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Colour Advice please!

Our open concept living room/dining room has golden varethaned beadboard wainscotting. I really dislike the colour of it but my hubby likes to see the woodgrain. I find that there are too many colours and textures in the room and would like to paint/stain the wainscot to blend in with the walls. What do you think? What could I use to whiten the wainscot but still be able to see the wood grain?

  • Jcraw
    Jcraw Collingswood, NJ
    Yesterday

    I’d “whitewash” with one of the darker tans in your barn door.

  • Sharon
    Sharon Florence, OR
    Yesterday

    Way too many unrelated patterned items, the checked rug, the plaid throw on the rocking chair, the red flowered chair covers, the hawaiian lamp shades. The green table cloth doesn't add much to the mix. I would pick 1 print, and then pick up the colors in the print to use on other items like the lampshades, table cloth, area rug, chair covers, throw.
    Is there some reason you can't wall mount the TV which we can't see on the wall, so you can move the couch back centered between the little windows? Those wall mounts can swivel anyway you want them.
    Only way to have grain show and white wash the wainscoting, is to strip or sand off the yellowed varnish.... then do a cream wash on the wood with 50% paint and water.

  • Nancy Turner
    Nancy Turner Rochester, MN
    Yesterday

    The wainscoting seems to match the floors in the pictures and looks fine to me. It is like Sharon said, you may have too many patterns and colors going on in the rooms and they need to be brought together more with things that go better together. I would also paint the barn doors to match the walls to eliminate another color.

  • Mogie5757
    Mogie5757
    Yesterday

    Room is too busy. Too much going on. You want it to be soothing and relaxing. I would paint the wainscoting to match the walls and do away with all buy one pattern. A few splashes of your accent color would be nice too (perhaps in the throw pillows and afghan).

  • Joanna Smith
    Joanna Smith Chatham, NY
    Yesterday

    I would stain the barn doors to match the bead-board, so you have fewer wood colors than you do now. I agree with cutting down on the patterns and using coordinating solids instead. Also, the rug is way too small for the room, ( need a nice braided or Oriental with the reds and creams, at least 8x10), and the windows could use some warm, solid drapes in the deep red color. You have nice things and the right idea, just need to pull it together a little. I have been exactly where you are right now, and believe me, it will all work out in the end!

  • Aljosjer
    Aljosjer
    Yesterday

    I agree that you could whitewash the wainscoting to lighten the color. To whitewash, just mix white paint and water. I watch a lot of Home and Garden TV and they say that we can mix prints (2 different sizes of plaids with a floral in same color family). I like what you have but I do think a bigger rug would help. The front legs of your furniture should sit on the rug. I hope this helps you. ps Love the barn doors.

  • Fiddledd224
    Fiddledd224 Sewell, NJ
    40 minutes ago

    I don't think the color of the wainscoating is the problem. It is that you have too many other colors in the room. Use the following to guide you: 60% of the room should be a base/neutral color (beiges/tans in your case), 30% should be a complementary color (use the rug to pick the second color) and 10% should be an accent color (the red?) I would get rid of the greens and your room should be warm and inviting.

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