Q. We are moving into a new home as well as right now there is dark panelling on the walls that we want to paint. I have extremely light solid pine futons with denim covers as well as the carpet will be a natural flecked berber carpet. There is a genuine fireplace with greyish flagstones surrounding it. There are likewise built-in shelves that surround the fireplace in the exact same colour as the walls. What colour should I paint the walls? I want a medium taupe colour, like Benjamin Moore’s Cedar key (982) as well as then stone Hearth (984) on the shelves near the fireplace, however I am afraid of exactly how the light pine furniture will look against it.

— Terri Webb

A. painting the dark panelling will definitely assist cheer up your space. since your carpet as well as light pine furniture are relatively neutral, try taking the grey from the fireplace surround as a colour cue. The blue/grey stones will be complemented well with a warm taupe, like Martha Stewart’s Muslin (H11). It is a medium-light taupe that should not contend with the lightness of the pine.

For a different feel in the room, Martha Stewart’s linen White (H29) is a pretty, pale yellow that will cheer up the space as well as contrast with your furniture at the exact same time. Whichever colour you choose, believe about painting the shelving as well as the walls the exact same colour so the products you location on the shelves will bring colour as well as character into the room, as well as let the fireplace be the focal point.

Placing a mirror over the mantle will likewise assist cheer up the space. Mirrors or pictures in black or silver frames instead of wood frames will contrast well with your pine furniture.

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