Good Questions: Help Me Pick a Paint Palette!

Good Questions: Help Me Pick a Paint Palette!

Hi Apartment Therapy! I love my condo in a big old converted one family house. We have a great fireplace with quirky little columns and a beautiful bow window with leaded glass (excuse the drawn blinds, we're street level). The open layout and odd nooks and corners of the unit's first floor have made for some unique arrangement strategizing, but we're still shopping for a better kitchen table and will tackle that issue someday soon. The real problem is the paint...

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The previous owners left a paint treatment I call "Chartreuse Hangover:" a chalky yellow with pale lime green sponged over it. The sponge treatment stops at the stairs and I imagine they were trying - for whatever reason - to subtly divide the split level spaces. I'm dying to paint over the sponge treatment, but I'm stumped on the color!

We love nature inspired pieces, and I sometimes envision a conservatory-inspired space (sans chintz). I like the crisp white trim on the windows and fireplace, and I'd like to work with what we have: the olive green couch, the deep blue accents (my favorite), the brick red floor tile, and warm hardwood floor and cabinets. In addition to funny lengths of walls and tight corners, there is that expanse of hall upstairs - making for a LOT of wall space. I'm nervous to take the leap (namely to start taping about a bazillion things), but really, anything will be better than that sponge! Please help me brainstorm!

Thanks! Kate

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