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Hi, I've been lurking on this board for a while and decided it was time to "come out" now that I'm facing serious colour issues. Initially I was planning to keep the colour as is (it's a light creamy yellow) but have drifted more towards a dark red to up the cottage feeling this room has. The room will be accented with an old rustic farmers table, in the dining area and two white sofas, that's how far I've come in my planning so far :) I am worried that a dark wall colour will make the room look a lot smaller..
Any advice on colour would be greatly appreciated.
ps. the picture shows only half of the living room.
thanks,
Alex

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Played around with Photoshop, the red doesn't actually look too horrible with the wood. Dekota's advice on going darker might actually look really good against the right shade of red. yay!

Alex

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Thanks to you all for sharing your advice. The trims are a big concern to me, personally I don't like that particular finnish I have right now, I am however iffy about touching them just yet.

About the colour red, I keep changing my mind about it, mostly because I've always been a fan of cooler colours, I've always preferred to add colours in pillows and pictures etc, but now I feel I want a warmer, "older" look b/c I think it suits this house. Terrified of going too country though.. I prefer to think french country style ;) No pine will enter my house :) Testing the colour on the wall first is probably a good idea, and I will definately prime it if I do decide to go with it.
Alex

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AAN - I am going to disagree with the other posters and suggest you go DARKER with the trim, and in fact, either keep them as they are, or paint them out in a darker brown. The reason I say this is because I am getting a very distinct impression you want it to look "Old American Farmhouse" cottage style, and in that vain, I think keeping the "original" look to the wood trim is important. The other suggestion I have is to "antique" your trim either by way of crackling or a light sanding and rubbing a little black paint into that sanded area, and then wiping it off. I think it's going to look amazing. One suggestion if you're going to paint red - use a tinted primer!!!! Please! Or you will be painting forever. Ask your paint store to tint the primer with brown or gray.

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Not at all to discourage you from that colour, because I love it, and think it would look great, but if you haven't used bold colours before, it might be somewhat overwhelming for you.

I just wanted to let you know (incase you didn't already know), that BM sells little tester pots at $3 to $4. Covers 7 sq. ft. I think.

That way you don't have to commit to a whole gallon or more, if you find it's not for you.

But as DecorGirl said, and I agree, it's a wonderful colour.

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Love that colour. Thank you for your suggestion! I will make a bold and never before attempted jump into the world of warm colours.

Alex

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I would love to paint the trims white, for now I think I will have to "suffer" with it the way they are.
Hopefully it won't ruin the effect of red too much...
I lean more towards orangey than pinkish, or perhaps a red with more brown tones in it.
I can't think of any other colours that would fit the room.

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especially if your trim were white. Would you go raspberry (pinkish) red or "blood" (orangish) red?

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I think dark red would be lovely, but I wonder how it would look with your trim. I'm not sure it would really do anything for the trim, unless your were planning to paint the trim a warm white?

Jane Lockhart (spokesperson for Benjamin Moore) always says that, contrary to popular belief, dark colours don't make a room appear smaller, just cozier.

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