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Design Dilemma
Design Dilemma

House is too dark and depressing!

cleigh2012January 13, 2013
Walls Benjamin Moore "Decatur Buff", trim Porter Paints "Bone White", dark pine floors.
I need a mood-lifting color on the walls! Please help!
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It looks bright to me! If you were older, I might suggest you have your eyes checked for cataracts! lol! They tend to cause a yellow film that blocks you from seeing true colors. Try painting the recesses in your coffered ceiling a light blue and trying a soft pale yellow on the walls. If that doesn't do it then lighten the trim and woodwork.
2 Likes    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 12:16PM
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How about just starting out by painting the back of the bookcase the color of the sofa? That would add depth and pizzazz. That may be enough. Nice home! Congrats.
    Bookmark   January 13, 2013 at 12:18PM
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No, I do not have cataracts...lol!
I took the pictures yesterday on a very sunny day when most light is coming in and no-one is home : ) In addition, my camera auto-enhances...trust me, it feels very dark and smothering.
The "Decatur Buff" color was beautiful in my friends one-story home which had lots of windows. We are in a 2-story home with covered porches and not very many windows and the color went very warm and gold.

I think I should have clarified that it is the very warm, gold color that is not working for me. In my previous home, I used Benjamin Moore BM170 which was a soft, buttery yellow with white trim AND we had light oak floors with lots of windows; I was very happy : ) I cannot go with a yellow, due to the Linen White trim (which, by the way is a pink beige/white).

Still happy to entertain any other ideas...
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 2:13PM
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How about picking one of the dot colors on your accent chair? Can't really see the colors from here.
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 2:17PM
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If looking for a neutral, I would consider a light gray, or if you wanted some color, perhaps a light blue gray.
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 3:26PM
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I agree with first comment, change the color in the ceiling. It can make the whole room feel dark and closing in on you. It's a pretty room!
    Bookmark   January 14, 2013 at 6:33PM
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