Advice

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 13, 2015

Dramatic Neutrals for an Open Floor Plan

Serena Writes: I have a large open floor plan. The floors are a light wood and there are lots of dark wood built ins (that I am planning to stain but will keep them darker) and furniture. I do plan to stick with neutral furniture and keep the dark wood built ins. There is also a floor to ceiling (7.5 ft high) red brick fireplace that I am open to staining. I would like to paint my kitchen a greyish color, and a beige color for the living and dining areas. Can I do that even though they open to each other? I just really want to divide the spaces. I plan to use light accent colors of teal/blues (living/dining) and yellows (kitchen). I should also mention I really like the crisp look of black doors and white trim. Do you have any recommendations on colors that will pull it all together? I have one very large window in the living area and glass sliders in kitchen going to the back porch. The sliders I hope to make French doors eventually. There is one small window over the kitchen sink and a huge skylight. Natural light is not in abundance in the living/dining area but there is a lot of natural light in kitchen. See Answer From Diane Henkler »
May 13, 2015

Wall Color for a Room With No Natural Light

Mya Writes: I am switching my bedroom to a bigger basement room with no windows. Two walls were previously painted a dark grey, and the other two white. I need to add some color! What would you recommend? I've gotten samples of blue, purple, and red and none of them feel right without any natural lighting. I need some options!  See Answer From Diane Henkler »
Categories: Bedrooms, Color
May 13, 2015

Classic Kitchen Trio: Black, Grey and White

Carrie Writes: I have 1980s ivory melamine kitchen cabinets that I want to paint. I am thinking white, but not sure how to choose the shade of white, or if I should do a slight grey color. Appliances are all white, windows face west so there is a lot of light in the room. One window is above the sink and the other is a bay window where the kitchen table sits.  The countertop is very busy like a speckley black, grey, and white so I would like to keep everything else pretty plain. I was thinking a grey or white subway tile for the backsplash. What do you think, and how do I choose the shade of white? Does it need to match the appliances? Help me please. See Answer From Diane Henkler »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
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 4, 2015

A Spa-Like Bathroom

Mike Writes: Hi. I've just tiled my small bathroom with nice sand marble colored tiles, but can't think of a nice shade to paint the walls. Also, the room doesn't receive much light. Can you suggest anything?    See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
Categories: Bathrooms, Color