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lulu22's picture

I am planning to paint the walls (and potentially the ceiling) of my living/dining rooms.  The rooms are open to one another and I have vaulted ceilings (16 ft. high).  The rooms get a lot of light and there are quite a few windows.  I would like to get your ideas of paints colours for the walls and/or ceiling.  I am open to painting the ceilings just because they are so high and a colour may add some interest rather than having this giant white area.  I have attached photos of the colours of my leather furniture (navy blue) and the farics that I will be using on the dining room chairs (floral) and toss cushions (floral and geometric).  My floors are espresso hardwood.  Any suggestions you may have, I would love to hear.  I am really stuck on this on....on the one hand white walls may be nice but, then I think that the room gets so much light, it could handle a bit of colour.  These are the first rooms that guests see when they walk in the house so, I would like there to be a "wow" factor!  Thanks for your help.  It's much appreciated!ImageImageImageImageImageImage

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gmcauley's picture

Hello lulu22,

You may want to check out our Editors' Favourite Paint Colours ( or our 10 Best Paint Colours video ( for more ideas. Your question would also be a great fit for our Ask A Designer column. Contact Cameron MacNeil through the AAD page:

Good luck with the painting!

Gwen McAuley (gmcauley at

BKG's picture

I think you should use a colour like natural linen for Benjamin Moore, so the fabrics and leather are more the focal point. I would paint everything the same colour(including the ceiling)

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