Good morning! I almost forgot about doing this month's View Outside My Window post! I spent all of yesterday afternoon at my art table working on my Country Diary painting, so I've decided to show you the view from my art table. By doing this post first I'll have a little more time to work on my painting (which I'm not pleased with yet) before I have to show it in the Country Diary post.
The sun is just beginning to appear between the bare trees above the cliffs (the dark area above the snow line) . . . .
The reason I forgot about doing this post is what I've been thinking about all month.....we're having new flooring put down in our dining room and kitchen week after next. I've decided to paint the walls while the furniture is out of the dining room. Plus, because we're having a wood floor put down in the kitchen I'm going to paint the wood cabinets because they really need refurbishing. Last year I tried to spruce them up by sanding and staining the worn areas, but they still look bad to me. Since we'll have wood on the floor (and we're going with wood for the countertop) I figured painted cabinets would be better for that small room. The reason I've been so busy/distracted is I can't decide which shade of yellow I want for the walls in the dining room and what color I want for the cabinets. I have a red plaid wall paper and white appliances, so I'm leaning towards a taupe color. Then I have to decide between satin or semi-gloss for the finish. So many decisions! I've never been good at visualizing a finished room. I've been to several paint stores to get paint chips and used Sherwin-Williams' Room Color Visualizer tool, but chips always appear darker than the paint does on the walls. I love deep, rich colors and am always disappointed when they come out lighter than I thought they would.
These are the colors I'll probably use for the dining room. . . .I think. . . . the darkest (on the bottom) will go on the fireplace wall, the middle on the baseboard (the trim around the window and doors will remain white), the one on top on the walls. Or I might use the middle on the walls and the bottom on the baseboard and fireplace! If you click on the "Our House" tab at the top of my Blog you can see my rooms as they are now. The dining room is already yellow, but it's not a deep enough yellow for me. Tomorrow I'm going to get quarts of these colors and test them out in the room on a piece of foam board. . . .
So my question this month is this: What is your decorating style? Eclectic, traditional/classic, country, modern, etc. Do you like pastels on your walls or deep colors? Or no color? Can you visualize a finished room, or do you make decisions as you go along? Do you have any tips for me?!!
Here is the view out the window on the other side of my art table. . . . .
There are three windows in this room (our bedroom) and because the house changes angles here I get the same view from a slightly different perspective from my bed. That's Poetry's and Gabriel's entertainment center (birdfeeder) in the window. You can see the line of the top of the cliffs with the pink sunrise just appearing. . . .
You see why I chose "Ocean of Color" for this post's song....it's very relaxing, which is what I need right now. Making decisions is hard work! Here it is again so you can listen while you comment....
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