Advice

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 »
February 5, 2013

Sophisticated Cheer

Tessa Writes: We purchased a house that was built in 1860, which means tall ceilings, beautiful big windows and a need for repainting. When we moved in the kitchen had blue-green cupboards, a yellow countertop, and brass hardware. To top it off there was red wallpaper that had gold fruit in it. What we've done so far: The floors are now a beautiful mix of light to dark browns with a hint of caramel, and the counter tops are similar. The cupboards are now off-white, similar to Antique White. All of our appliances are white.We will probably be going with a mixed brown stone for the backsplash. I tried to go for a sophisticated feel by painting the kitchen walls a dark brown, and while it does look good, it's just too dark. I definitely like a much more cheery space. The attached dining room has off-white bead board that comes about waist high, the same flooring, and the walls are a pale celery color. I'm not 100% sold on the pale celery in the dining room, however I'm hoping it grows on me. I love greens, lavender, light blues and tans, and have these colors strewn about the house in pillows, picture frames and such; just touches of the colors here and there. What color would you suggest for the kitchen? Also any suggestions for the dining room would help as well. Thanks a bunch in advance! Tessa See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
Categories: Color, Painting Tips
April 1, 2013

Exterior Visual Interest

Cheryl Writes: Hi, Can you please tell me some trim colors that will work with Frosted Pine as the main color on the exterior of a home? It currently has Ladyfinger but it looks very yellow. We were thinking a lighter green or possibly a brown. Your advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you, Cheryl See Answer From Diane Henkler »
Categories: Color, Painting Tips
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
October 17, 2013

Open Concept Confusion

Lucy Writes: Hi! I am in the process of remodeling my home, and need some advice. I am going to have an open concept - My living room, dining room & kitchen will all connect to form one huge room. My question is, can I/should I choose different color paints or stick with one color? Should my hallway color coordinate, or be the exact same color as the open room?     Please help! See Answer From Diane Henkler »
Categories: Painting Tips
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 »
July 31, 2014

Bliss in the Bedroom

Emilie Writes: I am wondering what color I should paint the walls in my master bedroom. I have gorgeous refinished oak floors and white trim. I have chosen a chevron patterned rug in a grey-blue and natural tone, the bedding is paisley with grey, slate blue and yellow on a white background. I have grey blue, yellow and white accent pillows. The iron headboard is black. The curtains are white with grey trees and the furniture is painted either white, black or grey. The room gets great light and I have a mirrored nightstand which reflects nicely. With all the grey and blue, I wonder if I should just go with a neutral white on the walls. See Answer From Kate Riley »
August 1, 2014

Pale Staining Options

Rach Writes: I plan on doing my future bedroom lavender, gray, and maybe some silverish colors but I have an old dresser that I stripped the paint off of and I'm not sure what color to stain it. Do you have any suggestions? See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
Categories: Color, Painting Tips
September 8, 2014

Painting Trim for a Victorian Italianate Home

Myrna Writes: Painting trim for an 1882 Victorian Italianate home. The new siding will be dark tan, and there are no shutters. I think I want a Red Delicious door, but what other warm colors would go with the brown siding and red door?  See Answer From Eduardo Rodriguez »
Categories: Color, Painting Tips
August 20, 2014

Porch Panache

Ellen Writes: The color of my house is cottage creme and my shutters are dark green and I am looking for a color to paint my porch to compliment these colors. The porch is wood and never been painted. What colors would you recommend?  See Answer From Kate Riley »
Categories: Color, Painting Tips
November 5, 2014

Repainting Over a Dark Paint Color

Kim Writes: My kitchen is a very dark green, but I want to paint it Frosted Pine. Do I need to do more than one coat? Will one coat cover up the dark green?   See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
May 15, 2015

White Ceilings, Lighter Walls, Larger Rooms

Marie Writes: I'm trying to get my cottage ready to sell, but my living room is small and also has an extremely low ceiling (7’6”) I'm wondering what I can do with paint to make it appear taller and bigger? See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
Categories: Color, Painting Tips
May 15, 2015

Color Choices for a Small Laundry Room

Dee Writes: Please help me choose a color to paint my laundry room cabinets. Lighting is a single LED bulb that gives everything a blue cast. I have no natural light, and the room is very small.  Appliances are white. Walls are a light aqua color, the ceiling is white, and the floors are a terra cotta tile that has a small amount of medium grey veining in it.  I'm thinking perhaps an off white with a grey glaze rubbed into the crevices, or maybe a medium or a charcoal gray. Do any ideas come to mind? See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
January 21, 2016

Neutral Territory

Gerri Writes: I have an open concept living room, dining room, and kitchen. My living room has navy blue furniture with silver and blue curtains. My kitchen cabinets are white, and I have stainless appliances. I’m not sure what I should do for paint. Suggestions?   Thank you!       See Answer From Kate Riley »
March 24, 2016

Opening the Door to a New Color

Rita Writes: Hi Lindsay!   I will be selling my house soon and I want to paint the exterior of the front door a dark color. Should I also paint the interior-facing side of the door or keep it painted Country White?  There is also brass hardware on the exterior of the door that has weathered over time. What can I do to bring back the shine without having to replace the handle? Thanks!   See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
Categories: Color, Painting Tips
April 29, 2016

Going Grey

Mary Writes: My dining room is painted Sahara Desert Tan and I love it!  I want to paint my kitchen in a light /medium gray that has the same undertones as the Sahara Desert Tan since both rooms are visible from the other room.   Can you give me some suggestions; I am horrible at determining undertones.     Thanks for your help! See Answer From Kate Riley »
July 12, 2016

A Rustic Farmhouse Vibe

Cherie Writes: My husband and I are re-doing our kitchen in phases. We've already replaced our island and flooring, and now we're ready to choose the rest of the cabinets. Our island is a beautiful dark-ish green, and my plan was to NOT have the island the same color as the other cabinets, but to let it compliment the cabinet color instead. Our floors are a wood look porcelain tile with a rustic farmhouse appeal. The problem is I've always assumed my cabinets would be a golden/honey wood stain but now I'm afraid that trying to blend wood cabinets with the wood look floors will be a problem and we should get painted wood cabinets instead, but still, I have no idea what color we should get. Please give me some direction so I can finally have the beautiful kitchen I've always wanted! See Answer From Eduardo Rodriguez »