Friday, February 3, 2012

Pinning Down Dining Room Colors

Deep Space by Benjamin Moore is the color I keep coming back to for the dining room walls. I thought it would look good with the breakfront in the dining room, blending in the furniture more and modernizing the space while lending a magnificent dark canvas for the ikat stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils.

I decided to try out a couple of other colors as well. I always look at options so I am quite sure when I pick my final color. I liked Ralph Lauren's Bleeker and Spun Twilight. Yesterday I made a trip to Home Depot as I know they have the software to match colors from other paint companies at a fraction of the cost and I only needed samples. I had the samples done in Behr's Premium Ultra Plus (paint and primer in one).

Here is the stencil sample again in the three metallics from Nova Color.
Top left - Stainless Steel
Top Right - Antique Silver
Bottom - Silver

Stainless steel. This turned out to be lighter than I thought it would be.

Antique Silver. This had been my first choice from the website but too dark now.

Silver. Seems to be the popular choice now. It is a favorite at home and most of you who commented on my last post here seemed to like it, too.

I painted these on the dining room walls late last night. The light is not perfect (very little sunlight) but I think the metallic stenciling will reflect light and lighten up the space. That is one of the reasons I chose to go metallic with the stencil. Also, I want the dining room to have more ambient light. It will create a mood. It is not easy to see here but Deep Space is really deep and looks blue-black and Spun Twilight has more grey in it whereas Bleeker is definitely more green.

I paint on different walls so one can see the colors in different light. On this wall you can see the difference in the top two (switched).

This is also how I normally work with paints. I like to see the colors against the furniture to get a better idea of the effect it would have so I painted smaller samples by the breakfront.

Again, the stencil in different light - poster board on the mantle in the living room. I had considered going more subtle (almost tone-on-tone) with the overall pattern since the wall color itself will be so bold.

But then I see these together and I think go bold!

Deep Space is darker than it appears here but I still like it. What do you think?

I also think I will use the same wall color below the chair rail.

Enjoy your weekend! We have the Superbowl to look forward to! I do not like to admit that I do not fully understand American football but after 18 years in this country it is time I sat through an entire game.

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