I have finally reached the point where I am ready to start transforming the spare bedroom into my den. I have purchased the vintage furniture I want to put in there, and now I just need to start putting it together. I only have one problem. I don't know what color to use on the walls! Help!
First, let's take a look at the current wall color, and the different pieces that I will be working with to create the room.
Here's the current wall color... pulled directly from the little flowers that were in the hand-me-down bedspread that I used on the bed that was once in here.
It's not a bad color, but I don't think it's gonna work with the pieces I want to put in here, so it's time for a change. It has a lot of orange in it without being flat out orange. It makes the room a pretty cheerful place.
Next, the carpet. I would love to pull out the old carpet and have the hardwood floors underneath refinished, but that isn't in the budget at this time. Replacing the carpet is also out. I don't want to replace it when I really just want to save up my money and have all of the carpets removed and the hardwoods in the whole house refinished.
A vintage 1970s or 1980s brown sculptured carpet.
Now, let's look at the fabric on the chairs. One chair is a pinkish-brown color, and the other is a brownish-purple color. Both are great 1950s chairs. I don't have a picture of the whole chairs yet because they are being stored at the moment. They really contrast much more than in my lousy pictures...
Finally, here are the vintage pinch-pleat drapes that I bought last fall that I want to use in the room. The camera didn't pick it up, but they have gold thread running through them.
Now, for paint colors. I kind of like the one on the top center of this pic called "Casablanca". If I use this color, which seems to be a light yellow with a hint of green, I could have a room named after Mick's cabin! LOL. (Click on the picture to enlarge.)
I have referenced other color pallets from the 1950s as well for ideas, such as this great period example Pam over at RetroRenovation shared. Here is the original post, and here is a link to the color pallet.
I have only one requirement - no form of beige for the paint color. I have considered light gray, as I am a huge fan of gray, and it was widely used in the 1950s (most of the 1950s decorating books I have feature several rooms with gray walls), the only problem is I don't think it would work with the brown carpet.
Anyway, you've seen what I have to work with, now give me an idea of what paint color would pull it all together. Right now, the yellow-green "Casablanca" color has my vote. Thanks!