Paint Color Advice to Coordinate With Dark Salmon Accent Wall Color

I recently got married and my husband and I have moved into a house and have been remodeling it. We have already fixed up the kitchen and changed the ugly green walls to a nice golden yellow color. Now the next step is to tackle the living room, dining room, and our bedroom walls.

Here is the problem. There is at least one wall in each room that is painted a dark salmon color and all the other walls are a dark beige. My husband actually likes the salmon color so as a compromise I am keeping that color for him.


I want to paint the dark beige walls a different color and the trim work a different color, but I cannot figure what goes with that color. Any suggestions would be very helpful.

By Tiffany from NC

July 11, 20100 found this helpful

Match the salmon to a sample and go with the lightest version of that or even half of that. If you can find a color half way between the salmon and yellow, that might work on the trim, but I am not sure you want the salmon in every room. Perhaps one room with a salmon ceiling to match the wall, but you need another color. The right green or blue or blue green might work. Perhaps all salmon with bright ceiling and very light furniture in the dinning room, but not salmon in every room. Decide the mood of the room. Green and blues are restful, yellow is cheerful. so repeat shades and tints of the same colors, but one predominant color throughout which should be neutral.

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July 13, 20100 found this helpful

Go to a wallpaper store or fabric store and look for combinations with dark salmon, you might even be able to incorporate that color into your room with fabric or paper instead of a whole wall. Good luck.

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July 13, 20100 found this helpful

The best thing I have found to do in your situation, is to go to any store that sells paint and get some paper samples., pick up at least one shade of every color. For instance, pick out a blue tone, a green, a yellow etc. The samples in Lowes have little holes in the center of the sample, these enable you to hold the paint sample on the wall and see how you like the two colors together. It is much better than holding the sample next to the wall. For some reason you get a better feel for it. For samples without the hole already in them, I just use a scissor and cut a hole in it looking at the new color surround the wall color makes a difference. Tape these on your wall for a few days and look at them from different places in the room, at different times of the day in different light. All these things affect the color.

The other thing that you can do, is find a pillow in a store, (or a napkin or something that has the wall color in it), and see what other colors are in the pillow that you like, pick one and have it matched. The one thing about paint, you can always change what you don't like. Paint is not cheap, but if you get one of those small sample cans it can be worth the money. They will make the color you want, you can take it home and live with it for a week, and if you like it you can take the can back to the store with the "recipe" for that color on the can, they can make it over again.

Good luck, happy painting.

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July 13, 20100 found this helpful

Are you sure it is not a shade of terra cotta? If so you can go Italian or Mexican color themes. Check out decor in those styles and see some combination's that might work for you.

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July 13, 20100 found this helpful

Go to a paint store, find a color wheel, locate your salmon color on the wheel and select a color directly opposite it on the color wheel.

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July 13, 20100 found this helpful

Another thought is to do some decorative/faux painting either on the salmon wall only (to diffuse the salmon a little) or on the other walls to mask the color coordination a little. If you're mixing two colors in a ragging technique, for example, it won't be so obvious is the color isn't exactly what you wanted. ... and-design/decorative-painting.shtml

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July 14, 20100 found this helpful

Though it's not salmon, my sister and her husband are redoing a 1950's house that has a bathroom with a deep pink tile. The decorator is having them put up a large floral walllpaper with a blue background. It looks great and tones down the pink. Perhaps you could use a nice cream color on the other walls. Then use some accent pieces (pillow, lamps shades, etc.) in another strong accent color. This way, if you don't like the color of the accent piece, it would be much easier to change than repainting the other wallls.

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