Good Questions: What to Cure the Brown?

Good Questions: What to Cure the Brown?

Maxwell Ryan
Apr 11, 2006

Hello AT,

I just had my living room repainted on HGTV's Design on a Dime. At the time chocolate walls didn't scare me, until after spending a week in the "new space" finding that the brightest afternoon sun (my favorite part about the room) is no longer very bright. The dark walls literally suck any and all light away - even with direct sun through a wall of windows and a slew of lamps I've added for the evening....still cave like. I've lost the bright airy sun room feel that previously existed!!

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 or help! Kristin

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Ouch! Boy is that a lot of brown.

Dear Kristin,

We're actually more curious to hear what other people have to say about your room, but we would simply tone it down to a nice light tan or taupe on the walls. This will still pop the moldings, but will keep the bright, airy feeling that you want.

If you want a specific color to look at, check out Benjamin Moore:
Wheatfield 2159-50 for a more warm yellow feeling and
Cedar Key OC-16 for a more tan feeling

Anyone else?

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