Good Questions: To Paint or Not to Paint?

Sara sent us an email. She writes: To paint or not to paint? We inherited this dining room color when we bought our apartment, and I've been struggling with deciding whether to keep it or paint it. On the one hand, it creates a very cozy atmosphere, coordinates with the (original) light fixture, and stands out as a bolder pop of color against the more neutral color palette of the rest of our home...

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On the other hand, it creates something of a "black hole" in the middle of the day, as it seems to absorb all natural light that comes into the room, and summer has me yearning for something fresher and lighter. I'm curious to hear what the esteemed Apartment Therapy readers think! Would you paint it?
If so, color suggestions?

Please share your opinion with Sara in the comments below...thanks!

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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