Retro Lamp: To Paint or Not To Paint?

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Q: I found this amazing retro lamp in the give-away pile at my apartment building. Apparently my neighbor no longer wanted it, but I think it's way too groovy to let go. I want to paint it — I'm not really a fan of its current color scheme, and I think a solid color will really make it pop. The boyfriend wants to leave it in its original state and use the colors as a palette for decorating. We have agreed that we will do whatever the Apartment Therapy community decides...

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...provided you all agree with me. (I kid, I kid.) We thought actual people deciding would be better than flipping a coin, especially since hopefully we will get great ideas from the very stylish Apartment Therapy community. Thanks in advance!

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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.