Standing in front of the display of hundreds of paint chips at your local paint or hardware store, is NOT the place to start when selecting paint colors for your home.
Paint is the most versatile element of your interior design and it is available in thousands of colors. The paint color for your room should be the thing you choose last, after your carpet, curtains, upholstery and other fabrics have been selected. Once you have your fabrics decided, you can choose which of the many paint colors available might be best suited to your other furnishings. It's much easier to find a paint color to compliment your decor than to find a fabric or sofa color that will go with your wall color. By that time, you will have already decided a couple of things - whether you want your room to be in warm tones or cool tones.
THE WARM TONES
Before putting a creamy gold on our first home's living room walls, the conversation with my husband went something like this:
"We need some color in here" (me).
"What's wrong with white walls? White goes with everything". (him)
"Color would warm it up" (me)
"It will make it darker, white makes things lighter" (him)
"I think we should do soft yellow or gold on the walls" (me)
"Yellow? Gold? It will look small, white makes things look bigger" (him)
I don't give up easily. My next plan was to tear pages out of magazines
showing beautiful rooms with soft yellow or gold walls.
"Honey, do you like this room?" (me)
"Yes, very much." (him)
"How about this room, do you like it?" (me)
"Yes, I do like it. It looks really nice." (him)
"And this one?" (me)
"Very nice, too." (him)
"Honey, what color are the walls in these pictures?" (me)
"Okay. Okay. I see your point. We'll paint the walls." (him)
Arent visual aids wonderful?
the name conjures up delicious thoughts of Cream, Honey, Butter, Lemon, Candlelight, Honeysuckle, Sunflower, Mustard, Topaz and Citron.
|Benjamin Moore (Henderson Buff)|
Here are but a few of the yellow/gold hues available through Benjamin Moore
|Benjamin Moore (Seashell) a warm cream|
|Benjamin Moore (Chestertown Buff)|
|Restoration Hardware's 'butter' colors|
|Buttercream (Restoration Hardware)|
|Benjamin Moore (Putnam Ivory)|
Dunn Edwards (Caribou Heard)
|Benjamin Moore (Pismo Dune)|
|Benjamin Moore (Mystic Gold)|
yellow and gold blend here with pastels and below with black
|Benjamin Moore (Hawthorne Yellow)|
White is a good compliment
whether in a formal or a casual setting
red intensifies the warm factor
grey, black and taupe allow it to pop
I love the yellow with this mid century room in taupe grey and black with yellow/gold accents
|thrifty Decor Chick|
yellow and gold can be masculine, contemporary or traditional
When choosing yellow and gold, care should be taken to get the right color. Yellow is notorious for changing as the light in your room changes throughout the day. Green or orange tones can turn a beautiful color in daylight to a hateful hue later in the day. If you think you have the color and sheen you want, buy some poster board and paint it with two coats of the color. Leave 2" margins around the outside so your color isn't influenced by whatever is on your walls now. Tack them to your walls in different areas, and live with it for at least 24 hours so you can see it in natural and artificial light. It is the best way to find a color you will love for years to come and avoid mistakes.
|Benjamin Moore (Showtime)|