Wednesday, 3 September 2014

I Need Your Help......

No, not for my Viking Addiction (I can manage that one by myself, thanks :-) ). I need your help with some interior-design decisions. Amy, I am relying particularly on you here with your fantastic eye for all things colour and craft.

After five years of putting it off, M and I have finally decided to bite the bullet and treat ourselves to a new carpet in the sitting room. We have waited until the children are teenagers and until the dogs are capable of not pooing on it. The patches of stains on the existing one have become too much to bare and so, next Tuesday, the much-anticipated new carpet arrives.

YIKES!!!!!!

Because forking out for a new carpet has made us contemplate the state of the walls, and they are pretty grim. So this is where you come in. I need you to help me decide what colour to paint them.

Here are the choices:

 
There are a few things that need to be considered before choosing the paint. Like things already in the room. For example, the new carpet (called Flint but it's more a soft light browny colour). This is a sample of it sitting on our current hideous one:


The Laura Ashley Curtains (pale greens):


The Laura Ashley sofa (ditto with a few light browns):


 My owl painting:


M's hare painting:

 
And, of course, the dogs, who will not be allowed to behave like this in that room once it's all looking Nice And Respectable (note the stains along the bottom of the pic. Yuk):


To help you decide, here is a view of the room (ignore the ironing board- it was only put there for effect to make you think I had actually been doing some, which is so far from the truth as to be laughable):


And another shot of the colours from more of a distance:
 

They are:
1. Chocolate Milkshake
2. Mary-Jane (God knows why?)
3. Croissant
4. Dark Chocolate
5. Dijon
6: Creme de la Rose
7. Lemon Juice
8. Chine Blue
9. Buttermilk
10. Pale Pink

I am relying on you to advise me here, so get your thinking caps on and let me know what you think.  I have tried asking Ted and Pops but this was the response I got, so they weren't really any help at all.




L, who returns to school tomorrow, is having a day in his pyjamas while he still can and is only interested in the computer. My sis in law is coming over later so I will ask her too, and M will be back from work later, but I'm not sure a man's opinion really counts when it comes to choosing paint colours, does it? :-)

I hope they show up OK in the pics, but if not a general sense of what colour would go with everything would be appreciated- I am open to offers :-)

Thank you!

CT x

33 comments:

  1. Any of the top row are nice, well except for #5 but only because the dog's poos are sometimes this colour. #6 & #9 are okay too. #8 seems very blue in the picture but maybe not in real life. I have stains just like that on my carpet too.

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    1. I like the top row too, but having seen them in the dark tonight on the wall I'm worried they might be too dark.... Thanks for the input though- much appreciated :-)

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  2. I like number 7, lemon juice. Me thinks it will let everything stand out without being to 'in your face'.

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    1. We've got that colour in the hall and I love it. Not sure it goes with the new carpet though....decisions, decisions.... x

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    2. Mmmm perhaps.... I once used primrose yellow against my instinct but it worked very well....You should be asking what colours go with the dogs ;-)

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    3. A kind of mud-spattered creamy brown it is then!

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  3. Love those pictures of the Owl and the hare.
    My vote for the walls is for number 9 ~
    bedazzle them with Buttermilk !

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    1. A nice, neutral colour with some cheerfulness added for good measure. I think it would go with everything (especially my owl and our hare...). But is it too neutral....? x

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  4. I'm boring and always go for light colours - I NEED light! If that blue is lighter than it looks I might go with that although that's not good with the curtains, I'm no help at all!

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    1. I agree about the light- all the rest of the house is painted light except for the study, which is a most unlike us deep red, but it works well in there. I could be tempted to be more adventurous because of that as a result.... :-)

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  5. I would go for 7 or 9 to keep the room nice and light, you could use one of the darker colours on the chimney wall to add a bit of interest. 2 as the feature wall would go with 7.

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    1. Yup, I agree- light colours have a definite edge, but I am wondering about the snugness of browns with winter around the corner...? Loving the idea of two different colours- I really hadn't considered that, so thank you for opening my eyes to the possibility.
      Have been thinking of you today and hoping you are feeling a little easier tonight (and have got rid of that spider!) xx

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  6. Any of the lighter colours, although personally I always bottle it and choose either white or blue. I painted the conservatory yellow last year thinking that as it's actually Pops' toy room (his bedroom being the size of a postage stamp) it would be cheery for a child. I have spent the whole time since plotting to re-paint it. I HATE it. Or whittle it down to a shorter short list. That's quite a lot of choice!Good luck.
    Leanne xx

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    1. We went for lemony yellow in two of our other rooms this year and pink in one of the others. A bit of a departure for us but I have to say all those colours have worked well here. I am tempted to retreat into magnolia for the sitting room (as you say, the list is maybe too long) but I also feel I should be daring and throw such concerns to the wind (and get M to repaint it afterwards if I hate it!!). xx

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    1. It matches the colour of my bath-towel. That's my reasoning.

