Good Questions: Help Me Color My Apartment?

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Hello AT,

I've never been the artistic type, nor have I ever had an eye for aesthetics - but after doing my "research" on AT and flipping through all my IKEA catalogs and the like, I'd finally come to finish the furnishing aspect of my little studio.

It's a square-shape and measures approximately 22x18 with 11 foot ceilings, excluding the 2 closets (yes 2 in the city - SCORE!), bathroom, and kitchen...

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I'd contemplated painting the place before furnishing, but decided against it then, having no reason other than being too lazy. Now that I've somewhat coordinated the colors and textures of the space, I'd like to revisit the idea of adding some much needed color to the walls and finally doing something about the horrid wall next to my bed (I have no clue what to do here). I was thinking about painting the focal wall (behind the TV) chocolate and the rest beige, but am afraid that the beige might wash everything out! I was also thinking about painting my kitchen chocolate but have no idea how it would match the yellowy cabinetry. I'd decided on painting the bathroom walls (above the white tiles) slate/olive. I really need AT's help and that of its readers and would appreciate any insight and suggestions on the rest of the space as well! Thank you!

Steve

Dear Steve,

You need A LOT of color!

We recommend you get yourself over to this apartment and pull your colors from there. Your style and your apartment are similar. These colors would work well. Also note the accent walls.

Anyone else?

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.