Decorating & Furniture/wall color

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I have stone colored furniture and a wedgewood blue carpet
in my living room.  I want to paint the walls, but not sure what color to use.  Right now the walls are cream color and my room is small 11'x14'.  Any ideas?

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Hi Marcia

What sort of look are you going for?

In a small room you don't want to add too much in the way of colour as it could be a bit overpowering and make the room appear small.

Stone, wedgewood blue and cream could form the basis of a very elegant room colour scheme and if elegant is what you are aiming for you are on the right track.

It could be a little cold though - are you hoping to warm the room up a bit?  Or give it a more contemporary look?

If that is you intention I suggest you throw something bright into the mix - bright blue, shocking pink or lime green for example.

Keeping the furniture and carpet you already have, you simply need to find a fabric that includes one, or better still both, of your colours and brings in a third colour.  Something like one of these might be good:

http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=11c1f0f1-e880-4988-81a8-7b05e

http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=6bd0fc84-03fb-4e0d-837e-281cb

http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=7eb15d8e-99c9-4e2e-8d15-fb54b

http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=e217546a-c66f-44e7-8c06-a48fd

Use the fabric to make a couple of cushions or pillows for the sofa:

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

or a wall panel:

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

I would also suggest you use pick one of the colours - the blue for example - and paint one wall in that colour which will give you colour and impact without making the room seem small.

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

Kind regards,

Andrea

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