Tuesday, November 28, 2006

my quest for the right color

So I've been trying to decide for a while now what to post on my blog. Then, as I was washing dishes this afternoon, I came up with an idea! Keith told me the other day, that I just had to decide what I want to do, and then I can paint the kitchen, dining room and hallway (they're all connected!) So, I'm wondering if anyone has any good creative advice! We've lived in this house for about two years, and we've redone a few rooms, but this space is one that I have been dreading... so much work. Our living room, which is next to the dining room, is a dark rusty reddish brown colour. Any ideas? Here's a few pics, and yes, those are CLEAN dishes!

One more note... please make sure you notice the ugly flooring! We can't afford to replace this for a while, so it has to stay! Such a bright and cheery colour...







19 comments:

Anonymous said...

wow, this is going out on a limb, giving paint advice on a blog. Just from first impressions, maybe a leaf green or somewhere between butter and mustard yellow?

Aunt Sheila said...

Mu suggestion would be a light grey, greyish tan, a light pewter color. I love these colors and have been debating on doing that in my kitchen, dining room. I think that color would look good with your living room. Some might say it's a bit drab but I really like grey!

Andrea said...

How about a nice, modern, HOT pink? That would definitely by my 1st choice! haha...just kidding! :) Sorry, I'm not that good at giving painting advice...I usually just go to Canadian tire and pick out all the colors I might possibly like, and then take them home and pick out theo nes I really like, and then hold those up against the wall and stare at them for a long time trying to decide which one I really like best! :) (please don't paint your kitchen hot pink though!!! :) ).

Anonymous said...

I too think that something yellowish would look good.

aunt Monika said...

I think an oatmeal colour would go - not too brown to clash with the living room.

Mom said...

Hey there Stacey...good idea here...and some good suggestions. You think if I start a blog I could get some good advice on my maze of reno-wanna-do's?! Wish I were more creative - HOWEVER - I AM a good painter so I can definitely help you out there :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Stacey. I love figuring our paint colors! I've got a red in my living room too! LOVE IT! I agree with a yellowish color, but not too yellow. Enjoy the challenge of finding something that suits you guys!

HeinrichIrene said...

Hi Stacey,
I agree with Liane. I would choose two colors: a yellow and a brown (like the flowers on your placemates). Liane has a lot of ideas to combine two colors. I'm sure she has a great idea for you ;-)

Irene

Stacey said...

Thank you all so much for your ideas! I also wanted to wish a happy anniversary to Uncle Bob & Aunt Monika!

Drea said...

hmmm... see Id have to see that room in person to give a good opinion I think.
I do love bright colors... but the floor... hmm..
Id think either

A tannish color
A green olive color (not like puke green though or mold green haha)
But you know when I look at the photo where your place mats show... that vibrant blue is beautiful. It might not look half bad being colored blue.
My friend Tara had a blue kitchen and I loved it. She had yellow accents and it looked great.

Keep us posted!

Oh and always remember, not every wall has to be painted ;-) I think its neat to split rooms up sometimes.

aunt Monika said...

Thanks for the anniversary wishes. We had dinner out - at the church where I cooked for 70 people (down from the usual 120 due to bad weather).

Anonymous said...

I think you should have titled this post, "how to get people to comment on your blog!" Wow!

Stacey said...

Jobina - Haha! Maybe that's what I should have done all along... get you all to answer all my tough questions!!

Liane - I definately have to take you 'paint shopping'! You and Irene seem to both be great with painting your own houses.

Andrea - Yeah HOT PINK!! Not likely...

Auntie Sheila - pewter would be cool, but Keith would like something more yellowish I think

YOu all have inspired me to get going on this! So don't be surprised if I call asking for help painting!! Just kidding... although I think I'll take Mom up on her offer!

anita said...

Hey Stacey...my vote is for what i have in my kitchen right now...Capilano Bridge (a Benjamin Moore colour)... it looks like coffee with cream in it! ;) I think it would look great next to the livingroom. As soon as we move i have to paint my kitchen too! good luck!

Anna said...

So my first thought is save for a new floor because that is a tough one to match. How about milk chocolate walls and then paint your cabinets a light color? Capilano bridge is a nice color, it is the color of my work office. Need help give me a call.

Mom said...

I agree with the Capilano Bridge - it's a great color and probably wouldn't even look too bad with the yellow flooring, which you'll be living with for a little bit anyway...might even make it more tolerable in the meantime. :)

Stacey said...

You know, Capilano Bridge is a GREAT IDEA! I actually had that picked out for our living room, but then I decided to go with more colour, since all of our furniture is a very light tan colour. Thanks for the idea Anita!!

dayna said...

wow stacey! such a response, and since i hate being left out, i'll just go ahead and say that i can't wait to see the 'after' pictures!

Lindsey Dueck said...

I am probably too late, you probably bought the paint already, but i really think you should go with a yellow. Not too bright, but like a deep yellow color. A really nice one is called El Sol and it it from Co-op. Yellow is a great color for kitchens, it makes it cheery and bright. I think a neutral color like gray or beige/brown would make it look duller and too warm.Those colors are more reserved for a living room or bedroom. But that is my opinion it you want more of a warm feel as opposed to bright and cheery then by all means go with beige. WOW, i wrote way too much. I also wouldn't worry about matchig the floor too much if you want to change it in the future, but they again you can always paint again.

Just don't paint it red, my kitchen is red and I it

-Lindsey