Color Choices for Our New Condo?

Color Choices for Our New Condo?

Janel Laban
Aug 3, 2010

Q: My husband and I just leased a condo with beautiful high ceilings, high windows that let in lots of (eastern) light, and a great loft area (which gets northern light and whatever eastern light that spills over from the living and dining rooms). We are going to have the unit painted before we move in on September 1, but are an an impasse regarding colors.

I would like to paint the entire living room, dining room, and loft white (I was thinking Benjamin Moore "Decorators White" or "White Dove," but I'm not quite sure given the lighting, red-ish color of the wood floors, and the red brick fireplace), while my husband is advocating to paint the orangy-red accent walls a slate gray of some sort, and the rest of the walls white. Painting the fireplace and wood beams on the ceiling are not options.

We're additionally going to hang white curtains (made from cotton or linen purchased in the fabric district and hung with dark drapery rings on dark rods) over the 13-foot windows, but we don't know whether to hang them at the ceiling (making the curtains 15 or 16 feet tall) or at the top of the windows (making them 13 feet tall). We also aren't sure how wide the panels need to be, given that the dining-room window is 7 feet wide and the living-room door is 10 feet wide.

Can Apartment Therapy readers help us settle on:
1. A paint scheme (i.e., all white v. white with accent walls)
2. Paint colors (best white/other color for east-facing tall rooms with red-ish wood floors and red brick);
3. The proper curtain height/width for the windows?

Attached is a picture of our current living and dining rooms so you can see our furniture color and style.

Thanks in advance for any help and advice!

Sent by Amy

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