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I need help with paint colors!

kymannNovember 11, 2012
I want a modern contemp. look for our entry way but i would like to add some color , The gray family keeps tugging at my pant leg how do i get away from the grays but add that contemporary look? don't mind the Chandelier thats not staying.
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Emily Hurley
I do love grey. I can't help myself. If you also like it, Maybe try it out and then use some color on the walls with art and in an entry rug to add a little something?

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5 Likes    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 5:41PM
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What are the colors of the adjoining rooms and what color is the furniture and carpet or rugs in them?
    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 5:47PM
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HI -- Your entrance is so large and has lots of light you could use a very strong color - even a charcoal would work or a dark navy and then have a large colorful modern art piece . You could add a very large format wallpaper . Go for the drama , you have the room for it.
2 Likes    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 5:50PM
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Take your cue from the window and use a soft blue or turquoise. Add a tapestry to a large wall. You can have a photo shop make a tapestry of any image such as a favorite painting or design. Don't violate copyright. Try to use a phot of sky and clouds. It will be brilliant.
    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 6:09PM
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Paint banister rail, wood parts, black or charcoal gray. Paint the door the same color.
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Add a great light.
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Choose a great area rug--big. Pick your wall color from this rug.
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Make sure you have a place to primp while coming or going.


6 Likes    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 7:42PM
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The old relation keeps tugs at my pant leg how do i get absent from the grays but add so as to current look?
    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 2:01AM
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Olivia Hazel
Hi there! I had to add a comment here because I wrote on Houzz this morning looking to get away from my contemporary, gray entryway with lots of mirrors :) I'll add the pic of mine to show you what it could look like. If you're interested, the previous owners of our home left the paint in the basement and I could tell you what the color is :) See pic.
    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 4:20AM
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Posted a couple of ideabook links for you that I think will help with your choice.
    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 4:50AM
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Sherri Fitzgerald - Ultimate Decor
Hi there
I'm an interior decorator and think your entry is awesome and has a lot of potential! I would paint the tall wall with your door and sidelights a bold modern color or wall paper and then paint the side walls a lighter grey. Paint your stair rails in black for a very modern look, remove the knobs on the posts and replace them with a square top. You didn't say what colors appeal to you so I'm posting a few ideas to give you some inspiration. I love the lighting in the first picture!!! Be brave about your color ...and make sure you choose a paint store that has an on staff decorator to help you pick your color. You can e-mail them a picture you like and they will know how to pick the right color for you. Happy decorating!!!

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2 Likes    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 6:54AM
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Marie Hebson's interiorsBYDESIGN Inc.
Hi kymann, you don't need to add colour to the walls to have an amazing space.
especially for modern spaces, go soft decorator white in your space, then add colour in unconventionals ways - like ART, wallpaper, accessories etc. Has a much more refined
look than going grey. Have fun, be confident in your choices, don't second guess - rule number
one in modern design aesthetic.
2 Likes    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 9:42AM
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樓设 loftS 64 Interior Design Consultancy
Hi kymann, may be you can look into trying a turquoise stucco paint wall to enliven & give fresh to the void space.other alternative, you may trying hand sketched on white wall which create a story for the owner & does enliven the space to a more functional one.less boring which walking down the stairs...
Or either mirror montage or Tapestry could've the last choices but am afraid it ll block the sunlight...
    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 4:41AM
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THANK YOU ALLSO MUCH! I REALLY NEEDED TO BE GUIDED THROUGH THIS...I'm to indecisive to ever be a decorator. Emily Hurley Love those Grey's as you know! Missymo I'm taking your advice with the railings & door as we speak, great idea with he color from the rug! (prob an obvious but i'm oblivious to design. Sherri Fitzgerald great suggestions a well i'm just trying to figure out which walls to use them on. Keep your ideas coming they are all a huge help..more than you know!
    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 8:00AM
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In progress but were getting there
1 Like    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 6:26AM
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My thoughts are that you need to go into a darker grey,you get plenty of light do to the window ,so you don't need to worry about being too dark ,a good coat of that plus a new pewter chandelier,plus some black and white art and you will have what you are aiming for .

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    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 6:49AM
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