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 8, 2012

Open Floor Plan Dilemma

Laura Writes: I'm moving into a new condo with an open floor plan and agonizing about paint colors. The living room, dining room, and kitchen are all one big room. I'm looking for a neutral paint color for the walls. I'm thinking of going to the beige/tan route, but I want to make sure the color is warm, not too dark, and doesn't look the color every landlord paints apartments. I have eastern exposure and 9 foot ceilings. Any suggestions? Do you think i should veer from the beige/tan color palette?   Thanks! See Answer From Kate Riley »
February 14, 2012

Know Where to Start

Pamela Writes: I am painting my kitchen, breakfast area and need advice on color.  The cabinets are a light oak with white countertops.  The appliances are white with some black(front of oven). The floor is tiled with a beige tile.  There is also a small powder room off the kitchen that needs painting. See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
February 28, 2012

Open Concept Dilemma

Lara Writes: We are having a hard time deciding on paint colors for our kitchen. The floor is oak, and so is the trim. The cupboards are a darker stain (not sure of the color). The kitchen opens up into the eat-in-kitchen and then extends into the living space, so essentially, one big open area. In the living room, we have one accent wall, which you can see directly from the kitchen, and it is a mocha color. Our couch is dark brown and our accents are soft orange and aquamarine.  In the eat-in-kitchen we have an indian teak table that is distressed. Flecks of cream and light blue pop through. We also have a chalkboard wall in the area. And we are stumped! Part of me wants to do a soft blue, but I think we'd end up hating it. If I go orange, I think it will be too dark. Please help! See Answer From Diane Henkler »
February 28, 2012

Beige Boredom

Leslie Writes: After 5 years with 2 kids & 3 dogs in a house with flat beige paint (builder beige), we are needing to repaint (ready for a change and needing a more cleanable paint finish). My colors (accents around the house) are aqua/turquoise & green. I would like to paint 2 rooms aqua/turquoise (thinking kitchen & dining room) but am having problems with deciding on a neutral. I would love to do grey in some areas but would also like some beige. Can I do 2 neutrals and if so, are there beiges that go with greys?   If doing these two neutrals is not the way to go, I am thinking grey might work better with my aqua room (we have an open floor plan where the living room & kitchen are pretty much the same room, the ceiling color would need to be the neutral that is in the living room because of the curved wall to ceiling) but maybe I'm totally wrong a beige would look better?? I need help!! :) See Answer From Kate Riley »
February 28, 2012

Keeping the Balance

Chrissy Writes: I read your blog on how to choose paint with an open floor plan. I am still confused with my own situation! I have chosen red and gray as my accent colors. My neutral shades are a beigey gold color. When you walk into my house you walk into a foyer with a neutral palette and then to the right is my red dining room and to the left is my living room. My kitchen is visible from my dining room which is painted slate gray with white cabinets. I really don't know what color to paint my living room! I am at a loss! Should it be a bold color or play off the neutrals?  See Answer From Diane Henkler »
February 29, 2012

A Lovely Laundry Room

Scott Writes: Have been struggling with a laundry room (LR) paint color. We have natural maple cabinets in the LR with a tan tile on the floor and white trim in the room currently. Our washer and dryer are also white. There are no windows in the LR and also has fluorescent lighting. Our kitchen right outside the LR is a deep mauve with same cabinets and the living room is a sagey green.   Preference around more natural colors but open to suggestions.   Thank you See Answer From Ana White »
Categories: Color, Project Planning
March 22, 2012

How to Add Color to Your Home

tina Writes: I have a very white house and want to srtart with some color. My house has lots of fall colors. See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
Categories: Color, Project Planning
June 20, 2012

A Bold Bedroom for a Boy

Kylie Writes: I'm having extreme difficulty choosing the right yellow for our living room. This struggle has been a year-long process. Our living room has very little natural light with one window facing south. I want a very airy, cool yellow to lighten up the space. I do not want to walk into the room and see YELLOW. On the other hand, I also don't want to walk in seeing white, beige, or cream. I need the lightest, coolest yellow. HELP!!! See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
September 5, 2012

