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I have a lot of old antique furniture with rich dark browns. I recently purchased a off-white leather sofa to give the room a little bit of a mix and purchase TV console in and espresso finish.

I pick a color to go on my walls that I thought would come out much lighter however when the paint dried it look more like a mocha color giving the room a much more closed in feeling to me. I like the color just wish it was lighter. I tend to play it safe by pick neutral colors is that the best way to go?


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You're absolutely correct in thinking that neutral is best.  You probably just selected the wrong "hue" (shade) value for the walls.  Here's a great color - I've literally shared it with the world and haven't gotten so much as ONE negative reaction - "Toasty Grey" by Glidden.  It's a beautiful neutral and dries as a true taupe.  By combining the grey shade with a touch of brown, it's a clear winner and I think you will love it.  

Glidden has an online site ( where you can view the color; Home Depot and Glidden paint stores carry the brand.

Best of luck!
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