I've come to accept that in order to save money, I need to spend a little. In this case, it's less than $30. Let me explain.
First of all, if you're not familiar with Maria Killam, you need to get on board. She's like the professor of color. Or as the Canadian spells it, 'colour.' The woman has managed to break this subject down into simple, almost mathematical principles.
I'm hoping that by reading this book, I can make better decisions about what items I bring into my house so that I don't make expensive mistakes. Check out what's already happening and note the potential for a slippery slope (pictures pending):
- Picked out floor tiles to connect the mudroom to the kitchen.
DoubleTriple checked them to make sure they went with the existing maple cabinets by bringing an entire drawer with me to the store.
- Received the heavy shipment at the new-to-us house.
- Held the tile up against the cabinets (they have an orange undertone), tile still looked green-gray, which is my preference.
- Laid out a pattern on the floor.
- Noticed that where the tile meets the wall, the existing color makes my tiles look PURPLE.
- Visions of an orange and purple kitchen had me squeamish.
- Realized the kitchen would have to be repainted if we're to keep these tiles.
- That's easier said than done because the kitchen is VAULTED with crown molding. Oy.
- Must pick out new paint color, and even consider a professional to apply it.
- Kitchen meets up with dining room, its walls will also need a tweak based on kitchen paint color.
See what I mean? This can get out of control very easily. Time to go back into student mode and figure this color-conundrum out.