NY Good Questions: How Should I Finish Up This Room?

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Dear AT,

After years of white apartment walls, I'm in my own first house and feeling bold with color -- though I freely admit I don't know what I'm doing.

So far, I've bravely painted 3 of 4 dining room walls orange (BM Antelope Canyon) and I'm now trying to settle on a shade for the 4th wall (which has a large archway to the living room cut through it).

I'd initially assumed the 4th wall would match the other 3 walls, but I got inspired by the giant murals in the main entrance of the American Museum of Natural history and am now thinking about purple.

Brave, or crazy?...

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I thought I'd replace the ceiling fan with a barrel pendant in matching purple, bring in a few saffron/amber accessories, maybe a little red/vermillion/fuschia like in the murals.

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I really love the fabric...not sure what to do with it in the room, but would love to make it a presence without covering the windows or too much of the wood around them.

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Any suggestions?

Thanks! Leslie

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