Good Question: Help With Paint Color?

Good Question: Help With Paint Color?

Laure Joliet
Sep 29, 2008

Although many people take their cues from nature when selecting paint colors from their home, we got a different sort of question from Jane who is working against the green tinted light that gets filtered through the trees outside: We need help, please, with a paint color. The only natural light source in our living room is a west-facing six foot wide sliding door, the light is filtered through an overhead canopy of trees that makes it more green. The room is 14x20 with a vaulted ceiling and generic "rental beige" carpet. Our sofa and chairs are slip-covered in a natural linen so we don't have any color limitations...

We'd like to brighten the room while being careful not to ramp up the feel of the afternoon heat in our humid, subtropical climate. We love to let the natural light stream in, but the obvious green tint is making us hesitant about the color for the walls. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Jane, we love the idea of keeping your space natural and influenced by that canopy. Since you have linen chairs you've already got a bit of the natural vibe. And don't forget that you can cover part of that rental beige carpet with an area rug, this could help offset the green that's coming into the house. It seems the easiest color to consider for the walls would be green since you won't have to worry about how it reacts in the light. You could add brighter accents around the room to bring in more life or stick to textures: glass, natural woods and seagrass.

No matter what, we would definitely suggest painting patches of the walls to see before committing to the entire room!

Readers? Suggestions?

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