Good Questions: Cosmopolitan Colors to Beat the 'Burbs?

Good Questions: Cosmopolitan Colors to Beat the 'Burbs?

Maxwell Ryan
Sep 27, 2007

Hello AT,

We're headed to the burbs and I'm wondering if we could get some color suggestions for the living room, dining room, and kitchen.

The house is a 1929 English Tudor. We're trying to go with a sophisticated and elegant look using warm colors...

We want to avoid beige, because it's too boring, but also don't want to go too loud. I'm totally new at this, but maybe the style we're going for would be "cosmopolitan" -- not too modern and not too traditional. More Room and Board and West Elm than Crate and Barrel/Pottery Barn/Restoration Hardware and not as modern as DWR.

The living room has beamed ceilings and views of the dining room. The kitchen has white floors and cabinets with stainless appliances. The pictures attached are from the current owners -- all the furniture and fixtures will be gone.

Living room and dining room: We're leaning towards Behr Chocolate Froth (light brown). Will it be too beige/boring? Will it work with the beamed ceilings, and what color should we paint the ceiling? Should we use the same color in both rooms to connect them? If different colors, would it look good if we did the dining room in just a lighter tone of the living room?

Kitchen: Any suggestions for colors? We're leaning towards green (Benjamin Moore Louisburg Green or Behr Grape Vine), but are worried it might be too cold.

Thanks! JP

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Dear JP,

This is a very nice house and we hope that nobody gets snarky about you moving out to the burbs. We're sure you've already heard enough about that.

For indoor color we'd urge you to follow a couple of guidelines and then browse a number of homes until you find something you really love. Start surfing below!

- identify different rooms by shifting color room to room
- keep your shift harmonious not jarring
- go with warm colors in social spaces and cool colors in private spaces
- with small windows (tudor style) we'd keep the colors light, off white

Good Links
- Apartment Therapy on Color 101: Cool Colors & Warm Colors
- How To: Add Color to Your Home Over White Wine
- How To Match Your Favorite Color

House Tours with Color!
- Fall Colors Contest 2006
- Fall Colors Contest 2005

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