Good Questions: Will I Regret Painting Bright Colors Next To Brick?

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Hello AT,

I'm moving into a new apartment next month and the management company has agreed to paint the rooms whatever colors I choose! I usually like to live in the space a while to decide, but this is an opportunity I can't pass up...

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I was dreaming of lime green, bold blue or bright yellow in the living room. But this is my first apartment with exposed brick. Will I regret it?

Thank you, Fifi

Dear Fifi,

What a great opportunity! Our rule of thumb is to match warm colors with warm colors as a sort of baseline default. You can certainly mix warm and cool, but it gets tricky and you should know exactly what you're doing.

Brick is basically a warm color, so stay with something in the range of green, yellow, orange, red and brown.

Lime green is particulary warm (for a green) and very popular right now. If you feel the urge for Lime, we'd go for it.

Check out Joel's Lime Green Loft.

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