Advice

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
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 »
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 »
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 »
June 25, 2013

Crisp and Clean Look

Stella Writes: Hi! I have decided to go with Antique Beige for my walls, and have narrowed my trim choices down to White on White or Swan White. What do you think would go better? They seem fairly close, but could you please advise? Thank you!   See Answer From Michael Wurm Jr »
Categories: Dens, Painting Tips
June 25, 2013

Washington Capitals Room

Renee Writes: Hi! We are trying to paint our recreation room and we are huge Washington Capitals fans. But, we have no idea how to use the team colors to create an awesome looking room! Any ideas on a "design" using the Washington Capitals colors? Thank you!   See Answer From Erika Ward »
Categories: Color, Dens
July 12, 2013

Gray Can Be Tricky

Anonymous Writes: I am thinking about painting my basement a nice shade of grey color. I have about 5 windows in the great room/kitchen area. There is light coming in the basement but it’s not a lot. I am not sure what color grey would look nice throughout. Also I need a suggestion for my bedroom and the master in suite in the basement which doesn’t get any light, because there are no windows. I was thinking of painting grey as an accent wall in the bedroom and pewter throughout the basement. Any suggestions or advice? Thanks!  See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
Categories: Dens
February 11, 2014

Painting a Home to Sell

Lynn Writes: 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 »
February 11, 2014

A Brighter White

Jo Writes: 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
February 10, 2014

Never Boring Beige

Sally Writes: I have an open concept living floor. My kitchen is Frosted Pine by Glidden with brown granite counter tops. I love the color in the kitchen but I have no idea what color to paint the rest of the room. What color goes well with Frosted Pine that isn't too boring or beige and isn't so dark? See Answer From Erika Ward »
February 20, 2014

Making a Basement Bigger

Matthew B. Writes: 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
March 17, 2014

Lightening and Brightening

Jessica Writes: 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 »
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

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 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

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 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 »