Advice

March 31, 2014

Wall Colors for Open Floor Plans

Eline Writes: Hello, I have an open floor living/dining room that I want to repaint (basically one room separated by a hallway). I'd like to pick two colors and paint an accent wall in living and dining room (largest wall in the dining room and the wall with fireplace in the living room). What colors should I pick as base and accent colors? My couch is white, coffee table, shelf and dining room table are chocolate brown, and the rug and couch pillows are light grey. I would like to stick with warm or neutral colors since the rest of my apartment in painted with warm colors, but I will consider cooler colors as well. Thanks!                                                See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
March 31, 2014

Kitchen Conundrum

Jules Writes: If I have maple wood cabinets in my kitchen and blue pearl granite counter tops and blue granite floor with stain steel appliances what color should I paint the walls? From: Jules                                                See Answer From Kate Riley »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
March 31, 2014

Complementing Bright Colors

Tracy Writes: I have a large (15' x 30') living room with a high celling that is in need of a color renovation (currently all white).  There is a large 15' opening into the dining room, which has already been painted a yellow/orange with an accent wall of red/orange. I love this room but am afraid of painting the larger living room and making the dining room look terrible, in comparison to each other. What colors would be a good choice to flow from one room to the next? I don't want the SAME color and was thinking of a blue or green. I am not scared of colors at all - in fact I love them - but I don't want my home to look like a giant color wheel when you walk in! Please help.     See Answer From Nicole Balch »
March 28, 2014

Choosing Colors that Go With Terra Cotta Floors and Oak Trim

Debra Ross Writes: My interior is in desperate need of painting but I have absolutely no idea what color to use so I remain paralyzed. I have a large house and the floors are terra cotta in the hallway (which constitutes a large area) and then hardwood in the TV room and living room and terra cotta in my kitchen. As my house has large openings between the rooms the terra cotta is seen from everywhere. I love the terra cotta but have a lot of oak trim in that pink oak that has a pinkish yellow undertone. There is trim at the top of the wall and ceiling, large oak baseboards and solid trim facing all of the openings to the various rooms, plus large double oak doors leading in to my bedroom and single oak doors leading to all upstairs rooms. It would be a massive undertaking and very expensive to have the trim stained another color. The walls are currently a dark grey blue that I am so tired of. My furniture is pine antique. I have a brown leather coach in the TV room and I am ready for a new coach in the living room. Any color suggestions for my walls? See Answer From Diane Henkler »
March 28, 2014

Colors to Create a Sleek and Inviting Family Room

Dee Writes: We painted half of our ceiling flat black and we ordered espresso cabinets for our bar/ family room. The black ceiling is over the entertainment TV area. We need assistance with wall colors. It is a large room approximately 28x30. One of the walls is mostly windows. The ceiling by the windows is a drop ceiling with sand drift pattern. Our main living area is upstairs with white cabinets along with taupe walls. We are trying to stay away from taupe. Thank you!   See Answer From Eduardo Rodriguez »
March 27, 2014

Ripe Color in Time for Spring

Kim Writes: I would love your advice as my budget won't allow me to do this project twice and I'm struggling with bringing this look together! I have a very open living room/dining room. The LR has an 18' ceiling while the DR has a 9'ceiling. There is a set of 3 windows on either end of this area and I get nice morning and afternoon sunlight. I have contemporary furnishings but unfortunately bought over a period of time so these are the colors I have to work with: a light silver grey leather sofa and light rusty peach club chairs, beautiful turquoise & copper glass topped coffee table which matches the dining table and buffet. These pieces also have beech wood legs. Right now there is neutral carpet in the LR and light oak hardwoods in the DR which also has a very abstract area rug of many colors. My favorite color is turquoise so would love to somehow incorporate that. I would appreciate any advice you could give me as to what colors might work best for this situation and could pull it all together! Thanks! See Answer From Erika Ward »