Advice

June 26, 2012

Making Sense of a Bold Color Combo

Barbara Writes: My 11 year old daughter wants her room painted bright turquoise with some black accessories.  Her windows face north and west.  Should the ceiling be white or turquoise or...?  Also we live in a cape cod home and I wonder if either of the walls that are angled should be a different color. See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
June 26, 2012

The Yellow Dilemma

Vanessa Writes: I want to create a bold room in our new home for my soon to be 3 year old son. My husband and I adore retro/vintage video games, 80s music and decor. I'm really into creating a fun space and would like to feature an accent wall in his room with either chevron stripes or a "Rising Sun" starting from where his bed would be placed against the wall. My issue is COLORS. His toddler bed is a natural color, but I'm bored of it. I was thinking of a charcoal gray as a base for the three walls...but...that's as far as I've come. I'd like something that would grow with and not be too annoying. HELP!!!! I adore the colors in the ABC print I found online, just can't decide! See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
June 27, 2012

Too Much Brown

Sara Writes: I would like some advice as to what color to paint my master bathroom.  The bathroom has brown tiles on the floor, in the shower, and around the tub.  The cabinets are walnut and the countertops are a tannish-beigish granite with brown flecks.  All the fixtures are oil-rubbed bronze.  There is only one window, so the bathroom doesn't get much natural light. The color palette in the adjoining bedroom is gray, white, turquoise, and some brown (wood furniture), and I would like the bathroom to coordinate.  Because there is so much brown in the bathroom, I am having a hard time deciding on a paint color that will go well.  Any suggestions?   See Answer From Nicole Balch »
July 10, 2012

Lighten Up!

Adele Writes: I live in a climate where it can be pretty gloomy from November through April.  I have lots of windows but the house faces north and there is a porch shading part of the living room and a tree near the other part.  The dining room and kitchen face east.  There are two windows in the living room on the west side of the house.  My questions: 1) What colors will allow my house to feel cozy in the winter but not too dark and gloomy in summer.  My current fresh blue and green color scheme with florals/leaves feels great in good weather but doesn't work in the colder months and is impossible for Christmas decorating. 2) Light changes colors, of course, because light has color.  Eastern light, for example is blueish.  What colors will go the best in the light I have. See Answer From Kate Riley »
Categories: Color, Painting Tips
July 17, 2012

Shabby Chic Solutions

Sue Writes: Hi I'm redecorating my Master bedroom and I wanted to do a Shabby Chic theme.  I love pinks and greens. But, I need a color that goes with cream. If my furniture is an off white (cream color) what color should I paint my walls?  Thanks See Answer From Diane Henkler »
July 20, 2012

The Putty Problem

Mare Writes: Help! I just recovered my sofa in an ultra kidproof fabric that is a gray-brown/putty color (the color of dirt!) I thought this neutral would leave me with plenty of color options for my walls and accents, but I'm finding that the brownish undertone clashes with all the swatches I bring home.... Making it even more challenging, the room has cherry trim and mouldings, and limited natural light. I am desperate to lighten and brighten the space, but I am completely perplexed as what color to use on my walls, and what to bring in as accent color(s)... The picture attached shows the couch against my current yellow wall (yuuck!).... What suggestions do you have?  Thank you! See Answer From Kate Riley »
July 20, 2012

The Right Shade for Cheryl

Cheryl Writes: I am moving into a 1946 home. The small main bathroom has black & white hex floor tile with black square tile covering the bottom half of all walls and the entire shower.  I'm using deep gray, avocado/celery green, and a muted orange/terra cotta in other rooms but don't know what color to use on the top half of the bathroom wall. The orange would brighten it up, but I fear it would be too Halloween... See Answer From Kate Riley »
July 27, 2012

Choosing Complimentary Colors

Eileen Writes: Hi Lindsay:  I used your color suggestions (Forest Khaki, French Grey, Walnut Bark) for painting my fisherman silhouette on a neutral colored wall.  Looks awesome.  I'm adding a painted frame to the mural and will send a picture as soon as I get it all finished.  I'd like to use a complimentary color for some accent pillows, etc.  What Glidden color/colors would you suggest.  Thanks, Eileen See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
Categories: Color, Dens, Painting Tips
July 27, 2012

Painting Dark Paneling

Joy Writes: Help, my family room is lost in the 70's!  It is a long narrow room (28 X 14) with only 1 large window, right in the middle of the south wall.  All the walls are dark paneling except the fireplace wall which is all brick.  I'm stuck with tan carpet, brownish sofa, and a navy leather recliner.  It's too dark and too brown.  How do I paint the paneling, and what color? I have 2 wing chairs that I'll re-cover in the new color scheme.  The adjoining kitchen has dark cabinets and light floors, I can wallpaper one wall to match the color scheme. See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
July 27, 2012

Basement Blues & Grays

Ginny Writes: We are finishing our basement which will have an office, family room and bathroom. I'd like to paint the family area (23x10) grey and the small (5x8) bathroom in blue. Any suggestions on colours that will work for a narrow basement space with one window? The new sofa is dark grey and the bathroom will have white tiles in around tub and floor. I like the idea of grey and blue, but I'm open. Thank you! See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
Categories: Color, Dens, Painting Tips
July 27, 2012

