Matt is the last of our AT:SF readers who, unfortunately, didn't make it into the contest.
He says, I thought I was stuck in a bad 1960s dingbat apartment when I slowly realized that beneath the pall of white paint my landlord had across everything was a suave bachelor's pad waiting to be reborn. I was already using wood furniture for its warm tones when a friend advised "Orange!" -- specifically, Martha Stewart's "Zest" -- on one wall, and white ("Aluminum") on the others. The short walls next to the orange were an ugly shiny white, which I stripped and restored to the original wood paneling (seen in background, below counter). . .
. . .The orange and wood walls deepens this small living room. The orange is the perfect backdrop to party photos, and black and white photos hung against orange looks amazing. The wood furniture and wood paneling offsets the cool white wall, balancing the warmth in the space. I mix up rustic Craftsman with curvy modern.
Color saved this dingbat from being a bland box to being a vibrant living space, greatly warmed by the orange wall and restored wood paneling.
(Check out Matt's blog here!)