Good Questions: What's Better Than Brown?

Good Questions: What's Better Than Brown?

Apr 11, 2006

Hello AT,

OH LORD HELP ME! I just had my living room done on HGTV's Design on a Dime. I love the room, but the best part (the afternoon/overall brightness) is now ruined by the dark chocolate paint job. It's overall too dramatic and even with many lamps added to the room, I just cannot get the walls from sucking away all the light......even with direct sunlight coming through my two large windows, it still feels too dark in the space.

Any suggestions on colors that would still pop the white frames/moldings and work with my pieces?

I was thinking pumpkin orange, but everyone thinks I'm crazy.
Side Note: adjacent dining nook is granny apple green with white moldings.......

Many thanks for suggestions!


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Kristen, we so feel your pain. We, too once did our (very small) living room in chocolate brown. While it was stunning and quite chic, the dark color slowly drove us insane (we are not kidding- we think we went a little mad because of it)

If it's color you want, the choices are endless. Orange is bold, but would certainly brighten the place up. Just make sure the color doesn't clash with that pretty blue chair. Try plucking a color from the pillows (although it sounds like you already have that yummy apple green). We would also suggest more subtle gold and sand tones. You can use a satin or semi gloss finish to make the most of reflecting light.

In truth, what concerns us more is the empty-frames-as-wall-art. While we dig the Design on a Dime show, their end results can tend to look a little like a set, or worse, like a store window. We say get some images behind those frames, pronto. That will break up the large blocks of color that are saturating the room and will add another type of "warmth" without making you feel like you are living in darkness.

Anyone else?

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