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  1. lambskin
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    by lambskin » Jun 20, 2019
    I know that the grey paint has been the rage for a few years now. New construction or houses for sale have varying shades of grey throughout the houses. I have different shades of grey for my dining room and living room and love it. But I have gone wild of late and painted my hallway, foyer and stairwell a bright yellow-green and a den a deep tanzanite blue and ...LOVE it! Now I need to paint the master bedroom. The mirror and artwork are framed in ornate gold, and the furniture is vintage french that has a walnut finish. Curtains and bed linens are white. There are a lot of doors in the room (4) painted white and the ceiling and trim will be white as well. The room is medium in size including a king sized bed. It is currently a very pale blue. I am obsessed with coral- but there are so many shades. Has anyone painted a room or seen a room with this color? Any shades of coral (paint brand and color) you love? Any pics and suggestions would be helpful.
     
    


    


  2. Austina
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    by Austina » Jun 20, 2019
    Not coral, but when we bought this house, a bedroom on the top floor was painted blood shot eye red! It took me 7 or 8 coats of paint to cover it up.

    I think I read somewhere that red is a good colour for a dining room, stimulates conversation, so not sure it’d be a soothing colour for a bedroom.
     
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    by rainydaze » Jun 20, 2019
    Well, it's a powder room so smaller and less exposure than a bedroom... but yes. :D Salsa Dancing, by BM, if I recall correctly. LOVE it. I get sick of colors pretty quickly and want to repaint everything in 3-5 years. Not this one. Still going strong 4-5 years later and I don't ever see changing it.

    May be much darker than you had in mind, but I imagine it might be hard to find a bunch of pictures so I figured it couldn't hurt to post!

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  4. baby monster
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    by baby monster » Jun 20, 2019
    So much depends on how much light and which exposure your room gets. I used Benjamin Moore personal color viewer site to figure out how different colors would look in my rooms. I just found a photo on their site that most closely matched my lighting and window layout and then played around with the shades. I believe it's also possible to upload your own pic there and it then "paints" the walls, trim and ceilings.

    As far as coral, my old bedroom was painted in lighter orange leaning coral. It was a very cheerful color and it made the room feel warmer.
     
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  5. Daisys and Diamonds
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    by Daisys and Diamonds » Jun 20, 2019
    i love all the mid century colours now im vogue
    im.not a fan of grey however i know it can look stylish but so often its just safe and unimaginative
    i sold paint for a long long time
    it makes me sad and mad regarding the advice buyers are not getting in paint shops to read of the problems people have painting over strong colours
    you need a tinted undercoat - usually grey or you can buy a specialist stain blocker
    my favourite American product (after Bruce Springsteen) is the Zinzar range of primers/undercoats/stainblockers - i envey American consumers the full Zinzar range, ive been selling the limited range we have access to here for the last 20 years and i have used it myself

    my house - good bones - needs decorating
    had a hard life as a rental
    the last owner painted the whole thing grey and the dark hallway white
    zero preparation, just slapped it on
    every night i sit here as the light plays off another abomination off non preparation
    i have a hole in the hallway that is wallpappered over
    we can't fix it all at once but right now im painting the toilet room sage and lemon
    we want to make a wet room and knock out a well when funds allow but right now i can't stand going into that room (as you do a few times every day) and look at that shocking paint job.
    anyway sorry to ramble
    i will be banning all grey from this house (the kitchen is grey) and i would like to paint the house in jewel colours but i have work the other half up to it ....sage in the toilet is a gentle start
    Baby monster good for you
    go bold or go home
     
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  6. Daisys and Diamonds
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    by Daisys and Diamonds » Jun 20, 2019
    i love all your non grey colours and im sure your greys are stylish and well thought out

    my apology, as only about 4 posts into the tread and im already confused who is doing what !
    sounds like you great fun with colour
    good luck with the coral
     
