Advice

March 24, 2014

Making Over a Man Cave

Michael Writes: 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? Thanks See Answer From Erika Ward »
Categories: Color, Dens
March 13, 2014

Matching Paint with Existing Furniture

Cher Writes: The previous owners painted their accent wall a burnt orange. We matched our furniture (dark brown) to go with that color...now I'm tired of it. What color do you suggest? I would like a lighter color. The other walls are an off white/ light beige color. See Answer From Kate Riley »
March 17, 2014

Decorating a Rental

Jenny Writes: Having a hard time choosing colors for living room/dining room area. Small rectangular space and would like it to feel bigger. Couches are a floral print with dusty rose, dusty blues, sage greens, and creams. Carpet is an awful tan/brown. Living room also has red brick fire place that I do not want to paint over. Do not like red, orange, and yellow. Ceiling is flat white, no trim, and heavily textured that cannot be removed or recolored. I am a little afraid of anything but white. We want a change and I'm too chicken to choose on my own. Live in a very out dated rental with full permission to do as we wish but I don't want to get too carried away. Please help with suggestions. Thank you. See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
March 18, 2014

Getting Rid of a Boring Beige

Kim Writes: 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
March 17, 2014

A Calm Yet Vibrant Color

Camryn Writes: 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 »
March 18, 2014

Warm Colors

Kate Writes: 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
March 17, 2014

Decorating to Sell

Sherie Writes: 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 »
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 »
April 2, 2014

Refresh a Bathroom with White

Haley Writes: Hello, I'm painting my mom's bathroom and need advice on the color for the walls. It is an older bathroom (1952 bungalow) with a black painted vanity with white countertop, black tile on the floor with grey and a black shower surround. She doesn't like the black but is unable to do any major renovations right now so they have to stay. I was thinking of an off-white (not cream), but I don't want it to look like a black and white bathroom from the 1980s. Any suggestions? There is one small window that faces north in the bathroom and there is a large medicine cabinet that is white. The light is pretty decent even though the window faces north. Please let me know if you need any more info. Thank you! Haley   See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
Categories: Bathrooms, Color
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

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 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 31, 2014

The In Between

Amanda Writes: We just bought a new house that has wallpaper everywhere! Our plan is to take down the wallpaper and repaint the whole house. We have a galley kitchen that has blonde cabinets with white tiles for the backsplash and floor. We are going to put in stainless steel appliances when we move in. We will update the kitchen to dark brown cabinets and white granite, but won't do that for another year. But we want to repaint now because I can't handle the wallpaper! What colors would go well with the blonde/white dated cabinets now that will still work with our updated kitchen later. I would prefer not to paint twice! I like reds and greens or even a sunrise color, but not sure if that would mesh well with the cabinets. If I do a bold color in the kitchen, what other colors would go well in the adjoining dining room and lounge? Thanks for your advice - I need the help!   See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
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 »
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 31, 2014

Neutral with a Pop of Color!

Terri Writes: I'm painting my granddaughter's room. She has bed covering with white background and teal, pink mustard, and lime green large flowers. Not overwhelming pattern. She likes teal and I'm looking for a neutral color for her room. The room is kind of shabby chic. I want to paint one wall and her bathroom teal.   Thank you!   See Answer From Michael Wurm Jr »
Categories: Bedrooms, Color
April 15, 2014

From the Bottom to the Top: Choosing a Wall Color When You Have Bossy Carpet

Stacy Writes: We close on our home tomorrow and the home has chocolate brown carpeting.  The walls and ceilings are painted the same color, a light color that almost looks a hint of peach which won't go with our decor.  I know I want to go a light tan color or beige in the house and possibly a pop of color in the kitchen, my question centers around the color of the ceiling.  Should I paint the ceiling to match the walls or make them an eggshell or white?  Ceilings are popcorn and we're not prepared to remove the popcorn at this time and they have been painted over before. See Answer From Erika Ward »
April 15, 2014

Accent Colors for a Pink Bedroom

Anonymous Writes: Hello. We have a pink master bedroom with a white ceiling. The floor is grey-white marble, and there are no rugs, at least for now. We have carved solid wood bedroom furniture in a dark stain. What colours should we use for curtains and bedding? I am told that dark grey would help balance the 'sweetness' in the pink walls but I suspect it may not work with our walnut doors and windows and traditional dark furniture. Do you think mint green and white patterned/floral curtains might give the room a fresh and airy feeling while also being consistent with an eclectic style? What other colours might complement this colour scheme? Regards.   See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
Categories: Bedrooms, Color
April 15, 2014

Bathroom Blues

Ted Writes: Hi, I'm partial to Glidden Duo. I want to paint my toddler son's bathroom a blue color that looks like the crisp blue sky.  Do you have a suggestion about which color and trim?  The ceiling will be white on white, like my other bathrooms.     Thanks. See Answer From Michael Wurm Jr »
Categories: Bathrooms, Color
April 15, 2014

Great Game Colors

Donna Writes: I am painting a basement (family room) and it will be used for our kids and their friends for movies, games (wii, playstation etc..).  I am a big Chicago Bears fan and have lots of blue and orange color on the walls with pictures, jerseys, helmets etc...  We have dark brown leather furniture and an area rug with warm colors like tan, green, red, orange in the carpet.  The floor is a light tan ceramic tile and there is one wall with brown paneling.  I really want a warm color and would love to possibly add some shade of orange on at least an accent wall and possibly add another accent color too. Please help... See Answer From Kate Riley »