I have a good question. I recently purchased a townhouse with an interesting dining room/living room layout. The current owners used red contrasting paint in the dining room and then a warm yellow everywhere else (All pics here). Would it be better to use one single color throughout the area, contrasting colors or a variation of shades? I'm leaning toward aqua (if that makes a difference.)
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If you've looked at the Fall Colors Contest, you'd see that accent colors CAN do lovely things for a home, but we usually recommend using them to define one room from another, not pull the accent throughout the whole home as it seems to be happening here.
We don't mind their accents but feel you should make the home your own. Choose your own colors!
That said, if you go with aqua, remember that it is a "cool" color and can clash a bit with "warm" colors. Test your colors on the wall before you commit!