  7. lambskin
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    by lambskin » Jun 21, 2019
    Thank you all for your responses! :appl: I love the pics and am now validated to do it. The room has two windows and a bunch of canned ceiling lights and a small flush mount crystal light in the middle. So it does get plenty of light. My question now is what hue of coral. Coral can have either orange or pink tones. I was leaning toward the pinkier side(hubby does not care) but my friend (who helped me pick out the chartreuse and tanzanite blue) said to go orangy coral. IDK, orange can be really hard. One year I wanted to paint my crappy all white formica 1970's kitchen (not my idea-came with the house we bought in 1990 and still has not been changed) orange. Bought the paint and freaked out last minute. So painted the inside of the old cabinets to see if I liked it and it was awful and I am still living with it. (Thereafter I painted it a mid-century green yellow called FrogLeap from Benj. Moore. Love it. Goes with the grey in DR, the blue in the nook and the chartreuse in the hall.) I painted a tiny, tiny powder room an 'in your face' magenta and hung a bunch of art on the walls. Loved it and hated to finally let it go. Finally repainted it a school bus or number 2 pencil yellow, rehung the art and it is almost as good. (I love pink.)
    Daisys and Diamonds-I feel your pain. I have only bought old houses with crappy-gloppy paint jobs. My dad taught me how to prep, patch, prime and paint. I love to do it. I have stripped woodwork in an entire house-never again- and moved to another house with crap paint jobs. Plus you have to have the right brushes and roller nap for good even coverage which is often overlooked.
    Rainydaze, :love::love:love your bathroom. It does not look dark at all! Plus the white trim, fixtures and beautiful art really makes it spectacular.
    So now I am on a quest to find the right coral...
     
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  8. bibiloves
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    by bibiloves » Jun 21, 2019
    I haven't used a lot of bold colors in my house. To me painting the whole bedroom in a coral color could be overwhelming but that's my opinion. Have you thought about painting an accent wall instead of the whole room? Like painting the wall behind the bed coral and the rest of the wall a warm white? Anyway I found this pretty fun color and maybe you can get a sample to check it out. Color is Benjamin Moore Cinco de Mayo. Looks like a coral color to me but I'm not sure ::) If you want to see more pictures you can check out this blog.

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  9. baby monster
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    by baby monster » Jun 21, 2019
    So I couldn't resist playing with colors on BM site. If I was picking coral for myself, I'd get paint samples of the shade in the pic below (topmost left hand corner of enlarged deck) and couple of lighter ones to the right. Sometimes going a few shades lighter makes the color easier to live with on daily basis. Paint them on your wall or a canvas and see which one works best.
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    by MissyBeaucoup » Jun 21, 2019
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    I painted a guest bedroom approximately this color. I was looking for something with some warmth and earthiness to it. I like pastels. We used Italian pink in the living room. I have used mostly sky blues and lavenders for the ceilings. I would find that darker pink Coral Gables color too energizing for a bedroom personally.

    Color feels nourishing to me. Follow your instincts—you might need certain color “vitamins”! (Also garnets and tourmaline, )
     
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  11. Daisys and Diamonds
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    by Daisys and Diamonds » Jun 21, 2019
    they look great baby monster
    it is going to be WOW !:appl: when you get it done Lambskin

    years ago my friend and i painted her mum's guest bedroom lemon
    her mum calls it the banana room ...
    so ive lernt to also get a shade lighter test pot !
    the outside of our house has been blue and then yellow in its lifetime
    we have desided to go with yellow
    id show you my garden shed where we did all the test pots but my lawn is in need of a hair cut
    its a very clear very bright lemon yellow with bright emerald window sills
    the town we live in has alot of older homes painted more traditional actual colours (not grey ) so we will be bright but not out of place
    thanks for the kind words and encourgment Lambskin, regarding older houses with bad walls
    i brought a new (to NZ) water based paint stripper that was very expensive but is surposed to preform miricles because id love to see what our skirting boards look like as our house is an ex state house (forget the welfair state- it really means no indoor outdoor flow) and they were constructed with native timbers
    i also wish i was brave enough to paint some of the archatraves and even the cove a dark colour to match the walls rather than the ceiling white
    Lambskin (and baby monster) your coral is very inspiring!
    thanks so much for shearing your project and please keep us up to date Lambskin
     
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    by D&T » Jun 21, 2019
    This! love the accent. its a very deliberate coral and bold! Lovely!

    I have... accidentally, the color at that store vs my lighting in my home was horrible experience, and we had vaulted ceiling after about 900 sq ft. I hated it... although granted I was looking for a different color, it turned out more peach/coral and felt dated because my carpet was meh/beige and the wall of my previous home was textured 80's style nothing modern but this again was a lighting issue + not the coral intended look I wanted. Suggest painting 3x3 patch on the wall. I think if we had more natural lighting and different "coral" color perhaps I would have liked it more?
     
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    by Big Fat Facets » Jun 23, 2019

    it's nice!! i love how tasteful it is! clean and robustly jewel toned! thanks for the inspiration!
     
  15. partgypsy
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    by partgypsy » Jun 23, 2019
    I actual did try to paint my bedroom a coral color, basically a melon color. It was horrible. The one night I tried to sleep in room before I painted it over, the color was so bright even with my eyes closed it burned into my retinas. I think it's a hard color to get right, esp for a bedroom.
     
