I've been posting in the colors forum but thought this might fit better in General Decorating since I have so many questions. We need to switch the dining room and office
/sitting room in a Florida house that is for sale.Current paint colors are from Seaside Retreat (discontined paint line). Foyer/Halls are slipper shell, Current dining room is Burnt shrimp/crushed coral and current office is bad green. Prefer to paint either dining room and/or office, leave halls & foyer alone? Should new sitting room be all one color? Planning on moving chandelier to new dining room and getting flushmount for sitting area. Should it coordinate with chandelier or with foyer fixture?
current dining room - will move furniture and chandelier to office.
current office - same size as current dining room.
shrimp toast not burnt shrimp lol....
If you take in paint chips from your previous paint (all rooms and areas), any reputable paint counter can match them and direct you to the appropriate taupe(s) for these rooms, IMHO.
You'll want to consider all the adjacent rooms (and entire home or floor) so everything flows. Given the lighting, you probably want different shades for the d/r and l/r. I would definitely obtain a few samples for each room and test them out in the rooms, checking the exposure at several times during the day/night.
No problem leaving the chair rail and going with a darker taupe below and lighter above it in the new l/r. Incidentally, I'd pass on adding chair rail to the new d/r.
WRT the lighting, you're selling so I recommend a very basic flushmount. If you simply match up the basic shapes (round) and lighting (say soft bulbs, for example), it s/b fine. Don't believe you need any metal. Have seen basic flushmounts from $5 - $15 at Ikea or Costco, BTW.
Even if the rooms and table in the new d/r are the same size, I still recommend removing 2 chairs and going to 4 only, in the darker shades. Otherwise, the table feels crowded. Less contrast (between the chair types) and more elbow room should make the room feel more spacious to potential buyers.
Hope some of this helps. It's all JMHO.
Thank you for your suggestions. I'm in Illinois and my husband is in Florida so I'm having to do this long distance. And I can't get paint chips for the existing colors because the line is discontinued. But based on the responses I've gotten, I'm kind of decided on shaker beige for at least part of the answer. Can the shaker beige go next to the slipper shell in the foyer & hall?This message has been edited. Last edited by: CluelessinFlorida,
Is that BM Shaker Beige, HC-45? I avoid suggesting specific paints b/c they appear very different from room-to-room and even wall-to-wall. The exposure in your various rooms appears extremely different.
Adjacent rooms' paint colors need not match but they should flow, IMHO. I can envision 3 shades for you: darker under chair, lighter above, contrast in adjacent d/r.
The purpose of the old chips was to compare them to BM chips and select harmonious taupes. Taupes can be tricky. They're usually either grey or brown-toned. The greyish taupes typically have either a pinky or yellow base. Needless to say, after selecting several samples of the various shades at the paint store, it's critical to test them on each room's main focal wall, using primer so the current color can't distort them.
Does your spouse have leftover paint in Slipper Shell? He could prime and paint a sample to carry to BM for comparison with the taupes. If you need to select the colors in IL, I would call the local store and ask them for the comparable BM shade. Even though it's discontinued and won't appear on colorcharts.org, it wouldn't surprise me if they have the formula in their database or can easily obtain it. (BTW, was it Valspar?) Incidentally, your husband's painted (Slipper Shell) sample board would also be preferable to paint chips for later comparison with the taupe samples in each room.
Had another thought about your lighting and matching the metals. When you move the d/r chandelier, I recommend spraying it. The shiny brass dates it and may date your home to potential buyers. If the new flushmount has a metal base, you can then match the 2, spraying both, if necessary.
Hope that helps. The discontinued paint issue is common, BTW.
All of the above, JMHO. Good Luck!
Thank you again for your time and thoughts. I did check that website and all three colors are still there. Yes, they were valspar. So I wrote down their numbers and will go to my local Benjamin Moore tomorrow. Do the numbers themselves help me know what will go together or is it still visual? I'm an accountant and I guess I'm looking for an equation, lol....
Also, the chandelier is already offwhite painted metal-it does look brass in the picture though.
The numbers can help, if you stay within the same brand and color family. For every paint job, however, the ultimate, final decision has to be made (IMHO) by checking samples in the room's actual exposure at multiple times of the day. It's not unusual for the decision to require a few tries.
So, is the BM HC-45 your Shaker Beige? Were the BM personnel able to help you select a few BM colors to try? BTW, when you mentioned 3 colors, did you mean the previous Valspar shades?
You're switching from VS to BM, correct? If so, the BM staff s/b able to help you find the comparable BM shades to coordinate their taupes with the VS shades. A primed/painted sample board remains very important to check the new BM samples against the Slipper Shell in the rooms at multiple times of the day, in various light exposures.
Glad the chandelier is off-white. So, if you go with a round, non-metallic flushmount, no worries. You may wish to match up the metals, if you select a flushmount with a metal base.
Good luck with everything!This message has been edited. Last edited by: AguaBella,
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