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So... what color of paint will make this yellow carpet tolerable?

Posted by ScarlettAnne (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 13, 14 at 12:42

Moved into my new house in November, and we're finally ready to start going after projects. It's an oversized 50s ranch that is shockingly modern for its time, enough that we're going modern in the kitchen and it's not at all weird.

Anyway, my bedroom is a lovely size with nice big closets. The carpet color, below, is marigold yellow shag. We initially thought the paint was yellow too, but it's just a warm white that reflects the carpet really well. Ugh.

It is either a brand new carpet or they never used the room, because it is clean and springy and still gives up fibers when I vacuum. I would rather wait to replace it if I can do anything to make it less offensive for a while. My first thought was grey, but my "colors," in the gorgeous quilt my mother made us for a wedding present, are rust red and brown and black and a little green. I'm not color smart, but one of the hard and fast rules I was taught was "no gray and brown together." I'm afraid green will just suck up more yellow, and I have green going in the rest of the house.

Can anyone suggest a good option to tone this down? If pics of anything else would help, please ask.


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RE: So... what color of paint will make this yellow carpet tolera

I would, 1) paint the wood trim and doors white.

2) for the wall color, you want a violet undertone, which will mitigate the yellow/gold of the carpet. So, maybe a neutral like Cape Hatteras Sand by Benjamin moore. Here it is with a yellow/gold sofa.


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Could you post the quilt also?


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It's the undertones of the colors that matter.

You can also put a large area rug on top of the carpet and just have the yellow border, If you get the right carpet, it could look nice even.


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Another pic of Cape Hatteras Sand with a gold rug


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Have you pulled up a corner to see if there's wood floor underneath ? I'd rip it out and paint the subfloor before I'd live with carpet.
Sue


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Maybe a rug like this, from Ikea, Snekkersten, although this one is only 5'3" by 7'7". What are the measurements of your room? Goes nicely with BM Cape Hatteras sand, and your rusts and greens I think would look good on top of it.

Here is a link that might be useful: Snekkersten rug


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The room is approximately 13.5' x 15.5', discounting about 3.5 feet on the long side which is makes up the (also carpeted, as in the pic) closets. I'm not sure if putting a rug large enough to just leave a trim will be cost effective.

I am on a slab, with radiant heat, so it's just the concrete underneath. I am not against carpet in bedrooms, though my husband and I are currently at war over my wish to rip up the living room rug and put some nice, lazy, dog resistant tile down..

Tribbix, that is a very pretty, relaxing color. I have been afraid of beiges also, but a violet undertone is what I need? My entire house is stained trim, which suits it overall. Can I have rooms in white without it being weird? They have some sort of weird vinyl molding around the floor, it's outta here.

Here is my quilt, juliekcmo. There is one color in there that looks grey against green and green against grey. It's green against brown though.


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I wouldn't spend money trying to decorate around the carpet. By the time you are done you could have put some inexpensive laminate planks down that match the closet doors to tide you over. Its an easy DIY. I would keep the wall color for now as it's nice and easy to get along with. If you bought the Costco stuff with built in pad when its often on sale you could probably do the whole room for under $250.

My husband and I did the whole upstairs in sons townhome in that flooring a few years ago and it's still perfect.
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This post was edited by jterrilynn on Sun, Apr 13, 14 at 14:28


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jterrilynn, I have radiant heat. All of my reading says I need to be careful and fussy when I go to replace my floors. $60 on paint that tones down the rug and doesn't clash with the furnishings I have will be a better option in the short term.


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Another vote for Tibbrix's Cape Hatteras Sand for the walls -- plus add a simple fresh white bedspread to the bed -- and hang the quilt above the bed ....

I do love the idea of painting out the cupboard doors to blend in with the new wall color -- but you could leave the main door in the stained wood tone.


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Hmmm...I read that you can use laminate plank flooring with radiant heat as long as the laminate has a built in underlay.


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You could talk to a carpet pro and find out how much it would cost to dye the rug a different color.

You could come up with a color scheme that incorporates the yellow with the brown and red in the quilt.

Once you get furniture in the room, the rug will naturally be toned down as it will be underneath, and only the edges will show.


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I have a hard time with the colors on my monitor. For example, those little squares on the quilt look orange/yellow/rust. Would something like Manchester Tan or Edgecomb Gray work with the yellow and the quilt? Or a chocolate brown?

Or get a big yellow white rug, like the Ikea Alvina Ruta. Pics attached

Here is a link that might be useful: Ikea Ruta


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I don't think the quilt and the rug will look good in the same room no matter what you do. I would use or display the quilt in another room until you can change the carpet.


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I agree with Teacats re: the quilt, hanging it on a wall.

