What color to paint my furniture

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My bedroom has dark gray walls and white wainscoating with white trim and doors. The comforter is a light gray with a white design. The table lamps have been painted antique pewter and the shades are white. Have looked at many photos of rooms decorated in white and gray and cannot decide. What color should I paint my end tables?
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  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Aug 08, 2015
    What about a much lighter shade of gray than the walls? I find gray on gray very serene.
    • 861650 861650 on Aug 09, 2015
      @Cynthia H It is Cynthia, and I love the soft contemporary look without being too girly.
  • It depends on whether or not you wish the room to remain monochromatic or use the side tables to add a "pop" of colour/character.... Should you wish a more consistent feel, consider painting the tables white to stand out against your walls and paint the drawer(s) the same colour as the wall. Add a beautiful hit of hardware in the antique pewter found in the lamp. If you are looking for a little bit of contrast, consider cream as shown in picture - it marries beautifully with grey and white. Remember to apply a bit of black somewhere to anchor the room!
  • Kayo Frazier Kayo Frazier on Aug 08, 2015
    Ok, Here's my 2 cents...Why limit yourself to just nightstands? You could look around your home for unusual pieces of furniture that could serve your purpose as a nightstand. Don't know how crafty you are, but you could get a stack of plain hat boxes, then decoupage them w/ scrap paper, OR find 2 steamer trunks OR stack old suitcases paint them w/ a bright color like red, teal, or your favorite color. Hope this helps.
    • 861650 861650 on Aug 09, 2015
      @Kayo Frazier Your info give me great ideas! However, from the floor to the top of the mattress is 31 inches and I have tall lamps on each side.
  • Ellie Ellie on Aug 08, 2015
    Black if you want to stay more monochromatic, but I think you should do something bright, yellow maybe or even red
    • 861650 861650 on Aug 08, 2015
      @Ellie I painted them a gloss black several years ago...a mistake! Now I have sanded them down and thought they would look better with a very soft black in a satin finish. A lot of the photos I viewed had white tables and they were nice looking. I cannot put my finger on it but I could not see white tables in my bedroom.
  • Denise Denise on Aug 09, 2015
    Why not use an accent color to pop, and break up the grey and white? Yellow, red, orange, teal, blue, green, purple???
    • 861650 861650 on Aug 09, 2015
      @Denise What a great idea and I do want a little pop of color in the room. Think I'll find some clothing or towels and drape over the table to see how it would look.
  • MaureenB MaureenB on Aug 09, 2015
    What about marbling or crackle paint in grey/white with a hint of black.
    • 861650 861650 on Aug 09, 2015
      @MaureenB Sounds good. So, what shade of gray should I use? Not sure what color would look better on the bottom, gray or white. And where would the black go. These tables have drawers too and a bottom shelf. I want a soft contempoary look with a little splash of color in the room.
  • Jacalyn Jacalyn on Aug 09, 2015
    I like the pop of color idea. What about coral?
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    • 861650 861650 on Aug 09, 2015
      @Jacalyn Will post when finished but it may be awhile. Refinishing furniture, lamps and deciding on pictures takes awhile. And I am not above painting frames or matting to get the right look, not to mention the pics themselves. I am even faux finishing my alarm clock. Then think about accessories....Anyway, it will be fun!
  • Sherry Fram Sherry Fram on Aug 09, 2015
    I agree with Jacalyn go with the coral. It will look awesome with the gray!
  • Kayo Frazier Kayo Frazier on Aug 09, 2015
    Depending on what you get for decor (steamer trunks standing up) rather than tables. As long as you have room for a alarm clock, tv remote...You should be good. Tuck the lamps behind the trunks or on the side. Each lamp has it's own power. It should work out beautifully.
  • MaureenB MaureenB on Aug 10, 2015
    Hi Karen, I would use white, the a little less lightergreythN the walls & touches of black in the veins of the marbling. If I were using crackle paint I would use two shades of grey & white. The grey would be more of a bluey Grey. Not a black Grey. Hope this helps.
    • 861650 861650 on Aug 10, 2015
      @MaureenB Thank you for your great idea. Now, am going to find websites and pics of crackled furniture. In the past, have done crackle on small projects and I know that there is a big difference between small and large crackle.
  • MaureenB MaureenB on Aug 10, 2015
    Hi Karen. I have done both & they were stunning but in you instance I would do he marbling it is softer. To make use of colour maybe consider it in the linens & curtaining/cushions etc. coral or peach would be great. Another colour that goes well with greys is buttercup yellow. My favourite with greys are grey/burgundy/pink. Good luck with whatever you choose & enjoy doing it. Maybe you can post some pics when you are finish.
    • 861650 861650 on Aug 10, 2015
      @MaureenB You have been so helpful and I sooooo appreciate it. Have decided the accent color will be coral. But I still have to decide on the tables and am not going to rush in to it...Don't want to paint it twice. So, Maureen thanks again and now I'm going to do some more research!
  • MaureenB MaureenB on Aug 10, 2015
    Hi Karen. I have done both & they were stunning but in you instance I would do he marbling it is softer. To make use of colour maybe consider it in the linens & curtaining/cushions etc. coral or peach would be great. Another colour that goes well with greys is buttercup yellow. My favourite with greys are grey/burgundy/pink. Good luck with whatever you choose & enjoy doing it. Maybe you can post some pics when you are finish.
  • Denise Denise on Aug 11, 2015
    Your room sounds beautiful. Would love to see what you come up with!
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