What Color to Paint Our Living Room?

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Q: I'm hoping the Apartment Therapy community can give me some suggestions for re-painting this living room. I am a newlywed trying to combine my style and belongings with my husband's. We are waiting to really work on the living room/dining area until we can agree on a new wall color.

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He previously painted the room blue and left the trim and fireplace white. He likes it as-is, but I feel like it's kind of off. Perhaps because the floors are a warm, reddish brown. I think the blue also makes the room feel quite dark.

My husband has agreed to let me paint the color I think would be best, as long as it is not white or beige. I like a lot of brown and oranges, black furniture, and turquoise accents. But I don't really know where to start. My instincts are a light terra cotta color or to make an accent wall of the fireplace in a more turquoise-blue. Should the color mesh with the adjacent room (pale yellow/burgundy)? Should I paint the fireplace? Should I paint the trim? Help!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son 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.

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