Good Questions: Help me with furniture and wall color!

Good Questions: Help me with furniture and wall color!

Aug 13, 2007

AT:LA reader Daisy needs some ideas:

"Hi AT! I have a 11' by 13' bedroom that I desperately want to remodel! Thing is.. I'm stuck with furniture color and color of the walls. I wanted to get black IKEA furniture, but don't know what color I should paint the bedroom walls. I wanted red in my room .. somewhere. Should I only do one red wall? If so which wall? Another idea I had.. was getting all white furniture.. again from IKEA.. but now what color should I paint my walls? All white? One red wall?... help?!"

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Hi Daisy- Looks you have a pretty blank canvas to work with! The colors you're liking- red, black, and white- can be a pretty dramatic combination of colors. Red in particular is tricky color to work with, since it can easily become overpowering. But I think one of the first things you should consider is what you intend the purpose of the room to be for? From what I can see in the pics, it looks like you're using it for an office/study? Does a bed need to go in there? Or are you planning on putting in a lot of bookcases? Knowing what elements need to go in can help determine where your color is going to go. Also, consider what style or mood you want to convey- Do you want casual comfort? elegant/sophistication/glamour? a modern/ethnic/cool lounge-y vibe? The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about red/black/white is Maison 140 in Beverly Hills.

(Image from KWID)
Kelly Wearstler created an elegant/glamour-chic vibe using red fabrics and lots of black and dark wood to ground it, but then white accents for pop. But if that's not really your speed, you could try adding in some orange and pink, for a more bohemian ethnic vibe, like this image from the Living Etc Galleries-

Or, you could try something really contemporary, and as you were originally thinking, just paint one wall, and keep everything else white- this image, also from Living Etc, shows a similar concept.

I'm sure our design savvy AT:LA readers have some thoughts, what would you guys suggest to Daisy? Share in the comments!
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