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Old 11-21-2006, 12:58 PM   #1
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I need some painting advice. My living room and eat-in kitchen share 1 wall. this 1 wall is the back wall of the house and along this wall there are 2 windows in the living room, the back door, and then 2 windows in the kitchen. We don't want to paint both the living room and kitchen the same color. What can we do? We were hoping to do the downstairs in reds, oranges, and yellows. The dining room will be a red/wine color, I think the name of the paint is Washington Apple (not that it matters).

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Old 11-21-2006, 01:00 PM   #2
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So, it's all one continuous wall, is it two "rooms" but with an open floor plan so it's really just one space? Sorry, I'm having a hard time visualizing...

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we just painted one of our bedrooms: one wall is red and the other three are a cream color, the trim on the red was painted the cream color and vice-versa for the cream wall. this gave the room a very country feel.

it goes well with either dark or light wood furniture

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What color do you want to do the kitchen in? One shared wall could be a complimentary color without making the whole kitchen that color. For example, if you want the kitchen yellow, paint it yellow. If the living room is orange, that shared wall could be yellow, orange, red, or another complimentary color. If you look on a color wheel at the paint store, you can choose the colors you like and make the one shared wall any color you want to as long as the colors are complimentary. If the downstairs is going to be shades of red, yellow and orange, any colors with those tones (even beige-y colors with warm undertones) will work for that shared wall. I would go "less bold" on that shared wall, and use the other walls in both rooms for the contrast colors. Since you have all those openings on that wall (windows and doors), just about any complimentary color you like would work, It's not going to be a long blank wall of color, anyway.

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SWMBO is really good with the interior paint schemes, I'll ask her about it when I get home tonight.

Are you moved in now? If so congrats.

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So, it's all one continuous wall, is it two "rooms" but with an open floor plan so it's really just one space? Sorry, I'm having a hard time visualizing...
They are 2 rooms but are mostly seperated by just the rear stairs. It is not open. I tried drawing a picture but it just didn't look any good. I'll see if I can work on something today.

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We wanted yellow or orange. SWMBO's friend has an orange living room and she really liked it.

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Not even close. We want to paint first. We took 2 car loads of boxes over yesterday after the closing and threw them in the garage. We're getting a U-haul for the big stuff. I don't think we'll actually move until 2 or 3 more weeks. Our apartment lease is up on 12/22 so we have plenty of time.
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Lorena is right. Take a look at any open floor plan on the houses you see on home improvement channels. You rarely see a WHOLE room in one color.

SWMBO makes fun of me because I actually have pretty decent decorating sense - and have made almost all the key color decisions on our house.

Here is what I'd do (without seeing pictures).

Take one color that you like - a fairly neutral one and use it as the base color. You carry that color throught the house (but you can start with just a couple of rooms). Paint common walls that color.

Then, take bolder colors are use them to accent. You don't paint the entire room that color, just some of the walls. This allows you to use more intense colors, but they won't dominate.

The expanded color pallete allows you to use colors to do different things. For instance, you can use a dark paint on one wall to make a room look deeper.

Why don't you post some pics!

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I've done that just-paint-one-accent-wall trick. It lets you get away with using a MUCH more intense color than you could use for an entire room. We used a very intense, almost cobalt blue in the dining room of our apartment, but it was just on one wall; the rest was neutral. It looked phenomenal.

You could use a warm nuetral color as your base, then use the wine on an accent wall. Given how you've described the red, I would think a very autumnal orange, something that's warm ane earthy, could also work well as a complement. The orange will be tough, I would almost buy a quart and paint a section of the wall before you commit to a color choice. Orange is probably the most difficult color to get right.

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These are the only pics of the inside I have right now, not sure if this will help any. First one is the living room, the shared wall is the right wall in the photo.



This is the kitchen (duh). I had my back to the shared wall when I took this photo. Like I said, I don't think this is going to help. Notice the wall on the right side, the stairs are directly to the right of this wall and the stairs face the back door and deck.



I'll try to get some more pic's tonight.

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That helps quite a bit...


Here is what I'd do:

Make that back wall DARK - the one with the fireplace. It will make it jump and become the focal point of the room. Pull a color from accent pillows on your couch or buy pillows that have that color in them. With that fireplace color, I tnink chocolate would look awesome, but it depends on furniture. On the other two walls you see and the back one - use your base color. I'd use a topue, but VERY light yellow would work too - almost like a parchment color.


You've got so much white here in cabinets you could do ANYTHING you want as far as color goes. Since that wall to your back will be neutral, you can go nuts!!

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