Advice

September 26, 2012

A Satin Finish

Courtney Writes: We bought a flipped house a couple of years ago.  They painted the bathroom and kitchen in the same matte finish paint as the rest of the house.  We are ready to re-paint, but I'm not sure what to use in the kitchen and bathroom so it is easy to clean and wipe down.  What finish do you recommend in bathrooms and kitchens? See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
September 26, 2012

Working With Purple

Giovanni Writes: What paint colors would go good with a deep purple carpet? It is really dark, but yet still very purple. It is in the living room and we want to paint the walls a different color. The previous owners painted the walls white, with purple trim. We have a brown leather sectional, and we want to make it more cozy and comforting and until we can replace the carpet. We are stuck with it, please help! See Answer From Diane Henkler »
October 1, 2012

Honey Oak Trim

Pam Writes: Everyone has white trim these days, so it's difficult to find any photos with honey oak trim. Can you suggest paint colors that go well with honey oak trim? In the dining room and kitchen we have an open floor plan with South facing windows, and a North facing window in the living room. Also, the master bedroom also has East & South windows in the master bedroom.   Thanks!!   Pam  See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
October 11, 2012

Picking Purples

Maria Writes: I recently purchased Toasted Coconut for a bedroom color. I would like to paint an accent wall and a desk purple in the room. I am looking for advice on which shade or specific color of purple will go best in the space. See Answer From Nicole Balch »
October 12, 2012

A Plum Accent

Rachel Writes: Hi,   I am just about to have a new kitchen fitted and we are also knocking the wall down that separates the kitchen and dining room making a bigger open space. My units are a light sand colour with a black worktop. The flooring will be a wood effect vinyl. I am keen to have plum as an accent colour - maybe the far wall in a plum flowered wallpaper and some plum furnishings. But I have no idea what colour to do the other 3 walls?  The room has 2 windows and is approx. 8m by 2.7m   Many thanks for your help See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
October 12, 2012

Knotty Pine

Judy Writes: My early 1950's home has a 12' x 14' knotty pine den.  It is not the shellacked, dark knotty pine, but rather a light pine sealed with a clear satin-type finish.  There is one wall of bult-ins that are the same color, but the wood is just smooth.  This room needs some life.  Do I paint the knotty pine or not? See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
October 15, 2012

Open Floor Plan

Patricia Writes: I have honey oak floors and trim with an open floor plan on the main floor. Currently the walls are painted white linen. I have a large wool oriental rug with predominate red tones in the living room with a stone fireplace that has yellow grout. There are tall windows on each side of the fireplace which is the focal point to the south. There is also a bank of windows on the west side behind where the couch is and a half wall on the east where the TV sits. The room is 12 by 12 but of course it’s open on the north side as a great room to a honey wood kitchen. I'd like to purchase a new sectional sofa. Currently I had dark brown leather but I'm thinking of switching to a lighter cream fabric. What colors should I paint the walls and will the lighter cream fabric on the sofa work?  See Answer From Kate Riley »
October 15, 2012

A Warm Neutral

Susan Writes: I have a very open living area with vaulted ceilings. I have a chocolate brown couch, sage green carpet and gold wing-back recliners that have little flecks of burgundy and brown. I want to paint the walls with some color. They are stark white right now. I was also thinking of doing an accent wall as well. I need help with paint colors!   See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
November 6, 2012

Paint is the Perfect Solution

KJ Writes: We recently bought a house with an outdated kitchen. While we wait to save the money to remodel it properly, we want to spruce it up with some paint. The kitchen is relatively small (approx. 10' x 10', I'd guess) with counters that are brick/maroon;  cabinets and walls that are white/off-white; appliances that are true white; and bleached (whitish) wood floors. None of the whites match. I'd like to paint the cabinets and walls so they work with the existing maroon counter, white appliances and light floors. I'm open to anything, but I was thinking neutrals -- something darker on the cabinets to contrast with floors and appliances, and something light/neutral on the walls because the space is smaller. The kitchen has one "window" that passes through to an addition, as a result it doesn't get any direct sunlight, but it does get a lot of indirect natural light. I'd love to hear your color suggestions for the walls and cabinets. See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
November 9, 2012

Pulling The Room Together

Justine Writes: Hi! I have been struggling with the colors for my family room right off the kitchen. It's very small-more of a hearth room. We painted the walls a very light gray color. Our sofa and chair are a microfiber tan. The fireplace and doors that lead to the deck are an oak/honey color. I need to pull the room together with a rug, pillows and drapery panels but I seem to be stuck on what colors/prints to go with. Printed curtains and solid rug or the other way around…? Pillows to tie everything together? Accessories? I am kind of paralyzed by indecision at the moment. Please help! See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
November 9, 2012

