Best Color for a Bright Loft?

Best Color for a Bright Loft?

Colleen Quinn
Sep 1, 2009

Q: My partner and I just bought a 1,000-ft loft with big, white walls. The huge north-facing windows flood the place with light - which we love - but the white walls seem almost blinding/harsh. We'd like to either warm the place up or cool it down by painting the walls, but we can't decide what color to go with. We think something light would probably be best because we're afraid darker or bolder colors would make the loft look smaller...

Sent by Emily

Our furniture is neutral (random things pieced together that work with anything), our kitchen cabinetry is dark espresso, our floors are concrete, and our little fireplace and window trim are black. Some colors we've considered for the walls are an extremely light blue, or a pale chartreuse, or a very light spring green. But we'd welcome any suggestions because nothing seems to fit just right. Thanks in advance!

Editor: Emily- we actually think a loft with so much light is an excellent place for a bold color if you are interested. If not, we would suggest heading for a warm tone- that looks like a lot of snow on the balcony so cool tones might not be your best option. Given the height of the ceilings, we assume you're having the place professionally painted; if you this is a DIY project, please be extremely careful up on the ladders or scaffolding!

Readers, do you have any color advice for Emily or any advice on painting a loft apartment? If so, share your thoughts in the comments below.

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