Benjamin Moore offered me free paint. And it’s not what you might think, either. They don’t expect me to write about it on the blog (I asked) or tattoo Benjamin Moore on my forearm (I ask that, too, but would have never done it even if they wanted me to). Here is what happened.
I was complaining on Twitter that my painter refuses to use Benjamin Moore paint, thinking my online friends with would chime in with their favorite non-Benjamin Moore paint colors. I guess I should clarify–my painter will use Benjamin Moore paint grudgingly if I supplied it for him. I can’t afford the 11 or so gallons of Benjamin Moore paint he said I needed.
Note that I didn’t @ Benjamin Moore. I didn’t want to slam them or get their attention like I have seen other people do on Twitter. Besides, I’m not a design blog and don’t have the traffic to get their attention. I only mentioned the brand to avoid more Benjamin Moore paint color recommendations.
I was responding to some tweets when a representative from Benjamin Moore asked me why the painter wouldn’t use their paint. Obviously, they scan Twitter for posts regarding the brand. [Plus 2,000 points for being on top of it.] I replied with the truth. They asked to email me. I did. They asked if my painter would speak with a representative of their store. I said no, as time talking is time not painting. They asked if they could help (translation–how can we change this painter’s mind about our brand?). I said, sure, give me a price break on paint so that it’s the same price as Dunn Edwards, the brand he prefers and gets for a great discount as a contractor. They said how about we just give you the paint for free? I said oh, sure, why not?
If all my negotiations had gone so smoothly I would have never left the practice of law. (False.)
The challenge is to find a color I love. I thought I did with Caramel Apple. It was my inability to match this paint to anything Dunn Edwards offered that caused all my stress. And, no, Dunn Edwards says they can’t color match it exactly. Kudos to them for being honest. In my hunt for a replacement color, I stumbled across hundreds of images of inspiration. Naturally, I’ve fixated on three completely diverse and incongruous concepts.
I could stick with my original Caramel Apple and have a living and dining room that is warm and cozy, like an Autumn evening.
Or I could paint everything Classic Brown and have a deep, dark, dramatic living and dining room like Victoria of SF Girl by Bay. (The above links to a Pottery Barn room with Classic Brown paint.) This would tie in nicely with the dark wall obsession I embarked upon when I painted part of the kitchen almost black.
[source, Jennifer of The Newlywed Diaries]
Or, I could do a complete 180 degrees and go light and bright. The Mister is very handy, and together we can install board and batten all around the living and dining room, paint it white, and above that paint it two or three shades darker for two rooms filled with tone on tone whites, creams, and golds.
Imagine this room is mine, but where the homeowners have pulled the blue and purple from their fireplace, I would be pulling the caramels, gold, and butterscotch.
What do you think? Which sounds more Jules? Okay, maybe you have no idea which one sounds more Jules, but surely you have a preference? Because I don’t. I want them all. I need three houses to accommodate all my decorating styles. Okay, secretly? I think the super dark would look really cool if the room was properly finished and accessorized. Final touches, however, is an area in which I am woefully inadequate. Hence, my apprehension.
p.s. My kitchen is also painted Ralph Lauren Oatmeal, which is a gorgeous creamy color. Maybe the light and bright will flow better with that?
p.s.s. Unless the Ralph Lauren Polo Green part of the kitchen puts me back at square one? Hrmpf.