So, for awhile now, I’ve been talking about getting my family room painted, and even met with a designer who has helped me with colors in the past – Carla – to try and nail down color choices that will flow with our open floor plan. We put together the beginnings of a color palette for the main floor anyway. I had big paint swatches on the walls and everything. With the help of Carla, I am stepping out of my comfort zone.
You all know that patience isn’t one of my virtues, right? Well, suffice to say, I went a bit off the reservation.
It all started with the niche around my pantry. We chose Benjamin Moore’s Mountain Laurel and I. love. it. It’s so rich and striking – perfect for this area. It will be going in my kitchen as well and I think it will look fabulous when we paint the cabinets.
I did an artwork change and hung the prints and frames I scored at Ikea. I thought with such a deep color that I should try to lighten up the artwork a bit.
I also painted my breakfast nook and used Benjamin Moore’s Palladian Blue My original intent was to start small, and I figured it would be a good place to “test” the paint colors to see if I liked them. And I did.
Once again, dark nighttime before pictures. The nighttime painting addiction continues to flourish.
Much better, yes? So, since we liked it so much in the breakfast room, we continued it into the great room (according to plan). In some lights, I love it. In other lights, not so much. Have you ever had painter’s remorse?
I emailed Carla and told her my concerns. She’s helping to put my mind at ease:
“When you consider the overall color, I think you will enjoy it when you see it with your new sofa. This color won’t fight with anything and it is a NATURAL blue, so it will become a background over time and read as more of a neutral landscape color. It is dramatic to you now because your brain is reading the dramatic change. It has so much more light reflecting value, hard not to focus on the blue – but the blue is so clarified, I think it is calming myself.”
I am liking it more and more as the days go by. It truly does change with the light, and one wall can look completely different from another. Here is a peek at the family room (try to ignore the painter’s tape – I’m still working). But, you get the gist. The entertainment center area will be painted, as will the ceiling – I think I’m hiring out that job!
I’m really looking forward to getting the sectional so that the room will fall together a bit more. Soon. Again, patience is not a virtue of mine.
So, have you ever had painter’s remorse? Did the color grow on you, or did you repaint?