NY Good Questions: Paint Color For My Walls?

NY Good Questions: Paint Color For My Walls?

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Maxwell Ryan
Mar 7, 2008

Hello AT,

This is a desperate plea for paint color help.

When I got married I moved into my husband's apartment and left behind (for now) my BM Straw walls, dark floors, and beautiful, modern, red sectional.

His apartment had been renovated--new hardwood floors, new kitchen, and electrical wiring was actually in the walls!

All these things are wonderful however we have a living room that I don't know what to do with...

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These are old pieces from his family before they moved into a new house.

They are made well but...everything is ECRU. Or Ivory. Or some other non-color with yellowish undertones that I would never choose myself.

The mirrored entertainment center, end tables, ecru vertical blinds, and ecru lamps are also inherited.

Anything else you see is my attempt to combat the ecru-ness of it all.

The brown leather ottoman, the dark wood round tables, dark wood bookcases, the Pier 1 red and gold pillows (the navy ones were inherited as well.) I also inherited the paint color which is a lavender-grey and makes the ecru look yellow/dirty.

I have been tearing my hair out trying to choose a paint color that can make sense of this room (and my attached dining room which consists of an ecru table, chairs and breakfront set.)

I want it to be warm like my old wheat walls but I think it brings out the yellow in the rooms.

I have run through BM Pan for Gold, Sweet Orange, Yarmouth Blue, Wedgewood Gray...Should I go red, brown, blue, marigold, ivory....it's all a bunch of circles at this point.

I also keep considering metallics in order to brighten things up.

There isn't a lot of natural light and the rooms are pretty narrow so I think I should stay at the lighter end of the spectrum but who knows?
Also we use CFLs and in general the color green isn't my fave. Can anyone help me?

Thanks! Rachel

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