For The Love of Fiesta Ware

Sharon Writes: I have a newer home. It was 3 years old when we bought it. The walls are a burgundy color with vaulted ceilings and open floor plan. I have a fire engine red sofa, black hutch, and end tables.  I have every different color of fiesta ware in the hutch.  I want to repaint but I am having trouble finding a color that looks good with the sofa and the trim/floors which are oak.  I love big bold color.  Any ideas? See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
September 13, 2012

A Little Jewel

Jan Writes: My living room faces east, and has cherry floors and white trim.  I have beautiful peacock colored curtains - medium blue/green.  It's a small room and has one double window.  It doesn't have a doorway but has a big opening to the front hall.  I have a medium raspberry chair and a pale yellow floral chair and ottoman with pink roses and greenery.  I have pale pink on the walls and think they look ghastly.  I want a room that's like my little jewel and hope to someday get a loveseat.  What color walls would be best?   I was thinking a deep blue or green.  Also, what color loveseat would you recommend for the space?   Thanks,   Jan See Answer From Diane Henkler »
September 24, 2012

Finding Inspiration in a White Space

Ann Writes: I just did some changes to my living room, which has a high ceiling that is open from the second floor. The house is located by the sea, and has dark wood fixtures and terra cotta floor tiles. Currently all of the walls in the house are painted white. The one wall I made some changes to now needs a coat of paint, and I was wondering if I should continue with the white theme or give it a different color (accent wall). Also, I have wicker furniture in the room. What color would you recommend using for a space like this?  See Answer From Kate Riley »
September 26, 2012

A Satin Finish

Courtney Writes: We bought a flipped house a couple of years ago.  They painted the bathroom and kitchen in the same matte finish paint as the rest of the house.  We are ready to re-paint, but I'm not sure what to use in the kitchen and bathroom so it is easy to clean and wipe down.  What finish do you recommend in bathrooms and kitchens? See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
September 26, 2012

Working With Purple

Giovanni Writes: What paint colors would go good with a deep purple carpet? It is really dark, but yet still very purple. It is in the living room and we want to paint the walls a different color. The previous owners painted the walls white, with purple trim. We have a brown leather sectional, and we want to make it more cozy and comforting and until we can replace the carpet. We are stuck with it, please help! See Answer From Diane Henkler »
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 »
October 11, 2012

Picking Purples

Maria Writes: I recently purchased Toasted Coconut for a bedroom color. I would like to paint an accent wall and a desk purple in the room. I am looking for advice on which shade or specific color of purple will go best in the space. See Answer From Nicole Balch »
October 12, 2012

A Plum Accent

Rachel Writes: Hi,   I am just about to have a new kitchen fitted and we are also knocking the wall down that separates the kitchen and dining room making a bigger open space. My units are a light sand colour with a black worktop. The flooring will be a wood effect vinyl. I am keen to have plum as an accent colour - maybe the far wall in a plum flowered wallpaper and some plum furnishings. But I have no idea what colour to do the other 3 walls?  The room has 2 windows and is approx. 8m by 2.7m   Many thanks for your help See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
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 »
October 15, 2012

Open Floor Plan

Patricia Writes: I have honey oak floors and trim with an open floor plan on the main floor. Currently the walls are painted white linen. I have a large wool oriental rug with predominate red tones in the living room with a stone fireplace that has yellow grout. There are tall windows on each side of the fireplace which is the focal point to the south. There is also a bank of windows on the west side behind where the couch is and a half wall on the east where the TV sits. The room is 12 by 12 but of course it’s open on the north side as a great room to a honey wood kitchen. I'd like to purchase a new sectional sofa. Currently I had dark brown leather but I'm thinking of switching to a lighter cream fabric. What colors should I paint the walls and will the lighter cream fabric on the sofa work?  See Answer From Kate Riley »