3.29.2011

Paint: Go Bold or Play it Safe?

We painted our downstairs living/dining area, upstairs loft and master bedroom not too long after we moved in.  Everywhere else has stayed what I call basic builder white.  It's so boring and adds nothing to our decor so it's time for it to go.  I'd like to say that we are going to do it ourselves but that is not the case.  The first time around was really labor intensive and turned out to be a full day project.  Painting is a lot harder then it looks!  We will do the bathrooms and extra bedrooms ourselves later someday but since we are having crown moulding installed we decided to pay a little extra, leave it to the professionals and have them do some painting this time around.  We can't reach the high areas in the hallway as you go up the stairs anyways and me on a ladder or using an extended roller on stairs is an accident waiting to happen.   

3rd and 4th down are our neutral picks.  #3 would
be for the kitchen and #4 would be for everywhere else.
Picking the neutrals was not too hard.  We didn't agree on our favorites initially but were able to easily narrow it down to two using the darker one for the kitchen and a lighter one for everywhere else.  Then Mj decided he wanted to get bold for the kitchen.  Which is fine because I would love to liven things up with a bright color too but bold can be scary.  We went back to home depot and picked some brights.    We stood there staring at our sample colors on the wall for a while and couldn't decide.  We walked away, came back and looked again but still couldn't decide.  The Behr Paint app said that this shade of  Orange would go well with our curtains but it just looks so bright!! We actually don't have a huge amount of wall space in the kitchen.  It's so hard to visualize how it's going to look all over and once it's slapped on every inch of our walls we're stuck.  We don't want to have to re do this.  Especially since we are paying to have it done.

The bright orange is sort of scary!!  We did not like the mustard
in the middle but the Peachy one at the bottom is an option.
The crown molding will be installed tomorrow so we have to decide tonight. Do we play it safe with a neutral, go middle of the road with a lighter peach or do we go bold?  We have to make a decision very soon and I still have no idea!!!!

9 comments :

Natalie said...

I like the peachy one!

Faith said...

i think the peachy one would look perfect!

chelsea said...

love the bold! that burnt orange color is so warm and wonderful!

Dancy said...

I like the peachy one on the bottom - if you're too leery of going all out, pick 1 wall and make it an accent wall.

I know it's a cop-out and a bit of a hassle, but it's just paint - you can always paint over it. ;)

aapuzzanchera said...

i agree with dancy re: accent wall. i like the burnt orange color too for the kitchen. it's warm and inviting.

Ameena said...

I am not the right person to ask for decorating advice but I agree, I do like the peach color! And I totally agree with Dancy, paint can be easily fixed!!

Kristin said...

Yikes! If I ever had the option of painting our walls, I think I'd just leave it white. I like to change my mind a lot and get sick of things easily. Can't wait to see what you wound up picking!

Lil' Woman said...

I like the peach one! :)

Amy said...

The peach is nice!

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