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Hi, I have chosen a mahogay laminate for cabinets and an "earthstone" laminate for countertops.  This is for a doctor's office with a very sunny waiting room but sunless exam rooms.  I would like to use cool complimentary colors to create a serene environment, and need help choosing  paint and carpet colors.  What would you suggest?   
The laminate sample colors can be seen at these links:

Hi Elizabeth

If you have a look at a color wheel like the one here
you can see that the rich red/brown of your cabinets is opposite a number of shades of green.

If you are going for a light, calming look I would suggest something like Behr's 'Kiwi Squeeze' would be good giving you enough strength of color but still being light.

I would imagine that your floor would have to deal with quite high traffic so you would probably be best to go for a dark hard wearing office carpet - probably in a dark brown shade to go with the cabinets or possibly a dark green if there is one available.

Another option for the walls would be something like Behr's 'Whispering Peach' which would really bring out the colour in your work tops but you may find this shade a bit warm.

Kind regards


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