paint color flow from room to room

hershal2calJanuary 15, 2014
we are building a new home and I love muted color. thinking of Sherwin Williams: Cottage Cream, Sea Salt and Ancient Marble throughout the home. do you think these colors have the same intensity and dirty/clean feel which will flow harmoniously? I haven't selected the fixed elements yet but want an idea of my palette when I do. I plan to go with the right white tones for cabinets, trim and a med brown tone hardwood.
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sunnydrew
Would you be kind enough to explain "dirty/clean feel" to me? I have never heard that before.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 7:57AM
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hershal2cal
When I say "clean" I mean clear, fresh colors and "dirty" are more neutralized and "grayed down". A clean color next to a more neutralized color will make the neutralized color look dirty. Check out Maria Killam's blog. The wrong mix has always bugged me but I never knew why until I started following her blog.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 8:02AM
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trebinje
Sea Salt and Ancient Marble are the same intensity, but Cottage Cream is more saturated and, to my eye, doesn't harmonize with the other two because of its gold/yellow undertone.

The combo of Sea Salt and Ancient Marble is beautiful. And the combo of Ancient Marble and Cottage Cream is nice. But I don't see all three flowing together that well.

Cottage Cream being the 'odd man out', look for a substitution, perhaps looking at the color strips between Sea Salt and Ancient Marble ... something in that range and of same intensity.

Or, maybe the third color isn't so much of a color as an off-white that compliments the other two.
    Bookmark   Thanked by hershal2cal    January 15, 2014 at 8:08AM
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hershal2cal
Thank you! I had a bad feeling about Cottage Cream. I am looking for a color that "reads yellow" but doesn't scream yellow to use with the Sea salt and Ancient Marble. Any ideas for me? I really appreciate the feedback!
    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 8:13AM
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hershal2cal
Would make it easier if I gave the numbers . . . SW 6204 = Sea Salt; SW 6162 = Ancient Marbled; SW 7678 = Cottage Cream. Thinking Cottage Cream is out. How about SW 6134 Netsuke instead?
    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 8:23AM
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trebinje
Let's post these so everyone can jump in ... pick a third color to harmonize with Sea Salt and Ancient Marble .... recognizing that everyone's monitors will render differently ...

Sea Salt SW6204 Paint · More Info

Ancient Marble · More Info

Linen White 912 by Benjamin Moore · More Info

Cottage Cream · More Info

Netsuke · More Info
    Bookmark   Thanked by hershal2cal    January 15, 2014 at 8:43AM
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Lion Windows and Doors
Cottage Cream will look nice
    Bookmark   Thanked by hershal2cal    January 15, 2014 at 8:44AM
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trebinje
What about BM Linen White to sub for SW Cottage Cream? It's a rich, warm off-white with yellow undertone. Linen White is on the walls in this serene bedroom.
Amagansett Beach Retreat · More Info

Linen White 912 by Benjamin Moore · More Info
    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 4:19PM
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hershal2cal
Thank you. that is a great idea that I will keep in mind. My problem is that hubby has always wanted a yellow kitchen and I have yet to do it! Thought I should try this time.
    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 5:28PM
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vjs12
Looking at the SW deck of colors, SW6127 Ivoire or SW6120 Believable Buff goes well with Ancient Marble & Sea Salt.
    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 6:26PM
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hershal2cal
Thank you! I will take a look at Ivorie. That still looks like a muted yellow.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 15, 2014 at 6:54PM
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hershal2cal
I think linen white is going to win! The three colors together gives the serene feel I am looking for. Thanks to all for your help.
    Bookmark   January 16, 2014 at 9:39AM
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robbarkhouse
Have a look at Benjamin Moore's "Color Stories" collection. It's a collection of 240 colors that are made without any black or gray tint. I've used a few of them in my apt. and they appear "clean" no matter the lighting conditions, or time of day/night.
    Bookmark   February 4, 2014 at 3:19AM
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