Renter-Friendly Color with Dark Flooring?

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Q: I'm about to move into an apartment with black/white vinyl flooring throughout the entire unit. As pictured above, but only the very middle of the design in black throughout the whole apartment. The living room will be north-facing (read very little natural light), the hallway has no windows, and the bedrooms have one west-facing window each.

What colors would you recommend using for these rooms keeping in mind the ugly dark flooring and little natural lighting? Oh and it has to be renter friendly. What do I do?!

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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.