How do I choose a paint color that will compliment light cocoa walls?


Seek a paint Color for dining, Family ,small sunroom and hall-- A color compatable w/ Light cocoa adjacent Kitchen ?Furniture coming earthtones. Considering a color between Cocoa and Darker brown shade, but husbandthinks a cross between a Plum and Brown may add contrast and life to the monotone colors.Any color ideas?

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  • Molly Anmar Molly Anmar on Nov 12, 2018

    If I were in your shoes, I'd pick one of the colors you like the best out of your furniture and go with the very lightest version of that color. Use the cocoa/dark brown/plum colors as accent pieces (like pillows or knicknacks).

  • Shore grandmom Shore grandmom on Nov 12, 2018

    Go to paint store and get color paint cards in colors that you like and a few out of the box ones. Tape them on the walls then look at them at different times of day and in different kinds of weather. Colors will change with lighting. Darker colors will make a hall really dark. After you pick a few colors possibilities, get sample pints and paint them on the walls and do the same thing you did with the cards until you choose the one you want.

  • Dwp7470b Dwp7470b on Nov 13, 2018

    Dining Rooms alike Kitchens should be of a Color you find in your Spice Rack. Already having Cocoa Brown Dominant limits you to a Decreased color Palette involving intensity of that Dominance


    Dark Cocoa Brown=Antique Gray+Red+Yellow+Blue2

    Cocoa Brown=Light Antique Gray+Red+Yellow+Blue2


    Which mix in:


    Antique Gray=Black + Antique White or Vanilla

    Light Antique Gray=Gray + Antique White or Vanilla


    So, I agree very limitedly with other respondents that say: 'you should get Color Cards and May tend to desire a Darker Hue':


    A. You have Options, aplenty, but not the beyond 16 Million that you get with white, gray or black.

    B. The Human Mind percieves a Color Matching and to a great degree, the reason why Matching even Occurs is: A Color Match uses at least two Elements of the Dominant Color, and the Mind percieves that as a Match.

    C. Darker hues are only for Saving Monies, because Buckets with Saran Wrap are Cheap at a Place Like Dollar Tree for a $1, so, the actual Darkness of that Color when you apply it, is Best To Modify by yourself at home, mixing in that Dark Custom Color into a Lesser Cost White, Antique White, Antique Gray (see above) or Light Antique Gray.

    D. Mismatch or Clash will exchange Blue1 where should have instead been Blue2 alike


    Hazy Aquamarine=(Yellow+Blue2)+Blue1+Hints of Gray


    Differs much from the More Green Dominant


    Antique Mint Julep=Antique Gray + Blue2


    E. What May go well limitedly with Tan or Beige due to Yellow+Gray in those Elements looking like Sand on a Beach, without an Introduced Sand Element those colors against a Cocoa Brown much less matches than


    Antique Beige=Gray+Light Pink+Antique White (or Vanilla)

    Antique Cinammon=Antique Gray+Red+Vanilla


    Or just plain: White or Vanilla.


    So basically when you select those color cards, you look at the Lighter Colored Colors for How it Will look after mixing it into White to Stretch that pigment Far, but you purchase the Much Darker Version with 3 Gallons of White.

  • Within the Grove Within the Grove on Nov 13, 2018

    Try finding your cocoa paint color on a paint website, for example Sherwin Williams. Once you find a color very similar to yours, see what other colors the website pairs with it. This can help you decide what you do and don't like. Also what will and won't work as a color combo.