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shapeshifter 03-21-2007 07:48 PM

Mult-purpose living area decorating
Yea!!! Thank you, Nathan.

Here goes:

My main living area and kitchen kind of morph from one to the other. I'm thinking about painting the living area a shade color, and the kitchen a brighter shade of the same color [SW's Gold Vessel]. I don't want a lot of difference but just some delineation between the spaces. On fireplace wall, I'd like to go a totally different direction to make the fireplace pop. Was thinking of a coordinating shade of darker gold or even into the brown family.


Suggestions? :)

slickshift 03-21-2007 10:59 PM

Are the floors the same in both rooms?

shapeshifter 03-22-2007 09:36 AM

Yes they are. I'm planning a re-do sometime down the line but the flooring will still be the same.

slickshift 03-22-2007 09:24 PM

You'll have to go more than a couple of shades to notice the difference
The light changes alone during the day can make the paint on one wall look a shade or two different

If it's not enough of a difference it'll just look like it's the light in the room

shapeshifter 03-24-2007 06:01 PM

So, decorators, what DO you suggest?

My living area [few windows and quite dark] has a huge fireplace wall and morphs right into the kitchen area [one east-facing window.] They share the same floor and ceiling colors.

I have already painted another room in the house a warm golden color [SW "Gold Vessel"] and we love it. It even makes the room bright at night.

Should I paint the darker living area a darker gold and go light in the kitchen? Or vice versa? I'd love to paint the little bit of wall that fireplace is on a really rich vibrant color. Again, ligher or darker?


yummy mummy 03-25-2007 11:17 AM

Can you post a picture?

shapeshifter 03-25-2007 04:59 PM

Yep, but I have to clean house first,,,,:laughing:

shapeshifter 03-26-2007 06:35 PM

Here are some images. Just to the right of the shelves is the entry way. The fireplace wall is directly across from the shelves. You can see how the main living area morphs right into the kitchen. To the left of the fridge will be a small dining area.

I want to paint the entry way, living room, and new dining area, a light shade of Sherwin Williams "Gold Vessel", and the kitchen a darker shade.


yummy mummy 03-26-2007 07:46 PM

The pictures are really small.
Hard to see what you mean.

shapeshifter 03-26-2007 07:54 PM

I know. Hard to get them the right size that DIY will let download

yummy mummy 03-26-2007 08:40 PM

Use photobucket or
If you use photobucket, choose message board size, and that should work better.

Try it.

yummy mummy 03-26-2007 11:19 PM

Are the tiles terracotta?

slickshift 03-27-2007 06:33 AM

That would look great
Keep in mind the trim, floors, and cabinets, are "golden", so with Gold Vessel ( on the walls, the place will be reeeeeeeeeaaaaaaallllllllyyyy gold
Like "Hello, I'm Gold...did I mention I'm Gold?"-gold
I'm not saying that's bad, just be prepared for some gold

yummy mummy 03-27-2007 08:28 AM

This is what I would do, but this is just my personal opinion and taste.
What you want to do is just fine, because you are the one living with it.

I would carry the same colour throughout, using the lighter gold that you have mentioned, because of the floor being the same everywhere.

For the fireplace wall, I would totally go different so that you can draw attention to it. I would go with a cranberry colour. Similar to th candles that are in front of the fireplace.

This is just my opinion and taste.

shapeshifter 03-27-2007 01:00 PM

Thank both. Yummy, cranberry or a really nice darker terra cotta is exactly what I want on the fireplace wall.

The cabinets are going to be stripped and re-stained so the color in the kitchen is something I failed to take into consideration. There is not a lot of wall space that will be painted, just the soffits and a small wall with a door in it. Thanks for the heads-up, slick.

I know that color is gold, I used it right out of the can in one of the bedrooms and we love it. It makes the room very warm, inviting and bright even after dark.

That's why we were thinking of a lighter shade of the same hue for the rest of the house, rather than the way it comes right out of the can.

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