What Color to Paint the Walls?

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Q: My husband and I are getting ready to relocate to our hometown in Northern Michigan for a year for an internship opportunity. We've finally found some pet-friendly, affordable housing. I plan to re-paint the living room, but could use some advice. The carpet through the entire apartment is the sort of office-grade, grayish carpet you see in the picture (the man with the measuring tape is my dad, who was wonderful enough to find us the space!). Our main living room furnishings include...[more below]
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...a stone-colored twill upholstered couch, a chair upholstered in fabric that is red with some yellow and green threads running through it, various shelves and tables in medium colors of wood, and a couple of large paintings and photographs in bright colors (reds, oranges, blues). Also, we have the IKEA Klinteby rug. (I would include pictures but everything is in the process of being packed/moved.) I am terrible at choosing colors, especially paint. Will some of you creative Apartment Therapy readers recommend good paint colors? I'm leaning toward neutrals since it is a rental, but will consider color since we can always paint back over it before we leave. Thank you!

Please share your color suggestions with Carrie in the comments below...thanks!

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