Color Help

Friends, I need your advice.  I know you guys have good taste and know many things about decorating/designing.  So can you please help?

The picture above is our fireplace.  Never mind the boxes and mirror and other random things strewn about around it.  We still haven't unpacked our living room because we're waiting to paint.  I swear.

Speaking of paint...that's where you come in.  Even though it looks gray in the picture, our walls are all painted the same color.  It's a brownish/mauve-ish/pinkish/taupeish color and it's not for us.  The stone in the fireplace has a mix of red and blue undertones and all the woodwork in our house is white.  We have very pretty crown molding and our front door is the most fabulous front door ever.  See?

So anyway, that's what we have to work with when choosing a paint color.  Some things to remember ::
  1. The room is sort of long and narrow
  2. The stone in the fireplace has cool undertones
  3. We are fans of open and airy homes
  4. We are not fans of the brownish/pinkish/mauve-ish/taupe-ish color on the wall or any colors like it.
  5. I wrote this post before we moved in about decor inspiration (just so you know).
That's all. Thank you in advance for any suggestions you may have!


Signe August 1, 2011 at 2:41 PM  

As a true ambassador for Nordic style I would have to say white! Especially of the room is a bit narrow, you would not believe the extra space you seem to be getting by painting it all white :) Or maybe a very light shade of cold gray, that would work as well!


Erika Lee Sears August 1, 2011 at 2:47 PM  

Have you thought about doing a fun accent color on the fire place wall like a aqua or turquoise . Then I would do a creamy white

Katie August 1, 2011 at 2:55 PM  

My taste is so scattered that I'm afraid to comment, but a creamy white would probably look fantastic--it's hard to go wrong with it!

The other good thing about a creamy white is that it keeps the room bright even when the weather is gray and dull outside.

I also love this palette:
I mean, I know it's Martha, but her brand definitely makes good use of good colors that tend to be classic.

theolivetree August 1, 2011 at 5:15 PM  

I have one word...pinterest :) jk do you like color or tans?? I have seen some really lovely blues trending from dark blue to ocean blue...p.s. what ever you do try avoiding painting the stone on the mom painted hers red and still regrets it to this day :)

here are a few blue's I happen to have book marked...I am thinking of painting our bathroom :

p.s. dark grey might work. I can't wait to see what you decide!

Michelle {lovely little things} August 1, 2011 at 5:16 PM  

Do you like yellow or lighter hues of tan, blue, etc.? I would look on pinterest and search home decor under it, I get all my great ideas from existing pictures.

April August 1, 2011 at 6:56 PM  

Red! :) I visited a friend recently and she had her foyer painted red and it was just fantastic. I'm a fan of bold things! But that may not be your style.

Katie August 1, 2011 at 6:59 PM  

I'm always a fan of green I think its homey and nice :)Yellow could be nice and sunny as well. Oh dear, I'm not being very much help!

Farmchick August 1, 2011 at 9:34 PM  

I am also a fan of bold colors and red would be my choice, but maybe not your style. Pinterest is a great place to get some ideas.

Kimia Kline August 2, 2011 at 2:49 AM  

your door is INCREDIBLE. holy cow. where did you find this house!? id go with neutrals i think. white, tan, black, bring in some wood to accent that bomb ass door.

Anonymous,  August 2, 2011 at 5:27 AM  

Since you are a fan of airy homes, you have white woodwork and a wooden door I'd say a very light shade of blue. You could paint the longer walls in a light shade and the shorter walls in a darker shade to give proportions.THen go with super long and large white curtains: it's amazing what they do to a narrow room. Also, if you have an undertone of red in the fireplace you can add some orange in winter here and there, just to give the room a warmer feeling. You know you have your own professional interior decorator in Italy, don't you?

Anonymous,  August 2, 2011 at 5:29 AM  

It's nice to know that Gus has already found the perfect spot for a nap.

Mandy Crandell August 2, 2011 at 6:20 AM  

A dusty blue might be nice.!/MandyCrandell

Emily Marie August 2, 2011 at 9:23 AM  

What about navy blue? Against the white trim, it would really pop. And, you could pair a lot of great colors for accessories, like nude, white, and even deep red.

Collins August 2, 2011 at 9:30 AM  

i'm going to agree that your door is the most fabulous door ever. love it!

Rebecca - A Daily Something August 2, 2011 at 9:44 AM  

I think a nice clean white would be lovely, and would help create the airy feel you're going for. Also, it will allow you to bring in more of your nature inspirations!!

Christiane August 2, 2011 at 10:11 AM  

it will look great in any case! I would try different light + cool greens to see what works best with the fireplace...similar to the green in your blog header letters...:o)
have fun decorating!

Punctuation Mark August 2, 2011 at 10:14 AM  

i always go for shades that attract light... meaning that are sort of warm especially if you live in a place where it tends to get pretty grey during the colder months... avoid any colors that make things look harsh... get your paint chips bring them home so you can see how it really looks over there... have fun!

Kirby August 2, 2011 at 3:45 PM  

to be honest, I have no idea how i'm going to make paint color decisions when we buy a home. I like white, but with the crown molding being white I would want the walls to be different so the molding will pop. your inspiration is filled with greens and browns, so maybe a light sage green? otherwise you can't go wrong with a light grey(like how it looks in your photos) it will go with everything you put in the room too.

good luck!

Stephanie August 3, 2011 at 5:43 PM  

I am in love with your front door!!

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