How Should We Brighten This Room?

How Should We Brighten This Room?

Aaron Able
Nov 9, 2009

Q: We moved into a new house in Arlington a couple of months ago. Our earth-toned furniture and small rug worked well in our old living room where the moldings were painted white and there was plenty of natural light, but our new living room is darker…

Sent by Barbara

…I don't want to paint the fireplace mantel, but am open to painting anything else. The shelving and seating bench are not original to the house and were probably added in the late 80's. The room is 23' x 13'. We like warm tones and like most of our furniture, except the coffee table.

Any suggestions on how to brighten it up and make it less traditional? Should we paint the moldings, shelves, and seating bench? What color(s) would you suggest?


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