Matching Paint Colors with Old, Layered Wallpaper?

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Q: We lucked out with a 1930s Craftsman house with almost all the original features: farmhouse sink, hardwood floors, clawfoot tub, and the original layers of wallpaper (hidden beneath some very fashionable faux-wood paneling). As we started to remove the wallpaper in our master bedroom, we fell in love with the colors and textures and decided we really wanted to preserve the partially-peeled layers, so we left one wall exposed:

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Now we're having some trouble trying to pick a color for the other walls. We're dealing with some very musty colors including a green toile (which had some kind of icky damage so we've mostly gotten rid of that), a dusty pink & white floral, and a green & white floral, plus the color of the unpainted plaster underneath. I don't know that we want to match the wall color to any of the wallpaper colors exactly, but rather try to compliment them.

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Because the large windows in the room are south-facing we get plenty of natural light, so we've considered doing the walls a dark, rich grey with maybe a hint of green or blue. But now that the walls are primed white we're having second thoughts. Maybe we should go light and keep the space bright to offset the mustiness of the wallpaper?

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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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