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Old 04-04-2007, 11:18 PM   #21
 
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the hgtv site is getting dangerous for me! too many ideas, it's making it worse I think. :P

So I watched this video and I love the colors, esp the contrast with the yellow walls and the reds:
http://design.hgtv.com/kitchen/video_detail.aspx?id=163

How do you think the Quilt Gold would go with my burgundy and red grape accents? Too bright? While driving around today on errands, I took notice of homes' colors, which I liked and didn't. Neutral beige is seeming boring now. But a bold color won't detract from the cabinets or counter?


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How would Daffodil look with my other colors?
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I'm having fun on the SW site. I'm liking the Anjou Pear on the walls with Leap Frog accents (rug and chairs in the pic). I actually think most of my grape-y stuff has lots of greens and golds to it (mostly leaves with grapes as an accent).
I like that color combination on the computer, but I would have to see them up close to get a real "feel" for it.

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How do you think the Quilt Gold would go with my burgundy and red grape accents? Too bright? While driving around today on errands, I took notice of homes' colors, which I liked and didn't. Neutral beige is seeming boring now. But a bold color won't detract from the cabinets or counter?
I really don't think a bold color will detract if you choose the *right* bold color. If you stick with the gold family, it has the warmth in it that compliments the cherry cabinetry. Now, if you would go with a cool color, say a green, blue, or purple, then yes -- it would detract from the cabinets. Also, you want the counters to stand out and going with a neutral beige/off white won't detract -- it will all blend in together, therefor not making the countertops stand out.

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How would Daffodil look with my other colors?
Now, I think Daffodil and Quilt Gold are looking too yellow. And mixed with the Leap Frog green, it's really picking up a green hue to me. I think you need to select a warmer yellow. I do like the Anjou Pear with the Leap Frog Green, but it's hard to select an accent color based on a paint swatch -- you never know if you will find that specific color of green in a rug or whatnot. However, stick with that color family -- just don't have your heart set on finding a Leap Frog Green canister set -- with accent colors you have to be a little forgiving.

I think what you need to do is go to, like Home Depot and Lowes, and take a look at their kitchen vignettes. If you find one similar to your kitchen (cherry cabinets and a neutral counter), take some paint samples over and see which ones you like. I think right now, you need to see paint selections in person at this point.
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Old 04-05-2007, 12:05 PM   #24
 
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So not too yellow or peachy, just golden?

You know, they have our countertop at the local Lowe's (that's where we fell for it). I'm not sure of the cabinetry with it, but I'll run by there and check out the paints with it.

Thank you so much for all your help.
And everyone else that chimed in too.
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So I already had a bunch of swatches from Home Depot, and I went and picked up a bunch more from Lowe's today. My brain is melting! I can't find anything that looks like the Anjou Pear. The nearest SW is a drive, but I think I'll have to head out there soon. If I can get a swatch, HD or Lowe's can color match it, if needed later. Then I can see how the swatch goes in the kitchen.

I googled tuscan kitchen and have been studying every picture I can find for color schemes. I'll be so happy when we just choose a color so we can paint. I really like the faux finishes but don't know if it would be too much in there.

BTW, the backsplash we are planning is tumbled slate in ciarro, with copper scudo inserts.
scudo, page 13 here: http://www.westminsterceramics.com/catalog/METAL.pdf
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I went to SW and got a ton more swatches. The Anjou Pear looks so much more greenish-gold than it appears on screen. So I looked for something similar to how it appears (more of an orange/peach/gold blend). I can't find anything exact, but within the range.

The 2 people there actually suggested more red tones, like a brick red or dark terracotta (Baked Clay and Coral Island). I took samples of the counter top and cabinets with me. I don't want to go that red or deep though.

But now I have hundreds of colors to look at. So many of them look fine in the store, but really look "off" in the kitchen/dining areas. Too mustard or green, whatever.

I know, I'm probably driving you all nuts with all this. :P If anyone is still taking time to read....
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If anyone is still reading....

We're probably getting Behr paint (best CR rating and literally right around the corner). We're looking at Fresh Praline 280C-3 and Chai Latte 290C-3 for colors. They look the closest in person to the Anjou Pear onscreen. But not quite as golden maybe. The smallest samples they have at the store are quarts. I may have to order 8 oz ones online and wait. We'll see.

