Message Boards

Guidelines

  • Please be sure posts are category appropriate.
  • No off-topic or off-color postings.
  • Postings may be deleted at the discretion of HGTV Moderators.
  • No advertising is allowed.
  • Be Nice. No name calling, personal attacks or flaming.
  • Certain words will trigger moderation of the post. These words mostly cover political and religious topics, which are OFF the topics covered by HGTV.
  • For general message board help, click the tab labeled "Tools," and choose "Help" from the dropdown menu.
Full Guidelines

  HGTV.com
  HGTV Message Boards
Hop To Forum Categories   Decorating
Hop To Forums   Colors
  Colors for new home
Go
New
Find
Notify
Tools
Reply
  
Colors for new home Sign In/Join 
posted
We are moving into our new home at the end of August. I'm uninspired as far as colors! The furniture in the photos is the previous owners stuff-- NOT ours. We have a white slipcover and chair to go in the upstairs family room (next to the dining room). I'll get new pillows depending on what colors I do for the house. We are getting a new dining room table and furniture for the living room (the one with the fireplace).

Suggestions welcome!!!
http://images.homeswing.com/J/...4_2339.jpg?size=full

http://images.homeswing.com/J/...6_2339.jpg?size=full

http://images.homeswing.com/J/...8_2339.jpg?size=full

http://images.homeswing.com/J/...9_2339.jpg?size=full

http://images.homeswing.com/J/...0_2339.jpg?size=full

http://images.homeswing.com/J/...1_2339.jpg?size=full

http://images.homeswing.com/J/...2_2339.jpg?size=full

http://images.homeswing.com/J/...3_2339.jpg?size=full

http://images.homeswing.com/J/...4_2339.jpg?size=full

http://images.homeswing.com/J/...5_2339.jpg?size=full
 
Posts: 3 | Registered: Jul 29, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
posted Hide Post
Nice bones to work with. I particularly like the Family Room with the fireplace.
You have a clean slate. Just choose the colors that speak to you and go from there. Don't be afraid. The worst you can do is make a mistake or two. We've all been there. It's part of the process. Just have fun along the way and ... "welcome to the neighborhood!"
 
Posts: 1594 | Registered: Jun 23, 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
posted Hide Post
I guess the oak trim throws me off. We had white trim in my last house and I invisioned having it again! I planned on doing blue/grey walls with the white trim and our white sofa. But, I don't invision that working well with the oak.

I'm thinking more neutrals.
 
Posts: 3 | Registered: Jul 29, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
posted Hide Post
I don't believe you need to limit yourself to traditional neutrals. Light blue and/or blue-grey would work well with the oak and white, IMHO. Sometimes blue is considered a subs. neutral.

Before you paint, I suggest starting with fabrics or other inspiration items. I'd grab a sample of the oak trim and any other hardwoods or fixed colors and take them along to shop for a patterned rug and/or drapery panels or other fabrics.

If/when you select a fabric combining all your desired colors, you can easily use that to match your paint.

Good Luck!
 
Posts: 487 | Registered: Dec 15, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
posted Hide Post
What makes you think you have to stick with the oak trim? Why not just do it all white like before? You seem to like it better, so there's a start for a preference in color.
Your choice of blue-grey, which you seem to also prefer, will go great with it.
 
Posts: 1594 | Registered: Jun 23, 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
posted Hide Post
I had the same thought, Sun, when I was posting earlier but assumed you'd already made the decision to stick with the oak.

One thing about projects - it doesn't always have to be all or nothing. For example, if you wanted a more formal look in one room, say with your white couches, you could paint out the trim in that room, assuming it doesn't interfere with the flow to/from adjoining rooms.

Or, you could work on a room at a time. That way, either 1 room only or a room at a time, it isn't such a daunting, overwhelming project.

Good Luck!
 
Posts: 487 | Registered: Dec 15, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
posted Hide Post
I'm sorry, I must have worded that funny. We ARE sticking with the oak. I meant that I thought the house we'd find and buy would have white trim. Smile I'm not planning on painting the oak, I think it fits the home well, doesn't it?

I haven't seen any pictures of the grey/blue color with oak trim that I really like. So I'll probably forget that idea and do something else.
 
Posts: 3 | Registered: Jul 29, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
posted Hide Post
I believe your color combination would be terrific with the oak. Don't know how you're searching but I would use the terms blue, grey and brown/beige/tan, i.e. whatever general brown most closely approximates your oak.

If you need to kickstart your inspiration, you might try taking a sample of the oak and your paint chips plus any other fixed color choices and visit a fabric store to find an inspiration print or stripe. Or, visit your local accessories boutique. Just to get a few ideas.

You can do it - even without a room inspiration photo. AYK, many people around here will help, too.

Good Luck!
 
Posts: 487 | Registered: Dec 15, 2011Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Picture of sjf
posted Hide Post
unless you have some time line, are you really in a hurry to paint, before living in it?

it took us a period of time to find which rooms needed lighter colors to compensate for no light, ect...
 
Posts: 8538 | Location: se mi | Registered: Sep 25, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
posted Hide Post
Hope i can help you, i would suggest you to go with light shades for paints and you can select the curtains and pillows as per the paint and furnitures in your home,you can make use of curtainsandcurtains.com for better ideas


 
Posts: 18 | Registered: Aug 13, 2013Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Picture of Froo Froo
posted Hide Post
Classic blank canvas before you. The lighting in your spaces plays an important role in your wall color choices, but blues and greens generally compliment oak. Your oak appears more brown the golden which is even more flexible.

To determine your public space scheme you need a printed source such as a rug, upholstery, window fabric. The print should evoke the feel you seek in colors that appeal to you and suit your home. Once found, you can opt to vary color predominance's, hue values, print mixes, textures from room to room. You can even keep some monochromatic, add some white and black, and/or add accents.

Begin with a file/notebook or story board. At first, this reference can contain things that you are drawn to from furniture styles to room layouts, to colors and print mixes, to the feel you wish to convey. As you shop, have on hand room sizes, doorway clearances, photos. Obtain fabric swatches, tile samples (if applicable), paint chips, carpet fibers, etc. to add to your file. These references will help you to see the big picture and serve as a handy guide as you progress.

It is frequently advisable to live in new spaces for a time to study the light. It is also advisable to take the painting, decorating and especially, accessorizing slowly. Resist eagerness to feather you new nest in haste. Work on one room at a time while projecting onto adjoining spaces for a noticeable degree of flow.

Though this home has "good bones" and tons of potential, I noted the previous homeowner didn't stray much from a consistent brown palette. You need not follow suit due to the oak (or the brick). Also, don't overlook the importance of lighting throughout.

Blessings in your new home.
 
Posts: 18694 | Location: Right here, duh! ;) | Registered: Nov 03, 2005Reply With QuoteReport This Post
  Powered by Social Strata  
 

HGTV.com    HGTV Message Boards  Hop To Forum Categories  Decorating  Hop To Forums  Colors    Colors for new home