What Colors Complement a Stone Hearth & Warm-Toned Moulding?

Good Questions

Q: Two days after closing on our first home, a 1936 Colonial Revival house, we exuberantly painted the interiors with the help of twelve gracious relatives. After three months in the house, we are lucky to find that some of our rash decisions are fine (we like the golden yellow of the dining room), but the crayon-orange of the living room has proven to be misguided. It darkens the room and has a certain inelegant 1970s vibe to it …

Sent by Catarina

… From our families we inherited a sturdy camelback sofa with great detailing in the wood, and two black leather chairs. Once we select color(s) for the walls we will move forward and reupholster the camelback sofa. The tables shown are stand-ins and will be replaced in the coming months.

Generally our combined aesthetic tends toward the edited bohemian, colorful and eclectic, and influenced and informed by our respective Central American and South Pacific backgrounds. Many of our decorative elements are red and orange. We also appreciate history, and I like the idea of paying vague homage to the 1930s (the house retains its original floor plan and much of its hardware, save the 1950s sunroom addition).

Question: What colors would complement both a stone hearth and warm-toned moulding? We are not prepared to paint the moulding, though we are well-aware of the lively debate (I lean toward painting in this case, but I am willing to give this moulding a chance). Ideas for the upholstery of the camelback sofa would be great, too!

Editor: Who has paint and upholstery suggestions for Catarina?

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