Which color of green should I paint the walls?

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I received this question in my email this morning in response to a post on my "other blog".

"hi.. i found you somehow and need help please!! i would like to paint my front room a green, I think. Everyone seems to like the restoration hardware silver sage.. what do you think?  Is it too grey?  Would the Sherwin Williams sea salt be better?  I would like a nice tone.. not too grey or green.  I am usually pretty traditional..pottery barn style. 

 My front room has a deep forest green leather sofa and two matching traditional bombay wing back herringbone plaid chairs and bown bookcase with light brown carpet.  The end table is heavy circle and brown wood.  Any ideas on paint color?  Very large front window.. so i get good light.. thank you"

I underlined and emphasized the furniture issues, deep forest green leather sofa and plaid herringbone chairs. 

Let's assume that the sofa is this color of green leather.

Or a little deeper green like the one above.

And the herringbone plaid chairs a bit busier as below.

Viyella Fabrics by Range

This is a hard question to answer, as I am an agent and not a "decorator".  For staging a home I would not use a green wall with a green sofa and plaid chairs.  In fact the main reason I would use a color would be to highlight an architectural feature of a home such as a high cathedral or vaulted ceiling, and not to blend furnishings, which change from owner to owner.

When you have a green leather sofa, I would avoid green in the room, especially paint on the walls.  Mixing green tones in a room is dangerous!  You have to match the tone of the sofa, and that is not easy to do, nor is it necessarily going to give you the desired result! Plus the wall color has to blend room to room, and matching the sofa tone and trying to carry that color theme through the home is not likely going to work out well from an "entire home" perspective.

Can you see other rooms from this room?  Rarely do I do a color on the wall unless the furniture patterns are quite neutral.  A brown leather sofa would lend itself better to a green wall behind, then a green leather sofa.  Herringbone plaind wingchairs are usually better suited to a background in the most neutral tone in the plaid, and not green at all.

I would be more inclined to use a color like Oak Ridge with a deep green leather sofa to play up the warm tones of the herringbone chair, without clashing with the green sofa tone.  For selling a house, the neutral wall would lend itself better to a new owner's furniture as well.

Benjamin Moore 235 Oak RidgeBenjamin Moore HC-116 Guilford GreenBenjamin Moore HC-120 Van Alen Green

Another option that is both green AND neutral would be a popular Sherwin Williams "green" called "Guilford Green" which is the second color chip on the right.  This brings just a bit of green without feeling like you are in "The GREEN ROOM" in the White House.  Only the White House can get away with rooms being completely different in color throughout.  I've never seein a home that can truly carry separate rooms of dramatically different color themes as The BLUE Room and the The Green Room.  Only The White House seems to be able to get away with that.

I think Guildford Green is about as green as you want to go with a green sofa.  "Van Allen Green" is another good choice, and possibly the better choice, depending on what colors are in the Herringbone Plain Wing Chairs.

Those would be my choices as they are not too green, just a hint of green, and not grey either.  But I am assuming that there are tan or brown or rust tones in the herringbone chair.

If the questioner would email me a photo of the room as is and a close up of the plaid in the chair, I would be happy to take another shot at it :)

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Rainmaker
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Associate Broker Falmouth MA Cape Cod Heath Coker
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From a male perspective I think you should paint it green.  The 4 daughters and my wife all laugh when I say, "its green."  LOL

Jul 19, 2008 06:47 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Liz Moras Migic
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Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

Ardell maybe you have another Calling! Isn't that cool....How nice to be asked..........Iwouldn't do the walls in green either if the chesterfield was green......probably a chocolate or taupe for me...:-)

Jul 19, 2008 07:47 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Better Properties Seattle - Kirkland, WA

Better to pick up the green with big dark leafy plants also against a taupe background.  i'm with you, Liz.

Jul 19, 2008 12:37 PM #7
Rainmaker
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To Lane,

You said in a Q & A.  I'm confused.  If you saw that on AR's Q & A, if your answer is "don't ask me" then why would you answer at all?

This happened to be an email to me, but why do agents answer Q & As to not have an answer?

Jul 19, 2008 12:38 PM #8
Rainmaker
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Larry Brewer - Benchmark Realty llc
Benchmark Realty LLc - Nashville, TN

I never get these kinds of e-mails. As a male, I could never answer thar question.

Jul 19, 2008 01:44 PM #9
Rainmaker
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Larry,

The email came as a result of one of the posts on my blog.  The person asking the question has forwarded photos of her furniture and room as a result of this post.

THIS is blogging.  People ask questions and get answers.  Blogs are to give and get info.  If you don't want to give info...you don't blog.

But not to worry, Larry.  You wouldn't get a question like I did.  Your questions would likely be related to the types of posts that you do.  Mine are related to the kinds of posts that I do, which are many and varied.

