Advice

October 15, 2012

A Warm Neutral

Susan Writes: I have a very open living area with vaulted ceilings. I have a chocolate brown couch, sage green carpet and gold wing-back recliners that have little flecks of burgundy and brown. I want to paint the walls with some color. They are stark white right now. I was also thinking of doing an accent wall as well. I need help with paint colors!   See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
November 6, 2012

Paint is the Perfect Solution

KJ Writes: We recently bought a house with an outdated kitchen. While we wait to save the money to remodel it properly, we want to spruce it up with some paint. The kitchen is relatively small (approx. 10' x 10', I'd guess) with counters that are brick/maroon;  cabinets and walls that are white/off-white; appliances that are true white; and bleached (whitish) wood floors. None of the whites match. I'd like to paint the cabinets and walls so they work with the existing maroon counter, white appliances and light floors. I'm open to anything, but I was thinking neutrals -- something darker on the cabinets to contrast with floors and appliances, and something light/neutral on the walls because the space is smaller. The kitchen has one "window" that passes through to an addition, as a result it doesn't get any direct sunlight, but it does get a lot of indirect natural light. I'd love to hear your color suggestions for the walls and cabinets. See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
November 9, 2012

Pulling The Room Together

Justine Writes: Hi! I have been struggling with the colors for my family room right off the kitchen. It's very small-more of a hearth room. We painted the walls a very light gray color. Our sofa and chair are a microfiber tan. The fireplace and doors that lead to the deck are an oak/honey color. I need to pull the room together with a rug, pillows and drapery panels but I seem to be stuck on what colors/prints to go with. Printed curtains and solid rug or the other way around…? Pillows to tie everything together? Accessories? I am kind of paralyzed by indecision at the moment. Please help! 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 »
November 9, 2012

A Turquoise Palette

Joni Writes: Our bedroom colors are red, black, and charcoal gray and I'm wanting a change!! Our bed frame is black and I'm looking for a color pallette that works with that. I have my grandma's old dresser that I want to paint turquoise (picture below). I am repaiting it today but I'm not sure if my black bed frame and charcoal gray comforter can somehow create a fun color pallette with a turquoise dresser. Help me! See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
November 14, 2012

Earthy Tones

Jas Writes: I need help with paint colors. So I am trying to go with neutral/earthy tones.  I have already painted my living room Gentle Fawn by Glidden and my kitchen Willow Leaf also by Glidden.  I just need help choosing colors for the hallway and bathroom (see picture).  I do not know if I should go with a darker brown for the hallway?  Also, would a blue (like Glidden's slate green) for the bathroom, throw off the whole color scheme that I'm going for?  Please help!   Sorry for the dark photo. The bathroom is the dark room in the hallway with the night light.   Thank you See Answer From Nicole Balch »
November 14, 2012

Pairing Colors with Cherry Wood

Pat Writes: We are redoing our powder room which has no windows.  We are installing a cherry wood cabinet with a matching mirror.  What colors would go well with the cherry wood. We have tried looking at different colors (blue, green) but it seems like yellow and beige like colors are the only ones that may match well. Any ideas? See Answer From Kate Riley »
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 »
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 »
October 17, 2013

Lightening Up a Room

Fran Writes: Hi There, I am about to re-decorate an eight room house. I will be starting with a small bedroom that does not receive much light. What colors would you suggest to make this room appear larger? There are 2 windows in this room and a triple wide closet. The room is roughly 11x13.  Thanks!   See Answer From Kate Riley »
Categories: Project Planning
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 »
August 20, 2014

Getting Light Right

Fay Writes: I have a mountain cabin that's being completely redone due to water damage and then sold.  I want light neutral walls and trim in 'popular' colors.  I thought about antique beige (walls) and crisp linen white (trim) or eloquent ivory (walls) and parchment white (trim), but the ivory looks far yellower on your web site than the paint chip. The rooms are small so I’d like them to look larger.  Flooring will be a mix of carpet, wood, ceramic and all would blend with beige/cream colors.  Any suggestions?  Thanks! See Answer From Kate Riley »
May 4, 2015

A Fresh New Look

Paulette Writes: I'm painting my apt. for the first time in 25yrs, and can't decide what colors to paint. How can I pick a color, when I have to be worried about which way my room faces, what kind of light bulbs I get, or if I want cool colors or warm colors? It's been a few months already and it's (I'm) driving my husband crazy. The living room in my apt. (which faces east) is 12' x 20' with a double window at the far end. I only get light in the morning, and then all afternoon I get a glare. It's cloudy every day.  The carpet (which I can't change at this time) is dusty pink with a turquoise pin dot. The furniture (which I just inherited) is dark brown leather. The dining area (which is really the foyer) is 8'7" x 14' 10" and is perpendicular to the living room. The far wall of the dining area is covered in mirror and reflects the glare from the living room window. The dining room continues into a long dark hallway to the apt. door, which has one light in the ceiling. The furniture in the dining room is a dark brown dining room table and curio and wood floors. First I thought of painting the dining room and the hallway the color turquoise from the dot in the carpet, and white molding at the ceiling, but then what color would I paint the living room? I was thinking tan might work. Please help me pick colors to bring the two rooms together and give my home a warm, inviting feel. Could you also help me pick what color the ceilings, as well as windows in the living room should be? I was thinking faux wood blinds and then curtains/drapes? Also, what kind of throw rug (moderately priced) could I put in the dining area? I need some guidance.   It been ages since I've entertained at home, and would like that to change. I hope you pick my letter to answer.  See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
Categories: Color, Project Planning
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 15, 2016

Flowing Color Scheme for Main Living Area

Mary Writes: I'm looking for advice for painting my small kitchen/breakfast nook/back entry, living room, and dining room that is laid out in a U shape. The kitchen and back entry are at the top right, followed by the breakfast nook and living room. The dining room at the top left closes the U shape at the top left. My biggest concern is to get the color scheme to flow. There is a red and teal color scheme in the kitchen and back entry that I love but I’m not set on keeping it. The kitchen counter is a green marble Formica that I would also be willing to replace. The kitchen features black and stainless steel appliances and white cabinets.   The kitchen is a 139"L x 96"W galley styled kitchen with a 34"W x 71"H window at the top of the U shape. There is another 34"W x35"H window halfway down on the outside wall. The breakfast nook/outside entry way is 136"L x 96"W with a large 59"W x 71 1/4"H window at the end. The outside entry door is positioned where the kitchen dimensions stop and the breakfast nook starts. The living room dimensions are 146" W x 208" L and there are two 34"W x 43"H windows, one on each side, with a 71"W x 59 1/2"T fireplace/mantle on the end wall. The dining room is 124"Wx141 1/2" H with a window measuring 34"W x 71"H and front door measuring 36"W x 80"T on the end wall, all ceilings are 8 ft.  See Answer From Diane Henkler »
March 25, 2016

A Splash of Much Needed Color

Jennifer Writes: We just bought a new house, which is a split level.  The entry way opens to the hall/living room/dining room/kitchen area. The kitchen and dining area have a tannish tile floor, brown dark cabinets, dark tan countertops, and tannish backsplash. The floors in the living room and hallway are dark brown. What colors would you suggest I paint the walls? They are all white with a white trim and I’m looking to give them some color. I really like yellows, blues, and greens   Oh! There are also French doors in dining area and a big bay window in living room, so lots of light. The ceilings are fairly tall too.   Thanks for your help!     See Answer From Eduardo Rodriguez »