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All the pretty colors....

So does anyone have any suggestions on how to figure out color schemes for a house?

I'm officially tired of white walls and the new house has a few.... ummm... interesting wall colors aside from white that I'd like to get rid of (a pink room is tops of that list ;). I'm going for a look along the lines of classical and refined meets spooky and quirky. I want it to look normal-ish (but stylish) at first glance but with lots of potentially odd/unsettling details thrown into the mix.

Unfortunately most of the home improvement places have fairly generic "pastel", "country", "french", etc... type colors and decors and none of them really do anything for me. Modern sometimes looks interesting, but it's often lacking in a style that I like. I've got a few color ideas, but I was hoping to find someplace(s) that had interesting color schemes etc... that I could crib off of. I'm not so sure that I'm ready to dive into the wonderful world of paint chips just yet :).

Suggestions and comments will be quite welcome...


Here's a bit hint. If it says Martha Stewart on it? RUN!

I've always loved bold colors and lighter woods... greens, deep blues, etc.

My one hint? Don't get one of the 6 shades of glaring white for the ceilings. A tint of the room color (ie, the room is navy, get a shot of blue added to it) will really help get rid of that HELLO CEILING look.

I'll second that whole buy a quart thing. I buy the smallest i can, paint a wall... and wait. see how it dries, see how it is at night, etc. I often love a color in the day light, and then at night, decide that I hate it.

Gonna paint the bedroom red?
Interesting point. I hadn't really thought about the ceilings too much.

The house has pretty high ceilings so they end up somewhat out of the way/sight. Still though, I should think about what I want to do with them at some point. Well besides ripping off the acoustical crap (a/k/a cottage cheese) on some of them.

Funny you should mention MS, but while her style may be horrible, I've actually seen a couple shows (late at night while I was searching for info-mercials ;-p) that had some useful technical tips. One that stuck out was using old wire spools for wrapping up x-mas lights. It's basically copying what electricians tend to do when they do a big wiring job, but so far that's the only place that I've seen that suggestion made. Definitely not going to go with any MS-approved style though. That would just be too scary