Here is the Keith Fritz table, stained. Next step is the liming on the checkerboard inset to bring out the grain. Table gets delivered next week. Can't wait! Now if only we could pick a paint color for the walls so the painters could finish in time for the delivery.
In his mind's-eye, the client envisioned a peachy-orange tone on the dining room walls. That can be a beautiful color, but the problem in this application is that the drapes are to be a navy silk with a subtle red thread running through. Opposite colors can be dynamic in the right proportion but in this room, the orange walls would advance and the blue drapes retreat, and the result would be a room that feels uneasy.
I suggested to go with a pink-peach, like the Farrow and Ball Pink Ground. After one coat went up, the client called me to say that the walls were "too pink." I think it's perfect. But perfect is irrelevant if the client doesn't like it. So we're back to the drawing board, as you can see by the swatches around the windows.
Sometimes when you try to make something work after many many tries, it's time to re-think the direction. Forcing a color to work can be a sign of going down the wrong path. I been suggesting a warm gray for a while now, and the client was willing to give it a go. We tried a few that you can see here and then a few more that went up this morning. I was by today to see the latest round. But the weather was so beyond dreary that it needs to be viewed on a better day.
My fingers are crossed for a winner!