This was (is) the last of the four bedrooms to gain a defined function. It’s part auxiliary guest room, part ironing room, I had at one point thought of using it as a room to do yoga (with a door that closes — dogs and downward-facing dog aren’t friends), and it also has the distinction of probably being the “nursery… someday.” We didn’t really own any furniture to go into it, nor did we have a solid purpose in mind – so it was probably the hardest room to decide on a color for. We might not have painted it at all, except that the walls bore the remains of the tape that once held up a daughter’s pictures, and there were a few holes from (you guessed it) more plates, and some cracks in the sheetrock – so it looked well worn, and in need of a freshening.
So this was then:
Somehow, in person, the walls looked a little more reminiscent of the Ecto-Cooler-drinking days of my youth.
At any rate, we considered using the rest of the yellow from the other guest room and our office (dismissed because 3 yellow bedrooms sounded like overkill), the rest of the green from our bedroom (dismissed because we didn’t looooove it), going with a totally different shade of blue (dismissed, unmemorably), and using the rest of the cream from the hallways (dismissed on account of being boring, despite being the obvious choice for practicality and flexibility in the future.
We ultimately decided to try out one of the two shades of green we were considering for the living room/dining room:
The greens on the left were candidates for the dining room below the chair rail (with creamy above), and on the right, for the living room (assume hardwood floors or tan carpet instead of the green). We weren’t sure how “green” we really wanted the living room, though, so we figured that for lack of any other real plan, we’d try Filmy Green out on the spare 4th bedroom:
We have a few odds & ends in there now — so really, feel free to visit, at the same time as someone else even — this is, for now, guest room #2!
As for our reaction to the green, I love it for the bedroom. If I didn’t think my husband would kill me, I’d propose repainting our room this shade, because I like it better than the ‘Gratifying Green’ (that was only moderately gratifying) that we chose for in there. We still might – Guinness has already scratched the paint in our room by his bed with his toenails. I’m finding that Behr paint isn’t holding up as well as the Sherwin Williams that we have in other rooms of the house!
I don’t think the living room will ever be this color, though. For one thing, I think it might be just a little too green (although it’s hard to imagine how it would look without the green carpet).
For another, though, it turns out that I’m really undecided about flooring. When we bought the house I was ready to replace all the carpet with tan berber and be done with it, but now I’m rethinking. We find that we use the dining room a lot — anytime we have more than 4 for dinner — so it might be more practical to replace the dining room floor collectively with the adjacent kitchen (and hall), rather than the living room. Hardwood, maybe? Something wipe-able?
Since the green paints under consideration are all contingent on replacing the green carpet, and there’s no foreseeable consensus on that issue, I think we’re going to cave and just paint the living room creamy for now (possibly this weekend), to match all the other neutral spaces. In anticipation of the paint job, we’ve spackled the copious holes in the walls from plate racks galore, and started repairing a crack under the bay window. I think the green floors will be easier to overlook with bright, fresh walls while we ponder.