January 28, 2011

a little and a lot of color in the living room

Progress is creeping slowly into my living room, and that progress is all about color. This pillow arrived and punched up the room. It's a pop of color and drama and beauty in a sea of blandness. It gets me pretty excited for the next steps.


Then I tried Martha Stewart's Whetstone Grey and it was a fail. It's very hard to tell from this picture—sorry for the bad lighting! But it felt too cold. I had erred on that side before and didn't like it, so I need something warmer. (But not as warm as my current color, which very often can read peachy). Ugh.


So I am starting over with color. I would like a completely neutral bisque or sand, but I'm also leaning toward very pale yellows and grasses. These are already an improvement and liven up the room, bringing that fresh feeling I was looking for. I'll live with these for a few days and slowly weed out the ones that don't work.


What worked instantly was Martha Stewart's Plumage on the credenza. It looks very blue here but more green in person, and deep and rich and delicious. Doesn't that drawer look happy?!

9 comments:

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

The blue on the drawer is really pretty. I guess you ultimately will love whatever you choose if it's a shade you have always loved and if you don't pick a color simply because it's trendy right now.

Good luck, I find it a little anxiety producing to select wall color especially.

Erin from Skoots and Cuddles said...

i love the martha stewart plumage... i can't wait to see the finished credenza!

In the Tweeds said...

Have you tried BM Monroe Bisque? It's a nice warm creamy beige color. If you want a warm gray, try SW Amazing Gray - I have it in a few rooms and love it. The Plummage looks great! I love it! Isn't it fun making progress?!

Fran said...

Casey, how exciting! Love your new pillow and the blue color on your credenza. Have you tried BM Revere Pewter? It's a light tan but w/gray undertones. Sometimes it looks like a very light tan and other times a gray - it so pretty!! I have it in my living/family room where I get a lot of natural light and I get a lot of compliments on the color! Good luck!

casey at loft and cottage said...

Thanks for the suggestions, ladies. I'm going to pin Monroe Bisque and Revere Pewter up on the wall asap!

Ashley said...

I've only used MS paints once now, but was really pleased with the color selection. Love that cheery blue!

Rene said...

Yes, I'm with Fran. Would be curious to hear your reaction to Pewter. I'm looking for a gray and have considered that one. I want to see more very soon Casey. Please?

-Rene

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Project Shannon said...

I can't wait to see the credenza in that color. I love brightly painted furniture!

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