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Making a Splash with Paint

Making a bold statement is so hard sometimes.  I'm tired of the boring "builder white" in my house.  We have this "tower" in the front entry that I've been wanting to make a splash with.  After 2 1/2 years, we finally got some paint samples and slapped them up on the wall. 

After all this time of looking at colors on swatches, I've got to admit that I'm a little disappointed as to the colors on the wall.  Here's the "tower" and then a closer up look at the four selections we thought we narrowed it down to...

paint samples

paint samples

I'm leaning towards the dark Firebrick red in the lower right corner.  The yellow was supposed to be gold.  The coral was supposed to be a softer Firebrick.  The beige color is a surprise contender... this color is actually the color that was on every single wall in our Dallas house that we absolutely hated with a deep passion because the entire house looked yellow... perception is completely different when it's not the entire house... I wonder how the paint moved to Austin and why it doesn't look yellow... it was sneaky.

Any opinions?  No burnt orange colors, and we have chosen a green/olive for the kitchen to compliment the cherry cabinets.

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Comment balloon 23 commentsDonna Harris • September 27 2011 03:36PM

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Yes, color really makes a big difference.  Send a Before and AFTER once you are done.

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) over 8 years ago

I do like the Firebrick Red. Yellow should only be used in small doeses otherwise it over powers the room.

Posted by Krista Lombardi (Prudential Calfornia Realty) over 8 years ago

Donna, our bedroom is that dark firebrick red... LOVE it!  And our family room is a really mossy green with red accents.... we ran into trouble in the kitchen.  It's painted like a bright poppy red but my husband INSISTED on green cabinets.  His family said it looks like someone threw up Christmas in our kitchen!  Now he agrees, we need to paint 'em white!  Good luck with your project!

and PS, don't forget to send the after picture!

Posted by Linda K. Mayer, Realtor, SRES, SoCAL, A REALTOR YOU CAN TRUST (License # 01767321) over 8 years ago

Wow!  Your house will be gorgeous!  I like the red and the beige.  However, as your comments suggest that you know, when the entire room is a color it seems to change!  Have fun, and send me referrals in Collin County!

Posted by Susi Mitchell (Halo Group Realty) over 8 years ago

Mike just came downstairs and he's basically scared of the Red thinking it's going to be too much. I told him it's only paint and can be changed if we don't like it... he wants to mix the beige with the yellow and try for a rich gold... we'll see.

 

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

Donna - Big any color tends to shrink once white rooms although the effect can be striking. Keeping the sample spots in place as a conversation starter could last you for years without having to make a decision ~ then again living with decisions is half the fun of life. What a book title: "The Room Where Christmas Threw  Up".

Posted by Larry O'Sullivan over 8 years ago

I like the dark Firebrick red too Donna. Don't ever do turquoise though, it looks like fish world LOL.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

I love the Firebrick Red!  That is a no-guts, no-glory kind of color and your space can carry it off.

Posted by Allen 2222 over 8 years ago

Go bold, Donna, pick the red!  The green in the kitchen will be a great compliment.  I love red walls!

Posted by Didi Doolittle, Vail, CO Realtor 970.232.8225 (Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate, Eagle Office) over 8 years ago

I think I'll paint a larger red area so he can see more of the effect.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

I did my hall in something similar to the darker red a few years ago.  It looks much better then the beige that was there.

Posted by Rodney Mason, VP of Mortgage Lending - AL, FL, GA, SC, & TN (Guaranteed Rate NMLS# 2611) over 8 years ago

The firebrick red is bold and would be awesome! Go for it :)

Posted by Stefanie Cohen, PA, "I Love to Sell Real Estate and it Shows" (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty) over 8 years ago

The red is bold, it sure will make that area stand out. I like the beige as my first choice... I hope you post the pictures when it is completed. Good luck with the painting and have a great day

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 8 years ago

While I love the firebrick red it might be too much for the two-story foyer. I'd play it safe and go with the beige.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

Here is my current wall pallet, in addition to my two kitchen selections... I think I'm now leaning towards the lower left. The upper right is actually a chocolate/red color. It looks nice, but doesn't photograph well.

I prefer the green on the left as it's more green rather than gray.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

I have green in my kitchen with Cherry cabinets and I like that combination. 

Posted by Rodney Mason, VP of Mortgage Lending - AL, FL, GA, SC, & TN (Guaranteed Rate NMLS# 2611) over 8 years ago

Donna:  It's time that you finally realize that what YOU like is not important... it's what Alyssa likes that counts.

Me... I think the red gives you less options as far as how else to decorate.  I like the beige.  many more options with furniture and wall-hangings.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 8 years ago

Alyssa liked the bright yellow and coral. When I painted over them, her new selections are the gray and the dark gold on the bottom left.  I think they were just more at eye level for her.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

Wow, Bold you're right....  I have yellow/kinda sorta gold on my walls when I moved in in 2004. I'm probably tired of color. So, I'm doing the opposite of you. I'm going light. Probably in the light gray hue. I'm also getting dark espresso hard wood floors. So, I cant wait to be able to get this remodel project done (hopefully in less than 2 years) as my pay-off the mortgage gift to myself.

The darker colors do make the house dark. Especially in the winter, makes it more gloomy.

But like you said, it's just colors. I'd find a complementary color to the green - if you are certain with the kitchen. Perhaps it's my personal taste, but having too many colors (from one position where I stand) makes me feel it's like a circus.

Depending on the theme of your decor.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co.) over 8 years ago

Hi Donna,

You have quite a project going on! Love the green in the kitchen..not sure you will "Love" the red once you got it up..but it's only paint and you can always change it..we want to see the after pictures.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 8 years ago

Donna, What ever color you land on, I'm sure it will be OK. Why no burnt orange? When it's time to sell, somebody in the Austin area is bound to think that a wise color selection. Unless the prospective Buyer is an Aggie.

Posted by Wayne Johnson, San Antonio REALTOR, San Antonio Homes For Sale (Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper REALTORS®) over 8 years ago

Wayne:  Ahhh... Texas' beloved Aggies.  I remember when I first moved to Texas in 1982... I was surprised to find that all of the "blonde jokes" that I knew and loved... had become "Aggie jokes."  And they fit the Aggie stereotype better than they fit the blonde stereotype.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 8 years ago

We chose a nice golden yellow for the kitchen...

The Kitchen isn't picture-ready yet, but it's a nice green! I'll post a new blog post when it's all complete.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) over 8 years ago

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