Well, don’t I wish this were me in my completely furnished, completely finished house. But no, this is a copy of a William Merritt Chase painting. I would love to own this, so much so that I may buy a copy. This can be yours, too, in a size pretty close to the original, for about $150, shipped from China. Kitschy? Absolutely, but I don’t care. Love has no pride.
The reason I bring this up now is that green color of the bedspread. It looks good there — good with the other colors, right for the period, which is the period of my house, an all-round good choice. So why, when a similiar color accidentally shows up in my entry, do I have such doubts about it?
This is Little Greene’s Pearl Grey, I think it is. When I did the sample board it looked for all the world like a flat, neutral, light gray. It sort of is, too but it has this green cast. I stand there in my hall feeling dubious while Kieron is saying, “I love that color. It’s even better upstairs.” It is better upstairs. In less light it looks more gray. Here it is more of a watery sea green. Is it a little too fifties? If I tart it up a la Chase, the yellow of the stone floors, pictures that are heavy on blues and reds, etc., will I feel better about it?
This is a big question. The color runs through the entry, up the stairs to the landings and the stairwell ceiling. Literally every other color in the house will be seen in relation to this. And most of those colors are grayed greens too, but distinctly muddy. I don’t know what to think.
In other news, I do have a stone floor. It is all in and mostly grouted. I’ll show you more floor when the grout is done. Upstairs the floor in all but one room is sanded and sealed. There is loose talk about moving furniture to final locations, maybe even unveiling some. We are crawling toward the finish line.
12 April update: Remodelista says celadon, which is basically what I have here, is a great color choice for right now. So I’m definitely going for it. Let’s hope it works. Thanks for encouraging me.