Good Questions: Paint Color for New Living Room?

Good Questions: Paint Color for New Living Room?

Gregory Han
Jul 6, 2009

Anna writes: Dear Apartment Therapy,
We are preparing to move into our house, which had previously been occupied by a tenant. The living room is currently painted light gray with a darker gray horizontal molding strip and white ceiling above and white built-ins along one wall (see photos above and below, but don't be distracted by the tenant's bachelor-pad decorating - it's actually a lovely room!)...
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We're moving our current furniture to the new space; it consists of a sofa and a chaise in moss green upholstry, two birch Eames chairs, some dark wood Chinese antiques, an Arco lamp, and a glass and aluminum coffee table

We're used to the exposed brick and stained concrete floor of our current place, and I think the paint colors in the new place don't go with the tones of our furniture and will feel too cold.  However, dark, bright, saturated colors are really appealing either. I like the idea of a pale green color, but would it be too monotone with the green upholstered pieces? I've also always liked orange accents, but fear even a very muted orange would be overwhelming on the walls. In photo after photo I look at online, the walls are just white, which make me think maybe we should paint everything white and call it a day. Any ideas or opinions out there? Thank you!


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