Remember that childhood Sesame Street song, "Which one of these things is not like the other?" Classic case in point right here.
While visiting my friends in San Diego, they expressed frustration over the look of their fireplace in the family room. Immediately noticing how out of place the fireplace mantel felt, we set off to 'make it work', as Tim Gunn from Project Runway likes to say.
• Mustardy- yellow undertones in the plaster fireplace mantel
• Warm pinky undertones in the stone fireplace surround
• Orangy undertones in the built-in cabinetry
• Peachy undertones in the wall color (subtle, but still there)
• Red undertones in the cherry hardwood floors
Phew! That's a whole lotta variety going on for such a "brown" space. And that's not even taking into consideration the purply brown leather sofa. But we won't complicate matters here.
Did you reach the same conclusion I did? The odd man out was the mustardy color.
Hours after painting, we were reclining on the sofa while watching the Olympics, analyzing our paint job. The tan worked much more successfully than the original mustard, but the mantel felt top-heavy and a wee bit overbearing. 8:30 at night, we dragged out the ladder, paint brushes and cans for a small color "tweak". (don't tell my obgyn I was perched on a ladder!)
What do you think? How would you have solved this design dilemma?