What Color To Paint Window Recesses?

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Q: I am working on a complete interior redesign of my apartment. I am doing this without the help of a designer. Predictably, I have run into some speed bumps during the process. There are many small details and decisions that a more experienced person would think nothing of, but have left me scratching my head. Fortunately, I'm only bothering you with one of those questions, in the hopes that you may shed some light on it somehow.

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I have two north-facing, recessed windows in my living room. They are long and narrow. There is no molding other than a simple wood ledge on the bottom of each. My question has to do with painting the recessed walls. Should I paint this area the same color as my new living room color, or should I paint it white? I will be painting my living room walls a medium/light gray. I would like to limit the options to only those two colors because I already have white to use as contrast to the gray on a staircase leading out of the living room, and some of the walls in the room are brick, so I do not wish to add yet another color into the mix.

I have attached some pictures of the window recesses. Thank you in advance for any 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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