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Seeking yet more paint advice!

Posted by sas95 (My Page) on
Fri, Jul 25, 14 at 9:22

I totally appreciate the help I got here for my bedroom paint color. When the painters come to do that, I am also having our living room painted. Currently, this is the color:

The above picture is how the color looks most of the day. I neither love it nor hate it. What I do hate is how the color looks when the sun comes pouring in mid-afternoon or so (Western exposure). Then it turns neon like this:

I kind of like the yellow tones with the furniture so my first instinct was an off-white with a slight yellow undertone. But I have had samples on the walls, and even the slightest bit of yellow turns electric in the afternoon sun. It's amazing to me. So I have now ruled out anything with a yellow tone and I'm stumped. Especially with the fireplace stones thrown into the equation.

The color I chose will take up quite a bit of real estate, as the walls run through our entry and up to the bedroom level landing, and down to the lower level. Here's the idea:

Oh yes there is also a substantial overhang running around the house, so until the afternoon sun comes in the light is not plentiful despite the many windows.

Any ideas? As always, your suggestions are much appreciated!


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RE: Seeking yet more paint advice!

I think both pictures look lovely, but if you don't like it, try picking up a shade from the rug. Do I see a gray-green there? I have BM Mount Saint Anne in my northwest facing living room and it is lovely, with no yellow at all. However, I have lots of white trim so that might make a difference.
Perhaps a grayed white? maybe BM Sheep's Wool? The BM site suggests it with Clay, which is similar to your floors and sofas.

Here is a link that might be useful: BM Sheep's Wool


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agree with junco. I was going to suggest a color with a green undertone rather than yellow.

Mount Saint Anne is a gorgeous color.


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I've used Mt St Anne and love it, but it may be too blue for you. Look at BM Coastal Fog -have it in my kitchen and love it. Also, are you using flat or matte? I think that would help keep the color soft in the late afternoon sun, rather than going with an eggshell sheen.


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Thanks for the feedback. The Mount Saint Anne is a beautiful color. I think it's too blue for my room, but I am going to test in in my guest room, where it just might work. Lovely!

Bestyears, the paint right now has a matte finish. It still lights up in the sun, but I will have to be careful of that when I choose my paint. Very good point.

I will get some strips for the gray hues suggested. I think that path might work. There are actually stripes of a grayish blue or bluish gray in the rug, but I've always been more drawn to greens than blues.

Here's a better shot of the rug.


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sas95 - are you able to get California Paints in your area? I think they may only be sold in New England (despite the name!). There is a color called Historic Morning Dew that is a lovely green-blue combo and it looks great with warm sandy colors like you have in your room. I think a green/blue color could work in your space as others have suggested. Your living room is gorgeous by the way!


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What a gorgeous rug and room -where is the rug from?

Now that I've seen the closeup, I'm convinced more than ever that Coastal Fog would be beautiful.

Here's a picture of the wallcolor in my kitchen: photo DSCF0039-1.jpg


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Honestly, I think what I'd do in that room, because it is so Scandanavian looking, is paint the walls a soft white and paint the ceiling a tan.


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I went through the same ordeal last year and painted SW Antique White. It has no yellow in the formula but the outside light tints it yellow, though not as bright as your room. I wish I could have eliminated the yellow all together, but all the other neutral beiges/tans were either fleshy or dull putty.

SW has a neat little brochure called Whites and Lights, with 56 colors categorized by warm and cool undertones. I would spend some time exploring them before going blue. Having seen your kitchen and MB, it seems green, orange (in rugs and wood), and cream are your repeating colors.


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BM Powder Sand on the walls; BM Mansfield Tan on the ceiling.


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Marinagal, we can get California Paints where I live, and I love that color. But I do think it might be a little blue for my color scheme in general. They do have that brand where I regularly buy my paints, though, so I will look at the strip.

Bestyears, the rug is from Stark. We have a Stark Outlet nearby where they sell discontinued styles and irregulars, and I've been pretty lucky there. The Coastal Fog color looks beautiful in your room, and I will look at it.

Tibbrix, I have been looking at soft whites, as that was really the only idea I had after all yellow tones bombed out. So far the leading contender is BM Dove Wing, which seems to read soft white at points in the day, and a very slight gray with a hint of green at others. Also not bad was White Dove, but I'm afraid of it being too bright in large doses. Also tried BM Swiss Coffee, which I have in the master bath and it works great there, but in this room it's in 3rd place of the three.

