chocolate brown is my new black

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I've been using chocolate brown now for a while instead of black for front doors, bathroom cabinetry headboards when staging to sell.  And I just love it.  I have a current client who is building a headboard for their master bedroom (bed, white duvet, limp curtains, white walls . . . you get the picture).  Luckily he's handy but we're going to create a Pottery Barn style headboard and we'll paint it - yes, chocolate brown.  I'll post a pic when it's done.  I just did a cute little house with cream siding - did the door and shutters in chocolate and they look amazing.  Changed the whole look of the house.  Another one, we painted the bathroom cabinet brown and gussied it up (that's the technical term) with some brown and green accessories - fabulous.  The client was really hesitant but it ended up terrific - she won't change her front door though - still red which clashes with the brick.  Oh well, can't win them all. 

Sherwin Williams makes a color called French Roast I've been loving - anyone else have any suggestions?

Another option to black, in our area anyway, is Belle Meade Green.  Looks almost like black but it's not quite.  It's one of those "insider" colors that the really prestigious houses use but we little people can use to gussie up (there I go being technical again) our doors and shutters.  For some houses - this is killer.

So if anyone else has some fab brown they've been loving - I'd love to hear about it!

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Cynthia Bartch
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Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio

Hi Liz, I was and still am a big fan of the sand, carmel, and chocolate hues. Is there a SW equivalent of the Belle Meade Green?

March 24, 2009 07:47 AM
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Lori Bennett-Davies
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Thanks again Liz- I'm very interested in seeing that colour-  I will followup with one of the paint stores I frequent to see what they say!

March 24, 2009 10:34 AM
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Liz Jenkins
a fresh space :: home staging & thoughtful organizing

Lori & Cynthia - I called SW and they don't have it but can match it - but when I called Porter - they said they can give another paint store the codes if it is an area that they don't have a location.  So if there are no Porter Paints near you - have the SW store contact Porter Paints and they'll give them the specs to make it.  The number for the Porter Paints near me is:  615-794-6220. 

March 27, 2009 11:01 AM
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Sarah & John Rummage
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Benchmark Realty LLC, Brentwood, Nashville TN 615.516.5233

I have Belle Meade green on my shutters! I like it a lot!

Sarah in Nashivlle

November 11, 2009 02:18 PM
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Tracy Taub
I just accented my grey-blue (Sherwin Williams 'Meditative') living room with French Roast, and it is beautiful. I could have gone even darker. It looks great in a pearl/satin finish, but I could see it in a semi-gloss for a liquid chocolate effect. Some of my friends thought I was nuts until they saw it. It warms the room, a nice touch with the cooler blue.
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Liz Jenkins, home stager and professional organizer, blogging about whatever comes to mind. Find me at: www.afreshspace.com!