Good Questions: Desperately Seeking Decor Advice?

Good Questions: Desperately Seeking Decor Advice?

Maxwell Ryan
Feb 22, 2006

Hello AT,

We recently moved into new construction and are looking for a few good

1. We have a hall way that leads into the kitchen/living area -- all are currently white. Would like ideas on how to paint the walls to separate the rooms a bit... would the hallway be a lighter or darker color than the other room?

2. In the kitchen area, there are three windows (one is actually a door to a juliet balcony). What type of window treatments would you suggest... right now there are temporary paper shades up...

Thanks in advance for your brillant ideas, A.

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Dear A.

Ouch! Boy do you need to get some color into your apartment! Where were you during Fall Colors Month in September? We're going to leave the window treatments to others and tell you what we think about painting.

1. All your walls should be a different color from the ceiling. We would recommend a warm off-white in the larger areas. It doesn't have to be Linen White! Just about any off white will do. Make sure you love it.

1 1/2. FYI trim color is different. We generally go lighter than the walls with trim, but for the time being, we would just leave your trim alone and paint the walls.

2. Consider a fun, bright color for the kitchen area wall behind the stove, etc. This color would play off of the general off white color.

3. For the hallway, we like to go darker so that when you come into the main room you really get the feeling of opening up and expanding much more. This all depends on your color palette (which we would need more information to get into here), but we usually go with dark neutrals like brown, taupe or even gray. For some we bust it out and go with strong reds or oranges. The depth of the color here allows you to really show off the pigment in these paints and give you a chance to use them.

A, if you do all this, your apartment will feel COMPLETELY different and be on its way to BEAUTIFUL.

Anyone else?

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