Before: Beige and DowdyWhen one feature dominates a room, picking a color for it can be intimidating. That's what newlyweds Steve and Carly learned when they covered one wall of their living room with built-in bookcases. They're stuck on what color to paint them, and that decision is holding up the rest of the design. The newlyweds tried to add color with a red chair and colorful rug against their beige walls and couch, but they're already tired of them. The rug feels heavy and dowdy in the otherwise neutral room. The built-in bookcases dominate the space, and the couple is afraid of choosing the wrong color.
They would like to bring that relaxing, outdoorsy feel into their home. Host June Lockhart shows them a camping-inspired color wheel to get them past their color block.
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After: Traditional Color SchemeThey select a glacier blue for the walls to complement the rich brown hardwood floor. Blue walls and white trim are a traditional color combination from the 1920s when their house was built. For the built-in bookcases, they choose chocolate brown, which is not too intense but also won't fade into the background. Beige fabric panels are added for the backs of the shelves so the units won't look so heavy. The white fireplace and trim are painted off-white to tone down the contrast with the built-ins. The coffee table is converted into a comfortable ottoman, covered with chocolate brown silk. And the sofa is reupholstered with a deep blue fabric. The result is a sophisticated living room with outdoorsy influences.
Did You Know:Gray-blue is perceived as a sophisticated color. Dark brown adds a comfortable elegance to furniture. Blue and brown was Louis XIV's favorite color combination, so it's often seen in Parisian apartments.