Definitely paint the doors and trim. That will not only help with the yellow rug, but it will improve the overall look of your house, I think. It's easy to do. Just take the doors off, put them on saw horses, prime them, then paint. Piece of cake. the trim is more difficult, esp. because of the wall-to-wall, but I think you'll be glad if you paint it a nice white.

Purple is the opposite of yellow, so purple tones yellow down. That is why I suggested a paint color with violet/purple undertones. Cape Hatteras Sand is just an example of one, and it is a neutral with purple undertones.

the first question to ask yourself before painting is, "How do I want to feel when I'm in this room?" Presumably, in a bedroom, you want to feel calm and serene, so a neutral or a blue is good for that. If you want something bolder or darker, go with that, but when you go to actually pick a color, look for your chosen color on the purple spectrum.

I've got Cape Hatteras Sand in my dining room and master bathroom. It makes the bathroom look like a spa ,and is a very soft and beautiful taupe.

In the dining room, which has more natural light (but no direct sunlight), and is a much larger room than the bathroom (which has no windows), it varies from looking taupe-y to more to showing the violet in it.

I think putting a rug like the Ikea rug on top of the yellow carpet would also help. it's only $60. I put a pic of Cape Hatteras Sand next to that rug, and it looked terrific.

Then, yes, a white bedspread, or something simple, again with a smidge of purple in it.


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Tibbrix, I find your point interesting because I was taught that complementary colors ("opposites") actually enhance each other, so blue or violet tones will make the yellow stronger.

Therefore, I would stay away from anything in the blue/violet family. I think maybe the color they have used, or something close, may be the best case scenario. Or you might try a very pale, pale, cream color.

Here is a link that might be useful: How complementary colors work together


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Sue, I think you might be correct and I'm confused. Looking at your wheel…my father consulted an artist about mitigating horrible purple tile on both the floor and walls of a bathroom, and she told him to paint the walls blue. I painted them a very light, almost robin's egg blue, and it actually made the purple tile look pretty good (as much as was possible).

THAT would be more in line with what you're saying, since blue is close to purple on the wheel.

So, Scarlett, ignore my posts above. I think sue is correct and I've got it backward.

I apologize.


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I too have radiant heat, and carpet really isn't a very energy efficient choice for that. It doesn't allow the heat to rise. We have tile and engineered wood with some area rugs. Your toes feel so great on that warm tile in the chilly morns.


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My first inclination was to suggest a lighter creamy yellow or a beige.


And more yellow accessories.


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On the quilt, on the section that has 3 whitish-colored squares, and one square with some marigoldish-color to it. Can you show a close up of that?

I think that may hold the answer.


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Don't paint the trim. That was all the rage 10 years ago. Now, the mid century modern home you have is much more appreciated as it is. The stained trim suits the house.

I don't think the quilt is going to work. Put it away until you can do it justice.

As for what colour to paint, it depends on what else is in there. I like your grey idea. I might also be inclined to embrace it. Trying to hide it via paint seems like a recipe for making it stand out unintentionally. But if you paint the walls a similar colour, the rug is no longer prominent.


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I would leave everything as is colorwise, get a white or beige bedspread and store the quilt until I was ready to redo the room. Hanging the quilt on the wall will not make it any less of a clash with the carpet than having it on the bed.


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I agree with kswl, I would leave the room alone until I was ready to replacing the flooring. A simple white bedspread would look fresh in there. Save the quilt until you are ready to redo the whole room.

And I would not paint the trim. It suits the house as is.


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Have not read the replies . . .

I like the carpet. It's cheery and will be cozy. Ditto for the woodwork.

The quilt is gorgeous, but does not suit the room. Can you display it elsewhere?

I think you should embrace the carpet. Why put off enjoying a room, and always thinking about later? Gray is great with it. I wouldn't layer a rug, though, because unless it's sisal or another natural fiber underneath, it can sometimes seem like you're just trying to cover up. I'd use gray in your accents and/or wall. Most important-- bring the yellow color in elsewhere. Then it looks like it's all planned and on purpose.


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I'll take a picture of that square when I get back.

As to why not embrace it... well, I hate yellow. Always have. Particularly a pure shade like that one. I don't find it bright and sunny, I find it irritating and mildly anxiety inducing. And the color on the walls right now makes the whole room GLOW yellow.

And I have to sleep in it, cos the "master" (a very pleasant neutral) is too small for two 100 lb dog crates. So. Tone it down or rip it out. And I need to prioritize a functional kitchen and guest bathroom (lots of family coming in June) over a floor that only two people (well, four...but the dogs don't care) will use or see.

Gray it is, I guess. Is there an undertone of gray I should be avoiding? How light or dark do you recommend?

And I did read yesterday about carpet not being recommended for radiant floors. I'm thrilled! Another point to use to convince my husband it's all coming out. He's an engineer, so heat transfer efficiency is a solid argument.


