(Or the one where she prattles on about beige paint for far too long.)
Ever since we whitewashed our brick fireplace, the need to paint our living room has been increasingly evident. Before we moved in, the house was painted a very flat, very boring beige. Now, most of the house had the trim re-painted white but in the living room area, the trim is still brown. After much discussion (we’re talking about 2 years worth!!) we have decided to keep the trim in this portion of the house brown. There is a HUGE bookcase against one wall, a wooden wall above the mantle, several doors and a stair banister that are all the same trim brown– and we’ve decided it actually IS a nice brown, and we like the coziness it brings.
BUT, that brings with it the trouble of trying to lighten up the room. The fireplace whitewash helped ALOT. And we are about to have oak floors installed in this same room.. which will both add to the coziness and add a little to the darkness. So, my issue is this:
Picking the Paint Color! Our furniture has cream, khaki and a bit of red in it. The floors will be dark brown, the trim is brown (which leads me to want a beige…) BUT, the fireplace brings in an element of “grayness” now. It looks great, but the room doesn’t get a lot of natural light so most beiges I’ve seen are almost too brown with the brown trim. Basically I’m afraid gray is too cool for the warm trim and Beige is too brown. Help.
Am I talking in circles here?
Have I lost you already?
Because this is how my thought pattern has been. IN CIRCLES.
I mean, good grief. It’s just paint. Right?
Except that the floors are now going to be installed in two weeks and they have recommended that we paint first (we will probably have to touch up after.) So I have to decide. And Lance told me as he left today, “Hey.. pick out a paint color today, ok?”
And I felt like he said, “hey give the kids three jars of glitter and then try to sweep it all up in 20 minutes, ok?” (I kid. He’s most helpful and does not ask too much. Ever.)
So I have about a dozen swatches and I’m going to get a few samples tomorrow– but here are the colors in the mean time.
Revere Pewter (This one I LOVE but all the photos I’ve seen have white trim.. so it looks crisp.)
Baby Fawn (This is actually part of the off-white collection.)
And even now, as I look at all of these they look exactly the same. So yeahhhh… But what are YOUR thoughts? lighter beige? lighter gray with warm undertones? Obviously, I’m headed to get samples and slap some of these up on the walls… I’m just doubting my own ability to choose.
Here’s some pictures of our house to help:
So I know I’m overthinking this. I KNOW I am.
And for the one reader who is still reading this, Thank you.