You can really see the difference in lower light:
I will note that the finish doesn't look great because I painted it with an eggshell finish (since I used a $7 sample pot and this was the only finish available) and planned to urethane it with a semi-gloss when I was done.
But I was very unhappy with the colour and didn't bother to finish it. I wanted it browner, like the card, to match a brown rug I have in the foyer and pick up the brown lamp in my living room (which is an almost identical shade to the card). I do like this colour - complex and unique, but it looked like total crap on my mirror.
Since it was now Sunday and Maria Tomas (the Farrow & Ball supplier) was closed, I went to my local Benjamin Moore store and bought a chocolate brown, called Van Buren Brown (HC-70), which I have read decorators rave about in House Beautiful (I read their "Color" pages in each issue religiously).
Here is Van Buren Brown, in progress:
And on the wall (below). The colour is much too dark, but at least it coordinates with the darker tones in the furniture. This is after a single coat!
I'm happy to see that the colour matches the chip, perfectly:The colour looks just like melted chocolate and is quite lovely, but too dark. I will note that I went darker than I wanted because, in the past, Benjamin Moore colours have looked significantly lighter on the wall than on the card...(with three shade I've tried to date). So now I will have to paint a second coat and mix in some white paint to lighten it.
Eventually I want a new, much larger mirror in this location, and I really need to add some art. But for now, I hope it will suffice when it's toned down a little. The brown will coordinate with my cushy brown rug and my rose-pink light fixture.
'Til next time...