I believe in taking a chance on paint color, since you can always paint over it. But I should have listened when I was cautioned against painting our living room and dining room shades of blue and gray. Despite our efforts with colorful curtains and art, our walls are simply too gray for Seattle. When it’s overcast outside, which is quite often, the colors inside amplify the dreariness. When we get one of our lovely sunny days, the paint sucks the life out of any rays that make it into the house. A large roof overhang that shades our living room doesn’t help matters.
We don’t want to paint everything white, but we’d love to hear suggestions on paint colors or any tips on making the space seem brighter. Yellow in the dining room and orange in the living room? Should we start by painting one accent wall in the living room (currently two shades of blue-gray) or would it be better to go with one color everywhere? A note that we’d like to do this without replacing the furnishings — we just can’t afford that right now — though I am thinking about moving the hutch from behind the couch since it makes the room feel even smaller to me.
Please weigh in with your suggestions! Thanks! –Mary T.
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Colorful art and furnishings still don’t do enough to counteract Seattle gloom.
This gives you a clear view of the two shades of blue-gray in our living room and hallway.
A white fireplace (still in progress) is helping somewhat, but I need to do something about that Darth Vader-esque TV and cabinet. (I love the cabinet but it might be better somewhere else.)