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  8. 'My comment will be visible after approval'? Supposing I don't approve of any of them?

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    1. It would be an acceptable response. I'm not sure we've got the right colour there yet. I feel it should leap out at me, and none of those have.....

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  9. Ok, I haven't look at anyone elses comments, this is just what I think!! I love number 5 and am really drawn to it. But..... I would be worried that it would be too dark all over in the room. I'm not sure that any of the other colours would make a good compliment if you were to do one wall in number 5. So you could do number 5 on one wall and find a complimentary colour to go with it for the other three. I thought that it would go really well with the wall of wood for the fire. So if you put number 5 to one side, I really like 1 and 2, and am drawn to 2 as well. It would give the warm and cosy feel, but not be too dark, 1 would do the same, but in a lighter fashion. I am sorry, but for me, I don't like any of the bottom 5 that much, they are too pastel. Having said all that, two things, I only say this because you did ask! and secondly, I love your room!!!! The firewood and fireplace are so lovely as is the door into the room. I really like your choice of carpet, it is very similar to what we have in our hallway, it will go well with the curtains and the new carpet. Remember whatever you choose, it is only paint, so you can always change it!! xx

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    1. That's all really useful Amy, thank you. It's given me some things to ponder. M is pleased because he likes number 5 too! I'm not so sure about it, but I do think sometimes it pays to take a chance and go outside your comfort zone. I like the idea of two different colours- both you and Chickpea have suggested that so I will ponder it some more. I am usually quite intuitive and none of the colours have really jumped out at me, although funnily enough the two I have painted in a few other places as trial strips are numbers 1 and 2! I thought they might be cosy for the winter..... Ho hum. Still some more work to do here I feel xx

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  10. Funnily enough I used to work for Laura Ashley. During the 90s mind, until we moved to the coast in 2000. The only colour you haven't got on the wall which i think might work well with the cooler shades you already have, is a soft raspberry colour. Maybe with another neutral as well. I always used to advise my customers to look at how the colour works at different times of the day. Also that colours take on different hues depending on what colours they are next too. I would short list your choices and paint bigger samples to get a clear effect.

    Jean x

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    1. Now, soft raspberry is a good idea. I have been looking at the colours throughout the day to allow for changing light etc and still don't feel 100% happy with any of them. I think I'm drawn to 2 with maybe buttermilk for some contrast, but I will pop out and get raspberry to compare- thank you, great suggestion :-) If all else fails I'll just cover the walls in posters of Ragnar.... x

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  11. 1 and 3 would go nicely with the new carpet, your curtains and pictures (LOVE the owl and hare pictures) - but in the photos the paint samples look heather-y, lilac-y rather than the shades of browns that the names imply.
    My husband would have such wood envy if he saw your alcove of logs!!

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    1. Thanks, Petra. I will have a look at those two together maybe? The wood pile is fab, but it creaks and groans when it's newly stacked which can be a bit alarming if you're sitting underneath it!

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  12. I'm not very good with this sort of thing - we always chicken out and have white!! I wouldn't pick a dark colour though as it might be a bit overbearing unless you just did one wall darker as a contrast. Colour-wise I like 1 and perhaps 7. I might consider a very pale apple green though?

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    1. I suspect I may get fed up and plump for magnolia if I can't get a strong feeling either way for any of the other colours! I agree about a dark room- not great, although perhaps a darker wall with a lighter colour for the rest would work. I wondered about green but it doesn't feel right, somehow. Maybe I need to get a tester pot and try it out next to the others.

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  13. I would go with #7 and #9 - Lemon Juice and Buttermilk, and add a minute touch of green - this would bring out all the colours in your room and blend with the carpet. Dark - YECH - nobody needs a dark room and trust me, you would get tired real quick with some of those dark colours and dark is depressing. Even "eggshell" with a hint of green added to it will bring your room alive. Best of luck choosing :)

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    1. I'm not sure about green, but I do think you're right about the dark room thing. I generally prefer lighter colours. Too many choices here perhaps....thanks for the input- it's all very helpful x

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  14. I would have said green, but it's getting the right shade. A warm, not too dark one, may be on a feature wall (the fireplace side of the room) with a warm cream on the rest.

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    1. I know what you mean. I was thinking about green but couldn't find a shade I was happy with that would work in that room.

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  15. I really like no2 and no9 and am thinking if you mix them together you'd have a perfect blend for your existing furnishings and surroundings. I love those Hare pictures x

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    1. I have got an apricot colour today which I think might be the solution as it's warm. Will post a pic after the weekend and you can tell me what you think of it :-)

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Thank you for leaving a comment. I always enjoy reading them and will try my best to reply to every one. CT x