Working With Teal

Jane Writes: I have selected teal, a warm mustard yellow and an olive green for my living room. I have an adjoining family room where I will be painting the wall above a chair rail in white, but I am wondering what color to use below the chair rail. Should I go for a dark teal blue (to continue with the teal theme), or could I introduce a red or deep orange? I don't want too many colors fighting for attention. The family room is a south facing, sunny room.Thanks!  See Answer From Diane Henkler »
November 9, 2012

A Turquoise Palette

Joni Writes: Our bedroom colors are red, black, and charcoal gray and I'm wanting a change!! Our bed frame is black and I'm looking for a color pallette that works with that. I have my grandma's old dresser that I want to paint turquoise (picture below). I am repaiting it today but I'm not sure if my black bed frame and charcoal gray comforter can somehow create a fun color pallette with a turquoise dresser. Help me! See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
November 14, 2012

Earthy Tones

Jas Writes: I need help with paint colors. So I am trying to go with neutral/earthy tones.  I have already painted my living room Gentle Fawn by Glidden and my kitchen Willow Leaf also by Glidden.  I just need help choosing colors for the hallway and bathroom (see picture).  I do not know if I should go with a darker brown for the hallway?  Also, would a blue (like Glidden's slate green) for the bathroom, throw off the whole color scheme that I'm going for?  Please help!   Sorry for the dark photo. The bathroom is the dark room in the hallway with the night light.   Thank you See Answer From Nicole Balch »
November 14, 2012

Pairing Colors with Cherry Wood

Pat Writes: We are redoing our powder room which has no windows.  We are installing a cherry wood cabinet with a matching mirror.  What colors would go well with the cherry wood. We have tried looking at different colors (blue, green) but it seems like yellow and beige like colors are the only ones that may match well. Any ideas? See Answer From Kate Riley »
December 3, 2012

Bringing Personality to a New Home

Jennifer Writes: We purchased a new house recently. The great room is currently white, which feels washed out. We want to do chocolate furniture, complimenting with crèmes, gold’s, and whites with splashes of color through artwork and decoration. There are light colored hardwood floors as well. We were considering choosing a creamy mocha or tan, but are unsure what color will allow for change while not making the room bland. Also, the fireplace is in the middle of the room which makes it difficult to think how to set up the room for enjoying television, but creating a group atmosphere for guests. Please Help! :)   See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
December 3, 2012

Choosing an Accent Color

Marcia Writes: I plan to paint my powder room walls Glidden's Whispering Wheat. There are 9' ceilings in the room, and I'd like to paint a darker accent color, in the same color family, around the top 1' of the room. It will be separated from the wall color by a 1" molding. Can you recommend a color? I've seen the Ground Nutmeg recommended as an accent for Whispering Wheat, but it looks a bit too dark for me. Please help! See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
December 3, 2012

Pale Grays and Greens

Deanne Writes: Hi There, I want to paint my small guest bathroom either a green with grey-ish tones or lavender with grey-ish tones. The cabinets are a natural honey-oak and the tile has taupe, peach, grey and white in it. There is no natural light, and the towels (accessories) are a dark olive green.  Which color do you think would work best in this space? Thanks! See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
December 10, 2012

Lighten Up

Roberta Writes: We are soon having the entire interior of our house painted.  The house was built in 1976 and has 8" ceilings and is not at all an open floor plan.  I'm trying to decide the colors for my galley-style kitchen which has dark paneling below the chair rail.  I want to go with a light color on the paneling and a darker color above the chair rail.  Not too dark, of course.  I plan to carry the lighter color into the large den adjoining the kitchen, and a coordinating light color in the living/dining room which also opens into the kitchen.  The kitchen has a window over the sink and a bay window, both facing east.  The den has a double window facing south.  The living/dining room has two long windows - one in the living area, the other in the dining area.  I usually prefer "warm" colors.  Do you have any suggestions?  I'm attaching a photo of part of my kitchen.  Thank you! See Answer From Kate Riley »
December 10, 2012

Making a Small Room Feel Larger

Nathan Writes: Hi! I have a small bedroom and I want to make it feel BIG. How can I go about achieving this using pastel colors (soft blues, greens, browns) or colors like that? Thank you!  See Answer From Nicole Balch »
January 15, 2013

Tonal Colors

Maggie Writes: Hi! I'm in the process of remodeling my very small powder room. I would love to paint it a shade of gray and I want to paint the original oak vanity cabinet as well. Would you recommend painting the vanity darker or lighter than the wall color? I'm afraid if I paint the cabinet white, it will show the dirty little handprints of my 3 children too easily. Would gray on gray be too gray? Please help! See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
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