Friday, September 29, 2006

Chestertown Buff?

I couldn't leave it... I went back to the paint store. I found Pottery Barn's Chestertown buff, pictured here, top right.

Here are some rooms in it... it's versitile. I like that.

Can I handle a whole big room in yellow? Do I dare try again?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the yellow in your sample. I think this would look beautiful with that black mantel of the fireplace and warm things up a bit. Have you considered a shade of green with the walls & rock? I am a green finatic myself. Keep up the good work, I enjoy your blog.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Pam, honestly, I love the yellow so much better than the greyish blue. BOTH colors are gorgeous, but I think if your room is already dark, the grey may make it seem even darker and cave-like. BUT, some people really like that feel. It just depends on what you're looking for as far room "mood" goes.

I always wanted my living room to be yellow, even before we moved here, lol. But especially after we moved in...the room is pretty dark until about noon and really needed to be brightened (I was going for a cheerful, "awake" mood). It took me several, several paint splotches on my walls, over the course of many months, (and then I ended up painting the living room twice!) to find just the right shade of yellow. It can be a tricky color. My living room is the color that you have there on the left and I *love* it! The Pottery Barn color is beautiful, too.

Keep doing what you're doing, painting big samples and studying over them for several days to see how you feel about the shades during the different times of the day.

I've always been the type to have to have an inspiration piece before I could choose paint colors, but even then, it's still so hard! You may find that you'll come across a rug or some fabric or art that just screams "Pam" and you may have a better idea of which direction to go with your paint. Incidentally, there is a lot of great art at

For what it's worth, I love the yellow but the grey is nice and soothing, too. It all just depends, I think, on what kind of mood you want to set.

Lol, just my 2 cents:) I shouldn't be saying anything considering how long it takes ME to pick out paint, hehe!

7:41 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

Hmm, I take that back...maybe my LR is a shade in between the two top yellows you have there... here is a pic. Keep in mind we're still remodeling and we have no real flooring down yet, ugh! We'll be putting down a honey colored hardwood.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

thank you Kim - your living room is a beautiful shade and yes so close to my samples!!

These did not look as good at night - way yellower than the inspiration photos by day, much browner at night.

I did find a color at home depot tonight called devonshire by ralph lauren which I thought was in the wheat family with a touch of gold and by night... I think it's kind of nice. Very neutral, not that yellow really. Will see what it looks like in the morning :)

And thank you for the encouragement, I'm feeling like I'm loosing my mind!

10:53 PM  
Blogger Pam said...

the devonshire looks more like the pottery barn catalog than the potterybarn buff color does too - isn't that funny. Ok, will report back in the moring. Crossing fingers. I think it might be a great color to show off all my colorful art on.

10:56 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I hope that works for you! I can be sooo frustrating. But there is nothing like living with a paint color that you hate. Might as well get it right no matter how long it takes:)

5:09 AM  
Anonymous Kim said...

Okay, I know I said yes to "eggplant" but since I am really partial to yellows ~ I think, well I KNOW, you'll LOVE going with yellow! Yes, you can do it! It will be gorgeous!

4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just found your blog and find your experience with finding the right color very similar to mine! I too plan to paint my living area yellow. In my previous home that we built, I used Sherwin Williams Manila. It was a little on the soft side, but not screaming yellow. I want a little more color here and I used the same Pottery Barn catalog pictures as my "inspiration room". However, I thought the color on the walls is Barley. Anyway, I'll be giving it a try. I tried the Chestertown Buff on my bedroom walls, and UGH! It looked nothing like the pictures or the samples you painted. My bedroom right now has about 6 different patches and I still can't decide the direction I want to go.

Found your blog on Cottage Living....great job on your house!

6:34 AM  
Blogger karihome said...

Hi all! I found your blog after typing in Chestertown Buff into Google. I am really struggling with finding a color for my family/breakfast room off my kitchen. I am seriously considering a beigey yellow...maybe Chestertown Buff or Barley. My Benjamin Moore store was out of the Barley sample, but I will buy it and try it later this week when they restock. I just found Chestertown Buff in my borrowed fandeck, and I think I like it, but the comment by Anon make me have doubts.

I live in an old Queen Anne house, and the fmaily room has bead board on the lower portion of the wall, four door openings, two windows, and a fireplace. I really want to paint the beadboard and the chair rail the same color as the wall. I do not think I like the white bead board for this busy room (two very young children with lots of toys!). What do you think about this? I might do the fireplace a totally different color...maybe dark. My kitchen is Saybrook Sage and my hall is North Hampton Beige (both BM colors). My drapery will be a deep red toile and the couch slipcovered in cream canvas. The dining chairs are a sage green.

Any color ideas that I have missed?


7:15 AM  
Blogger Laura Fimibama said...

Where did you get the gold curtains from?

1:50 PM  

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