May_flowers, I have tried the SW Antique White and from seeing it in rooms online I thought it was going to be "the one." But in my room it looks a greenish gold. I was very sad about that. Thanks for the info on the SW brochure. It sounds as if it could be helpful.


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I'm afraid the outside is going to paint any light color you chose, so I didn't expect AW to work. I tried so many samples over two years and settled for AW, but I'd still like to repaint it some day as it's not exactly what I wanted. At least in my case the occasional yellow is only in the hallways and stairwells. I'll be interested in what you come up with.


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This is how I'm picturing your room, only a white that isn't quite as stark.


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I love bestyears's Coastal Fog!


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Think I found the PERFECT color: BM Cream Fleece. It's gorgeous; no yellow undertone.

This post was edited by Tibbrix on Sat, Jul 26, 14 at 19:15


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Tibbrix, that is a pretty color! I wonder what the undertones are. I will definitely check it out. Thank you!


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sas, I think I'm going to paint my dining room in the Cream Fleece. Seems like almost a perfect cream.

Btw, that rug is really beautiful.

This post was edited by Tibbrix on Sun, Jul 27, 14 at 8:07


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I was looking at the picture below from this month's Architectural Digest. There are plenty of earth tones in this room, as mine has. Their wall color looks so pretty. According to the magazine, it's BM White Dove. I wonder if my room could look like that and not be screaming stark white. I suppose the trim in this room has something to do with it. Not to mention the professional lighting.

This post was edited by sas95 on Sun, Jul 27, 14 at 9:40


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The trim has everything to do with it. White Dove is not a stark white; it's in fact a soft white. But it IS white. I have it on all of my trim.

The room above reversed the usual way of painting and painted the trim what most would use to paint the walls, and the walls what most would use to paint the trim.

This was along the lines of my suggesting you paint the ceiling a light tan or cream and the walls a creamy white. If you painted your walls white, I think you'd have to paint the trim a deeper color, like in the pic above. This was how they did it in Colonial days: painted the woodwork and kept the walls white.

I think, though, that if you were to paint your walls white, you'd have to paint your ceiling as well, since you have no crown molding.


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Thanks, Tibbrix. Even though that's not the answer I wanted to hear! I don't think I can get there on the tan ceiling. A bit too timid for that!


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Take a look at the first color on the color card I attached. It's lovely in bright sunlight. Then close out that strip and look at the color behind it. It's another wonderful tone for your room. I have earthy colors and have used both of those successfully.

Here is a link that might be useful: choices


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Totally get your timidity; not sure you should give in to it. Why not try some Photoshopping (free: colorjive.com) and consulting with a color specialist?

This post was edited by Tibbrix on Sun, Jul 27, 14 at 10:29


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Thanks, yayagal! I'm going to look at those strips.

Tibbrix, I have been using colorjive, but it's hard to tell for sure on my monitor. And I have actually called a few color consultants, but in our pricey area, the highly-rated ones have high minimum fees that I can't wrap my head around just to pick one color (even though it's a pretty important color given the amount of wall space).

That said, I have brought the Cream Fleece strip home along with a bunch of others mentioned here. It looks really promising, so I'll be getting the sample paint. Thanks for bringing that color to my attention.


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Sas95 would you mind telling me what one lighter is on the cream fleece paint strip? What color did you pick? I am having a tough time making a decision.
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One down from Cream Fleece is Winter Wheat. Which is pretty, but quite yellowish. The Cream Fleece was not creamy in my room, and looked nothing like the gorgeous picture Tibbrix posted. It was a full-on medium tan.

I ended up using Dove Wing. It's an warm off white with a very subtle hint of gray. Though at times in the day it is a creamy beige in my room. I'm very happy with it, though it's the last thing I expected to use when I started looking at colors.


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sas….any pics? so glad you found a color you like!


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I have discovered that it's next to impossible to get an accurate picture of a white/off white wall, but this was the best I could do. In person it looks warm and pretty in all types of light, and I am thrilled not to have the neon yellow anymore.


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Thanks for sharing! it is really hard. And monitors make it even more difficult. Colors I like on my ipad look totally different on my computer.


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