DIY Advice for Cairo Resident?

DIY Advice for Cairo Resident?

Regina Yunghans
Mar 23, 2012

Q: I'm in desperate need of your help! I recently moved into an apartment (rental) in downtown Cairo, Egypt - a stone's throw from the famous Tahrir Square. Whereas the structure of the apartment is beautiful (spacious, high ceilings, wood floors), it's in need of major renovations. Egypt doesn't have a DIY culture, and since I've already spent some serious cash - for a writer, I mean - I'm looking to make some renovations myself, but I'm a DIY newbie. I could really use some advice in regards to modifying/completely changing (in some rooms) the color scheme of the apartment:

I already had the walls repainted a light beige with white trim. But I'm not 100% happy with the dark brown at the bottom as I feel it's too dark. I would ideally like to pull up the boring linoleum, faux wood flooring in the entry way, but I am not sure what colors or treatment would look best.

I'm also looking to makeover the kitchen and bathroom, which are dark and depressing. I was thinking of painting the tiles in both rooms, but once again, I'm not sure about the colors. I'd like for both rooms to be colorful, given the back of natural light, but not white.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be highly appreciated!

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