Get Ready, Get Set, and Start…

In three previous posts (one, two, and three), readers offered suggestions as to what color I should paint the library in the Cross House. I love this input!

The room will mostly be bookshelves from floor to ceiling, so the color will be confined, in the main, to the ceiling and around the windows.

I have been pondering/lusting blue. Tiffany Blue, to be specific. But is this the mosteverfabulous shade of blue for the library?



Too. Yummy.


The zillion books on the shelves will of course have spines in every color, so the room could be painted any color, save for my entrenched/annoying blue fixation. One important consideration however is the stained-glass windows. I do want the blue to complement the glass.

In my previous posts, the images show a bit of one window, and with the old old old dark dark dark stain on the trim:


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Tiffany Blue in virtual reality. Thanks Kelly!!!!!!!!


When I look at the above image, my great love affair with Tiffany sorta peters out.

However, the DARK wood trim will not look like this when the original finish is restored.

It has taken awhile, but I now offer for your consideration the same window with the — drum roll, please —original faux painted finish revealed. Whoee!



The original finish revealed. Incredible. A faux cherry. Oh, I have the missing corner block.


You can appreciate how much lighter the trim is. Thanks Grace!!!!!!!

I do not know how to photoshop but it seems that a lot of people do. So, I was crossing my fingers that some readers might be willing to forward their photoshopped suggestions.

I will post all the images received.

NOTE: I am looking for a strong, intense color. Nothing safe. Nothing demure. The Cross House can handle it.

NOTE: I will be buying the paint from Sherwin-Williams.


  1. Melody on April 7, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Well I have absolutely no skills at picking colours, but I can use Photoshop. Here is the original finish with Tiffany Blue.

    Give me colour suggestions and I’ll paint the walls.

  2. Denali Dragonfly "Grace" on April 8, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    My pleasure, Ross. Can’t wait to get the whole window done, well all the windows done, then move into the attic. (LOL as crazy as that sounds.)

    Great work Melody! But, is the ceiling going to be white or color? It will make a difference in the image which currently shows a blue ceiling.

  3. Barb on April 8, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I’m also wondering if the ceiling will be white/cream or Tiffany blue — because it will make a big difference in the finished look of the room.

  4. Ross on April 8, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    The walls and ceiling will be the same color.

  5. Melody on April 8, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Just to try…
    Colour matched to the little blue leaf in the stained glass.
    And the cranberry.
    Definitely not “safe” 🙂

  6. Chad's Crooked House on April 8, 2015 at 9:54 pm

    Hmm, I did a crude crooked house style MS Paint job to your photo and e-mailed it to you and then saw that someone already photoshopped it. I can use Photoshop but I’m too cheap to pay for it. And actually, at the rate I’m going my cheapness may be needed. I think the medium wood tone holds up great against the bright blue and actually it’s not far off from a mid century color combo. If you really want to match the stained glass you may want to go less green. I may drop in there this weekend and I’ll see if anything sticks out.

    • Chad's Crooked House on April 8, 2015 at 9:59 pm

      Actually I saw that other comment with the blue matched to the stained glass and I think it’s too cold. The Tiffany blue is better.

  7. Shawn on April 10, 2015 at 10:05 am

    The Tiffany Blue is really, really nice, but am I crazy that I really like the Cranberry too?? Wow, that would be a tough choice. 🙂

  8. Montana Channing on February 25, 2016 at 4:49 am

    But the ceiling the same color. As the old saying goes “Enough is enough but too much is plenty”

  9. Jhofffman on September 17, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Ceiling should be lighter.

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