Remember in my last dining room blog post I asked for opinions on what to do with this wall?
Well, I then started looking at sample paint colors on Sherwin Williams’ website, and they have this neat feature where you can upload one of your photos, and “paint” the wall a color so you can get an idea of what it would look like in YOUR space. So I uploaded the above picture and I must have tried 20+ colors in shades of blue, gray, beige, taupe and nothing was really wowing me. That is until Black Fox. Here’s what it looked like when I put Black Fox on the wall:
Lush. Crisp. Dark. And no I am not talking about the werewolf from Twilight…
Though I guess lush, crisp and dark works for him, too.
But anyway. Back to the paint. Black Fox looked good (hypothetically) to me. It made my cabinets pop. Really pop. Which I like. Plus it adds a sense of balance to a otherwise very white/beige room. I googled the paint color, and I found this gorgeous dining room painted entirely in Black Fox.
And I was even MORE convinced that it was the perfect shade of dark gray/brown for the room. So, DH and I went to Sherwin Williams on Sunday and picked up a gallon of urbane bronze paint.
I know. What happened to Black Fox? Well, DH liked urbane bronze better and since they were so close to being the same color, I went with it.
I cut in the walls and borders of the cabinets, and I kind of liked the color. Then I did one coat, and it was streaky. Then I did another until finally I had a solid urbane bronze colored wall:
I still hadn’t done the 2nd coat yet, so ignore the streaks at the top.
How the room looks at night.
I like it. I think. I knew with the Rustoleum cabinet kit that I hated the paint and stopped. With this wall, I kept going because I am thinking it’ll look good once I finish the whole room. I think.
It’s dark. Really dark. I’d describe it as chocolate brown mixed with dark grey. I don’t think I had good light when I took those photos, so I’m sure you’re looking at my pics saying, “That is BLACK.” I promise it’s not.
How do you know when/if you love a paint color? Is it instant or do you live with it for awhile and decide? It’s growing on me day-by-day, but I’ll make the final determination when the whole room is put together, hopefully by the end of summer.
But, I still need your help because I am indecisive. Should I leave the wall as is (urbane bronze colored) OR leave it as is and add a lovely damask pattern (in metallic) over it for a nice, chic wallpaper look?
Credit: Royal Design Stencils
Credit: Cutting Edge Stencils
Also, now that I have a dark wall, what color curtains should I get for the opposing wall:
I was thinking these very affordable, very luxe white grommet curtains from Curtainworks (I’d get them in the 95-inch length):
I love these from Ballard Designs, but at $180 a panel (yes, really)…um, no.
There is, however, a sorta similar cheap knockoff at Wal-Mart that I’d like in the vanilla color (sadly, they only come in 84-inch length):
Well, what do you think? Which curtains should I get? Are there any other you’ve seen that would be affordable and great for my space? Does the length matter?