Haven’t written about paint color in a while so I thought I’d dabble in that a bit in this post. I recently did a redesign on a home – new flooring, kitchen countertops, and paint color. The homeowner purchased new cream-colored cabinets and wanted more of a contrast so I searched for a color that would also complement the adjoining color, Interactive Cream SW 6113 ( one of my favorites). I went over into the Sherwin-Williams’ Concepts in Color paint deck and chose a beautiful color which I had never used. It was called Tamarind, SW7538 and it worked perfectly in the space. I’ve featured it in the picture below on the staircase wall. I used a warm white called Antique White SW6119 for the trim in both rooms which has yellow undertones like Tamarind does. In the front room, I chose a color with green undertones called Universal Khaki, SW 6150. Green is a very calming neutral color and can be used in just about any room.
|Sherwin-Williams Universal Khaki SW6150, Antique White, SW 6119, and Tamarind SW SW7538|
For those of you who prefer white trim, take a look at the same rooms using a whiter trim color called Creamy SW 7012. Personally , I like the whiter trim. It definitely complements the rug in the living room better.
|Changing the Trim Color to Creamy SW 7012|
In the next picture, I decided to complement the black and white scheme going on and bring in the earth tones in the rug. I used Collonnade Gray, SW7641, on the walls (blue-green undertones) and Baked Clay (red-orange undertones), SW 6340 on the chairs. This creates a very dramatic look because blue-green is the opposite of red-orange on the color wheel. In addition, I combined cool and warm colors which also creates drama.
|Sherwin-WIlliams - Collonnade Gray, SW7641, and Baked-Clay, SW6340|
In this last picture, I’ve created a very light airy room by choosing Hazel, SW6471, a beautiful blue-green color for the main walls and Tupelo Tree, SW 6417, a yellow-green, for the accent wall . I’ve used Restoration Ivory, SW 6413, a very pale yellow-green hue, on the ceiling. This is a room that can take a lot of color because it is so bright. My choice of colors was influenced by the yellow-orange undertones in the cocktail table and floors as well as the lime-colored accent pillows. The tertiary colors yellow-orange, yellow-green and blue-green are very harmonious and soothing.
|Tupelo Tree, SW 6417, Hazel, SW6471,and Restoration Ivory, SW6413|
|Changing the Ceiling Color to Surf Green, SW 6473, brings the high ceiling down|
To bring the high ceiling down, I selected a color a few shades darker than the wall color Hazel which is called Surf Green, SW6473. Incorporating some blue-green and yellow-orange accents in this room would also make the look more cohesive.
If you are having difficulty figuring out a color scheme for one of your rooms, contact me. There are many beautiful color combinations that will work if the lighting , room direction, flooring, and furnishings are right.