being warm and cozy.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 8:28AM
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Patricia43

I think BM's Birmingham Cream would also look nice with your colors.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 11:07AM
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Sueb20

I don't know if I'm brave enough, but I love dark oak mission furniture with dramatic green walls. From a distance at least, Guacamole looks very similar to the Mesquite that's at the other end of the house, several shades darker.

Guacamole next to River Gorge Gray isn't good at all, but those two colors aren't too visible to each other even though they are in adjacent rooms.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 3:25PM
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tibbrix

That green is gorgeous. Also check out BM Palmer Green, from the Williamsburg Collection. Perfect for a library, and a bit richer than the Guacomole. With the leather chairs and the oak? Beautiful!

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 3:36PM
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Sueb20

patricia...that color reads a little too pastel in my room. If I tweaked it and deepened it a bit, though, it ends up being almost the same color I have now.

I could go with something like BM Guest House but I dunno, it's not really thrilling me even though it "works" with all the other factors.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 3:58PM
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nosoccermom

I agree something like the Mesquite but darker. Or BM Sterling Silver.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 4:53PM
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tinam61

I like the idea of blue. . .

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 4:58PM
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kewren

I love both of those darker greens! Beautiful.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 5:06PM
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peony4

I had BM Hampshire Gray from the historical collection in my prior den. It's more an army fatigue green, and it was classic.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 5:26PM
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Sueb20

Well, Tib, I might be coming around to the dramatic blue idea... I have a bunch of color sheets on the way from BM in various greens, but I am not convinced that any will play well with the River Gorge Gray in the kitchen. I thought again about my lovely blue chair (which was encouraged by friends at GW when I was again, hesitant about blue) and the blue in some artwork we have...and I found this Nocturnal Gray, which looks great with the RGG. So now I'm ordering up some blue samples.

I can make it work further by placing something in the sunroom/office, which you see from the front door and dining room, where I now have a bright green chair. I'm thinking either a new blue chair, or even just a big blue pillow on the chair. Scope creep...

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 9:04AM
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tibbrix

That is a gorgeous blue and I think has the depth and handsomeness to work in a library. Look at how great it looks with those heavy, dark doors! Your leather chairs would be great with that blue.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 9:39AM
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anele_gw

What features does the room have? Windows, moulding, etc? The pic from Tibb is great, but the amount of wallspace shown is minimal. Will be very different if you have more wall showing.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 9:40AM
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Sueb20

There isn't much wall at all, really. The room is smallish, maybe 13' x 14', and there are 5 windows (3 on one wall, 2 on another) and 2 open doorways. The longest wall other than the window walls is covered by two large bookcases side by side. So there really won't be much wall color visible in the end. There is also a long, low radiator cover under the set of 3 windows that is currently painted the trim color (white) but I might paint it the wall color.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 1:03PM
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tibbrix

If there isn't a lot of wall area, that is a GREAT opportunity to use a bold color, sue! It'll make your windows and woodwork really stand out and look great.

    Bookmark   August 26, 2014 at 1:12PM
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tfitz1006

Not the greatest picture but I do have a family room with brown leather couches and lots of bookcases. We used Shelbourne Buff and love it. At various times it goes gold and greenish.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 11:33AM
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anele_gw

It sounds like the perfect room to use bold color, then! Just stick with what is you, a color that you enjoy!

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 11:52AM
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MarinaGal

That blue Tibbrix suggested is pretty! I hope it works out - it could be really striking.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 11:53AM
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mtnrdredux_gw

I am never sure if using a lot of similar shades (like choosing another gray green) works or if it looks like near-misses? Or if you can even tell they are different because of the light.

Are you changing anything else in the room. Do you have any inspirations? It sounds like a chance to be a little daring, like FnB Brinjal.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 12:30PM
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Sueb20

Right, none of the greens I've looked at are working -- they just look awful with the dark gray-green in the kitchen and I just can't ignore it. The dark gray-blues though look great with the kitchen color. I'm just waiting for my samples to arrive.

My only inspiration is: The painter is coming to repaint my son's room, so while he's here, maybe I'll have him paint the dining room?

tfitz, the color scheme in your LR is almost identical to my LR, including the dark woodwork, wall color, and rusty reds! So I guess I'm already doing that scheme and trying something different (without being too radically weird in the context of the rest of the house) here.

I already have ordered a beautiful blue pillow so I think I am close to committing to this blue thing...

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 12:39PM
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tibbrix

Ah, give credit where credit is due. That blue is on sub's own post and is her find, not mine. But it's a gorgeous blue, and I think perfect for a library, esp. one with limited wall area.

Sue, I really think you will LOVE what a handsome, bold blue does for the feel of that room. I say go for it.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2014 at 12:55PM
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Sueb20

I have a winner, and it's not the color I thought it would be! I ended up with color sheets for Stonybrook, which is far down on the "strip" with two of my favorites, Healing Aloe and Quiet Moments. I had never even looked at this color before but I figured I'd add it to my sample order along with Nocturnal and a few others. Stonybrook is a bit lighter than Nocturnal Gray but it's still bold. And it's got a bit of green in there too. Looks great with the River Gorge Gray next door. I think I'm in love.

By the way, this isn't my dining room! I don't even know when the painter is coming, but I think I'm all ready for him when he does.

And funny...this all started with DS' room, which is being painted Healing Aloe!

This post was edited by sueb20 on Thu, Aug 28, 14 at 20:47

    Bookmark   August 28, 2014 at 8:45PM
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aktillery9

Sue, i LOVE stonybrook, its gorgeous!!

Looking forward to photos

    Bookmark   August 29, 2014 at 5:33AM
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loribee

I love it!! Funny how things evolve...

    Bookmark   August 29, 2014 at 5:48AM
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tibbrix

That is a great library color. So glad you love it!

    Bookmark   August 29, 2014 at 8:02AM
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mtnrdredux_gw

I think it looks perfect!

    Bookmark   August 29, 2014 at 8:33AM
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Sueb20

Thanks, all. I will post after pics when it's done! Thanks for giving me the push toward blue, Tib! GW pals often send me in a direction that works, even when I think I know what I'm doing!

    Bookmark   August 29, 2014 at 8:44AM
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musicteacher

I love that color too.

    Bookmark   August 29, 2014 at 7:07PM
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lascatx

I could see the blue too, but as I scrolled through the colors you have, I was thinking a darker green -- basically like you found on your own. Good job.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2014 at 3:10PM
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