Last Updated on December 2, 2016 by Kristi Linauer
This weekend I got all of the trim for my breakfast room and pantry windows and doors purchased, so I’ll be starting that project today. I also picked up some new kelly green paint samples to try out. The paint colors I tried out were Benjamin Moore, but I had them mixed at Home Depot in Behr paint. They have all of the colors from major paint brands color matched in their system, so you just have to ask for them by name. They may not be a perfect match, but they’re generally close enough for me.
So the two I wanted to try were Benjamin Moore Clover Green and Once Upon A Time.
I got the idea for the first color from this bathroom picture from HGTV.
To be clear, I don’t know for sure if that is BM Clover Green on that bathroom vanity. But after searching and searching for the color, I came across a comment where someone said, “That looks like BM Clover Green,” so I decided to give it a try.
And then the BM Once Upon A Time paint color is what was used on the cabinets in this kitchen.
You can see in this picture that it’s a much brighter green.
So here are my test swatches of those two colors, both mixed in Behr paint from Home Depot. The BM Clover Green is on the left, and the Once Upon A Time is on the right. And you can see how both of those compare to the Sherwin Williams Derbyshire that is currently on my cabinets. (Please excuse the mess. I still haven’t cleared away my tools and supplies from the peninsula.)
They’re both different from what I currently have, which is good. But obviously the one on the right is much different. The Clover Green is still fairly dark, but has more yellow than the Derbyshire currently on the cabinets, so it looks like a truer Kelly green.
However, when I get them right next to each other, the difference between the Derbyshire and the Clover Green is almost not enough to warrant repainting the cabinets. The Once Upon A Time, on the other hand, is completely different, but I do wonder if it might look too washed out.
So, since I really like both, but I’m not completely satisfied with either one, I decided to see what it would look like if I mixed the two colors about half and half. I painted that color on the middle section right between the two.
I think that might be a winner! It’s definitely lighter than the current Derbyshire color on my cabinets, but it’s not so bright that it looks washed out.
UPDATE: The pics above were all taken last night. Here is a picture taken during the day, although it’s kind of overcast today and not as bright as it is on a sunny day.
So for now I’ve ruled out the Clover Leaf on the left. It’s just too dark. I need to get a little further along in my design plan before making a final decision, but right now, I really like that middle color. The brighter green on the right scares me just a tad.
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