A MUTED OLIVE GREEN FOR THE SUNROOM FLOOR

June 8, 2017

The longer I lived with the white floors in the sunroom, the more I desired something with a bit more warmth. Generally totally cool with white on white in decor, this felt like the bad white on white that leans a little sterile. And of course it was not forgiving for dirt and pollen. The color I decided to go for was a very muted olive green.

There were a few pit falls I was trying to avoid in picking my new color.

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I wanted a tone that was clearly green, but still felt neutral. Not a pop of color!! thing. That meant it’d probably be a lighter tone to remain subtle. Imagine a green that would look really amazing with that famous pendleton blanket. Or like, the color of a boy scout’s pup tent.

But I also had to stay away from that certain shade of green that I really can’t stand. It’s like the bad sage green that was really popular in 2006 (and wasn’t bad at the time), but now it feels really out of style and craft store suburbs mom to me. (To be fair, I am a suburb mom. Who loves crafts stores.)

A MUTED OLIVE GREEN FOR THE SUNROOM FLOOR

I zeroed in on either behr dune grass or bonsai pot. I liked bonsai pot better, but wondered if that was the look I wanted I should do dune grass and once it is all out on the big floor, its intensity will end up feeling like bonsai pot looks on the tiny swatch. But oh no is dune grass the bad sage green I just described of the early millennium?

A paint color choosing tip that I have to share although it is maybe obvious to some. But it rocked me when I realized it. All the colors on a swatch are not the same color with just increasing amounts of white. So in this example if you just added a little more white to bonsai pot, it would not be dune grass.

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Picking paint is so stressful for me. I am really picky about colors and their subtleties. Once I was in the store about to order my dune grass, I started looking down at my swatches and preferring a different color, behr explorer khaki. After overthinking everything standing at the paint counter for too long, I bought a test pot of explorer green. Making paint color decisions standing in the store is pretty much always a bad idea.

But such a relief, I really liked it! It adds warmth and color while still feeling subtle. And unlike the white it won’t show everything. I painted it on in bear’s porch and patio paint.

Along with this switch I had the thought to turn how our table was placed. I love it running this new direction so much better and it creates a bigger area for us to add some seating. That will be so nice because next we are installing a fence in the side yard and it will be a place to sit in the sunroom that has a full view of the fenced in space.

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The new floor is a lot better. I used high gloss this time which is easier to clean, and I feel like actually just stays cleaner to begin with. And even with the colored floor, the crisp white table still gives that bright open outdoor feel I like.

But the best news of all for our sunroom is that the lattice that badly hurts my eyes is going away. Like soon! Free me, please.

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