Apr 19, 2007 9:45 pm
We bought our first home last year and are now at the "personalising" stage.
The lounge room is in need of a new coat of paint and I am currently considering my options, but have no idea where to go with colours.
The lounge room and dining room are basically one long room joined, and our furniture is a lot of shades of brown.
I'm hoping to have a feature wall behind the TV, but I need some advice.
Is this the best wall for a feature wall? Any colour suggestions would also be much appreciated. I have attached some photos of the room so you can get an idea of what it's like.
Re: Colours in my lounge/dining room3
Apr 19, 2007 11:32 pm
Got a couple of colours for you.
But I'm just doing an exterior at the moment....be back soon!!!
Re: Colours in my lounge/dining room4
Apr 20, 2007 6:55 pm
I'll have to wait till later now....so sorry.
I went to do your colours but all my gear is in my car for a long consultation tomorrow.
Promise to get back to you before the weekends out!!
Re: Colours in my lounge/dining room6
Apr 20, 2007 11:22 pm
Im NOT an interior decorator and have my own biases, BUT can I throw in my 10c worth?......
Are you going to keep those carpets? I'm prepared to be shot down in flames here, but I reckon any colour scheme should start with considering the colour/theme of floorcoverings, then furnishings, and then think about wall colours to compliment these.
In other words, its not the best to do all the painting, and a year later want to change the carpets and find your colours don't work.
From the ground up I say!
As far as colours go, if you apply a strong colour, it may make the room feel smaller.
I'd keep most walls pretty light and neutral. A feature wall might be nice in a copper-tone effects paint or maybe something like caramel through to gold tones.
Re: Colours in my lounge/dining room7
Apr 21, 2007 5:25 am
I'm the same here, I'm not an interior decorator but personally I'd stick with the lighter colour. Agree that strong colours will close the room in and having those brown colours in the furniture allow a nice look with the contrast IMO.
Re: Colours in my lounge/dining room8
Apr 21, 2007 10:47 pm
Finally getting back to you.
Here are my suggestions for your rooms.
Up to you wether you take my advice or not.
I will give you colours that….as far as I can tell from a photo…..will go with all elements and selections in your rooms as they are now.
I agree, your carpet should be replaced down the track when you can afford it, but my colours will go with what you have until you get to that stage. If you intend to replace carpets, choose a light to mid tan colour. It will blend with your furniture and my colours.
In contrast to all those helping above…I AM going to give you a couple of medium toned colours. But you will have a light neutral colour to flow throughout the room.
(by the way, I find it interesting to read everyone’s advise I love to hear others opinions, well done!!)
Ceilings – Dulux “Winnow” PW1 A4 - ceiling flat
Walls – Dulux “Winnow” PW1 A4 – semi gloss
Skirting and Architraves – Dulux “Winnow” PW1 A4 – full gloss
Doors – Dulux “Winnow” PW1 A4 – full gloss
Feature Wall 1 – Dulux “Vibrant Vision” P46.B6
(Arch – dining room side)
Feature Wall 2 – Taubmans “Moonshadow” T124-8A
(Arch – Lounge room side)
I have chosen the highlight the arch in your rooms, the wall with the TV has 2 doors leading onto that it and could look a bit messing if they are both open at the same time.
The purple I have chosen will complement the chocolate lounge beautifully. If in doubt with the light chocolate I have chosen, you could easily get away with the purple on both sides of the arch!!
Photo of colours, but remember they have a flash on them which has thrown the colour slightly.
Re: Colours in my lounge/dining room9
Apr 22, 2007 1:30 pm
Thanks so much for your replies - all very good ideas, Basically they all seem to be along the lines of what I was considering, which makes me feel much better!
My partner and I had discussed the carpets vs paint issue, and while the carpets aren't the prettiest thing I've seen they are in good condition. However the walls are desperately in need of painting - the previous home owner had lots of pictures on the wall and now there are faded spots, nail holes and just a general worn look.
So new paint won out in the end!
Anyway thanks so much for your advice, and keep the opinions coming. Painting is scheduled for the coming weeks, so I will post piccies when it's all done!
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