Where Should the Color Line Be?

Where Should the Color Line Be?

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Janel Laban
Dec 15, 2009

Q: We are excited to paint our new Berkeley apartment and have picked out a great palette of colors. As you can see from the photos (with the former tenants' furnishings), the living room and dining room are one big space separated by an arch of sorts. The arch does not go all the way to the floor, but rather stops about 3 feet up. We would like to paint the two "rooms" different (coordinating) colors.

The problem is that my husband and I can't figure out how we would join the two different colors without some kind of awkward line on the wall. Where should one color stop and the other begin? Would the underside of the arch be the ceiling color or the color of one of the room's walls? Is it hopeless, do we need to paint the whole space one color?

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