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Making Over a Man Cave

Michael wrote:

I have a long 24' x 8' windowless room that I am going to turn into a man cave. The one thing I cannot change is the industrial carpet, a mottled mostly dark battleship grey. The drop ceiling is white acoustical tile, the only furniture at the moment is a sand color couch and some walnut formica tables.

Any suggestions?


Erika answered:

Hello Michael, sounds like the stage is set for some “lofty” plans for your man cave. Embrace the gray carpet and white ceilings and dress your space with an industrial loft-like approach. You can always layer your existing carpet with a colorful rug of your choice and pull a wall color from the carpet. I wouldn’t hesitate painting your windowless room a dark color. Again, embrace the moody vibe and go for a deep color like Glidden’s Rich Navy. I’d then add graphic contrast by hanging large white frames against the dark walls. Be sure to add more wood in the walnut stain in the form of bookcases, media unit, or end tables. Lastly, throw in a few metallic accessories (think chrome floor or table lamps, and chrome legs on furniture) to really emphasis the industrial approach. Read More >>

Categories: Color, Dens

Getting Rid of a Boring Beige


Hello, I NEED to paint my bedroom, but am stumped and hoping you can help! The headboard is a charcoal grey, current bedding in shades of steely blues and lilac, with purple accents.  Furniture is mirrored side tables and antiqued metallic dressers. I have NO idea what direction to go in painting the room. It is currently a drab, boring beige (we have not painted since moving in). There are two large floor to ceiling windows in room, flooring is light wood. Can do nice rug once painting completed.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!!

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

Warm Colors


I'm looking for a color to paint our kitchen with a variegated slate background.  I like warm colors rather than cool.  Thoughts?

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

A Calm Yet Vibrant Color


Hi, I'm redoing a small room into a study/lounge. I am hoping to find furniture with bright and navy blues, also with red and yellow accents. The couch in the room is cream colored. I can't figure out what color to use. Also, I was considering navy blue as the color, but I thought it was just too dark. I want the color to be calm and vibrant, so it is very difficult to find a common ground. The room is currently a pale yellow that I want to stray away from. What color should I paint my room?

See answer from Michael Wurm Jr >>

Decorating to Sell


We are preparing to sell our rental house. We would like to paint the inside of the entire house. We want neutral but not boring. There is a chair railing in the dining room. Thinking about two different colors for that room. Carpet will be neutral as well.

I would like suggestions.

See answer from Stefanie Schiada >>

Lightening and Brightening


Hi Team!


I will be moving in to a new apartment within a few months. It has a lot of architectural charm, but also has a lot of dark (reddish) wood trim to work around. I'm "over" the cream palette (been there done that!) so was considering a gray or something similar to keep the space from feeling too traditional and stuffy. My couch is an olive-y brown. Any ideas, please? I want to keep this space light and bright! 

See answer from Diane Henkler >>
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