The Cross House

…so…maybe not THIS shade of blue?

…I had my heart (and lust) set on Tiffany Blue for the library…


…but does the color complement the three stained-glass windows? (NOTE: I have the missing corner block.) Two said windows look like the above…


…and one like this.


Mind you, I am SO not a matchy kind of guy. I do not need nor want a PERFECT match between the wall color and the Blue Bits in the stained-glass. But I do want a complement.

As such, I am uncertain if Tiffany Blue (lust lust lust) is the right-perfect-ideal-most-fabulous color for the 1894 library of the Cross House.

Oh dear, I am wracked with indecision!



It is possible, maybe, that I wrote this post just so I could use the phrase: I am wracked with indecision!

This is a phrase which one rarely has the opportunity of inserting into a conversation. And this is tragic as the phrase is so…delicious, and has the additional benefit of allowing one to emote very much like…Jane Austin.

Can one ever go wrong emoting like Miss Austin?

19 Responses to …so…maybe not THIS shade of blue?

  1. You know what you should do? Take a picture of the whole room or a picture of the side with the windows and use photoshop to change the color or the wall. Take a picture and put on a post and I’m sure some people will be happy to help you out with it, myself included.

  2. I used a color called Juniper Ash (I think it was Behr?) in my original entry. Somewhat of a peacock blue, with enough muddiness it seems to belong in a Victorian without being stodgy…

  3. Ross I really like Leon’s idea a lot. The thing about color choices is that they look completely different once they cover a whole room. Color coordination tends to be a strong suit for me in the design field, however once a room is completely covered I’ve learned to tone down just a wee bit from my initial choice. I’ve worked with several programs that allow me to work with color in 3D which always help before I totally commit. Please follow Leon’s suggestion and I’m sure you will get some feedback. Not only that, but you will be able to see for yourself.

  4. There may be websites for paint that will let you upload a photo of your room, create a mask for the walls and then change the wall to their colors endlessly with a quick mouse click. I did this when I was shopping for tile flooring for my kitchen. It’s a lot simpler than PhotoShop and I could store images to revisit on the website.

    • I use those sites before but for me, even if it’s easier than photoshop, they don’t always have the same result that photoshop does. I agree though, if it’s easier for you Ross like Denali says, use those sites.

  5. I have Photoshop CS5. If I had a high quality photo of the room, in good light, I could easily “paint” the walls.

  6. Wowzer. I clicked Melody’s link, and that blue is really intense on a whole wall. You might find that the blue panes of the glass “pop” more if you went with a neutral color, like the wheat or sand color that’s also in the window.

    I’m not a designer, and I don’t play one on TV. And I’m not very good when it comes to picking colors. But I do know that it’s only paint. So try it on a wall and if you don’t like it, start over.

  7. Oh Ross!!! What I would give to be able to come and help pick colors for the Cross House!! Try this color: Sherwin Williams: SW 6774
    Freshwater Its rich and bright and not stuffy at all.

  8. Freshwater is nice, but very “matchy” to the blue glass. It seems to pop the beige window colors more. The Tiffany seems to pop the entire window. Honestly, I think this is a futile exercise until the woodwork is stripped and shows the actual color it will be.

  9. Melody (are you magic? 🙂 ) What about SW 6772 Cay or this nearly neutral but not really SW 6771 Bathe Blue 🙂

  10. No, I am not magic. Sherwin Williams is nice enough to provide the RGB and Hexadecimal values for their paint colours. I enter those values into Photoshop and it gives me the exact colour. I mask off the wall, and then using the colour replacement tool, I replace the grey of the wall with the blue. The darker shaded spots get a darker shade of blue, retaining the angles and corners. Makes it look like the first coat of paint. (The first Tiffany Blue I did was just a paint fill, which eliminated the shading)
    SW 6772 Cay
    SW 6771 Bathe Blue

  11. Here we go again – too gray and all picked by women. I’m not buying that Tiffany EVER used that blue. Too aqua – too 50’s. And blue is a cool color. How about some heat and what happened to wallpaper?

  12. Of the blues mentioned, my choice would be the Bathe Blue. It’s a nice airy color. I don’t think it would be too matchy.

    I’m actually more intrigued by the mauve, gold and silver shades in the second window though. In particular, a dusty mauve like in the background would look very nice and very Victorian.

  13. Ross, what color did you decide upon? I know I am later to the game in discovering your blog, although I have been watching your progress from my car window as I drive by for years! (My mother lives only a few blocks away, in the house my grandpa built in the 1940’s) It is great to read your excitement and the thrill of the chase! Every home has an energy, a story, a connection to the past. Thank you for saving this beautiful home, and for sharing her story. The world needs more folks like you!

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