Wednesday, February 27

Riddle Me This, Batman!






Same wall, same camera, same settings, same ambient lighting, same everything - except the photos were taken about 30 seconds apart, at 7 pm. One was taken up close and one was zoomed. Why do they look so different in color???


The bottom photo is more near to the actual colors. These walls were never painted before. When I put up the wallpaper 25 years ago, I stripped off the old paper and I painted the walls with a quick release stuff so that the paper would come off easily when I wanted to remove it. The wall board has darkened over the years and maybe the quick release stuff darkened them too. I know that after I have patched all the nail holes (and if you remember seeing my kitchen, you know there were many of them) and sanded, the walls will look a lot better, even without paint! LOL

The area I painted on the wall this morning (right side) is a Benjamin Moore sample called Dill Pickle. I like it, but I am afraid it will be too dark in the late afternoons and at night. The kitchen faces north, and so it is bright and sunny in the mornings, but not so much later on in the day. The lighting isn't really sufficient in there, and I want to remedy that soon. Of course, once the ceiling is painted white again, it will be better.

The two paint squares on the left are Behr paint from Home Depot. I have thought I was partial to either of the colors on the bottom, especially the one on the right. It has just the right amount of yellow for me, but I know it will look darker on the walls. I think I will buy a quart of that and paint a larger patch and see what happens. What do you think?

15 comments:

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Whatever happened to off-white walls? Goes with everything.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

I kind of like the left hand sample. Looks more sage-y to me (??).

Awareness said...

I painted my bedroom a light sage and I really like it. My kitchen has white cupboards, so I was able to paint the walls a dark blue green......like yours it gets the morning sunlight.

Given the dark baseboards and framing, I would go with a lighter sage/dill pickle.... :)

just my thoughts.

btw. we used the home depot paint in our hallway...a beautiful butter yellow. It's CHIPPING already!!! I love the Benjamin Moore paint because it's way more durable and it's creamier...

Alice said...

I like the left sample better. I think a sage would look great in your kitchen/breakfast room. It might help to prime the walls if they've never been painted. That might show the colors better too.

Shelly said...

Primer is a good idea, as is trying a quart. I've had great success with Benjamin Moore, the Behr from Home Depot...not so much...it just doesn't cover as good. Sometimes if the hubby isn't sure about a color I tell him I'll change it if he wants me to...I tell him "it's just paint!"

JeanMac said...

I love sage color

Marty said...

I like the darker color. It exudes confidence.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I cannot get over that you are doing tgis ALL yourself, Judy! You must be in GREAT Shape, my dear....

I think that is a very good idea to paint a bigger patch....then maybe you can tell better at different times of the day, you know?

BTW: My part 2 of the Oscar stuff is up!

Sky said...

we did a room in a shade of green similar to yours, and i was afraid of the same issue. we have chair molding around the room which was easy to do. i had it painted a satiny white (not oil but is shinier than flat). all the woodwork around the windows and floor are painted in the same white. the ceiling is a normal off white for ceilings. i had the lower walls beneath the chair molding painted in the darker sage green (your dill pickle color but ours may be a little more olive). i had the upper walls painted in the lightest shade possible of that color family - a very, very pale green that blends into in that color family but is so pale you don't even notice the green until you study it. it is beautiful and light and crips and clean! the lighter color on the higher walls opens the room more and makes the ceiling look higher as well. i couldn't be happier with the entire project.

Diane Mandy said...

I'm in the minority. I like the darker dill pickle.

Laura said...

You might want to paint the wall a white primer coat, using Kilz or other good quality brand. It dries very fast, and once you paint the green sample over the white, the difference will be outstanding.


I've used Behr all over my house with good success. But I've also had surprising success with Glidden, which isn't supposed to be a good brand.
Ralph Lauren paints in the bedroom came out beautiful, but it was hard to apply to the wall.

good luck!

tiff said...

Valspar paint from Lowes is awesome. Really thick, covers beautifully, and isn't stinky (much).

I'm going with the sage green on the lower left. Nice.

Oh, and I'm going out to get a sketch book this weekend. Want one? :)

Shephard said...

Benjamin Moore Dill Pickle is EXACTLY the shade we painted our dining room, Told you I liked it. lol It's very bright and cheery.
~S

Carolyn said...

Good idea to paint those small patches! The primer will change the shade a little though, so you'll probably make your final decision after you prime, then repaint the samples ;)

And I say go with what works best in your eyes-- you may want to keep in mind any upholstered chair fabrics and curtains that go in there too ;)

Confused enough yet? LOL!

PI said...

My kitchen walls are white - which I never tire of and the paraphanalia, curtains etc etc warm it up. It always is warm as there is an AGA which we keep going all the time.