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i have a smallish family room with 8 foot ceilings.  there are 3 glass doors in the room so it has a lot of light throughout the day.  i really want to find a red color to use but i can't find the perfect one.

is there a way to work with white molding (ie..  thicker molding around doors and baseboard, or chair rails or wainscoting) to offset the strong color and keep the room from being overpowering.  the effect i'm looking for  is homey and traditional rather than modern and striking.

i keep finding behr's lipstick color just perfect on the color card but i have a feeling it might be very bright in large quantities and not at all what i'm looking for.  why i don't just buy a gallon and try it out?  because i have 2 small children and a whole house to try to decorate (we recently moved in) and i just can't keep repainting... it's already taken us 4 months just to finish drywalling a leaky mess.

i would appreciate any advice you could give me!

The color you see on the Behr swatch is about 99.9% accurate in how it will appear on the wall.  You can certainly use the color in the family room, and a great way to break up the red is with moldings.  Paint them a crisp white for some great contrast.  Add some pale shades of green (celery, sage etc.) as accessory pieces and your room will be comfy and cozy.


PS:  If you like the color - go for it.  If you're still afraid, look at a more cranberry shade of red.  And, look at other colors on the same Behr swatch.  They're all derivatives of the same base red.  

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