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I have a large, rectangular basement with pinky-beige carpet and--like most basements-low light.  The walls are currently painted in a matching pinky-beige.  Since the basement is used as the kids' play area, computer and TV room, I want to make it as inviting  and fun as possible without painting every wall in Crayola colors.   I also want to make the descent down the stairs  welcoming. The only other color in the room is a deep solid salmon-rose sofa, chair and ottoman, contrasted with a bunch of black pillows filled with pink and green/blue-green jungle imagery. I am thinking of painting the walls on either side of the stairwell in a light blue-green tint to "open up" the cramped feeling of the space, and then the wall at the bottom of the stairs in the deep rose to match the sofa -- the theory being that this bright accent color will visually "shorten" the descent down the stairs. (Paintings have only helped a little.  And I tried a mirror -- all it does is reflect the stair treads.)  How does this sound?  Should I paint the rest of the room in the light green, or will so much green give too much of a restful feel to a lively room?  Or, perhaps paint one other short wall in the rose color to pull the room together?  P.S.  I know yellow will brighten a space, but it would clash royally with the carpet and frankly it's not a favorite shade.

The blue-green is a good option.  It's a 'cool' tone and should be pleasing to your kids.  While it's a cool shade, it really won't put anyone to sleep!  It's earthy, reminiscent of the outdoors, and should coordinate with your carpet.  If you want an accent color, use a darker shade of the same blue-green rather than the deep rose color.  If you want to use the rose color in the space, I'd use it on the descent down the stairway - to visually push the walls out therefore cutting down the exaggeration on the depth of the stairs.  

Use the rose shade in other accessories including throw pillows, coverlets etc.


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