Color Clash Help?

Color Clash Help?

Gregory Han
Aug 17, 2009

Q - My husband and I are about to move apartments. You can see from the photos of our new place that the living/dining area has a green wall running down one side. The kitchen in the corner has red/pink marble bench tops. The carpet is cream. The furniture shown is not ours and won't be there when we move in. We move house quite a bit (thanks to the military) so we have a bit of a mish-mash of furniture styles and rarely manage to get a cohesive look together since we're always in rentals of different styles (and we procrastinate!). Our sofas are charcoal and our dining setting is a fairly dark wood...

Our entertainment unit and coffee table are also a dark wood. I have a couple of big antique maps in pale gold frames that I'd like to hang on the coloured wall. I personally can't stand the colour of the green wall. I think it clashes with the marble (which is more red and less pink than in the picture) and I also think it clashes with the view - even though most people would probably say that plants/trees go with everything.

We're going to ask the landlords to paint that one wall but I'm not sure what colour to ask for. I'd like something that makes the room look pulled together, definitely not white or cream. I think I'd like a grey or charcoal wall, which would really help our maps and other artwork stand out but I'm not sure if it would be too much to have the longest wall in a dark colour, and whether it would look wrong with our charcoal sofas. I'd really appreciate any suggestions because I'm one of those people that loves reading Apartment Therapy but has no talent in decorating!

Sent by Louise

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