Good Questions: What Color Should We Paint Our Walls?

Good Questions: What Color Should We Paint Our Walls?

Maxwell Ryan
May 24, 2007

Hello AT,

What color should we paint the walls in our upstate log cabin? We recently put up new wallboard in our Catskills log cabin and are trying to figure out what color to paint. One small guest room/office/TV room is the most challenging...

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Guest Room

The room is very dark because of the dark orange-brown log walls on two sides and wood ceiling. We want to paint something light and complementary to the wood that isn't too bland.

I was thinking maybe a light gray or light blue, kind of like in this post, but really I'm open to anything.


We also have to paint the stair wall facing the large open cathedral-
ceilinged living room and the wall facing in to the kitchen. Again,
pretty much open to anything here, but we're focusing on light colors
because the house is pretty dark.

Guest Room

If you can't tell from the pictures, the wood of the logs is a medium-
dark very warm orange color.

Thanks! David

Dear David,

Personally, we'd go hunting lodge on this one, using rich warm colors - lighter where you want it more light filled and darker where you want it cozy. The one you mention is a bit blue/green and more urban in our mind.

For inspiration, we'd look at Ralph Lauren's paint collections.

This is what we did to our own place a few years back. Click here. As you can see, we just had fun.

Remember, that with walls this small you can experiment a bit and easily repaint if you don't like it.

Anyone else??

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