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    by lambskin » Jun 24, 2019
    Thank you all for your replies and input. A friend had suggested doing an accent wall only but wonder if accent walls are dated. Another suggested to paint one wall coral and the other three in a champagne color- all with white trim and ceiling. I am getting close to pulling the trigger. I have two more days of gardening and one room to patch a ceiling from a leak- a two day project. I work full time so weekends are precious time to do chores. So I am rewarding myself with holding off with the bedroom as a treat. I love to paint especially if I love the color! I went to Benjamin Moore and found 4 contenders that I have now taped the chips on the walls and living with them in different light.
     
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    by bibiloves » Jun 24, 2019
    I would suggest to get a few samples of the colors you love and put swatches on the wall to see how you like them throughout the day. I find that colors on the wall can be very different from the paint chips.
     
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    by CHRISTY-DANIELLE » Jun 24, 2019
    Definetly agree with @bibiloves . Get samples of your top contenders and slap some on the walls. We just did our bedroom in a medium gold. Thank goodness I bought samples! The one I thought I loved looked like mustard on the wall. The one my DH liked that I thought was too dark turned out to be the winner. It's a soft medium gold tone and the room is now so warm and cozy feeling. PS we repainted over the previous owners choice- 3 beige walls and a brown accent wall. The room looks way better & bigger with all the walls one color!
     
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    I love this!!!
     
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    by lambskin » Jun 25, 2019
    Painting with color is so hard. Years ago, it took me 6 months looking at 5 different paint mfgs to find the perfect blue for my dining room. Swatches taped all over the walls and paint samples painted under framed art to hide if company came over. I finally found the perfect color. A week or so later, after the paint was done, a neighbor came over and said "Ah, Wedgewood Blue!" :nono: It was not of course as it had the perfect blues and greens I was looking for. But it was a life's lesson that all of the fretting and worry-it was a blue dining room.:D
     
  21. Daisys and Diamonds
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    by Daisys and Diamonds » Jun 25, 2019
    if you painted sn accent wall first if you really love it then go full hog
    if it gets too much paint it over again
    im.not sure about paint but accent wallpaper walls are pretty popular here the last year
    its your house and more importantly your toilet so who cares what's in fashion so long as you like it
    if you ever deside to sell what's another couple of litres of paint anyway if you need to tone it down or you get sick of it
    i think as i guest it would be such a fun and stylish surprise to see the coral in your loo
    for some reason i keep thinking its your bedroom - but its a toilet room isnt it ?
     
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    by whitewave » Jun 25, 2019
    My friend painted her kitchen coral and lime green and it worked. It looked fun and open etc.
     
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    by missy » Jun 25, 2019
    I love a deep shade of coral like what @rainydaze has but for a bedroom I prefer a relaxing color like blue/gray. Totally one's individual preferences with no right or wrong but for sleeping I choose colors I associate with mellowness and rest.

    Coral denotes (IMO) energy and fun vs relaxation and sleep.
     
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    by Daisys and Diamonds » Jun 25, 2019
    i love lime
    in the 70s mum's kitchen was lime
    and i painted all my other half's bedroom.furniture lime green when i first moved in
    it certainly lightened the room up !
    even the neighbour's cat ended up with a green ear
    that's when i discovered the Zinzar paint
     
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  25. baby monster
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    by baby monster » Jul 5, 2019
    Did you decide on a shade?
     
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    Yes. I painted the room this weekend. Took me forever! Working on the "coral and champagne" theme, I selected two paints from Sherwin Williams. (I'll get the names for you.) I am on the fence. Going from 'nursing home' blue to these warm colors is a big shock. Plus I have never had an accent wall before, The colors are a bit rich for my taste (so far). The champagne turned out more gold and the coral more red. I like it better at night than in the day. All white trim, white curtain sheers and tan drapes. I have a 1950's french bedroom set in a dark wood and a big ornate gold mirror. On the walls are blue/green oil paintings framed in gold and on the floor is a blue, white, tan and red oriental carpet. The ceiling fixture is gold and crystal. So it looks like an old french chateau bedroom-very formal. It works but it is very 1980's to me. I think I should have gone more orangy and beige.....
     
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    Oh, I want to see! I still am thinking about wallpaper on three walls and a paper coral on the wall with a big window for my office.
     
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    by Mamabean » Jul 8, 2019
    I love this idea! It looks beautiful!
     
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    Photos please!
     
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    Will try as I have never done so before. I think I need some patterned curtains to blend it all together. I joke that the color combo looks like McDonald's straws. I think I am not used to warm colors as my other colors in the house are cools and midcentury colors.
     

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