Today, I'm painting the ceiling Polar Bear white, so it's not a stark white but it has just a touch of umber in the mix (so they said) to warm it up. Walls come later.
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We're probably getting Behr paint (best CR rating and literally right around the corner). We're looking at Fresh Praline 280C-3 and Chai Latte 290C-3 for colors. They look the closest in person to the Anjou Pear onscreen. But not quite as golden maybe. The smallest samples they have at the store are quarts. I may have to order 8 oz ones online and wait. We'll see.

Today, I'm painting the ceiling Polar Bear white, so it's not a stark white but it has just a touch of umber in the mix (so they said) to warm it up. Walls come later.


I'm still reading -- just have been away all weekend!

Anyway, be careful with Behr paint. We used it on our house back in Ohio. I love it -- but it's VERY shiney. Their semi-gloss (which is usually recommended in a kitchen) is as shiney as other brand's high gloss. We luckily painted our kitchen when they accepted returned paint because we originally used semi-gloss in our kitchen and returned it for satin. We were able to scrub the paint with no problem. The semi-gloss (we painted ours a yellow, too, actually!) was almost blinding when the morning sun hit the sheen.

That said, we also used Glidden paint in the bathrooms (again, should be semi-gloss finish) and we actually preferred the Glidden over the Behr. Behr can dry fast -- sometimes TOO fast.

I feel like I'm Miss Negative on this thread. Just adding some personal experience!
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I HATE Behr paint. Whenever I've used it, I've been very dissapointed.
It has horrible coverage. I ended up going back to my old reliable standby, Sherwin Williams. They have that "superpaint" that I love.
Also, Benjamin Moore is excellent as well. More expensive, but you use less of it and it makes the job SO much easier. Same thing with buying brushes. I have a collection of cheap brushes that I use for little touch ups, but for real painting, I have some high quality brushes that are awesome and make painting a snap.
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Old 04-09-2007, 09:29 PM   #30
 
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Well, we did paint the ceiling with the Behr ceiling paint (flat). It seems like it came out alright. It's too dark to tell now since we don't have lights installed in the kitchen/dining right now. It was still wet this evening, so I'll have to wait until the morning sun hits the rooms for a better look.

So then, Behr isn't all the rave that Consumer Reports says?!
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Don't know if that's a free or paid page. ??

There really isn't much paint in the kitchen side (strip above window and one smaller one by fridge), so most is in the dining side. Other than the one wall that runs along the end of the penninsula from kitchen to dining. So we were thinking of using an eggshell or even flat enamel for the walls. Any thoughts? I figure the tuscan look shouldn't be shiny! We've also never had to "scrub" the walls in our kitchens, so I figure a flatter-but-washable finish is ok.


CurlOnWheels - do you have access to the SW paints, or are you looking online only? I ask because, to us, the Sociable on the strip looks like the Anjou Pear looks onscreen. We thought of going with that.

And BTW, Home Depot was able to pull up the color codes for the SW and they can make the same color.

But at least the ceiling is done so the contractors can install the crown molding, and the range and refrigerator! YAY!
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I HATE Behr paint. Whenever I've used it, I've been very dissapointed.
It has horrible coverage. I ended up going back to my old reliable standby, Sherwin Williams. They have that "superpaint" that I love.
Also, Benjamin Moore is excellent as well. More expensive, but you use less of it and it makes the job SO much easier. Same thing with buying brushes. I have a collection of cheap brushes that I use for little touch ups, but for real painting, I have some high quality brushes that are awesome and make painting a snap.
Is the SuperPaint better than the Duration Home? CR doesn't rate the SP, only the Duration. How is the sheen on the finishes?
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I've used Behr paint a lot and been quite happy with it.
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So then, Behr isn't all the rave that Consumer Reports says?!
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Don't know if that's a free or paid page. ??

CurlOnWheels - do you have access to the SW paints, or are you looking online only? I ask because, to us, the Sociable on the strip looks like the Anjou Pear looks onscreen. We thought of going with that.
I was looking online for paint only.

