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Monday, August 2, 2010

Architecture and Color for the walls in my “Someday Family Room!”

In a previous post I showed you  the wall color in my existing Family Room. I love this color. It is a formula that I made up years ago and I never tire of it. I will call it Maize since it is a soft medium valued butter color. Here is a picture of the wall color. I realize all monitors will read it differently , but soft butter is truly what it looks like.
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We will call the wall color Maize in the future. All moldings will be in a soft white by Kelly Moore Paints called Swiss coffee. It has just a touch of pigment added to it in order to soften it on the eye. I have an existing mantle piece that is painted Swiss Coffee and all door moldings ,chair rail and base boards are in the same color.
Here are a few more rooms that are painted in a nice buttery yellow or maize. The maize color that I am going to use for my walls has no green undertone. It has a touch of red so it is a nice warm color. Often times when people choose yellow they go on the green side of yellow because it appears bright and friendly. Memories of yellow are usually sunny thoughts so the tendency is to go too bright. I always suggest yellows with a golden or even peach undertone which makes it more subtle and appealing once it is up on the wall.
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There is something about a buttery yellow that is so inviting to me. It is cheerful, soft and inviting.
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All white with touches of maize appliances is so fresh and clean.
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Room designed by Jan Showers
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The use of all white mouldings is so crisp and fresh!
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Aaaaah! this is just so sweet.
I would like to add a wainscoting treatment on all the walls. I have two treatments in mind that I really like. One is a shaker look or batten board and the other is a little more formal of a look called judges panels. I have this look in my entry. Here are some pictures of the look I have in mind for below the existing chair rail.
Batten Board
This is a nice clean, simple look. I really like this look. Here are a few more pictures of this treatment.
plate rail
This is higher than I would use but it shows  the same idea with the addition of a top treatment that I would not use. It is still very nice for a plate rail height. I wanted to show it just in case any of my readers would be interested in this.
The next treatment is judges panels. I have this treatment in my entry and in my guest bathroom. It is not true judge panels but an easier way to get the look by using frame molding on top of the wall or MDF for a smooth finish.
Judges Panels
judges panel
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This is my entry hall wainscoting.
Below is a picture of the fireplace wall in my family room.
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I also plan on covering the half  brick wall with either the judges panels or the batten board just like the adjacent walls. I would like to add Carrera marble like I have in the entry around the opening of the fireplace.
Another idea I came up with is to put faux doors  to make it look as if there are bookcases at the end of the room. Don’t worry the fireplace screen is going to be changed  also!  I know a lot of people would just paint the brick white, but it just seems sacrilegious to do so.  I am not a big fan of painted brick.
There will also be a crown moulding added to the top of the wall to give it a finished look.

Now I have all the bones of the room planned. The floor plan, color scheme, wall color and all architectural applications to the walls. Next the fun part!! Furniture shopping!!!!!!
“ Enjoy the Process Of:
Figuring out the color of Paint for the walls and adding some moulding to make your room interesting.


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Kathysue, you have such great plans for this room and I can't wait till your someday room comes together.

Allie and Pattie said...

Kathysue, I really love the butter yellow- I may ask you for that formula someday! I love your ideas for the family room. I think you're taking it to a whole new level!
xoxo Pattie

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Love that buttah yellah! Your dream room sounds amazing and so much fun to plan when you don't have to worry about those pesky budgets! btw, my mom has a big brick fireplace wall too and I have tried to get her to paint it white but she won't hear of it! Hope your Monday is a good one, Kathy Sue!

La Dolfina said...

This is fun!!!
I'm back from Tahoe and am missing my best friend!
How's this week looking for you? Wanna meet in Walnut Creek?

vignette design said...

Hi Kathysue,
Butter yellow is my favorite color too. As I sit in my kitchen in Asti, I realize that is what is on the walls here. At home, I have "Dijon" in my family room. A little darker. I really like your ideas about the fireplace. Love board and batten. I would love to see the final result.

Linda @ theLENNOXX said...

The marble floors in your entry hall is gorgeous! I love the black inserts, and the wainscoting as well. Your home is so gorgeous!

xo Linda

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Kathysue, you room is so pretty and I love all of your ideas for redoing it. I just know it will be stunning. So pretty. Hugs, Marty

Privet and Holly said...

BIG plans!
I love it!
I am partial
to the Batten Board,
but the Judge's
would tie in nicely
with your entry.
Can't wait to
see how it all
comes out : )
xx Suzanne

Marcus Design said...

I love seeing snippets of your home, it is sooo beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us. And I love your beautiful buttery plans, so yummy! I think the wainscotting will be perfect too. Love it all, your someday room is going to be fab!
Nancy xo

Anonymous said...

I love yellows of all kinds and have some in my home. I , at one time, had a bright crisp yellow and people who visited always said they loved it. But one day I decided to tone it down and now it is not as happy, but it gives a cosier (is that a word?) feel to me. We did paint one of our fireplaces white (brick) and we do love it--the was very ugly brick before and it was a very dark room in the center of the house with no windows in that room.

Unknown said...

Butter yellow is welcoming, and cozy. And I agree, mix it with white and it is fresh and clean. I think yellow is my new favorite color!

Sue said...

I love that shade of yellow and with the white...perfection. It is soft, warm and very inviting!

Bring Pretty Back said...

This is EXACTLY what my Mom wants to do in her living roon! I can not wait to show this to her tomorrow! ( she doesn't have a computer... can you believe that! )
Have a pretty day!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hey, Kathysue, it all sounds wonderful! I have what I would call a maize color in our downstairs family room, Sherwin Williams Believeable Buff. It has a nice glow about it without being yellow-yellow.

Love all these inspiration pics you provided. It's going to be wonderful. I think you could paint out that brick in white & it would look great. I do happen to like painted brick though. B&B and paneling are both great looks. I've thought about doing some B&B, but everyone in blogland is doing it, so that is part of why I might not do it. I like to be a tad different. :)

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Looking forward to seeing how this all comes together. I agree with you, a soft butter yellow is always one of my favorites. I am also partial to batten board. I am not a fan of painted brick but have seen it done very nicely in some instances. This is great fun.