NY Good Questions: Wall Paint Color To Boost My Spirit?

NY Good Questions: Wall Paint Color To Boost My Spirit?

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Maxwell Ryan
Jan 15, 2008

Hello AT,

I live on the first floor of a two-flat building that I own.

Its an 1840 rowhouse with a floor-through style, so the dining room has no windows, and five doorways/frames (bathroom door, closet, exit to hall, door to kitchen, and large opening to living room=lots of molding!).

I've been living amongst the previous owners' all-purpose "landlord beige" thrown throughout the house by the bucket and have vowed to paint this room soon to save my sanity and spirit...

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I really love the enamel table and my grandmother's hutch in the corner, and have collected peachy/neutral/blond tones in the room.

But I can't figure out what to paint the walls.

Some issues: 1) All one color or some accent walls?

2) I am drawn to greys/greens/blues, but I am not sure if that works in this space

3) This is a high traffic area (I walk through it dozens of times a day) and a hub of the home, despite the lack of natural light

4) The shape of the room is odd and I have struggled with the length of the one full wall and how to use it without abusing it.

I am a grad student on quite a limited budget, so painting, and maybe some lighting updates are all I can afford.

I would be so grateful for any suggestions for paint colors or other decorating ideas.

Thanks! Tara

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