Opinions Wanted on Painting Colors for Dining Room, Living Room, and Foyer.

Updated on December 30, 2014
D.D. asks from Phoenix, AZ
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I am planning to have my living room, dining room, and foyer painted. I 'feel' like the worst decorator in the world so your opinion would be helpful. My dining room and living room are basically one big room. I have a medium dark gray tile. My ceiling is white. My blinds are oak color. I feel like I want something to brighten the rooms. I am considering a mustard yellow but I'm open to color suggestions. It's a bold color. I could always go a neutral-light beige and then do an accent wall. My favorite bold colors are mustard yellow and burgundy red, but I am open to other colors.

There is always a chance of resell so I know that neutral colors are safe. I am also on a budget so spending my money wisely is really important.

What are your thoughts? Go safe with the neutral beige and then do an accent red or yellow wall? Or go all out and do the yellow? These are the first rooms you see when you walk in my front door. Thanks.

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answers from Los Angeles on

I would go neutral.
If you have dark gray tile, you could do a slate blue accent wall.
I wouldn't paint all of the walls that color, just one.

If you're selling soon, just paint one accent wall the color you want. Go
safe w/colors.

Otherwise do want you want but don't go over board w/color. Choose
wisely. You want to live in a serene existence not a Rubiks cube (I say
this because one time I walked into a house & each wall was a different
color.....4 different colors.

To save money, I would just paint one room w/an accent wall.
Painting the other rooms/walls a safe color like beige, taupe.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

Mustard and gray are a GORGEOUS combo. If you love the color, use it. I would never worry about paint colors for resale. Tile, wallpaper, counters, yes. But whoever buys it is going to repaint it and if you don't sell, you will still need to repaint in a number of years anyway.


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answers from Detroit on

If you have a Sherwin-Williams near you, you might want to consider seeing if they have a color consultant. We need to paint the entire main floor of our house. The family room is in the most urgent need of paint, but I wanted to pick colors for the entire main floor so that the colors coordinated. Our local Sherwin-Williams has a color consultant who came to my house for 1 1/2 hours and helped me pick out colors for the entire main floor. With the consultant coming to our house, she could see the furniture and the lighting in each room and see how each room connected to the next. It was $95 but they give you a $50 gift card to be used towards paint. So if you buy your paint at Sherwin-Williams, the end cost for the consultant is $45. We picked out 2 color schemes: one neutral and the other with more color. It was nice because even with the neutral scheme, she helped pick out colors that I wouldn't have considered on my own. And now that I have all the colors selected, all I have to do is buy the paint when I'm ready.

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answers from Pittsburgh on

Go to behr.com if you don't want to go down to the store. I picked my paint colors with my computer. You can upload pictures of your house and preview what they look like. I chose a neutral beige color and I love it! Not too dark not too light. And I went with behr paint plus primer, it was affordable and it cleans easily! Good lyck!

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answers from Boston on

Given your gray floors and oak blinds, I might paint the walls white, with a light blue tint, and use bold red/ruby accents (area rug, striped drapes, chair cushions, mats for pictures). Then I would find assorted handsome ceramics in strong blues and mustards for the final pop (could be mugs, a large pitcher, planters). The mustard objects would be easily removable for showing, but give you great energy while you live there. All my best.

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answers from Portland on

I too like color in my house. But, I tend to go for inviting colors, and mustard yellow is beautiful, but can be assaulting and absorb the light in a room. I painted my dining room and kitchen a bright open yellow. Took me forever to find it, I actually found it at the mistinted counter and was so super happy that I had another gallon done to do the rooms.

My living room is white with a very dark blue leaning toward grey wall to accent it. They are all in the same open space, so if I did the blue all over like I would love, the living room would seem really small and the rest of of the house would seem really really big.

I have a carribbean blue in my master bathroom that is almost teal, and I lightened it with white to calm it down a little for the bedroom walls.

