Are any of you good at choosing complementary paint colors? I have been struggling for a while now to choose a paint color for our living room. It's a fairly open floorplan, and the adjoining kitchen is painted Sherwin Williams Bamboo Shoot. It looks a lot like this: http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/a...c/IMG_6165.jpg
I like a palette of mostly cool colors and neutrals (blue, green, cream, tan), so I think maybe a light blue/gray for the living room...? I don't know how to choose one with the right undertones. Undertones confuse me!
I'd love suggestions, and photos would be extra great!
My mom and dad bought a 1976 house on a lake last fall, and it has never been updated, though everything is in great condition. We're talking green and gold shag carpet (with red, white and blue in one room -- 1976 was the bicentennial, after all), yellow tub and toilet, wood paneling, etc. They have been updating it over winter to make it more livable, and they are now to the point of painting the paneling in the hallway and living area. (They plan on putting up drywall in a few years when they do a major renovation to make it their forever home.) My mom SUCKS at picking out paint colors, so I have been pinning things for her, and I really like Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter. However, they have dark brown microfiber sofas, and I don't know how gray walls would look with dark brown furniture. Thoughts? Does she have to stick with something in the beige/tan family?
She showed me a swatch today of some light shade of tan with yellow undertones, and I told her flat out she was not allowed to buy paint without me this time. She is always afraid of going too dark, so she always ends up too light.
Revere Pewter is a "greige" color. I am thinking of using it or edgecomb gray for our whole house. I don't have dark brown furniture but our carpet has beige undertones and Revere Pewter went well with it. Take a swatch and place it next to the couches to see if it looks too gray. A cool gray with blue undertones clashes with chocolate brown, but a warm gray or greige with red or yellow undertones would work well.
I think with the OP's green kitchen and brown cabinets, I'd do a sand-colored living room.
"...human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves."
Thanks, skyblu! Good info. I think I will tell her to pick up swatches and even a sample of Revere Pewter to see how it works. I really hope I can convince her to use a gray color, because I feel like it's just so much more modern, and the purpose of their fixes now is to modernize.