When we bought our house the wall you saw as you entered the living room was painted bright yellow (above). We left it that way for a long time — until we bought a Ming dynasty sculpture of a Lohan. He was such a dramatic presence we decided to paint the wall a color that would embrance him and keep him from visually dominating the room, if that was possible.
As the years have gone by we've painted other rooms in the house warmer, deeper colors. This November we decided it was time to repaint the accent wall behind the Lohan. Our paint of choice was — as always — Benjamin Moore, and we decided to go for more drama.
We also decided to see if it was possible to hang our Japanese folding screen flat on the wall. We have two double-panel screens and have discovered they are hard to place since they only have one position as it were. We love this piece and thought the gold-leaf would add a note of brightness and sophistication to the Lohan wall.
The paint color we picked is "Polished Slate" aka No. 713. As Mark was painting the wall, we were initially taken aback at the big difference in effect, having lived with the softer color for the last ten years. We not only got used to it quickly but we were in love with it by the end of the first day. And when we hung the screen and a painting on the new color, we realized once again how some colors can function as neutrals even though they are anything but.
You can compare the mood created with the two different blue-greens in this longer shot (above) with the earlier one (second photo). The shot below was taken by our friend Tom Schmock at our New Year's Day brunch. I love the effect from this very different angle.
NOTE: In the third photo, the rest of the walls in the room are painted a very pale gray, which is clearly different from the old accent wall. But this room gets lots of sun and we long ago decided the gray was way too pale. So the other walls are next on the to-be-painted list. But when that will actually happen is anyone's guess. As well as what the new color will be.