It’s not often that I feel compelled to change wall colors. When it comes right down to it, painting over and over again is a total bother, and I don’t like painting enough to make it a reoccurring project. Nonetheless, this little bugger really got to me:
That nugget of Rustic Gold caught my eye because it’s very much like the Burnished Bronze and Venetian Gold colors that occupy my own living space. Three years in and I still adore its depth and warmth. In real life, it’s a surprisingly neutral hue and accepts most every shade as a viable counterpart; I have it color blocked with Behr’s Summer Field in the living room and on the north wall of the dining room. Works with every mood. Vibes with every season.
It wasn’t until I saw that friendly little paint swatch pinned on Pinterest that I began considering alternate color pairings for my own Rustic Gold, a complementary color that was a little bit lighter, a little bit less yellow, like the Champagne that it was featured with. All I know is that something more champagne and less summer field would let me also embrace the fun seafoam green on the pinned paint palette too (but let’s not even get into that yet).
So, I did what any normal person would do: I brought home 52 paint chips.
A lot of options, yes, but each of the 52 shades need not apply for the position; shades similar to my current dark gold, for instance, were just on the same palettes as other light and champagne-y favorable shades. And there seemed to be a lot of green on the table when I got home. And that was disappointing. Those florescent store lights really trick a girl’s eye.
I narrowed down quickly to 10 options (no over thinking), and then chiseled the selection to three clean choices, each of which I then had morphed into sample pot form at Home Depot. As I found with Julia’s bedroom paint options, the samples are a good way to go, and the three that I brought home were:
- Behr Sliced Cucumber
- Behr Desert Springs
- Valspar Fennel Splash (as a custom color match)
In various placements throughout the living room and dining room, I’m having a hard time making a decision on what I like more, or if I still like the original summer field yellow and should ditch the idea of mixing it up. Help me out.
Coordinating with the above numerical order, here’s how it looks above the mantle (beside a shade of orange that is currently an accent color throughout the house):
And on a wall beside the sunroom door above our repaired Sauder shelving unit:
And also in a wall that faces the dining room, adjacent to the shiplap paneled wall. In this picture, you can catch a glimpse of the above swatches in the background:
I’m liking #3 and I think it’s the most like the sample Champagne. But that’s not for certain, because #2 looks pretty in the shade and in the incandescent light, although it’s definitely more gray than champagne. And I also still like the summer field color that was there originally, but I am starting to think it’s too cheery-yellow in comparison to these other more neutral options. #1 is out for the count because it’s blue-green in person, not champagne, and looks wrong in every light. What do you think?
P.S. The paint swatch pin at the beginning of this post had been uploaded to Pinterest by someone else and lacks its source URL (gasp). If you know where it originated, let me know. If you made it, you’re a genius.
P.P.S. Lots of paint palette talk in this post. Interested in seeing all of the colors? Check out this post.