Paint Walls a Dark Color with Exposed Pipes?

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Q:We're very fortunate that our new apartment has so much space, and we think painting the walls a dark, muted color will make it feel more intimate. But, we've never decorated a place with quite so much exposed piping, and so we're not sure if the white pipes will scream out against darker tones.

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We do like the industrial vibe, but we think all white can be too clinical for the furniture we have in mind (the place is an old converted hospital!).We only have base molding, zero window frames and cannot afford to paint the ceilings – but we are willing to paint the hardware if our landlord gives us the okay. So, what do you think?

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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.