Paint help
November 14, 2012 in Design Dilemma
Would it be too dark to paint the living room a charcoal color?
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Charcoal would be stunning. This living room is painted in Iron Mountain by Benjamin Moore: J. Hirsch Interior Design Portfolio 1 Love the floor, too. Love the sheer drapery panels: J. Hirsch Interior Design Portfolio 2 Great chandelier for space: J. Hirsch Interior Design
November 14, 2012 at 3:29pm   
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I agree, but if you are afraid it might be too dark, try a lighter shade of charcoal and only do an accent wall. But there is lots of daylight in the room so it shouldn't be an issue.

November 14, 2012 at 3:38pm     
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NO! Paint it a dark charcoal gray. Don't be timid and just do an accent wall. (I hate those.) And don't choose a light gray; it won't have the same warmth and drama. It will be stunning in a rich, deep gray. GO FOR IT!
November 14, 2012 at 3:51pm     
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Hell no....I mean heck no : /
November 14, 2012 at 3:59pm   
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Love, love your original charcoal concept...contrasts with light flooring, light glam and comfy!
November 14, 2012 at 4:13pm   
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
Hold off here. Let's hear what the lighting is like at night. I'd love a charcoal room that is properly lighted, but with the high ceilings shown, and the only visible light the one on the fan, I want to hear what the lighting plan will be.
Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
November 14, 2012 at 4:28pm   
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Thank you for the input! I have never been one to be afraid of dramatic color but I've never painted a room dark of this size. We just purchased this house so plan to make a lot of changes. Would a dark wood floor be okay if the walls are dark? There is white crown molding and plenty of light. Also the living room wall wraps into the foyer, do I keep it charcoal as well?
November 15, 2012 at 5:47am   
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
People who have dark wood floors typically love the look. But they hate the upkeep because every little thing shows! And dark floors with dark walls! Not a good idea. And I do not see the crown moulding you mentioned.

With your unusual ceiling angles, I would recommend painting the ceiling the same color as the walls. Otherwise you'll call unwanted attention to the unusual angles. Try loading a picture of your room onto the Sherwin-William's or Benjamin Moore's website where you can see one of their paint colors in your room.

I think you could well paint an accent wall in the room charcoal and the rest of the room in a gray 2 or 3 shades lighter.
Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
November 15, 2012 at 6:12am   
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