My house is rather dark. In fact, we're always complaining about how dark. I'm attaching photos, taken at night but with all the lights on. But by the same token, we would like our walls to have a darker color than they do now. The living room is now painted a barely-noticable beige. The kitchen and dining room is a wonderful peapod green color. (Well, I think it's wonderful...you mileage may vary.) The woodwork is all a nasty 70's builder's grade medium oak, with the exception of the casings you can see in my photos and we're ready to paint it all white. (Yep...it's going to be a chore, we're starting in the basement family room for practice.) We picked a trim color that was Dutch Boy paint today called "popcorn", a barely off-white color, with beige undertones, not green or blue. Of course, we can make the upstairs a bit brighter when we get to that if it looks too dark once it's on.
I guess the problem is I was wanting a medium dark tan, but I'm afraid now it will make our house even darker. The windows sit north (on the kitchen/dining room side and south on the living room side, but there are big trees blocking most of that sun. I think painting the trim will start the lightening, but what kind of tan would go well, as the rooms are connected?
Finally, the kitchen photo shows we've begun tiling the backsplash I formerly painted green...We're thinking of painting the cabinets a brownish red? I'm attaching a photo of a table that has a similar color. Our appliances are all almond/bisque, or we'd go white. Any thoughts?
I welcome any ideas (and please forgive the mess!)