And.... the bedroom color is ugly and doesn't match the comforter.
My worst decorating fears have been realized.
First I had help from a very good out of state decorator, my MOM, ( I missed the good decorating gene) picking out the color swatches, which appeared to be the perfect match. The day before painter arrives I go and buy small quantities and put patches on various places. I realize neither color matches once it's on the walls and the lighting hits it.
Alert the painter. Who then comes and picks a color chip that ends up being about two shades darker than the current shade that is a version of off white. Yes, I am afraid of color and have lived with offwhite for twelve years. But if I pick that ugly off shade he chose, I might as well just repaint the existing color that I already know I like. And hubby likes who is out of town and already OK'd the paint chips my mom picked. And did I mention Hubby's particular? He won't admit it, but he is.
So then a color with more pigment is chosen that according to the professional will match. It was then painted a swatch and I knew I didn't like it but it was the ONLY shade from the color chips that seemed like even a close match. So I went with it. Parts of the room by the window match and parts on the vaulted ceiling away from the window look like a completely different color.
Would you like to venture to guess what new shade I might be talking about? Light taupe or dark beige or tan. Any guess how many shades of that there is? Kind of like white. There's like fifty shades of white.
Good news is we have a beautiful shade of blue for the master bath that I LOVE with white doors and baseboards.
The shade of (beige/tan) we ended up with for the bedroom has a lot more yellow in it. It's a Ralph Lauren Newburgh comforter set. It is tan and blue. Or so I thought. It turns out it has about ten different shades of blue and they are grey blue, green blue, teal blue, and navy every shade except one that comes in paint. And of the beige's or tans there are several different shades between the Duvet cover and pillows too, that my non trained eye did not recognize. I actually went to where they sell Ralph Lauren paint and there wasn't a match for any of the blues unless I went really dark or bold. I didn't try to match any beige/tans because I thought I already had the matching tone.
So now what to do? Hubby is being very understanding and says not to worry about it. But he hasn't seen it yet. He said we could always paint the room the blue that I like. But I think that would be way more color than I'm used to. Even though I LOVE blue. It's probably not as bad as I'm making it out because it's still very neutral but I just DON'T LIKE IT. What a baby I am.
But the good news is it is all fresh and clean and the dust bunnies from the pot shelf is all cleaned up and behind the furniture that hadn't been moved for twelve years.
OK I feel better now I got that off of my chest. thanks.
|Live with it a week before you decide.
Next time you try to match colors, take the object to be matched into one of the major painte stores. They have a machine that can focus on a spot (not sure how small) and figure out the match. I googled the comforter and the stripe is big enough to do a match with the machine.
Get a pint of the color and paint a small area on each o the walls and live with it for a week. The way the natural and manmade light hits the wall makes a huge difference in the perceived color.
Another route is to find what you think is the match and go a shade or two lighter or darker. Deliberately not match.
|Can you pick up a coordinating color from the compforter and some how texturize the walls? I LOVE the effect that sponging gives a wall.|
|What kind of shelf? You have a whole shelf dedicated to that? Wow!
Go to the Behr paint sight. They have a great color coordinator.
|Hope it grows on you.|
|What about a very very light gray?
I'm sure it's not as bad as you think, but I totally know how you feel when it just isn't 'right.' Very nice comforter, though, btw
|I wanted to add color but didn't trust myself. We ended up hiring a lady painter who is also a fine painter. I watched her determine colors, checking the natural light at various times of the day. She ended up using three different colors on the walls in one room depending on the sunlight....just to make it appear the same color No way the paint store, instore display, or many pro painters can get the match you needed. The computer match is about as close as you can get......discounting the natural light effect.
So can you rearrange the furniture so the comforter is on another wall where it might blend better?
No, didn't think so. Is it just too much of a color transition from white? Will it take time to grow on you? I find items I dearly love I often hated at first.
I liked the idea of sponging to soften the color and hopefully bring in the correct color. Short of playing the color game, that might be the best answer. Short of flying in my painter, Joan, to solve the problem,
Go to the Behr paint sight. They have a great color coordinator.
We always use this, as both hubby and I have no time or desire or talent to coordinate colors. This does it all for you, and you can even see a room with the suggested and your own selected colors in in.
Click on the buttom on the bottom right : Start Color Smart Here
It take a bit to load, but you can spend a lot of time having fun here.
If you love Pottery Barn's colors, they now have the colors listed so you can buy them. You can see what they look like in the catalog, which is great because you can actually see what a large, real room looks like, then get the exact color of paint.
|what if you added a glaze over the existing color? It would tone it down and possible change the whole color...it could look really good..like someone said, live with it for a week and then see how you feel....
I have learned the lesson myself and instead of painting small swatches on the wall, I paint a 3 x 3 piece of 1/4 plywood and carry it around, lean it against walls, and look at it during different times of the day....lighting can make a huge difference!
|I feel your pain! Two days AFTER we moved into house, my sister inlaws both kindly showed up to paint Paint, where, what color??? I was so overwhelmed and just told her and my husband to pick out one of the swatch colors I had brought home. After they taped the entire room and painted half of it, Steve finished painting in the next few days. He really strained his neck and back and I felt so bad complaining. Well...it's like a doodie brown color I have now given it 1 1/2 yrs to get used to...still HATE IT!!! He has promised he'll figure something out when he's done with school to maybe repaint the big wall behind the bed with a lighter shade.|
I think I'd give it a week too and it might grow on you...as it's hard to accept change. Who knows? You might grow to love it.
Can you take pics for us curious minds here? Would love to see them!
Marianne and the boys
What kind of shelf? You have a whole shelf dedicated to that? Wow!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Don't you guys call them pot shelves? We just have dusty old fake plants on it and some statues we got as gifts.
Actually one of the benefits of painting is you clean out the room. I am finding I don't want to put the stuff back that was in there.
You guys have given me some really great advice!!!!!! So now I'm waiting a week and then considering all of the different options. Next time I should just make a post before and save myself the trouble I went through. The good news is the wall I look at when I'm sitting on my bed actually looks OK. So maybe I'll get used to it.
I'm a total chicken to post pics. But, we'll see......
THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL OF THE GREAT ADVICE.
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