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Old 09-20-2009, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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I'm trying to add interest to large foyer when you first enter front door/lr and halls all white...--Its a large wood and railed staircase going up and down, what colors does anyone think? I read coral is popular, but not sure if this may be too much. Thanks for any ideas.
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Old 09-20-2009, 02:00 PM
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Location: the west side of "paradise"
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Wow! If there ever was a broad question, this is it. LOL!
Pics mean everything in answering, or trying to.
What family of colors do you like?
What are the other rooms that open to it?
What kind of lighting does the room have? Low? North, south, east, west. Any natural light at all?
What color or shade is the natural wood?
What is the flooring? Stairs? Railings?
Is there any furniture in the room? What texture? Upholstery? Colors?
What effect do you want to create? Cool? Warm?
What is your style in the rest of the home? Contemporary,.....?
Do you like pastels, or earth tones, or primary colors?
Many more things to judge before comments can be made. You see?

Coral can mean alot of things from more pinkish to orangy. I like that family of colors and find it flattering. And many other colors go with it, but, need help with the above first.
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Well I don't have a pic right now, its just a huge entry, dark wood floors, no color at all, the house is traditional but - need some color: my concern is if the house is on market will people hate coral? It is boring white right now...the LR is sage green and white, mostly neutral.
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Old 09-20-2009, 04:43 PM
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Thanks for the rep.
If you're getting ready to sell, leave it alone. Let the buyer use his imagination, criticize you and pay the big $$ anyway, thinking you didn't deserve it, or do the best with it. Let them imagine the posibilities.
Neutral is what every realtor hopes for for that reason.
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Old 09-20-2009, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Hudson, OH
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Right now, no-color seems boring, but adding obvious color isn't the only solution to perking up a dreary room. What I'm trying to say is that maybe your foyer and halls are only lacking definition because the no-color walls fail to enhance what you got. For example, going just a bit deeper with a subtle, non-descript shade of wheaty-beige on the walls might be all that's needed to add contrast and make your wood floors, baseboards and white millwork stand out.

Also, I'm not sure if you are selling this house or not. If it currently isn't on the market, then paint the walls whatever makes you happy. Love the space you're in now. When it's time to sell, repaint it to suit a generic buyer.
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Old 09-20-2009, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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Our 1 1/2 cape cod foyer is painted Benjamin Moore's Shaker Beige - one of my favorite neutral colors that works in any decor. I have 19th century dark framed etchings stacked along the walls, a long old mahogany flip-top game table and contemporary metal lamp, a blue and white china umbrella stand next to the door, and a good sized thick wool rug (beiges, muted golds and greens and touches of dark red & dark blue) in front of the door and leaded side windows, rather industrial looking carpet going up the stairs in muted golds and dark beiges and a transitional antiqued bronze chandelier. Walnut staircase and bannister. Thick off white dentil moldings and trim. Shaker beige is a great color.
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Old 09-21-2009, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Just tried to download pic on blkberry, not sure why it won't download...oh well, the shaker beige looks nice, I like the white accents on the wall....I still sort of was wondering about a more daring color, not bright coral but maybe muted....no pink, more earth tone, along the lines of terracotta?
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Old 09-21-2009, 05:03 PM
 
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If you're getting ready to sell, leave it alone. Let the buyer use his imagination, criticize you and pay the big $$ anyway, thinking you didn't deserve it, or do the best with it. Let them imagine the posibilities.
Neutral is what every realtor hopes for for that reason.
I agree. If you paint the space "coral" some buyer will complain that it is too bright. If you paint it beige, another buyer will complain that the space is too dark (or drab or dreary). It's the Goldilocks syndrome.

If you are ready to go on the market, and you really feel the need to punch up the space, buy a nice, large, but somewhat generic (no nudes, no political or religious statements) piece of art and hang it in the space.

If you are timid about buying art, what about a large mirror in a fabulous frame? If you have the space add a great little entry-table (a place to toss keys and mail---buyers love that), a small chair and a distinctive umbrella stand.

Some of the professionals over in the RE forum may have some other ideas.

Good luck.
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Old 09-23-2009, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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Thanks, the mirror is a nice idea, trying to add some character. Lol,in my area I guess I won't hang any abstract art...Its true about color, my neighbor painted her formal dining room a deep red, it looks nice... but I remember my first thought being, Jeez how would you over paint over that?!!
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Old 09-23-2009, 01:28 PM
 
Location: CT
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I just used the behr paint and primer in one 'mushroom bisque' it came out really nice and neutral.
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