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Date: 6/23/12 3:01 PM

At my last house, I had a sewing corner. I have a huge Ikea wall unit with cubbies and an L-shaped desk, all in a brown/black finish. I also have a bookshelf in a natural medium brown. My combo machine looks really good on the table, as it's a Janome 12000 (black and white with a touch of red if you haven't seen it). I'd like to hear your ideas for painting the walls. Black, white and red seem like the obvious choice, but I really prefer more earth-toned colors. I hate to be so plain, but I'm thinking a khaki would be perfect. Green is my favorite color; almost any shade will do. So what would you do?

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Date: 6/23/12 4:34 PM



PINK looks good with everything..

Go to Lowes.. have them make you up some sample jars. I think they are 2 bucks apiece.. put them here and there on the walls and see what you like the most.. You can always color block the walls. using one color on one wall. and another on the rest .. that allows you to use a strong shade without overwhelming the room..

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Date: 6/23/12 8:42 PM

What about stripes? You can go horizontal to make the room seem larger, or vertical - either way I think it would looks very cool! And you could vary the sizes of the stripes for added effect!

I agree that you should get some samples and try them out on the walls. Just because your furniture is black & brown doesn't mean the walls have to be! If you like earth tones, then paint the wall earth tones. Try a khaki with stripes of green and then put green accents and maybe pick one other color (orange anyone?) for a pop of color here and there!

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Date: 6/24/12 6:09 AM

I have a sewing corner in my lr with a brown/black Ikea desk, white sm, and lots of red, black,and white accessories. My living room is painted willow green, with furniture the same colors as the sewing area, plus a dark brown. (The living room was decorated before I ventured back to sewing.) I love the colors! Good luck and have fun decorating!

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Date: 6/24/12 7:36 AM

Is the room dark or are there lots of windows? I see you are in VA--when I lived in MD, I had a nice light khaki called 'white down' in one room and 'alabaster' in another, and white blush in the hallway--all by Ben.Moore. They were light, warm and neutral. Right now, I am loving 'antique yellow'--I have it in 2 rooms and they look very different but very warm. I would paint any color you want and then make machine covers in a cute print!

There seems to be new books and magazines about sewing spaces. I hope you post pics of your new space. You are inspiring me to redo my sewing/guest room. It was my daughter's old room and painted in a garish blue and I feel like I am in a fish tank when I am in there! I'd like to go for a French country/shabby chic look....

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Date: 6/24/12 8:00 AM

@Changma: The last room I had my sewing stuff in was painted a color called 'Crocodile Tears'. I really loved it and was considering using that again, as I just discovered that they still make that color.

@KensingtonCrab: The room I put everything in is a bedroom upstairs. It has a vaulted ceiling and two huge windows, so lots of light. That's one of the things we love about this house. The people that lived here definitely had a thing for blue! Maybe that's why I'm having such trouble-blue is my least favorite decorating color, and this room is - tada! Light blue!

Maybe today I'll take some pics of the room as it is. If I do, I'll definitely post some afters, just not sure when that 'after' will occur. Thanks for the replies, I'll keep checking back!

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Date: 6/24/12 8:11 AM

Have you seen a couloir called "grey pebble" made by Dulux? It's a very nice neutral. Although it's not a green it goes very well with the Ikea brown/black furniture, whites and reds. I'm wondering if this colour would be worth a look?

You could probably add any colour to this as an accent.

Sue

PS. My favourite colour is also green!
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Date: 6/24/12 3:16 PM

I think the khaki colour would be great with what you describe. Also of khaki colours have a green undertone as well so you can get both with one colour!

One thing I learned the hard way (and in subsequent home decor courses) pick a colour that will work with your floors. A lot of people think that beige or hardwood is automatically "neutral" but that doesn't mean it doesn't have an undertone of red, yellow, green.. whatever. For example, I have light hardwood floors (red oak) that give off a marmalade glow. I kept trying to paint with colours that have a pink undertone...... It just never looked right or felt right.

Benjamin Moore has some beautiful khaki colours and where I live anyway certain of their colours come in these gigantic paint chips - about $5.00 each. It's wonderful because you can move the chip around on different walls to see how the light will work with that colour and at different times of the day. And - you don't have to live with the stripes either painted on your walls.

But if they don't have that in your area, most companies now sell little sampler pots. If you can find a small peice of drywall, or even heavy construction paper that comes in large peices - you can paint those instead and move them around. Bear in mind than when you look at these chips the colour you have on your walls now will impact how your eye sees the colour you are considering. So another good tip I picked up somewhere is if you can have the sample colour surrounded by a large white or black border then you will see the colour you are considering much more clearly than if it is next to an existing wall colour.

IMHO - the red, black and white - it can be beautiful but because they are all fairly strong colours so you may get tired of it rather quickly. You may find the khaki/neutral is much more calming and relaxing. My sister painted her family room - fairly similar to what you describe - high ceilings, skylights in BM's Quincy Tan - a khaki. She has a red accent and a wall and brown furniture. Her trim is slightly off white. It is just stunning and a very peaceful place to hang out.

Good luck and have fun.

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