How Do I Decorate Greige/Yellow Graduate Housing?

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Q: Hey, wise Apartment Therapy community! My husband is currently in a doctorate program, and we just moved into one of the graduate housing apartments next to campus. The design of the space is predictably tricky.

The walls are a yellow/beige (like khaki pants), and the floors are a darker greige tile. We can't paint or make holes in the walls. I'd usually bend that rule, but we're also the property managers, so we have to set a good example. We'll be here for the next several years, so I want it to be livable/well designed. The photo shows the living room looking into the dining area of the kitchen.

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Any suggestions for design? Should I try to work with the khaki/greige color scheme, or try to "hide" it with bolder pieces and brighter colors? Is it neutral enough that I can do what I want? We like blues/nauticals/New England classic style, but I'm willing to go way different if it would make the space look awesome somehow.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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