Before: Bland Dining RoomGeoff has a passion for French cooking and enjoys the French style of socializing around a meal with friends. His drab dining room, though, is not conducive to entertaining. He doesn't like the pale green-tinted walls or the dark woodwork, which seem dated to him. He envisions his dining room in the colors of an outdoorsy, rustic bistro, but with a modern twist. Host Jane Lockhart presents color options in the form of natural foods on a color wheel.
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After: French-Inspired SpaceVoila! Geoff chooses a deep blueberry for the dining room walls to accentuate the apricot shade of the hardwood floors. Blue and apricot are opposite each other on the color wheel and are therefore complementary colors. The vertical wood molding on the walls breaks up the space too much, so it is painted blue to blend in; the continuous line of color gives the illusion of a larger room. The ceiling is painted a golden yellow, the shade of dried split peas, which is complementary to the blueberry and apricot hues. To lighten up the room, the furniture is painted off-white, and the cushioned seats are reupholstered in a vibrant red to round out the French color scheme. Finally, the remaining wood trim is painted a soft wheat to blend with the wood floors and yellow ceiling.
Did You Know: Blue is the color of excellence in French cuisine. Yellow, a warm and energizing color, can aid concentration and clarity.