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Great article but I'm still unsure how to apply this rule to my basement.

I am painting a paneled basement (old 70's paneling) and having the exposed wooden ceiling beams painted and adding canned lighting since it's pretty dreary down there with very little natural lighting in our 1920's Tudor style home (small basement windows).

I was originally going to have the ceiling painted white but a pro painter talked me into going with a mid-to-dark tone since white or any light color will take way too many coats of primer and paint to adequately cover the beams, pipes, wires, ductwork etc. Too many imperfections will show.

For the walls I already purchased BM Snow on the Mountain #1513 since this will help brighten it up. The floors are ceramic tiled two charcoal grays - alternating lighter and darker charcoal and I thought the Snow on the Mountain would be a nice contrast to the cool floor.

Since the walls are warm, and floor is cool, do I go with cool on the ceiling too? Or stick with warm walls and ceiling?

I pulled out my SW paint deck, and I was considering the following:

Cool grays (to my untrained eye): SW 7067 Cityscape or one darker SW 7o68 Grizzle Gray - they seem to coordinate with the floor tile too.

Warm grays: SW Dorian Gray or Dovetail SW 7017 & 7018, but Not sure how these rules apply to cool floors, warm walls - warm or cool ceiling?

Or, should I go even more to the blue end of the spectrum toward SW Software or SW Web Gray #7064 & 7075, also cooler grays.

The ceiling itself is about 8 feet in height, but the trusses come down to a little over 7 feet in height. Is the ceiling going to recede or will I feel like I'm in a cave. Utterly confused, not sure which direction to go.

If anyone has any advice for me, it would be greatly appreciated.

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Navin Kranthi
hi..can you make 3D design of my house plan?
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I know this is an old post, but all these beautiful colour choices don't seem to be freely available in decorator items such as cushions, throws, vases etc, in 2018. Not in Australia anyway.

Certainly, there are some "jewel" tones, but what is available is mostly in a few plain velvets which doesn't really suit my style. I went shopping today and at the moment everything is pastel pinks & washed-out blues mixed in with black and "organic" neutrals - linens, scrubbed raw or blond wood and metal - and white! Lots of white! Sure, it's pretty, but It would appear that people are becoming more and more afraid of using any saturated colour! It all starts to look very same-same from one store to another, even from the most expensive to the cheaper chain stores! Does that mean our homes are also the same, with the same current trendy neutral (grey - any shade there-of) and gallery white walls?
I would love be able to buy some brighter colours and printed items to make a statement! I can see myself having to either source a great fabric from one of the fabric houses (expensive option) and making my own cushions, or going on line to buy from overseas.
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