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Aug 08, 2013, 10:26 AM
help my house is all white
My apartment was recently repainted all white. I want to add color everywhere excpet the ceilings. Purple is my favorite color so I want to use that as the primary color. I need help incorporating it into all the rooms without making it too dark. All suggestions welcomed. My furniture is black in the livingroom, dark mahogonany with black accents in the master bedroom, and oak in the other bedroom. The bathroom has beige tiles.

Aug 09, 2013, 07:59 AM
Do you have written permission from the owner to do any painting?
I know if one of my tenets ever painted without permission or painted it anything but a neutral color
I'd be more then upset.
Any really dark color like that is much harder to paint over and takes more steps to cover it.
I would also think a dark painted room with dark furniture would make it pretty dark and uninviting.
Some bright colored drapes, curtains, throw rugs could brighten up and give you some contrast.

Sep 24, 2013, 12:34 PM
Tool Hire
Hi there,

There are numerous ways that you can use to add colour to your house - some of them less invasive than others. For example, adding a few coloured cushions or rugs can transform the place!

I recently wrote a blog post about it. You can find it here:

If you are worried about using too many dark colours, you can also find more information here:

Hope I managed to help! :-)
Sep 24, 2013, 02:56 PM
I'm with Joe. I had to repaint my apartment years ago, the ceilings especially looked like somebody went over them once with a wet roller and never got it close to a paint tray again. I used a much better paint, but went only one shade yellower than the Factory Beige that was on there, and a nice white ceiling to match the building.

showed well 5 years later when I moved across the hall, and they had a good base for the factory stuff. if they could tell the difference, it's the same as cooking infiltration.

since they just painted it for you, they're not going to allow you any leverage. so tack up some serapes, free-in-the-frame art, photos, and use throw rugs, fleeces in diamonds over the chair backs, and white-back insulated drapes to set your tone and scheme. if you walk away and it's institutional-fresh, no problem.

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Sep 27, 2013, 10:39 AM
A trick people used to do in military housing was to cover the walls with fabric, large bed sheets work well. You soak them in liquid starch and apply it to the walls. Then when you're ready to move you wet it and peel it off the walls without any damage. Then you wash the walls and everything is back to normal for the landlord.

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Oct 07, 2013, 07:57 PM
Originally posted by Jack Humpries:
Black for is great color on specially if you have a black furniture and other black stuff cause white and black are perfect combination in a home it is always matter of the light scheme.

All that black sounds like a perfect environment for Count Dracula, Halloween forthcoming or not. (P.S., Jack, don't forget the candles to lend an eerie atmosphere to your black dungeon.)
Apr 03, 2014, 04:09 AM
Bernadette Bowers
Purple is one of the most difficult colors. But designers like to use it because the color can create a very spectacular interiors. Thus it helps to stimulate creative thinking, helps focus, calms nerves, improves mood.
Apr 07, 2014, 09:30 AM
I would also avoid painting the walls and stick to fabrics like curtains and cushions and any other accessories you want to add.
Apr 14, 2014, 08:13 AM
Juana Haw
You should choose a color to paint walls depending on the location of each room. In the south-facing rooms, wall colors may be more intense than in those with windows facing the north side. Walls in the rooms oriented to the north should be painted in bright colors to better reflect the incident sunlight from the window. The southern rooms to be painted in cool colors, for example blue, green, purple. For rooms facing the north , it is better to use shades of warm colors that will create indoor solar atmosphere - pink, yellow, gold , pink , yellow, yellow-green, and so on.