Next on the list in the family room is to paint my TV armoire and bookcases. I've got several ideas bouncing around in my head, so if you'll humor me, I'd love to run them all by you and let you help me pick a paint color. (I'll be finding a new home for these books and styling the bookcases.)
Here are few shots of the rest of the room to give you a feel for the whole space. My end table needs some styling help too and the oak chairs are going to get a coat of paint, but all in due time. And no, I don't have two bunnies - he just hops around a lot.
My initial thought was to paint the whole thing kind of a dark black brown. I thought this would offer a nice contrast to the largely neutral room with the light gray walls and white slipcover. I also hoped this would alleviate the need for a BIN primer coat to seal the dark knots in the old finish.
I'm also wanting to paint a contrast color in the backs of the bookcases. Orange keeps coming to mind. After all, tangerine is the Pantone color of the year, and I'm so hip and up on all that. Really I just want something bright and a bit surprising. Which of course led me to this inspiration photo - I have had this in my idea file for a couple of years.
But then I think, "That's beautiful. Who am I to go messing with that? Maybe I should paint mine blue & orange just like Martha did." I do like blue after all. I've admired other shades of blue armoires at the Nester and Life in Grace too. But will that fit in my room? I've got lots of bright turquoise accents going on in the adjacent kitchen (and I do not want to go that bright on the cabinet), so I'm afraid another blue will look out of place.
You know where I'm going to go from here. Blue to gray is a logical jump, right? I was thinking dark gray, but as I scanned Pinterest and Google, I found these lighter versions. I like how they sort of fade into the neutral of the room. Now I'm 180 degrees from where I started.