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My husband has a small, 10x12 office room in our home with a 5x8 rug over hardwoods. The rug background color is a pale, greenish-yellowish-cream (the best way to describe it!). It also has deep gray-greens, a deep copper, and brick-red in it. Two upholstered chairs in the room share the deeper gray-green, the deep copper and brick-red colors.  Although the primary color that telegraphs from the chairs is a maroon and brick red, they also have a definite lighter gold-wheat-straw running through the fabric. I would like to use this latter color on the walls to liven, brighten and add a sunnier aspect to the room, but I feel it will clash with the background color of the rug.  And since it doesn't match any color in the rug at all, I feel the rug will suddenly become an "also-ran" in the room that doesn't seem to fit. I have tried a deep, soft gray-green to accent the entry door wall and both sides of the back window, and the color is an awesome match and we love it; but my husband feels if we paint all four walls in that color the room will be too dark (I agree). Plus, I think an all-green room with little light could become depressing. I also tried a greeny-yellow-cream color, to match the rug background color, on two walls but it comes across way to acidic and makes the room feel yucky; plus it doesn't go with the chairs at all!. What do you suggest for my wall colors? THANKS!!!

It sounds as though you should use your "gray-green" accent as just that, and paint the other walls in a taupe.  My favorite is a shade similar to your description of "wheat-straw" without the gold and it's a Glidden color named "Toasty Grey".  It isn't grey at all, but more of a "greyed down" version of toast.  Check it out.  It makes a wonderful neutral and allows other colors to take precedence.  


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