I've been checking out my paint swatches in various lighting and in different locations throughout the room and have finally picked what I hope is the winner.
The first photo shows the sample swatches on the wall. Unfortunately, I can't seem to color correct it to match reality, so you'll have to take my word on which color worked best in my kitchen.
Have I said how Olympics obsessed I am? Yeah, that is a dorky, makeshift paint podium you see there in photo number two.
Here are the standings (all colors from Benjamin Moore).
In Bronze we have Florida Aqua. It's a great color, but has a distinct hint of green, which won't work well with the chartreuse pendant lamp that I plan to hang over my dining table or any lime accents I might want to use in the kitchen.
Tropicana Cabana picked up the Silver. Again, a lovely color, but a bit too bold for my kitchen and dining nook. I might use up the rest of the sample can to paint the walls in the back of my kitchen cabinets.
And picking up the Gold, we have Jamaican Aqua. Much like the Jamaican Bobsled Team made famous by that illustrious classic, Cool Runnings, this was a surprise contender. I didn't expect it to be the one, but it is perfect. It's one shade lighter than Tropicana Cabana and is the exact aqua I envisioned for my kitchen.
Next up is the dreaded task of removing the remaining wallpaper backing. I hate this chore, but I'm hoping making the color selection will help me find the motivation to get it over with. Especially now that I'll have an Olympics-shaped hole in my heart and schedule to fill.
Thanks again to Hirshfield's for the samples!
P.S. Check out Hirshfield's Name that Paint Color Contest.