Jul 19, 2008 04:36 PM #10
Rainmaker
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Amazingly she didn't have to send me a photo of her sofa, as sofa #2 above, which I googled...is EXACTLY like her sofa.

The chairs are better than I thought.  I will have to process the photos a bit and will post them here later and continue with the answer.  I had two sets of clients today and an Open House tomorrow...but I hope to get to them soon.  I'm going to bed early tonight...for a change.  Can't remember the last time I went to bed before 1 a.m.

Jul 19, 2008 04:39 PM #11
Rainmaker
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Bloggers live for the days when real people ask real questions.  It's so exciting to connect with people via blog!!!

Jul 19, 2008 04:40 PM #12
Rainer
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Pam Pugmire
Silvercreek Realty Group - Meridian, ID
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I would use the middle color.  The left is too pink (undertones) and the right is too green.  I agree, they shouldn't paint it green with a green sofa......too much! 

good luck and let us know what you both come up with.

Jul 19, 2008 05:26 PM #13
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Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Sorry ARDELL... I was being flip.  I get a kick out of the Q&A where a consumer asks a question from the license test that every agent should know, and they are immediately advised to hire an attorney by 11 people.

But, diagnosing color without seeing it for real is pretty tough...  I have that whole "but I thought it would be cool" thing floating around in the back of my head.

Jul 22, 2008 01:13 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Lane,

Web 2.0 is all about online relationship.  People want advice the same way you ask everyone and then listen to no one...but you still ask and you still like lots of responses :)

The reader sent me photos of her furniture.  The armchairs have a lot less color than I thought.  She likes yellow, but I think the first colors in the orange family in this post...yellow orange...semolina...would be as "yellow" as she can do with the colors in the chair that will also go with the sofa and dark wood of the furniture.

Amazingly she emailed that her green leather sofa is EXACTLY the one in the second photo that I googled.  "Googled" is officially now a verb BTW.

Jul 22, 2008 02:39 AM #15
Rainmaker
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Here's a chip of Semolina from the Sherwin Williams Pottery Barn Collection.  I wouldn't go any brighter than this.

Jul 22, 2008 02:40 AM #16
Rainmaker
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You can tie it together with some Cypress Vista art from Aaron Brothers

The cyrpress trees will bring in the green of the sofa and the autumn tree scapes will pull in the Semolina.  The natural landscape pulls in the wing chair colors.

Jul 22, 2008 02:44 AM #17
Rainmaker
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ARDELL DellaLoggia
Better Properties Seattle - Kirkland, WA

This Green Hills of Tuscany piece would be perfecto!  Trying these all together.

Jul 22, 2008 02:46 AM #18
Rainmaker
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ARDELL DellaLoggia
Better Properties Seattle - Kirkland, WA

In fact if you buy the tie together art piece first, and match the paint to one of the yellows or oranges in the art piece, you will have more surety with the total finished project.  Since the ceilings are low in the photos she sent, creating the tuscan theme will give the room depth.

Jul 22, 2008 02:48 AM #19
Rainmaker
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The green may be a little too olive for the sofa, but it's better than Mallard Duck art :)

Jul 22, 2008 02:51 AM #20
Rainmaker
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ARDELL DellaLoggia
Better Properties Seattle - Kirkland, WA

Some throw pillows in the colors of the painting would make it work.  You my have to match cloth and make the pillows, or find a nice "throw" for the sofa in a cinnamon orange color.

Jul 22, 2008 02:52 AM #21
Anonymous
Renee

Find this theme very interesting as I too have a green Chesterfield suite and am about to paint the room!Am also confused as to what colour to use as not much light in this room. Floor is cream with a rust toned Persian rug in centre. Cream marble fire place and cream curtains, all of which I used in an effort to brighten the room. (husband will not change his Chesterfield for any money) My livingroom flows into dining room by way of an arch, so the colour will follow through naturally. Should I also go for Taupe, soft cream, or off white? Am useless with colour and especially with green. Also deciding on cushions and throws, but the latter is rather difficult as it tends to slip from the leather. Any advice would be very appreciated.

Thanking you in anticipation of a response.

Renee

Oct 11, 2008 09:49 AM #22
Rainmaker
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Renee,

Usually when you have something green, you stay away from other greens unless you are very good at the minute tonal blends.  Yet creams and greens can get boring if you don't add some multicolored pillows.  I'd try a mix of cream and semolina...just a touch of semolina, for a warmer blend with the rust toned carpet.  Get a sample of each and try mixing them yourself on a piece of what cardboard or poster board and tape it to the wall and lay it on the sofa and see how it blends and warms up the room.  It may be too "orange" for the carpet.  Hard to tell without seeing the carpet.

Oct 11, 2008 03:09 PM #23
Anonymous
Ashley

I would do plaid in multiple greens! A Light green and a forest green would be perfect!

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