Thursday, March 4, 2010

Chocolatey goodness

Despite my nose woes (heh), I have been hard at work in the maroon palace.  The doors and window are painted, the ceiling is painted, and the walls are on their way to being completed.  This is what it looked like last time we checked in:
And here it is now:
Everybody loves chocolate, right?  It is quite bold.  And dark.  The color is 'Bark' from Glidden, it is the color I used on our fireplace wall in the living room:
I love it in the living room, but I did have a little 'painters remorse' moment after doing a whole wall in this room last night.  Thankfully, I'm over the fear and now hope believe it will be fabulous when everything is done! 
I LOVE my doors now.  LOVE LOVE LOVE!  I must've taken 10 pictures of them this afternoon.  On my lunch break.  With my black dress pants dragging on the dirty, dusty floor.  Hey, that's what those sticky roller thingys are for. 
Can you spot the other (sort of) big change?
The ceilings are NOT WHITE.  I used a very pale blue that Boozie Susie had left in our basement.  Hold the phone, she actually purchased a nice color!  It is Behr 'Harbor Sky', and it looks pretty white during the day, so it was a relatively 'safe' color for me to go with.  Plus, it was free - so that was another incentive to use it.  I'm generally a 'ceilings should be white' kinda girl, so this is definitely a departure for me.  I wanted to be a little more daring in this room, so we'll see if it all works out - or if I will have to call myself 'Boozie Sara' a couple weeks from now!  This pic is a great representation of the colors:
We actually had a good time painting together last night.  Shaun even drew me this stick dude holding a olympic torch rose.  Isn't he cute?
So, what do you think about the color?  Am I nuts? 
Mmm...nuts and chocolate.... 

39 comments:

E @ Oh! Apostrophe said...

LOVE the dark color and how it makes the white trim pop. I used to be afraid of dark colors... but now the only color in my house that I don't like is the one light one. I am totally intrigued with the blue ceiling- I've resisted that idea when I've seen it on other blogs (ie. Young House Love), but yours really looks awesome!

Anonymous said...

Looks fab! Your room seems bright enough to pull the brown off. And I love the pale blue ceiling... good call:)

Alexson said...

This looks awesome! I'm trying to figure out which ceiling I can experiment with (I'm leaning toward the bathroom b/c none of our rooms have crown molding and that is the smallest!). I love the dark brown. Very cozy and crisp.

carrie said...

I dig it!! I think the dark color really works your doors let in tons of light. Plus it's a callback to the color in your living room. Total continuity.

Mrs. Chic said...

I think you choose al excellant color. I already loved it into your living room

Lovely Little Nest said...

LOVE the bold chocolate walls ~ very chic! :)

The Brick Cottage said...

oooh, I love the blue ceiling! The brown is bold and it sure does make your doors look fabulous! I can't wait to see how you finish this room.

Abby and Adam Elvebak said...

Looks Awesome!!! Chocolate is such a nice color - goes with everything! Love the ceiling too, you are braver than I to paint the ceiling other than white. Can't wait to see the rest!

Design Esquire said...

Love it! I'm glad you took the risk - the results are awesome. Love the ceiling color too.

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

It looks delicious! Ugh, why did I have to give up chocolate for lent?

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

It looks delicious! Ugh, why did I have to give up chocolate for lent?

McCarthy Designs said...

Hi Sara, I think the chocolate walls look great with the white trim, very classy. I can't wait to see how you accessorise the room I am sure it will look fantastic!
Nellie xx

Heather @ McKinney Living said...

I think it looks amazing! I love what you are doing with the ceiling, too!!

Hillary @ The Sweet Maple Life said...

That looks really good! I can understand why you would be scared painting the room such a dark color, but it really does look great- especially with the pale blue ceiling! Can't wait to see how everything comes together!

Meg said...

Confession: I don't like dark colors for walls. That being said, I was very surprised to love your navy blue room. And I love the other room that already uses chocolate. I think because of your other choices, you find ways to make dark colors perky.
Sounds weird, but you know what I mean.

Anyway, you've proved to me that it can be pulled off and you've pulled it off well, my dear! Excited to see the reveal!!!

Katie said...

i like it! i also like to pull colors from other rooms to help bring everything together. i like the color on the ceiling too.

Katie said...

i like it! i also like to pull colors from other rooms to help bring everything together. i like the color on the ceiling too.

Kate said...

It looks REALLY good. The colors make your trim pop so much and it looks really rich.

Kerry said...

Sara, this looks FANTASTIC! The perfect shade of chocolate... and that beautiful blue... set off by all that white trim... it's beautiful.
And those doors!! All that hard work really paid off - they look amazing!

Can't wait to see the finished room!

Pine Tree Home said...

I usually am not a fan of dark spaces, but this room looks very nice with the pop of white. I think the muted ceiling is a really cool contrast too. Thanks for making me think outside the box and be inspired by something different.

Danielle and Clint said...

LOVE! The color! So good I want to eat the walls! Good choice

Jenny @ Anything Pretty said...

I absolutely love the color! Paired with the ceiling color it is swoon worthy!

Michelle said...

Sara, it looks fantastic. I am loving the doors now!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Thanks everyone! I'm so glad to hear the good comments. I'm really excited to accessorize the dark walls with some white accents, finally a place for all my mirrors that I've painted and not put anywhere!

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE! I actually really enjoy all the bold use of color in all your spaces. It's wonderful and I love the ceiling!

Rosa said...

Love it! You are doing such great things. I can't wait to see whats next.

Amanda said...

Nope, no nuts here :-) It looks great. I like how you were daring and did blue on the ceiling. I kinda want to lick the chocolatey walls (I should probably go eat breakfast).

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

Those doors let in a fabulous amount of light!

Also, I'm with you on usually choosing white for the ceiling, but OH MY GOSH, isn't that blue-ish lovely? Is it me or does it have a gray undertone?

Kelly

Oonafey said...

I think it it going to look wonderful! Light blue and chocolate are always a winning combination, good choice. I just have to say, I wish I had your work ethic and determination. You guys are just racing through the renovations...

glamourpuss said...

Love the chocolate! Love the blue!

Kristi W @ Life at the Chateau Whitman said...

I like that color a lot!! It reminds me of Behr Mountain Ridge, which we used in our upstairs bedroom.

Maria Killam said...

Looks fabulous!

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Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

You are so NOT nuts! The chocolate is fabulous - YUM... I'm getting hungry. It makes those white doors pop like crazy too. I don't think you'll regret using the light blue on the ceiling either - That was a great idea!

buterflycf said...

looks awesome.. i just love this blog!!! What is your email.. i have a few questions if you dont mind =)

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

buterfly - glad you like it! You can contact me at russetstreetreno@gmail.com, or click the 'email me' button on the right sidebar.

Angela said...

The dark brown looks great, Sara! I REALLY like it. And that blue color on the ceiling is the perfect compliment. Everything is coming along beautifully. :)

Angela said...

The dark brown looks great, Sara! I REALLY like it. And that blue color on the ceiling is the perfect compliment. Everything is coming along beautifully. :)

Freckles Chick said...

Heh, you said "nuts"...

Now that that's out of my system, your chocolate walls are a feast for the eyes. So rich, such depth and so delectable! I can never say no to chocolate, so I vote yes all the way.

And oh my word, where did you find that sunburst above the fireplace?