Painting & Wallpapering/Painting dining room


Hi Barbara,
When I originally moved into my colonial home, my decorator told me to paint the house linen white (Benjamin Moore) and the trims and ceiling white.  I have naturally stained oak wood floors.  My living room has a brown/black lacquered breakfront.  I have a glass coffee table and several dark brown side tables.  My couch and chairs are burgundy/dark green/dark goldish yellow.  I have an off white area rug and two small multi colored oriental rugs.  The room has a northern exposure so it is dark and I would like it to appear brighter.
I find the linen white to be boring and I would like to paint it a little deeper color.  What is your opinion?  Can you suggest a color - I will be using Behr paint.
Thank you.

HI Jackie,
yes the Linen White is as you perceived. Even a Full Spectrum color in a similar lightness is not boring. BUT: yes please try something richer. Maybe even something in Behr (since that is your product of choice) like "Malt," or "Lilac Tan,"  'Hazelnut Cream," or "Sandstone Cliff." It will depend on the other colors of the room and furniture, of course, which would work best.

Test them first. I recommend using Small Wall:

If you really want the room brighter try adding some LED lighting.


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Barbara Jacobs


I am able to answer questions about paint color and wall covering selection (interior and exterior, but in this category it's interior)and, in many cases, decorative ("faux") finishing for many types of surfaces. I can also answer some paint product and application questions but am primarily consulting about paint colors.I can also answer questions about Full Spectrum paints.


My experience as a color consultant is broad and includes a wide variety of color issues. Since 1984, I've been helping clients their very best environments using color as the foundation. My experience includes over 20 years in the field of creating and installing fine decorative finishes, and specifying paint colors.

IACC: International Association of Color Consultants/Designers: member since 1996, accredited since 2000. Historic District Commission: Medfield, Massachusetts

Journal of Architectural Coatings (magazine article, print) Design& - blog for this site (current) 2005 – 2008 2005 Boston Women’s Business Jrnl. Subject of interviews and participation in interviews for other publications. Current: my own blog at

Academia di Belle Arti: Florence, Italy BA: University of Minnesota: focus: painting and printmaking University of California, Berkelely: painting department IACC: International Association of Color Consultants/Designers: Accredited member since 2000

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IACC: international exhibit included four of my color design projects: 2010

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Private clients. I prefer not to include names here, but many testimonials are available for viewing at my web site at the "testimonials" page.

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