Well, Phil Nimmo was right, Benjamin Moore’s North Creek Brown or Marshlands (CC-512), as it’s now called, did take my room from casual to sophisticated. At least that’s how it feels to me. Yes, I’ve lost that bright, airy feeling (below) that my mother complimented but I’ve gained tremendous strength and so much contrast. The cream-on-cream scheme feels flat by comparison, no?
The still life above the sofa is by the late French artist Jules Cavailles; a print on linen, it could skew a bit feminine, especially paired with the sensuous curves of the Louis XV settee so I think the vignette benefits from the strong background colour. I bought the Cavailles piece from Waddington’s more than a year ago for about $200 (including buyer’s premium) and this is the first time it’s been displayed. I had considered going with a strong blue wall to really make the art jump . . . maybe next time.
As for Marshlands, I was expecting more of an olive undertone, which would have enhanced the bronze quality Nimmo promised; in fact, the colour feels like dark chocolate to me (at least it’s not milk chocolate). Now, my quandary is what to do with the other walls and the ceiling. I may do a step-down in terms of tone and saturation, which would leave me in taupe territory, not my favorite part of the colour wheel. My friend, Kevin, warned me against doing the whole room in Marshlands lest it feel like a cave; I’m going to live with it for awhile before making that decision. What do you think?