Now just picture this on the walls:
I really hesitate to put this out there because on my screen it looks like a pinky tan. When in fact, it "should" be more of a buttery beige. I described what kind of color I wanted and my sister recommended "Croissant" by Sherwin Williams. Her mother-in-law loved it so much she painted her whole house in it so I figured it had to be good! She said even the paint swatch at the store doesn't do it justice. Well, we've painted in different forms of daylight around the house as a little sampler to see what it looks like and I'm quite content right now with my choice. In the dark it definitely brings it down the the neutral tan zone and in the light it brightens up to a sunny butter.
As for the LVL beams around the chimney and this one separating the kitchen from the dining room, I think I've decided on painting that the trim color now that I'll have the contrast I want with the natural beadboard.
I can't wait to see this all come together! In case you haven't figured out by now, our self-proclaimed deadline of "end of September" is not going to happen. We now proclaim it end of October. :)