A nice master bedroom. It is large, has plenty of light, the furnishings are Thomasville, a kind of campaign-style stack with ornate wrought iron corner brackets. All very good. But some pizzazz was needed. Not the kind of major change that would keep you up at night—like a room color that might be agitating—but something fresh yet clean and calming.
Painting it was and the color thought about most, was yellow. Not too bright a yellow, or to lime-hued, and not taxi cab yellow but something more in line with the furniture. Dunn-Edwards, a leader in paint design in the Southwest agreed to work with us.
We spoke with one of the consultants and even though Dunn-Edwards is not in our state, we knew we could work with them by email and the regular mails. To begin, they sent us a fan deck. Ah, fan decks are wonderful but it was hard to narrow down a choice. Luckily we were able to receive a very good-sized actual paint sample to try out on the walls. (You will see it in the slideshow.) It still wasn’t right so we got one last sample and decided on: Sun-kissed DE5352 in an Eggshell finish.
Next we emailed them a sketch of the room’s dimensions and figured out the amount needed for the job. You don’t have to worry if you don’t know paint size/conversions because Dunn-Edwards reps will help you. You want enough for a nice job but who wants to store paint cans that will never get used!
We have some photos in the slideshow of various parts of the room pre-paint and after the job was completed. We contracted a very good friend of ours (and master painter), Mike Dotson, to do the job and it came out great. Well, look for yourself and see if you don’t agree.
Here are the two paint color samples we passed on:
Afterglow (DE5345) is a brighter lemon yellow hue with hints of orange undertone. This color is a positive, refreshing and happy color that reminds us of better days ahead. Pastels are trending up through 2015 so look for more of these shades of yellow and Afterglow looks great when paired with scallop shell pink, gray and mint for a softly layered, romantic effect.
Aztec Aura (DE5351) is a tan-yellow, more buttery and honeyed than Afterglow and less bright. This hue works well with more complex neutrals such as green-grays and warm grays for a sophisticated look.
By the way, Dunn-Edwards has enhanced its designer –preferred Perfect Palette color system with the Then, Now & Forever collection of 300 new colors to offer designers, architects and consumers the most complete, well-researched palette for any project.
Then, Now & Forever builds off Perfect Palette to offer a complete range of 1,996 colors. “While Perfect Palette was a fantastic starting point, color and design constantly evolve, “said Sara McLean, color marketing manager at Dunn-Edwards Paints, “Then, Now & Forever reflects on the past and future of color, making it easier than ever to specify historic colors with complete accuracy or choose from designer trending colors with total confidence.”