It’s not easy being green…

2 Nov

Remember this color? Yolo Leaf 04? The one that was lovely in the entryway/living room but looked like something that came out of a baby’s hind end according to some?  It’s also the one we put on the inside of the front door that highlights our Parvez Taj print of Jin. (Can’t wait for the new one!)

Well, I became inspired by the Room for Color 2011 color contest being hosted by Farrow and Ball on the Apartment Therapy site. I had considered entering but was a little intimidated. (However, considering my luck lately, maybe I should?) I shouldn’t have waited because I saw a lovely entry the other day using MY color!  My Leaf 04!  The nerve!


However, it did inspire me to get even bolder with the color and paint the family room. The wall space in there is limited because of the windows and fireplace and I thought it would work well with the views of the forest.

Brett started cutting in and rolling one day when I was out. And of course, at night, it looks totally different than it does in the daytime. It’s softer, less intense. In the day, it’s pretty darn intense. But in an endearing kind of way, actually, kind of like me. Right?  Right?

So one day after work, I helped him finish rolling and boy oh boy do I love it! There were a few people at the Halloween party who honestly said it’s not their cup of pea soup tea, which I appreciate. I also think that when the room isn’t completed (we want to paint the trim brown like the rest of the house and eventually put in cork flooring), it’s hard to see the vision.

At the end, we were all happy with the results…and TIRED!  Even Baker.

It does perplex us what to do with the kitchen walls now. Too much of the green would be…well…too much. We are welcoming suggestions.

And as far as the contest goes, I am thinking about maybe entering the Atomic Orange.  What do you think?


7 Responses to “It’s not easy being green…”

  1. pam kueber November 16, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    I think it looks fabulous!

    • Brandy November 16, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

      Thanks! We really love it.


  2. puji November 2, 2011 at 10:29 am #

    We love the Leaf .04! But of course we are a little biased- I am writing from YOLO Colorhouse and we have been watching the beautiful transformation of your home! Our suggestion for your kitchen is a cooler hue like Water .02….sophisticated, yet still colorful….we are excited to see what you choose! For your readers that need help with color, we offer complimentary color help on our website here:

    • Brandy November 2, 2011 at 10:37 am #

      Thank you so much for the suggestion and for reading! I will check out Water 02 for the kitchen. So happy you guys are tracking the progress. Readers…check out the Yolo help!



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