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OT -paint color poll

Let's say you are looking at buying a house- it has a stairwell that goes from the first to 2nd floor, of which leads to the outside as well as from the first floor, 2 white doors corner to corner.... the upstairs leads into a hallway, to the left is yellow kitchen and to the right is white hallway.
Now we have been painting the walls white of the stairwell... the stairs themselves I painted or primed white to cover the narly orange and puke brown colors... I am thinking Navy as a stair color... black seems too dark and I don't like to decorate with brown...I want to hide dirt
It is a fairly bright stairwell when the sun is out- even though the sun never goes or shines directly through the outside door window.

so Navy ok? suggestions? or should I try sponging techniques- color suggestions...

Sat. Feb 3, 1:29pm

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Just wanted to add that I would be painting navy (or another suggested color/technique) on both the horizontal as well as the vertical part of the steps.... but on either side of the vertical part of the stairwell would be white...down to the triangular corners...

I just don't want it to seem "too much" as ppl are coming up the stairs... though white on the vertical part really looks bad as toes hit it and scuff it up....

Saturday, February 03, 2007, 1:33 PM

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Navy will NOT hide dirt - it will show every spec almost as bad as black. You want dirt to show up? Use a dark color - you want to hide it? Use something lighter. A grey blue would work much better for that. Perhaps you could paint the traffic area grey blue or tan and the edges of the stairs navy as a accent color. Take it from someone who loves dark colors - they show everything!

Saturday, February 03, 2007, 2:03 PM

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grey blue... hm... dh also likes to or seems to dribble coffee on his way down the stairs ( and the sides of the walls -) I may have to use some brown...
hoping more ppl will respond... want it to be more appealing to the potential home buyer than anything else.

Saturday, February 03, 2007, 3:12 PM

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If your looking to sell your home you may want to stick to a neutral or a lighter color.

My entry way is a deep dark marroon red color. I love it, however if I went to sell I may have to paint over it because it's so dark if the buyers don't like it it just looks like A LOT of work to get rid of it because dark colors are so hard to paint over. And my dark red doesn't show dirt anymore or less than any other colors (taupe, yellow purple, brown) in my house.

Personally navy sounds like a great color... I guess it all depends on who your buyer would be.

Just a hint if you decide on navy, don't go cheap buy nice expensive paint it's thicker and will go on in less coats. Also get primer and have them tint the gallon of primer with enough color for a quart of paint (primer doesn't have a lot of room for added color). Using a tinted primer will help give a good base color and won't darken the color up like if you use a gray primer. I always use Satin paint so that I can wash the walls off easier, I have two kids so it really helps.

Saturday, February 03, 2007, 5:54 PM

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As (currently) a buyer I will say:

1) Right on the red walls -- you may like 'em, but they look like 5 coats of painting to get rid of, from my point of view.

2) Trying to find a color the buyer will like: hopeless. Today I looked at home interiors newly painted dark olive/grey (puke!); taupe (rolls eyes); sponged-on blue (very pretty, but it doesn't hide the fact that your plaster is coming down quite as you were hoping it would); and the most hideous brand-new cabinets I have ever laid eyes on, in a kind of crackle finish.

The buyer is going to repaint the whole house. Personally, I would replace most of the brand-new tile I have seen in bathrooms, as well -- yikes! And the new "designer" kitchen faucets put into 1930's kitchens, do not get me started!

Saturday, February 03, 2007, 9:17 PM

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Well when we bought this house... our bedroom or what is now our son's bedroom had black walls.... we did not even realize it when we bought it as we got it more for location. - primed the heck out of it and then coated it with peach paint and painted flowers all over the walls... then painted the ceiling and walls blue with a mural of green and animals, circus theme- hot air balloons and trucks- rainbow... all around the bottom of the walls. -so some may like it if they have kids young enough- and well some may not... most of our walls do have color but they are light enough that it would be the normal "prime if you want but usually takes 2 coats of paint anyway" job.
(I grew up in a house with pale walls or white or beige so in a way I rebelled and embraced color)
We always wanted to redo the kitchen but other things like repaving the huge driveway came first. I stenciled flowers along the bottoms of the cabinet fronts- though I know deep down it all needs to be torn out and redone- someone will have fun doing that. And out upstairs need new windows... in the worst way.
It is an old house... nothing is square so redoing things - they just don't look perfect- there is always a bit of odd in every corner.

A lot of colors are better than 70's orange... so it is only up from here...

Sunday, February 04, 2007, 12:00 AM

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after the brief input - I decided to do a google and found this page where someone had painted their stairs- I doubt I would use those colors, but what do you think?


Wednesday, February 07, 2007, 9:28 AM

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here are a plefora of designs.... thought about stenciling.. still do grey but then do a stenciled design on the risers? or no?


Wednesday, February 07, 2007, 10:06 AM

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