Before: Unappetizing BeigeKatie and Carey have lived in their house for just over a year. During that time they've struggled to find the perfect color for their dining room—one that's warm and comforting for intimate family dinners, as well as fun and bright for when they entertain. Katie is a dietician and loves to cook. She wants to bring the food she prepares into a warm, inviting dining room, but they need help choosing and committing to the right colors that reflect their personalities and lifestyle.
Katie and Carey have some interesting rustic country furniture, such as this distressed green armoire, but the beige walls don't do much to define a style. They like the country antique look but want an elegant twist for their dining room.
After: Delicious ColorsThe couple choose a golden raisin color for the walls, which needs a deep base prime coat first. Then host Jane Lockhart adds an elegant touch with shiny vertical stripes on the walls, accomplished by using three different widths of painter's tape spaced randomly around the walls in vertical stripes and then applying glossy urethane in between the tape. (Note that the tape must be removed before the urethane dries, or it will glue the tape to the walls.)
Next, the homeowners select the deep, moody brown of brazil nuts for the drapes, which are made of rich silk with bluish green bottom panels to pull in the armoire color. For the ceiling, they pick pasta yellow, which is adjacent to the raisin and brazil nut colors on the color wheel, so it continues the warm color scheme. Because the green armoire is the one cool, dominant feature in the room, other cool-color accessories placed around the room bring balance to the otherwise warm space.
Did You Know? Orange rooms can help aid digestion. Yellow tones encourage self-esteem.