The Color of SOLD is - BROWN

Real Estate Agent with Sound Realty

This one is for Jo Soss, taken right off the stairway wall of a recently sold home in Seattle.

The color was really a Brown Sugar like the one below from Benjamin Moore

But the lighting from the bottom to the top of the staircase gave it that variated pattern and color tone.

A slightly lighter version of Seville Brown below would give you the mid-tone

Here's a trick I use all the time and recommend to my clients.  Instead of playing with color swatches to do tone on tone, buy the darker color like Seville Brown.  Do one wall, usually the short wall or an alcove or the angled wall with a high ceiling.

Then mix the same color into white to do the rest of the room.  That way the tone is identical, but the room isn't too dark all over.  No guessing "is this the right tone" if you make two or three paint colors using the darkest color mixed into white.  Make sure you put some aside for touch up paint in a glass jar though...cause you'll never get the exact same color match if you mix it yourself.


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Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor

Oh Ardell, that is such a great idea!  I have wanted to add a little color to my living room and never even thought of adding white to a color to match the accent color. Those mocha colors have been calling to me for some time now. I may just have to try it!

Jul 11, 2008 01:58 AM #1
HOMEFRONT Realty - Bremerton, WA
Kitsap County WA Real Estate - HOMEFRONT Realty

ARDELL, I love that idea of mixing the white with your color. The seller never left a sample of my brown so I removed a vent that was painted and had it matched at Lowes - so I will take that color and mix 1:1 with white and paint the area where the stairs open up to the upstairs - awesome idea!! I haven't painted it from the off white and didn't want to continue with the brown. Awesome!

Jul 11, 2008 02:25 AM #2
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

I never would have thought of that... I don't have much to paint since I have log walls and love them natural, but you can get I will remember your tip!


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Jul 11, 2008 05:35 AM #3
Steven L. Smith
King of the House Home Inspection, Inc - Bellingham, WA
Bellingham WA Home Inspector

Interesting idea. I had not heard of that one before. My wife drives me crazy with the little paint samples.

Jul 11, 2008 09:37 AM #4
ARDELL DellaLoggia
Sound Realty - Kirkland, WA

You may want to have it done at the paint store so you can match it later.  That is the only drawback of "adding white" when you need to touch up or if you underestimate and run short of the paint.  Hard to match the color exactly unles the paint store gives you the formula OR you keep exact records of how you mixed it.

Jul 11, 2008 12:20 PM #5
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