I love color as you can tell. One kids room is currently soft sage, and we are painting the other one pepto pink for my daughter. Then we will do the other room that used to be the nursery to dark orange at least on 1 or 2 walls for my son since it is his favorite color next to red and that is too high energy for a bedroom. Oh, and I have right red red as accents all over the kitchen so it is very happy.

I would look into color energies and see what you like and what kind of welcome you are trying to achieve. These can really make a difference!

Good luck, this is one of the hardest things to decide. Looking into Fung Shui might also be a way to go. (this is where I learned to never paint a couple's room pink or red as it will almost always lead to adultery.)

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answers from Boston on

I think you should take photos in good light and take those down to the paint store - most of them have a decorator-type person there for no charge! (This is not the teenager who mixes the paint for you - just ask for their consultant. My little neighborhood paint store has someone, and big places like Home Depot have people on staff as well.) Include photos of the furniture and, if you have to, a rough floor plan on paper. If you have any major decor items (large paintings, your china/tablecloths (unless you are changing any of that), or take a plate with you. Really! When we bought furniture, the store sent someone out to help us, and when I just bought paint for my son's room, I took a few items down to the paint store. The person there convinced me to choose a much more dramatic color than I would have had the confidence to do on my own.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

I'd never use the colors that you're favoring because I like muted cool colors.

I love dark dark dark sage green, celery green, aqua/teal, lilac and purple, and off white.

I'd actually paint the walls a neutral color only so I could decorate with color to my hearts content. I'd love to do reds, greens, and a tiny tiny tiny bit of gold in December then go to navy, silver, and white for January. Then the following months could reflect spring or lighter colors that I can add a decoration here or there for that particular holiday season.

There are so many things one can do on a blank palette that they can't do on a brightly colored centerpiece.

But if you do go with your bold colors I don't think I'd like to come in and be assaulted by mustard yellow without something in the room drawing my eyes and using the wall color to accentuate the centerpiece.

Check out Christopher Lowell's layers of decoration. I think it's 6 or 7 layers and each one builds on the previous one and ties it all together.

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answers from San Francisco on

Don't ever consider resale when painting (unless you are planning to sell it really soon). Everyone's taste is different, and it's easy to repaint if necessary.

If you love mustard yellow and burgundy red, then go for it! You only live once. Just try out a swatch before committing to the color. Accent walls vs. painting whole rooms depend on the light and and configuration of the rooms. If you don't get much light in the rooms, painting the whole rooms those colors might be overwhelming.

For me, burgundy red and mustard yellow is kind of dated and 90's, but it's your house. I agree that a cool color would go better with grey. Any blues/greens that you like?

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answers from Washington DC on

i love the pop of a bold color against neutrals, but really have so little decorating taste. fortunately my husband is very good at it, so other than an occasional veto, i leave it up to him.
i never care what's 'in'. it's just paint. IF resale becomes more important than living with what's in our home and IF the prospective buyers don't like our colors they can paint it. right? i don't get folks who choose something other than what they love because of some potential future loss that's not an issue at all.
not a fan of mustard yellow, but our living room is a rich wine-red, against the cream of the hallway and dining room. it's pretty gorgeous.
i'd do the neutrals with one wall of red. do you have a friend whose decor you admire? i'd definitely call for some help before taking the plunge.
let us know what you decide!
:) khairete

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answers from Dallas on

I agree with one perfect one I wouldn't do warm colors with grey. I've moved away from the traditional darker colors for more light and airy but cool colors could be dark or light. I wouldn't do any mustard or browns with grey.

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answers from Norfolk on

I like blue accents.
My walls are all white.
Someday I'd like a pale blue ceiling in a few rooms.

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answers from Phoenix on

Accent colored walls are on the way out. Resale wise, accent colors go on furniture and accessories. That doesn't mean that all the walls need to be the same color, there are many different "neutral" colors that are not beige, and when you pick one you can pick a darker shade (over the dining room) for another wall and even a lighter shade on the foyer ceiling if you want the space to look taller.

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