Kelly In Catty

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Painting Mishaps

(image from Dunkin Donuts Website - no offense meant, Dunkin! It's just the color around the USA icon that I'm using to as a demonstration tool. I like Donuts -and especially admire the new cookies.)

Have any of you ever painted a room the wrong color? I think I just need some comfort - My new dining room, through an unexpected series of events (Meaning, I chose a bad color - that the paint store said they could dull and darken for me - and they darkened, but did not dull...) - My dining room is Dunkin Donuts Orange.

As much as I admire the color orange, I was hoping for more of a terra cotta... As it stands, The room provides a very sharp contrast to the adjacent tan living room, and the groovy spring green kitchen. I'm hoping for a better flow. A flow-ier flow. A flow that makes paint color pleasant, but nearly invisible... (By that, I mean that being in my dining room should induce other gut-level responses aside from "Oh dear! It's as orange as a Dunkin Donut box in here!" or "Oh my, someone's colorblind!" or "My stars! Has Trading Spaces used this space to break in a new and horrible designer?") (I'd much prefer to hear, "My stars! Those chairs are lovely!" "Gracious! What a lovely dining room table you have!" or "I simply must have the recipe for this bean dip - it's good enough for a last meal!")

So - short of repainting the whole room, I just thought I'd ask for some stories - suggestions - ideas... Come on! Commiserate with me. It'll be fun.


  • At 1:33 PM, Blogger Tiecen said…

    Get a pretty tapestry or material that goes good with the color, staple it onto a frame of 2x4s and hang it on the wall. The the loud orange can just act as a border to the more subdued wall hanging.

  • At 9:44 AM, Blogger Trixie said…

    I bet it looks great! I love orange and have various shades of it in my house.

    Ok I don't have orange walls.


    So maybe it doesn't look great.

    Hum. How does it look after a few drinks?

    Try that and call me in the morning.


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