I’ve thought over what folks have said about my 3 br apt at
and I’ve decided to paint at least the night stands, and probably eventually the bed frames.
My experiment with staining them to match the woodwork didn’t work well because the trim is all old growth straight grain Douglas Fir, which is really reddish, and the IKEA furniture, which I bought unpainted, is pine which is much lighter in color and doesn’t absorb much of the stain.
After testing Sherwin-Williams urethane enamel on a kitchen cabinet, I decided to use that on IKEA stuff, but what colors? I am NOT one of those folks that knows which colors work well together, and anyone I know who does is a professional designer that I can’t afford.
Please take a look at my pix. So far, these are the existing main colors in my decor:
- Gray stained fir trim with reddish grain
- Gold colored red oak flooring
- Navy blue duvet covers and curtains
- Neutral gray carpet
- White walls (that gray was an experiment, and I’ll be changing them back to white)
I would like the accent colors for each room to be different enough that it’s obvious that it’s not the same as the other rooms, but I don’t want them to be overwhelming. I would prefer darker or more solid colors for furniture because scratches or marks aren’t as obvious. Since a satin finish is easiest to maintain, I need to account for the difference in apparent saturation between that and a glossy finish.
If you have a color idea, please go to
and click on “add a color” to pick the color, then send me the resulting color number or color name so I can find the right chip at the store to compare. I can take woodwork and flooring samples with me, along with a pillow sham that matches the duvet covers.
Thanks, friends, for your help. I look forward to your input.