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You would think we would have the answer to every question we get in the ol’ inbox…   Well, here we are again, trying to answer a perplexing color question.

Hi Painter Lady’s -
I recently painted an accent wall a dark “brick” red.  It’s a beautiful color, but I think I would like to tone it down a bit by adding a sponging technique with a lighter color. I’ve never done this before and I hope it goes well. What color should I use? The other walls in the room are a yellowish color and I am thinking that a gold metallic paint would work great for this. Can you give me any tips? Thanks!

How would this look? Always a question until you see the end results. Gold over a dark color is going to be dramatic. But… how is it going to co-ordinate with the light yellow color on the other walls?

First, the question of sponging on a color.  This is an old style that can lead to problems.  Sponging with a sea sponge has it’s uses, but it can seem outdated on a beautifully painted base coat.  I would look into using the Ralph Lauren Candlelight topcoat.  It will add drama to your dark red walls without changing the dramatic accent of the space. This is a roll on top coat and a very easy way to add some pizazz to your walls.

You could glaze over the dark walls with the yellow from the other walls, but I wouldn’t recommend it. The yellow will be the dominate color and kill the dramatic effect the deep brick red accent has on the room.

These are just my thoughts… anyone else have any helpful ideas?  Leave your comments below. :)


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