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Matching Neutrals

Travis wrote:

My wife and I recently bought new furniture. The couch and loveseat are a light gray color and the recliner is black. We are trying to find a good color to paint our living room that will match with our new furniture but want to make sure that its not a dark color. The color needs to be neutral because she wants to use accent pillows to change the color scheme if she wants.

Also she mentioned something about painting one of the other walls as an accent wall a totally different color yet still a neutral color. What colors should we use?

Kate answered:

Hi Travis, your wife is right about flexibility with color when you use a neutral backdrop. Since the furniture you’ve chosen is gray, I’d recommend a paler hue for your painted walls, but one that has a hint of gray in it. If you like blue, consider Winter Sky Gray, if green is a color you’re drawn to, try Soft Sage. Natural Straw is a pale less saturated yellow which looks lovely with gray. Any of these would bring a hint of color into the space and also allows you to accessorize as you please.Read More >>

Making a Basement Bigger

Question:

I am finishing my basement and have a room that's 10x22 with a closet.  The biggest problem is the ceiling is only 6'6" or so from the floor, making the ceiling seem low.  The lights are recessed in the ceiling, and there are 12 of them so it is bright with them all on.  I want to paint this room so the colors help the room seem taller.  I'm not sure what to do.  Should I paint the ceiling a different color form the walls such as white?  I'm afraid I'm not very good at these things.  Thanks for the advice!

See answer from Lindsay Ballard >>
Categories: Color, Dens

A Mature Makeover

Question:

I want to redo my daughters room now that she is a junior in college.  Give it a more mature feel to match her age.  It's a bright green room from ceiling to floor.  I was thinking of adding a white ceiling, but not sure what else to do? Stripes? Chevron? I don't want to change the entire room, but maybe add to what the base color is.

It is a large room with dresser, nightstand, bed, desk, & plenty of space. I don't want to change the window treatment, which is a white background with black, green, browns in it.  

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

See answer from Kate Riley >>
Categories: Bedrooms, Color

A Brighter White

Question:

I am getting ready to update our basement which is one very large room.  The only obstacle I face is that everything is blue from the walls to the carpet.  The carpet is not an option of changing because it is in such good shape and would be too expensive to change out at this time.  It is a blue and white berber.  I am leaning toward the colors of Nautical Blue and Vanilla Shake for the walls and would like your opinion on my selections.  There are several large windows and a door so the room has a large amount of natural light.  Any feedback would be appreciated.  Thank you.

See answer from Melissa Michaels >>
Categories: Color, Dens

Painting a Home to Sell

Question:

We have a "hill country" style home in Texas with all walnut stained trim, no white anywhere.  We are preparing to sell our home and were wondering what neutral color you would suggest.  Our home tends to be very dark inside with not a lot of natural light.  Wanting an all-around good color that would be appealing to buyers. 

See answer from Eduardo Rodriguez >>

Matching with Cherry Wood

Question:

I have a small guest room with cherry wood furniture with black and white accent pieces. I was wondering what color would work for paint? The room also has double windows.

See answer from Nicole Balch >>
Categories: Bedrooms, Color
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