Working with Landlord's Paint Choices?

Working with Landlord's Paint Choices?

Colleen Quinn
Mar 23, 2010

Q: I'm about to move into my first (post-college) apartment. As a long-time reader of AT, I'm excited to try my hand at really decorating for the first time. Fortunately for me, the apartment has plenty of charm of its own; but I'm struggling with the pale yellow walls. I'm not much of a pastels person, but I think there must be a way to complement the vintage feel that these walls help create. Please help!

Sent by Stephanie

Editor: Stephanie- congrats on the new apartment! We love the windows, the built-in shelving, and that fab fireplace. The wall color in these pictures looks very neutral- more like a cream or buttermilk than a true yellow, so you shouldn't have any trouble making your furniture work for you. You didn't mention what type of pieces you are working with, but if you are starting from scratch, warm wood tones will probably fit better with this architecture than would lots of chrome and glass. Consider a rug to anchor your seating arrangements and to add some vibrancy to the floor.

Good luck- this looks like a great space! We hope you share some after pics once you've moved in...

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