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beverly 10-06-2005 05:03 PM

color suggestions
my living room is warm beiges, tans, and golds. (the furniture and carpet) I was thinking about painting the walls maybe burgendy but I'm afraid it may be too dark, any thought anyone?

Paper Hanger 10-07-2005 07:10 PM

Dark colors are really in. If the room is big it should be fine. It will deffinetly give it warmth.

beverly 10-09-2005 12:30 PM

what about the ceiling?
thanks for your input, do you think I should do the ceiling dark as well or will that make the room too clausterphobic? If not, what would look good besides white? I hate white, even on a ceiling.

Paper Hanger 10-13-2005 03:57 PM

You could go just a shade or two lighter for the ceiling. That usually creates a nice contrast.

sonofthesoil 10-14-2005 10:14 AM

I like a chocolate brown (have one in my own living room) with cream or eggshell trim and a white ceiling - Some of the better dark blues (Martha Stewart's Northwestern Sky, e.g., which I have in my home office) might work - always go for a ceiling lighter than the wall color, though.

rk_king2004 07-20-2006 04:54 PM

The use of color is also something very personal. It stimulates our senses, power our mood, and helps create a particular ambiance. How we respond to an individual color depends on our nature, extroverts tend to feel happy with bold colors, while introverts prefer more passive colors.

Through using specific combinations of color, combined with a careful consideration of simple color schemes is often the most effective.

Try not to use more than one or two principal colors in a room, as well as a contrasting or balancing tone. The best way to choose a background color for the room is to trial with a palette of different shades and tones, in combination with the color and textures of the furniture and materials. Remember the general color schemes of a home have to be in agreement. The walls define the space in a room, while the colors, to a large degree, define the mood.

Colored light, furnishing materials, and structural proportions, we can create a home that is welcoming, helpful, and comfortable. Walls are similar to background music: each color tone is like a musical note can create a pleasant-sounding harmony while others grate with each other.

The color with which we surround ourselves will without doubt have an effect on us, and so it is important to feel comfortable with our choice. A discussion with a professional color consultant can help to decide individual needs and select appropriate color.

Colors can be divided into three main groups: those that stimulate and uplift, those that relax and calm, and those that provide harmony or balance. So, having taken a number of things into thought when decorating a room, such as the size of the space, the amount of light, the function if the room, and the style and mood we wish to create, we finally, and most importantly, need to consider the needs of the people who use it.

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Originally Posted by beverly
my living room is warm beiges, tans, and golds. (the furniture and carpet) I was thinking about painting the walls maybe burgendy but I'm afraid it may be too dark, any thought anyone?

pmh1221 07-31-2006 10:32 AM

I'm a decorator & I just had to put in my 2 cents for what it's worth. I agree that a dark rich color is beautiful in the right setting: a room with a lot of natural light, walls broken up with windows or a fireplace or other structural details. If you have walls that are long and solid - nothing to break up the span of wall - you will feel claustrophobic.In this case, it might be more appealing to place the dark color on a focal wall and paint the other walls lighter shade of that same color. And I agree with the ceiling color suggestion - always go a few shades lighter than the wall. Food for thought.

glennjanie 07-31-2006 11:34 AM

Hi Beverly:
My wife is a movie nut; we see a lot of them. It always intrests me to see how the walls are painted in the movies. A good, air conditioned, source for decorating ideas.

dhall 08-24-2006 07:04 PM

Hi Beverley,
We do alot of painting in our business dealing with a lot of accent colors.
It"s amazing how different your color looks when you get it home.If you could get some color samples to take home with you and hold them to the wall or curtains of whatever you have that you are keeping in the room you may have a better idea of how it will look. I agree to have one darker wall with lighter walls and ceiling. There are many different burgandys, some more purple some more red. One more thing I can offer is whatever color you choose it will look heavier and darker when applied to a whole wall as opposed to how it looks on a small sample. Good Luck Your Friend Birdiejane

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