Advice

March 9, 2012

Updating a Farmhouse Dining Room

Sarah Writes: We are fixing up an old farmhouse and have decided to paint our main family room Palladian blue from BM. Do you have suggestions for our dning room, possibly a green? Thanks! See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
Categories: Dining Rooms, Color
March 28, 2012

Cranberry Lighten Up

hope Writes: I bought different furniture for my dining room, now it seems the cranberry color is too dark. There are 2 windows in the room and it is open to the kitchen that is also cranberry with golden oak cabinets and a slate grey counter top. The connecting rooms are spunsugar (light yellow/gold) with golden oak floors. I love color but want to lighten the room. Any suggestions?   See Answer From Ana White »
Categories: Dining Rooms, Color
April 25, 2012

Living Room to Open Dining Room

Barbara Writes: I am moving into a single family house. It has 1 bathroom 3 bedrooms and living room that opens into a dining room. I need to paint 3 bedrooms and living and dining and hallways and I need help. I am more interested in living room and dining colors. Attached is the living room pic. See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
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 »
May 28, 2013

Complimentary Colors

Marianne Writes: Hi There, I am painting my dining room and have chosen Homemade Butterscotch for the top half (above the chair-rail). We chose a gray for the bottom but were advised we needed a warm gray, not a cool gray. Could you recommend some potential colors that would work?  Thanks!   See Answer From Michael Wurm Jr »
Categories: Dining Rooms
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 21, 2014

How to Paint with an Open Floor Plan

Cynthia Writes: I have a small home with an open floor plan; everything is open from the kitchen to the dining room to the living room. The walls are in desperate need of paint. Most of my furniture is earth tones with a few black pieces (entertainment center, book case, cabinet). Is it best to select one neutral color with an open floor plan? I also want to paint my kitchen cupboards (and walls). Again, struggling with color choices since it will be seen from all other rooms in the house. My countertop is a yellow rich cream color and appliances to match. I would love some color (favor rich red or oranges), just not sure how to go about doing it. (I included a picture of my kitchen). Thank you! See Answer From Michael Wurm Jr »
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 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 »
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 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 »
April 15, 2014

Making Things A Bit Brighter

N Writes: We have a dark, north-facing living room/dining room, vaulted ceiling in living room, fireplace where wall above juts out about 6 inches (good for accent color). One wall of dining room is currently dark red accent wall, would like to keep that accented too but different color.  We will be getting hickory colored wood flooring installed, and need a bright color to lighten the room. Looking at yellows and greens (currently taupe/tan), but kitchen is also yellow and seems like too much yellow. Ideas? See Answer From Eduardo Rodriguez »
May 19, 2014

Warm Greens To Brighten a Room

Susan Writes: I have multi colored vermont slate floor in the kitchen and dining area. Currently we have two tones of salmon colored walls and I am interested in repainting since it has been a number of years. I want colors that will not absorb light as we have long Vermont winters. I am drawn to light green but can't seem to find anything that isn't too dark or minty.  See Answer From Diane Henkler »
June 4, 2014

Pairing Grey with Beige

Suzie Writes: Hi there! We just moved into a high ranch where the living room, dining room, hallway and foyer are all connected and open to each other. The main color of our walls currently is a light creamy beige (trim will be painted white). I just bought a new grey (with a blue undertone) and creamy/ivory rug (main color is grey) and am trying to update the dining room and living rooms while tying their color schemes together at the same time. I would like to paint some of the walls a grey to try and separate the space, as well as to create a little appeal to the walls. Any suggestions on a neutral grey, light or medium, that goes well with a light beige color? Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! See Answer From Nicole Balch »
June 6, 2014

Consistency Means Calm

Carmel Writes: Three of the rooms in my house run together: the entryway, dining room, and living room. As such, I am wondering if I need to paint each of these rooms the same color or if my color palette could vary by room.    See Answer From Kate Riley »
June 4, 2014

Open Concept Floor Plan Color Choices

Chelsey Writes: I have just bought a new house and the entryway, living room, dining room and kitchen are all in one large room that has vaulted ceilings. The trim and cabinets are a honey oak color and the carpeting is beige. Right now the walls are also beige and everything feels brown floor to ceiling!  I'd like to change the colors of the room and include an accent wall, so I am hoping you could recommend some potential paint colors. See Answer From Diane Henkler »
June 6, 2014

Top Three Beige/Taupe Paints with Green Undertones

Lisa Writes: I am trying to find paint colors I can save to my project folder, but there seem to be limited choices/suggestions. How do I upload colors to use when I want to try some out? I was hoping to see what my living room would look like by testing out a few different paint colors.   Thank you! See Answer From Erika Ward »