Do As The Scandinavians Do

cd Writes: What ranges of colors work for rooms with northern light?  My living room has a high vaulted ceiling and master bedroom has a standard height ceiling.  I'm attracted to warm neutrals.  The northern light is thin, cool and dreary, and washes out color.  Do you have a rule of thumb to consider when choosing paint for northern light? See Answer From Diane Henkler »
July 27, 2012

Finding Balance Between Old & New

desiree Writes: Hi! We've recently moved into a new apartment and while I have questions on how to decorate the whole space, I will focus on the living area! We have a large rug that we cant afford to replace so we've been trying to decorate around it. I have no idea what colors/patterns will work with it. It seems like anything I choose fights with pattern and looks too busy. Right now the walls are an off white color (9' ceilings) and the drapes are brown (windows measure 73.5" wide and 69" tall), the couch is beige, even the hardwoods are light, so the room is pretty much clean slate. Can you offer me some suggestions on pillows, window treatments, wall color, etc? I've included a picture of the rug and couch in the living space. Thank you so much!! See Answer From Diane Henkler »
August 28, 2012

Creating Your Sanctuary

Andrea Writes: Hello! I'm building a house and am completely overwhelmed by all the desicions to be made.  Making matters worse, I'm terrible at picking paint color from swatches... The home has an open living room/kitchen/dining area, all trim and cabinetry is white, the floor is a medium tone hardwood, and there are 3 south facing windows and one east facing window for light. The only furniture I've purchased so far is a medium to dark grey tufted sofa.  I'd like my home to feel like my own personal sanctuary so I'm going for cozy, comfortable, homey, peaceful, and relaxing.  I tend to like muddier colors over clear ones but I like so many different colors I just can't figure it out!  Thanks! See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
August 28, 2012

Lifting Your Spirit

Joann Writes: What would be a good colour choice for a very small north facing bedroom which has a covered deck at the window?  We get a lot of dark rainy days in the Northwest. See Answer From Nicole Balch »
August 28, 2012

Choosing A "Muddy" Green

Luann Pope Writes: I need help with the exterior paint color of my house. I painted it over a year ago with chayote green and beach white from behr. Well, its bright. And now would like to tone it down a few notches. Its a 1953 brick house with a flat white foam roof. I put in some nice Energy saving windows but also but up window covering to block out the sun which are beigey sand color. I am thinking now to have the body of the house in cool cumber and maybe frosted green grape as the trim. My house faces east and live in Arizona. See Answer From Kate Riley »
Categories: Color, Painting Tips
August 29, 2012

Neutralizing a Colorful Space

Elissa Writes: I attached a picture of the kitchen to the house we just bought.  I personally dont like yellow paint, but am having a hard time finding another color that will look good with these cabinets and floors, since they both have yellow hues to them. Any suggestions? Also, the adjacent living room has a HUGE red accent wall, so it'd need to match that as well! Thanks! See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
September 5, 2012

For The Love of Fiesta Ware

Sharon Writes: I have a newer home. It was 3 years old when we bought it. The walls are a burgundy color with vaulted ceilings and open floor plan. I have a fire engine red sofa, black hutch, and end tables.  I have every different color of fiesta ware in the hutch.  I want to repaint but I am having trouble finding a color that looks good with the sofa and the trim/floors which are oak.  I love big bold color.  Any ideas? See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
September 6, 2012

Grey Tones

Nicole Writes: We are planning on redoing our kitchen, and changing white counters and light oak cabinets to dark cabinets with lighter granite countertops.  I would like to stick with a neutral color on the wall but I'm sick of beige.  I wanted the cabinets to stand out so didn't want a paint color that was too dark, but I plan on doing neutral throughout the house so I wanted to do something a little different in the kitchen.  Help! Thanks! See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
September 13, 2012

A Little Jewel

Jan Writes: My living room faces east, and has cherry floors and white trim.  I have beautiful peacock colored curtains - medium blue/green.  It's a small room and has one double window.  It doesn't have a doorway but has a big opening to the front hall.  I have a medium raspberry chair and a pale yellow floral chair and ottoman with pink roses and greenery.  I have pale pink on the walls and think they look ghastly.  I want a room that's like my little jewel and hope to someday get a loveseat.  What color walls would be best?   I was thinking a deep blue or green.  Also, what color loveseat would you recommend for the space?   Thanks,   Jan See Answer From Diane Henkler »
September 24, 2012

Finding Inspiration in a White Space

Ann Writes: I just did some changes to my living room, which has a high ceiling that is open from the second floor. The house is located by the sea, and has dark wood fixtures and terra cotta floor tiles. Currently all of the walls in the house are painted white. The one wall I made some changes to now needs a coat of paint, and I was wondering if I should continue with the white theme or give it a different color (accent wall). Also, I have wicker furniture in the room. What color would you recommend using for a space like this?  See Answer From Kate Riley »