It has been at least two years now that I have been debating painting my living room and dining room. They are connected so they both have to be painted the same color.
The burgundy wall color was beautiful and dramatic and our first bold color on the walls. But... it's dark and I would really like to lighten and brighten both spaces.
A few weeks ago we were at a party at a banquet hall and they had the most perfect color in their grand foyer. I called the hall the next day and found out the name of the color. It is Benjamin Moore's Soft Fern. I went and brought home a few paint chips and taped them together to try and get a better idea of how it would look in my space. It definitely reads very differently than I remember it at the banquet hall (so much so that I feel obligated to make a trip to the banquet hall with paint chips in hand to see if it really is the same color). It's extremely difficult to pick a paint color from a paint swatch. Before I start to paint anything on the wall, I thought I would try some virtual painting. First I tried to use the Benjamin Moore virtual painter, but it kept telling me my photos were too large. Valspar has a similar website and theirs worked perfectly. In a few minutes I was able to test out similar colors to Soft Fern to see how I would like it in our living room and dining room.
I tried several different shades of green. This one seemed closest to Soft Fern. You can see already how much bigger the room appears.
This one is a little more blue green.
This one a bit too bright.
While I was at it, I tried a couple of neutral gold colors.
I am going to keep playing and see if I can come up with the perfect color. Once I find it, watch out...I'll be emptying these rooms and painting them.
Have you tried virtual painting?