Advice

February 8, 2012

Creating Contrast

D. Writes: I would like to contrast a few walls,  the dining room, living room and maybe the master bedroom. The walls are all one color right now... a medium beige with a yellow tint. First, I'm not sure how to select the walls to contrast. The living and dining room are side by side. I'm thinking of colors in the green family for the living and dining room. Secondly, should the colors be the same since the room are side by side? Lastly, will contrasting some of the walls in your home make the house look unbalanced?  Need your help really bad.   See Answer From Nicole Balch »
February 24, 2012

Trouble with Trim

Susan Writes: We have a 30+ year old house with walnut stained trim that is nicked, dinged, and messed up with some paint drippings. We are trying to give the house a facelift in anticipation of putting it on the market in a couple of years. We need some ideas about what to do with the trim. We have considered painting it in the same family as the wall color, paint it white in some of the rooms and leave it stained in others, or replace it with new molding and stain it again. Your thoughts? Thanks, Susan See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
Categories: Color, Painting Tips
February 27, 2012

Keep Paint Colors Fresh & Clean

Camilla Writes: I am helping a friend select an updated paint colors for his home he is readying for sale. He can only afford to do two to three rooms. Which three rooms should he focus his efforts on and what are universally pleasing colors that would appeal to potential buyers? We live in the Pacific NW. See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
Categories: Color, Painting Tips
May 15, 2012

Fooling the Eye: Space Enlarging Paint Colors

julia Writes: Hi, Could you advise me what colour should I used to paint a small house as to make it look spacious. Thanks. See Answer From Diane Henkler »
Categories: Color, Painting Tips
June 4, 2012

Going Grey

Lisa Writes: Hi,I have beautiful 10 feet ceilings in my bedroom and I have a coffer ceiling. All my walls are beige but I want to paint them a light gray since my bedding set is white and black . My room set is black with silver, very modern. I wanted to add a little color to the room so I purchased red decorative pillows and changed my curtains to red. Now I want to paint my walls gray but I have no idea what or how to paint the coffer ceilings? Please help! See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
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 27, 2012

Wallpaper, Be Gone!

Patti Writes: I really want to paint my bedrooms that are now covered by wallpaper over plaster walls.  What is the best primer paint combination to use?  Which is best, oil or water based paint?  Thank you for any advice you can give. See Answer From Nicole Balch »
Categories: Bedrooms, Painting Tips
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 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