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Hi. I am renting an entire house.  The first floor opens into the living room which has a huge double window that looks out onto the street. Then there is a pocket door that leads into the living room. The problem is that both rooms have maroon carpet.  In the living room, there is also a huge working fireplace but the brick is hideous but the wood is beautiful.
We are renting so there is not a lot we can do with this carpet. How do we decorate around it? We want to start with wall color. What can we use with maroon carpet that combines 2 rooms that we want ot be separate and distinct spaces?

Thanks for writing and for your question.  The first thing I'd do is purchase two area rugs that will "cover" most of the carpet, allowing only the edges to remain "maroon".  

As for wall color, you can use a soft green, (red/green are color opposites so they work well together) or a shade of grey.  You could use a lighter shade of the maroon, but I don't think that would make you any happier!  

You may want to make one room a darker or lighter shade of the same color, or use two distinctly different colors.  

If you find a room-sized rug, you can also take a color cue from that.  If the color is in there, you can use it for the walls.  

Whatever you opt to do, remember that you have to consider the carpet as ONLY one color in your overall color scheme.  Black and silver accents go great with maroon as well as white.


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