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Topic: it's not easy being GREEN - help me paint my house!  (Read 1023 times)
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« on: April 12, 2005 10:01:28 PM »

I have the desperate urge to repaint my entire house - it's a lovely 1927 wood-frame Craftsman-style house with gorgeous wood floors and almost every room is a horribly sanitary white.  The living room and one back bedroom are the only ones to escape (being deep forest-green and cobalt blue, respectively), and I love them.  The issue is that I adore bright, saturated colors and want every room a different color, but I'm a bit concerned about...  well, other people.  I don't want it to end up making their eyeballs peel (I'm already having a time convincing my fiance).

I think I want GREEN.  Tonal, from the living room to the laundry room, and INTENSE.  None of that watered-down neutral pastel hogwash.   From the slightly bluish green I already have, to kelly green (west wall of living room), to apple green (dining room), to acid lime (kitchen, possibly two shades), to canary yellow (laundry room).  The ceilings, trim, and doors would stay white.

It would look very vaguely like this.

Thank you MSPaint.

Except that there is NO WAY you could see all four rooms at once, in real life.  At the most, you can look into three rooms (living room, dining room, kitchen OR dining room, kitchen, laundry room).  Another option I'm very reluctantly considering is to leave the walls that awful white, and paint the ceilings those bright colors.

What do you think?  Would my dream house make my guests run screaming into the streets?
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« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2005 10:06:32 PM »

do it do it do it... whats the worst that can happen.. you dont like it and you have to paint again??? i think itd be wicked fun!!!!
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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2005 10:38:22 PM »

I say go for it, I think it'd look great!

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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2005 06:45:29 AM »

I think it'll look great!
And definitely I'd go w/ painting the walls & not the ceilings - dark or dark-ish ceilings can make the ceiling seem too low & can be a bit oppressive.
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2005 07:02:06 AM »

I'm not sure how these colors would fit in with a craftsman style house, but hey, that's what being a property owner is all about...
The canary yellow would look interesting on a ceiling.

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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2005 12:09:45 PM »

And large floor clothes on the hardwoods that you paint yourself by combining the colors of left over paint.  They would be your unifying element.
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2005 11:21:29 AM »

Green is a very eye-opening (literally, the eye opens wider to take in green--that's why we feel refreshed at the park) color that makes us feel good---but the wrong shade can be terrible to your skin.  Be careful with the lighting--too much harsh light coming down from just the ceiling will bounce that green all around your face, making you and everyone else look 'sickly' if you're not careful---balancing the light with plentiful sources at lower levels will take care of it.

Another note about green---when everything is green, the green will start to look like a neutral and fade into the background, which I take it is not what you're going for.  Using a few accents (pillows, cushions, painted furniture, whatever) in red tones (brick, rust or orangey reds, even salmons--just avoid too bright a red or you'll have christmas 24/7) to keep your lovely green 'perky'.  For example, Cherry wood furniture looks great with green because it has lots of red/orange tones. Keeping all the trim throughout the same white is a good way to go--will keep it all unified and crisp. Painting the ceilings is a tough one---it can make the room seem heavy, but it can also make it feel cozy, as if you are 'floating' in a field--it's balancing all that color with other, lighter materials and colors and good lighting that will make it work.

I'm crazy about green too, here's my own very bright 'granny smith apple green' kitchen a few years back, shown about 3/4 of the way through renovation (sadly, I don't live there anymore!): (note, I painted the ceiling and the trim all the same shade of green--it worked because two of the walls were a different material all together which kept it from being 'too much'.)

Share pics when you're done!!  I'm excited to see the results!!
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