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My living room is open with tongue and groove knotty pine vaulted ceiling.  My carpet is light and I have off white on the walls.  My furniture is comfortable brown leather.  I have sage green as an accent, but don't want it as a wall color.  I am having troubles deciding on a wall color.  Please help!

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Hi Carrie

If it was my room I would paint three of the four walls a light colour.  White or cream would be OK but I would be more likely to choose something that matched the carpet which is probably a bit warmer.

I would then look for a fabric that included the colours that are already in the room - brown and sage - and one other colour that I really liked.

Something like this appeals to me:

http://www.fabric.com/home-decor-fabric-just-arrived-home-decorating-fabric-amy-

I would pick out a shade of blue that I like from that fabric and paint the fourth wall that colour.  I would make a couple of throw pillows for the sofa in that fabric and also make a cheap, quick and easy wall panel to go on one of the pale walls:

http://www.decorating-vacation-property-for-profit.com/Textile_Art.html

If I could find a plain fabric in the same lovely shade of blue I would add another couple of cushions or pillows in that fabric:

http://www.decorating-vacation-property-for-profit.com/do_it_yourself_cushion_co

Obviously this fabric may not be to your taste at all but it is just to illustrate the point.

Kind regards

Andrea

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