Above, top row: Valspar Sooty Lashes // Benjamin Moore Stonecutter // Benjamin Moore Soot // Bottom row: Benjamin Moore Raccoon Fur // Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal // Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron
After ultimately nixing the first paint color for our funny little nook, we decided to go dark. Like, the paint chip (Narragansett Green by Ben Moore) looked straight up black, but in person, it’s the most beautiful shade of navy blue – or a deep forest green, depending on the light. As it turns out, going dark is addicting! We’ve been itching to paint another room just as bold, and with the recent addition of our huge, hunky windows, the bedroom felt like the most natural choice.
On the wall opposite the windows will be our closet, and we’ll be painting those doors (and all the trim in the room) bright white. This really only leaves the bed and pocket door walls to be the showstoppers, so we felt compelled to really go for it! While we knew we wanted dark, we did want a slight hit of color, preferably leaning towards blue or green. We did, however, throw in a warmer wild card – just to see.
Below, left to right: Valspar Sooty Lashes // Benjamin Moore Stonecutter // Benjamin Moore Soot // Benjamin Moore Raccoon Fur // Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal // Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron
We picked up sample sizes at the store, and I painted each on a large piece of foam board and wrote the names on the back. We shifted them around the room throughout the day, holding different boards up against the pocket door, across from the window and behind our headboard. Both Scott and I had our favorites in mind before we began, so we did our best to not peek at the name of the colors as we did this; we wanted our decision to be based on what worked best in the room (not what we hoped would work best).
Not surprisingly, seeing each test board against our (awesomely 80s) headboard was the real game changer!
1) Valspar Sooty Lashes // 2) Benjamin Moore Stonecutter // 3) Benjamin Moore Soot // 4) Benjamin Moore Raccoon Fur // 5) Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal // 6) Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron
Immediately, we could see some that were way too blue (#1) or way too green (#2). I had been pulling for Kendall Charcoal (#5) while our sample cans were being tinted in the store, but in our bright bedroom, it was too light and leaned much too warm for our taste. We both thought Soot (#3) would be a strong contender, and while we love that shade of black, we reminded ourselves that we did want some smidge of extra color. After ten minutes of The Headboard Test, we had it narrowed down to Raccoon Fur (#4) and Wrought Iron (#6), but in the end, Raccoon Fur had our hearts:
It’s nice and dark without being black black, and it has enough blue in it (and perhaps a hit of green?) to give it some oomph. As excited as I am about our choice, I’ve told Scott my concern for our less-than-straight ceilings. In some rooms – our bedroom included – there is a slight slope (nothing structural, just bothersome!) from one side of the room to the other, which is only noticeable along the ceiling line. (Blerg.) But! We’re going to go ahead and chalk this up to old house charm, because guys, we really, really (really) want a dark bedroom.
Raccoon Fur it is!