Yoo Hoo... color gurus! (sorta qualifies as OT but...)
Since the LR is wide open to the kitchen in our little house, I figure I can bother the kitchen forum again :)
Well, I threw caution to the wind and came up with a chocolate brown for my first sample for the LR wall color. This is in the natural light of the room (east and southern light). That is a plank of the pine ceiling wood which will be the same around the window/doorway trim as well. There is a square of the cork flooring and also a sample of the tin tiles that will be behind the woodstove from floor to ceiling and 4' wide.
Pros: I think it works well with all the room elements and will complement the view into the kitchen with the (not here yet) green stove and tile; copper sink and white oak cabinets.
Also like that it pulls in the darker stain on the window sash.
And it seems like it might really make the river views out the windows take the forefront. (say hi to my hard-working DH trying to hide behind the disembodied wall switches)
Here it is close up with no flash:
Cons: It's dark and a real color commitment and might give a cave feeling to the room. We're going for cozy but not cave-y.
Course, it's only a 15x19 room so repainting wouldn't be the end of the world, either.