Wendy wrote to me in a panic about a major remodelling project she's doing. Lots of decisions and not much time to make them. See our conversation below.
I'm doing a whole house remodel and its killing me We havent had much time 1 month get everything together. My dilemna's What color would you do open concept -kitchen ,living room and dining into a step down fireplace room? Two 10ft high ceilings. Clear knotty alder cabinet with Jamocha granite formica counter top. Kitchen is 11x15 with a u shaped island looking into living room space and the dining area by patio doors the floor is antique pine and couch green and chair various shades.
I am tired of yellows which is what I have had Dorset god Concord Ivory and some terrible greens Henderson buff (nice in day ) pea green in night. The entrance where tile is is our main entrance (Monroe bisque) and as is fireplace room which then lead thru to a hallway Laundry straight thru Bathroom to right and spare room to left. The kitchen cabinets will have a darker brown crown molding on top be about 11/2 ft to ceiling from top of cabinets( Crazy I hope not )and a pantry will be on righ of kitchen window toward dining area.
And would you take the Monroe bisque into the hallway as well from the fireplace room (large opening )
Confused??? haha I am And I havent got a clue where to start dont have much time at all
I'm not completely sure how your rooms lay out, but it sounds like:
1) You want to use the Monroe Bisque that's currently in (what remains) of the fireplace room and extend that.
2) You don't want golds and yellows.
3) Your kitchen, living room, dining room, and fireplace room are all pretty open.
If this is correct, see my advice below. If not, email back and correct me.
1) I'd use the Monroe Bisque in the fireplace rooms, hall and kitchen .
2) I'd use a different yet complementary colors in both the dining and living rooms. Tie them together by having a Monroe Bisque color in your drapes, sofa, pillows, rugs, etc. In other words, have a red dining room, but be sure to have a bisque-like color in the drapes - along with the main color - that brings the the bisque into the room but allows you a different color .For example, the dining room drapes could be primarily bisque with red accents or color in it.
3) do the same thing in #2 in the living room but with another color.
4) If three significantly different colors seems too much, then take colors that complement each other. Use a taupe in one room or a warm grey. Still have your furnishings and window colors carry the common room color (Monroe Bisque) to pull it together.
In short, you can use different colors in the more formal rooms as long as you have elements that repeat the Monroe Bisque. That gives you continuity and pulls it together.
I'm also not a fan of reds for walls anyways. I am looking to put travertine or honed squares of something up the back splash just dont want it to be too much. The monroe bisque would look okay above the cabinets ??
I'm not sure what color taupe is there are many taupes I'm just not to confident on the reds .Brown that I think are taupe have usually green undertones which is fine. We have tons of windows so everything changes quite fast.
Taupes can vary, but I usually like more of warm deep tan than green. But slate (a grayish, taupe-y green) is quite popular now and could look great with some of your furniture based on the swatch you showed.
The bisque would be fine above the cabinets.
I don't have something I can send you.
I would paint the ceiling BEFORE the cabinets as the paint could easily drip on them. Hardwood floors should be installed but not finished. Tile floors should be done in advance.
I hope that helps.
Hi Julie, thanks,
My problem seems to be I get them bring them home and then they are totally different or I freeze because they seem so dark but really are too light when they go on the walls /Its more what color number by what company that would be much more helpful then I could get a good Idea of which you are referring to I have tried a few by Benjamin Moore which may be okay. The Monroe Bisque will stay in the hall entrance but does not need to stay in the fireplace room I have not tried it in the big room yet.
Sico is another brand out here as well as Beautitone. That would be helpful as far as knowing what colors you are referring name and brand.
I'm so tired I can barely even think anymore but Thank you for responding. Wendy
Let me say this, it is quite common to have a unifying paint color throughout your home. I have one color through my kitchen and family room since they're open and another in all the hallways and foyers. It just ties them together as they flow from one to the other. So I think your Monroe Bisque can be used in many rooms and even as your unifying color.
As far as taupes, check out Benjamin Moore Ashley Gray.
And to take some of the pressure off of yourself, remember that paint is the easiest thing to change. If you paint something one color and decide in 6 months that you hate it, you can change it easily. You wouldn't want to go through the mess again, but it's easy and not expensive to fix it. It will all work out and your new home will look beautiful.
Add your ideas in the comments. I'll update this post as Wendy and I keep going!