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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Rainmaker
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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

We are currently painting a home that has white tiles, cream carpet and white trim - various shades of brown, none of them dark as it is small and will be for sale. I do love the rich chocolate paints on cabinetry, etc,

Mar 20, 2009 12:08 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA
ASP, IAHSP, RESA Danville, CA

I love Belle Meade Green.  It is very rich and a wonderful Feng Shui color for front doors!!  

Mar 20, 2009 01:13 AM #2
Rainer
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Liz Jenkins
a fresh space :: home staging & thoughtful organizing - Franklin, TN

Thanks for the tip on Feng Shui - just knew I loved the color - now I know why!

Mar 20, 2009 07:57 AM #3
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Patsy Overton
Patsy Overton Interiors, Atlanta, Georgia - Duluth, GA

I'm with you -- choc. brown is the bomb!  Thanks for sharing your paint colors.

Mar 20, 2009 08:14 AM #4
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Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Liz ~ I'm a chocolate brown fan as well.  I'll have to check into that Sherwin Williams "French Roast" as I have some chairs I want to paint and recover, and I'm looking to go the brown route with the paint.

Mar 20, 2009 09:45 AM #5
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Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

I just had a consultation where the bathroom was white white white beige -- and I suggested some changes, including painting the dated cabinetry a chocolate brown -- glad to have these tried and true colors to pass on!

Mar 20, 2009 10:38 AM #6
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Liz Jenkins
a fresh space :: home staging & thoughtful organizing - Franklin, TN

Go with the French Roast with brushed nickel knobs - makes the place look brand new.  Then you can bring in other chocolate accessories and it's amazing. 

Mar 20, 2009 10:50 AM #7
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Laurie Calhoun
Gloria Home Staging, Inc. - Winter Springs, FL
Seminole County FL Home Stager

I'm with you on those dark browns. We painted some cabinets Ben Moore's Kona, and they look fabulous. It's more of a milk-chocolate color, not too dark against the white walls.

Mar 20, 2009 02:02 PM #8
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Lori Bennett-Davies
Essentials Home Staging - Kitchener, ON
Essentials Home Staging

Thanks for sharing Liz- will have to look up this Belle Meade Green (may not be sold in Canada?)

Mar 23, 2009 03:31 PM #9
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Liz Jenkins
a fresh space :: home staging & thoughtful organizing - Franklin, TN

Lori - dont' think you can get the Belle Meade Green in Canada - Belle Meade is a very old and upscale neighborhood around here - huge houses with enormous land around them for the most part - very pricey - this green/black is a color that is traditionally used on doors and shutters in that neighborhood.  It can make a traditional house look a bit more expensive - people recognize it and it carries a certain connotation which is good.  I like to use it on older homes, or to give a bit of distinction in neighborhoods where everything looks the same.

Update:  The only place to really get it is Porter Paints and the only location that it is available as a stock color is here in Nashville.  However, according to Clint at my local Porter Paints, the color originally came from the Belle Meade Plantation and they matched it a long time ago and now it is a standard color in our area.  He did say that up in Canada if you have a Pittsburgh Paint store (?), or probably whatever store you use, you could have them contact any Nashville area Porter Paint and they can give them the formula.  They keep it pre-mixed here as it is a very popular color.  So there you go!

Mar 23, 2009 03:52 PM #10
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Cynthia Bartch
Home Stager/Property Stylist & more! Granville, Ohio - Granville, OH
Redesigned Spaces; All Round Nice Gal

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?

Mar 24, 2009 07:47 AM #11
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Lori Bennett-Davies
Essentials Home Staging - Kitchener, ON
Essentials Home Staging

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!

Mar 24, 2009 10:34 AM #12
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Liz Jenkins
a fresh space :: home staging & thoughtful organizing - Franklin, TN

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. 

Mar 27, 2009 11:01 AM #13
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Sarah & John Rummage
Benchmark Realty LLC, Brentwood, Nashville TN 615.516.5233 - Nashville, TN
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I have Belle Meade green on my shutters! I like it a lot!

Sarah in Nashivlle

Nov 11, 2009 02:18 PM #14
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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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