Kevin and I had a LONG and miserable conversation last night about paint colors. The problem is that Kevin likes warm tones (think Arts & Crafts colors, orange and red and brown), and I like cool and rich tones (sapphire, ruby, plum, eggplant). We both like the combination of off-white and wood, but we're doing that on the second floor, and I don't want a entire house that's basically white. BORING. So color for the first floor, and we went back and forth and back and forth and paged through several design books and a ton of web pages with pictures of colorful rooms and could not find a compromise and yes, I ended up crying. I care way too much about this stuff -- I had no idea I cared so passionately about aesthetics before I started this project. And my opinions on what I love are painfully strong. Finally, Kevin basically said I should go ahead and do what I like because I obviously care a lot more about it than he does. And because we couldn't find a good compromise that would satisfy us both.
So I suppose I won that argument, but it's kind of a sucky way to win. This is why they say renovations are so stressful. This and the money. (It probably didn't help that we had this argument at 9 p.m., and I woke up at 3 a.m. yesterday for no good reason. I was very tired. Note to self: sleep more. Ha ha ha.)
We're okay -- Kev promises he's not actually mad about it, and that even if he doesn't like the colors much initially, he'll probably stop noticing them quickly. And if worst comes to worst and they do bother him, they can be repainted. (This would be a more compelling argument if the paint weren't so damn expensive.)
Anyway -- cool and rich. Blues and greys and purples and dark reds and silvers. Maybe green, although sadly, one area F&B is lacking is in a good green, I think. All of which led to the next issue -- how to manage the flow from room to room, especially given the wide openings (5' to 7') between rooms on the first floor. According to the Farrow & Ball website, the key is to match intensity of color. Which is totally against my first instinct, which was to do different shades of blue, some light, some dark.
They say you should either choose light tones, mid-tones, or strong tones, and then those tones will pair well together. "If you want a house to flow from room to room, choose paints that have the same weight of colour within them. Strong colours are great but do think about how they relate to one another. Make sure you are happy with the flow and that it doesnt shock or jar from one room to another. A Stone Blue No.86 hallway leading into a Rectory Red No.217 living room will work well because the weight of colour is balanced." Hm. They're the experts, right?
We're going to try to trust them. And of those three tone options, the colors I love are strong tones. To see their strong tones (two dozen or so), go here and click on 'strong'.
I admit, those colors are a little scary to decorate with. It would be a lot safer to go with the mid tones. But also much less joyous. When I see a room decorated in bright, rich tones, it makes me happy. Here are a few examples of Farrow & Ball strong colors:
My current tentative plan for the front parlor --> dining room --> living room? Drawing Room Blue, Pelt, Raddichio. But we'll see how the colors look up on the walls before making any real decisions. Sadly, these screen colors are only vaguely related to the actual colors -- I wish I could give you a better representation.
Gorgeous? Ugly? Exciting? Scary? Never in a million years?
What do you think?