Need help choosing paint color

Old 08-19-07, 09:20 AM
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Lightbulb Carpet Color!

I too have a similar problem. The color of the carpet in my livingroom is a very light gray/almost silver. I am tired of the white walls and would love to paint. But I am having a tough time chosing the right color. The bathroom off the main area is green so I don't want use the same color. I also don't want to chose burgandy. I will eventually buy new furtinture so I am very open with colors. I also have cathedral ceilings. ANy ideas where I could look to help me chose the right complementary colors?

Old 08-22-07, 12:22 PM
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What colors are in your accessories like paintings, pottery, etc.? Perhaps pulling a color from something you already have will tie together the green and silver gray? What other colors are in your color scheme? What green is in the bathroom?

Gray is a cool, neutral color. When used on floors, gray is often thought to give a contemporary look. Gray has often been paired with pinks and blues, reds, black, and certain greens, as well as yellows and oranges. It has gained renewed popularity for those who desire the cool colors of beach decor and love weathered boardwalks and driftwood. Sandy tan, aqua blue, sea green, and pale peach pair well with cool gray. The popular terra cotta also works well with gray and green.

While many do not find gray a good color with which to work, some decorators are defining it as the new 'it' color. It is a versatile neutral and works well with most colors. Keep in mind that there are many tones and hues of each color. Some paint colors can have gray undertones. Walls do not have to be white white. They can be white with gray undertones to maintain a neutral background. Note: painting ceiling same color as walls or a tone lighter can give the illusion of greater space.

If planning on getting new furniture, perhaps it would be best to purchase the furniture first. With pale, neutral walls, the room will be lifeless without pattern and color in the room. And, you will want wall color to complement the furnishings as well as coordinate with other colors in the home. You may find that after purchasing furniture that you may want to change the green in the bathroom. While certain tones and hues of color can date a home, furnishings should be purchased with the thought that they will have to be around for a very long time. Simply by changing wall color or updating it to its latest tone or hue, you can continue to use furnishings for years to come. Floor covering color or type of floor covering can also be changed.

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