Sunday, May 07, 2006

The Old Switch-A-Roo

I don’t always know what I like or want. And sometimes when I don’t like something, it’s not always immediately apparent to me that I don’t like it. I mean, if I really like something or I really don’t like something, then I know it right off. It’s those gray areas that are hard, when I sort of like something but not really. Those are the hard ones to figure out.

There is a tipping point where I can sometimes tolerate something, and sometimes I can’t. The closer to the middle, the less sure I can say which way I will go. It’s at these times that I have to distance myself from what ever it is that I’m not sure about, and not really think about it. This thing that I’m not sure about moves to the subconscious and the decision is made in another part of the brain that I’m not aware of. This is what happened with the trim color. I liked it, but something wasn’t quite right. My brain knew it, but it wasn’t immediately apparent to me.

The Livable Green Trim Color is too light for the trim. It seems it’s too light for just about anything but highlights. I repainted all the trim today using the Clary Sage. So now I have the same exact two colors on both floors except they are reversed. On the first floor one is body and the trim is the other, and it’s just the opposite on the second floor. It seems I’m having trouble living with the Livable Green. So now the question is, what to do with 4 gallons of Livable Green.

I’m considering trying it on the attic gables. This may work. Next I’m going to paint the skirting and the thought was to do a darker green on the skirting than on the first floor body. So if I did the attic gables with the Livable Green there would be a steady progression of darker shades of green as you move up the house. All of the sunbursts would stay the Livable Green to tie it altogether. It could work.

Dark, dark skirting
Dark first floor body
Lighter second floor body
Very light attic gables

Here’s where I stand now. Again, I'm not sure how well the contrast shows up, but to me it makes a world of difference.




Anonymous said...

You mentioned in an earlier post that the saleslady at Sherwin Williams was painting her house using Clary Sage and Livable Green. Well, maybe she'd be interested in buying your surplus of Livable Green? Also, your latest attempt is the best yet. Looks great!

Anonymous said...

I like what you are doing. I think the red is a nice touch.

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Joan said...

I see the difference. The Livable Green looks like white in the photos. I understand your discomfort with it.

Monica said...

That looks much better. The livable green was so white and washed out looking next to the darker greens. It's purty!