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Karen Rector

I'm using this technique to create a calmer space in a long, narrow room with eight windows, two doors and an archway....to make matters worse the remodeler chose dark brown for the walls, cocoa for the old six inch wide window frames, cream for plantation shutters and this is on top of a weathered barn red metal ceiling (the original roofing on this 1945 Hill Country cottage). I love the ceiling and the shutters. So I'm keeping the red ceiling, of course, and painting everything else with a richer cream, Benjamin Moore's "Pale Daffodil". Found three beautiful Laura Ashley red lampshades I'll use as accents to integrate the red ceiling to the room. Hopefully, I'm going to love this look...if not...it's just paint!


   
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Sounds like a plan! Have fun:)

   
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Linda Hawkinson

This article really spoke to me. Once I settle on the right color I will be painting my 850 sq ft. condo in a more monochromatic style. I've been painting my ceilings a complimentary color to my walls for years so that isn't a stretch at all. This condo has crown and baseboard molding, french doors, doors and doorway trim and a 12 ft. long built-in entertainment/bookcase, kitchen and bathroom cabinetry all in white. Especially in the living room/dining room/kitchen space with the walls painted a color it seems too chopped up. This space, I believe is going to benefit from everything except the kitchen and bath cabinets being painted the same soothing shade... in my instance perhaps Revere Pewter with Edgecomb Gray on ceiling... Then I might do the same technique in the bedroom but a different complimentary gray color. I'm hoping this will visually unclutter the space and let my furnishings, drapes and rugs shine. I'm planning on an eggshell finish (least amount of gloss but not matte) on walls and gloss on trims and bookcase. It's all about the right lighting and color, but I think this will be a much cleaner less busy look than I have now while still being elegant.

   

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