Picking Paint Colors
Just to remind you, this is what I'm envisioning for the dining room (one dark accent wall and the remainder of the walls a lighter neutral).
Most of the main floor of our house is Montpelier Ashlar Gray (it's a warm gray that takes on either a beige or gray hue depending on the lighting). I love how versatile this color is. For the lighter color in the dining and formal living room, I'm thinking that I want to use Woodlawn Bedroom white - the lightest color on the same color chip. I'm not usually a white wall person, but I think that painting the whole room a deep blue/gray will make it feel too dark. But we'll see once the color starts going up on the walls.
Here are some of the color swatches I came home with. I know what you're thinking - these all look pretty much the same right?
I am planning to either go with Mark Twain Gray Brick or High Speed Steel. After examining them in different lights and over a couple of days (to make sure I really did like them), I brought the chips into the dining room to make sure that they didn't clash with the art work or the curtains already in there.
To my surprise, I found that the artwork was the exact color scheme I was looking to implement in the house.
I guess that says I'm on the right track as to what colors I like. :) I'm fairly certain that we'll end up with Mark Twain Gray Brick (the darkest color). I think it will add a really nice rich accent against the white walls.
What do you think? One extra dark accent wall, or one shade lighter and paint all of the walls that color?