I hate the colors in this room (but husband loves it). The top is light taupe and the bottom is dark hunter green. His favorite is the pink carpet. This is the first room our guests see and it is embarrassing. It feels very dated. We're on the verge of compromise, which is I can change the wall colors but we get NEW pink carpet. Oh, he also loves the cherry wood chair rails and prefers the 2 different colors. What colors would you go with on the walls? I would love to have 1 subtle color, but how would that look with cherry wood chair rails? What would you do here? Thanks for your help!
I don't believe it. I really don't believe that your husband LIKES that carpet. I think perhaps, intead, he has issues with change. Did his parents move too frequently when he was a child? Was his dad in the military?
Here are some books with some ideas on how to better deal with change. Now- I haven't read the books, but my gut says that they would tell you to update your carpet. ;-)
- Your carpet color is horrible. It needs to be neutral. Go beige. (or better yet- go hardwood)
- Your two tone look is not good. You have a very contemporary vaulted ceiling. I would lose the chair rail altogether.
- The cherry makes it all look old and dated. I'd go with a crisp white. You have the lower window framed in, but not the upper window. Curved windows can be framed- the upper windows should be framed also. It looks awkward to not have it finished the same. It's like having a two layer cake and only frosting the bottom layer. It is unfinished.
You were right when you suggested one subtle color. You were right when you said the pink carpet is dated. (not only dated, but it was a bad choice even 30 years ago...) What he is suggesting is a bad financial move- it is decreasing the value of your home. Try that angle.
For the record- I love decorating with pink. It just doesn't belong in wall to wall carpet. Want to stick with pink and green- great- just jump into this century:
(photo from Beach House Style)
BTW- Tatia, if you didn't read my post on negative space- you should...