Honestly, I worked at Home Depot as a kitchen designer before we left Ohio. One thing that I learned while working there is that Consumer Report is not the be-all, end-all of investigating journalism. Many times, we would have people come in to buy appliances (I didn't work in appliances, but I saw this happen and heard the stories) with the latest CR and want the highest rated fridge. All was fine and dandy and 9 times out of 10, the fridge that the customer wanted was a good model. However, the article would compare it with other fridges that were not comparable. For instance, you cannot compare an LG or Maytag Ice2-O to a Hotpoint. The Hotpoint fridge is usually only purchased by people not using the fridge (property owners to purchase for rented units). I'm not sure if all CR articles are like that, but when it came to things we would be brought in at Home Depot, it did. Same for the paint.

Another thing I don't like about Behr is it's so plastic. If you use a stir stick and then let the stick dry, you can basically peel off the paint in one pull. Paint shouldn't be able to peel off so easily.

Behr flat paint is the best because you don't see the rollermarks left behind that so many customers complained about with the other sheens. Good luck!
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Another thing I don't like about Behr is it's so plastic. If you use a stir stick and then let the stick dry, you can basically peel off the paint in one pull. Paint shouldn't be able to peel off so easily.

Behr flat paint is the best because you don't see the rollermarks left behind that so many customers complained about with the other sheens. Good luck!
I hear ya on the CR info, I don't take it as the gospel but I used it as a rough guide. I will say that they didn't rate the range I chose very high for repairs, but then it's only based on CR customers who reported their maintenance problems. I liked the options and the range, so I got it anyway.
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Forgot to ask: the SW Sociable is on the same color strip as the Tigereye. It is 3 steps lighter, the 3rd one from the top. Do you think that makes it a good tone? It seems to be a peachy orange color, not very yellow but not too peachy when compared to the peacher tones in the next strip. It does look closest to the Anjou Pear onscreen. The next step over is way too golden.

So, should I just go with the Sherwin Williams paint then? Duration or the SuperPaint?

Also, should I go with a brighter white trim? We don't have crown molding or trim at the ceilings or all the way around the windows (debating putting some, but is that tuscan?), just the baseboard and window ledge. I also wonder if we shouldn't rip out the baseboards and put the smnaller tile as a baseboard when we *do* put tile on the floor someday.
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OK, are the colors in this picture anywhere near the colors we're looking for?

There are more orange/peach tones on the top left corner, more yellow/gold tones to the top right. Which is better? I like both.


Would this curtain be totally tacky for the sliding glass door?
http://www.touchofclasscatalog.com/j...keyword=tuscan
It's kind of cool to have a tuscan scene in the background.
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bumping for some input. hoping to paint this weekend.
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I just went looking for this topic! Thanks for the bump.

That is the EXACT color I was thinking of. With the color of your cabinets and countertops, you could probably get away with using either color from the corners. It's just a personal preference. And, if you do want to go with a more neutral color -- the beige lower right corner would also look stunning with your kitchen. It's not as "wild" as the other colors, but still deep enough to "pop" with the countertops and backsplash. I'm torn -- I like all three of those corners!

As for the curtain... I think you're crossing that "too themey" line with that. Sorry. I like more subtitley when it comes to design, personally. That plus the other curtains together are just too cutesy for my liking. However -- it's your home! Go with your gut!

I have no idea about the differences between SW paints Duration and SuperPaint. I would ask an associate which is better for touch-ups, clean-ups, and fading. I do think a regular white trim would look lovely. I don't think anyone will come into your kitchen and, turning their nose up, say "Ugh... your trim is SO not Tuscan!" For asthetics, I do like a baseboard rather than tile.

Let us know what you decide and please post after pictures!
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Thanks for the reply. I guess after searching for colors for so many weeks, you'll find the right picture and colors. But alas, which of the 3? I like them all too.

As far as the door curtain, I would prefer it didn't have the grapes along the top, just the scenery/view. And I certainly wouldn't use the other curtains with it, too much. Probably won't get it anyway.

I had thought of doing some sponging or other faux technique, but I'm not sure if it would be too much. And I think you have to mix with a glaze, too much work maybe. ?
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What about the color right where it says Diane Lane? Kind of a blend of all the colors? One of the swatches we're leaning towards is like that color. Creamy peachy golden blend.
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