Sunday, April 1, 2012

I wonder if VanGogh had these issues?

This weekend, I was fortunate enough to see the VanGogh Up Close exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  It was just beautiful and sad and inspirational at the same time.

Spending the day surrounded by color made me even more unsure of what to do about my living room/dining room/small foyer.  I rent, but have been here 2 years and plan on being here for the long-term.  I have terrific landlords who realize this is my home...not just some place I live.  I take very good care of the place, and I am very happy here.  My landlords are perfectly fine with me painting the walls.  They are currently (I think) "Navajo White", and while that's perfectly fine, I want to change it.

My decorating colors are cream/oyster white/pink, with some touches of pale green, and I have a lot of silver and crystal decorative pieces.  The furniture that will not be painted are have cherry tones.  My dilemmas are:

  • because my colors are pale, and because my accents are silver and crystal, I am concerned about everything looking "washed out", or cold.
on the other hand...

  • because everything is pale and delicate, I don't want any extremely vibrant colors.
  • I am "stuck" with the following non-negotiables/non-changeables
    1. a natural pine floor that unfortunately, like a lot of these floors, has an orange cast to it.
    2. a terra cotta tile floor in the foyer
    3. Eisenhower-era wood door & trim for the foyer closet

I have several paint "swatches" on the wall (thank goodness for those little pint samples!)  "Silver Screen" by Behr seems too foggy gray.  "Quietude" seems more like a brighter white than the Navajo White that's up there now.  Sherwin-Williams "White Dogwood" is a beautiful barely-there pink, but I think that will be better in my bedroom.

Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions?  Anyone...Bueller?  I could go broke on pint samples before I figure this out! Does anyone have a "go-to" cream or pale oyster color they really like?

Help!  :|


  1. Go to and look at Amy's house.
    She is a designer who uses beautiful soft colors. You may get some
    ideas.She will answer your emails.

    1. Connie:

      Thank you so much! I emailed Amy & she responded almost immediately with some suggestions.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and helping me!

  2. You know what my go-to cream is for walls? China White by Benjamin Moore...but don't pay Ben Moore prices! Get one of their color chips (I can even send you one if you like-just email me.) Take it to Home Depot. They have all of the Ben Moore codes for color matches. At least that's what they tell me and I've never been disappointed. Another good one is called Comfort Gray. This is a Sherwin Williams color and it has a beautiful pale gray/blue cast to it. We did our kitchen and our formal living room in this color. It's been three years now and I still love it! Same thing though...don't pay Sherwin Williams prices. For Sherwin Williams paint colors, take the paint chip to Lowes. The paint pros at Lowes swear to me that they match all of the SW paints. I've had several SW colors mixed there and have always been happy!

    Hope this helps a bit. Let me know if you'd like me to send any paint chips your way. I'd be happy to.

    Have a great week!