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Scarlett, call a school of art and ask them to help you with colors that will tone down the yellow. Artists know that stuff. That is what my father did with that hideous purple bathroom tile - consulted an artist he knew - and it worked miraculously. If anyone knows color, and color combos, it's artists.


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Since you hate yellow, I'd go with grey walls and take comfort in the fact that the bed and dog crates will cover up a whole lot of the carpet.


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Sorry to quibble, but colors that are opposite on the color wheel accentuate each other. That's how Seurat made his paintings vibrant. So violets or blues are not what you need. You need analogous colors -- oranges or yellowy greens.


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BM Fieldstone #1558 -- and if you check the whole page -- you'll see the part that says "Goes Great With" -- and shows a deep brown .....

Hope this helps! :)

Here is a link that might be useful: BM -- Fieldstone 1558


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It’s a shame you have to prioritize a guest bath that will have occasional use to your bedroom that you will spend at least eight hours in a day in. Times that will make you feel anxious when you should feel restful! You could always paint or stain the cement slab floor (there are many wonderful examples online). However, I’m not sure how much of a problem that would be down the road for you with a change of floor and installing over such a thing.


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Yeah, awm, I really messed up on that one. I've completely nullified and apologized for that really errant advice. I was thinking of something else. Brain lapse…or just stupid.


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Clay Bisque by Glidden
We used this because it doesn't have an tint or hint of any color. It is not white or beige or gray or yellow.
It was the most neutral color we could find. It is easy on the eyes, no glare and doesn't clash with anything.
The color of stoneware is as close as I can describe it


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With furniture in the room, the yellow will be toned down immensely. Think of it as more of an accent color.

I would also replace or paint the ceiling fan. The gold finish is bringing attention to the gold carpet.

I googled yellow, rust red, brown and came up with a lot of images. I think you can make all of the elements work. Think a Fall color palette.

If you want to go with grey, I'd go with a brown-grey.

BM Pashmina

BM London Fog

dark pink accents

turquoise accents

dark blue accent

Here is a link that might be useful: yellow, rust red, brown


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You have the start of a very 50's color scheme, the harvest gold carpet, now you just need avocado green walls. Just kidding! I have seen a light creamy off-white with the gold color and thought it looked very nice, the color that is there now is yellow, and the carpet looks gold. I don't think yellow and gold look good together, the gold is rich and a fall color, while the yellow is a airy summer color. So I think either a off-white or a richer color as someone stated, more of a fall palette.


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Disclaimer - I hate carpets in the bedroom. I found out that my son has dust mite allergies, and I think I might too, and I am so done with the whole carpet thing. Area rugs are different - they can be replaced, or put in the sun to have UV light kill everything, or beaten, or aired, etc.

ScarlettAnne, I have the same dilemma as you - carpet over concrete radiant heating - except that my carpets are 12 years old and NEED to be removed. I've dealt with one bedroom (hardwood) but the other two still need fixing. I am an expert on this!

You have quite a few flooring options but they may be expensive.

1. This would be your first choice for resale in cool climate, IMHO. Have a professional install a subfloor by glueing down large plywood tiles in two layers in an overlapping pattern - once you have a subfloor you can install any flooring over it in a standard way as long as the installers don't use any nails or screws that go deeper than the plywood. this will raise your floor levels possibly requiring door shaving. I did this in one bedroom and had top-nailed oak planks installed and site finished. I am delighted with the results but it was $$$. Ideally, you would do this for the entire floor so that there are no level changes.

2. Simpler, cheaper and easier DIY: install a FLOATING floor. This is no problem for your concrete radiant because nothing has to be attached to the subfloor. You could install engineered wood or cork floating flooring and it could be DIY and inexpensive.

3. Really cheap temporary DIY fix that I would rather live with than carpet. I have seriously considered removing the carpet and painting the concrete subfloor with concrete paint even though the subfloor is not perfectly smooth. With an area rug it could look great.


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Okay, I'll bite... has anyone ever done themselves, or seen done, where someone just painted their slab and called it a floor? I'm pretty skeptical.

That "pashmina" is very pretty. So is the "clay bisque." I like restful colors like that.

A floating floor is a someday option, but again, I'm after the $60 fix, not the $300 (after I floor, carpet, and STILL paint) fix.

THANK YOU for noticing the ceiling fan! You're absolutely right. I'll have to do something about that.


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It's common in commercial buildings, restaurants, residential patios, sunrooms and modern houses. How it will look at the end depends a lot on your concrete quality. When my neighbor had her sunroom done the newer cement was porous and needed to be machine buffed. Hers did not turn out well. I have seen some beautiful stained / painted concrete though.


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Tibbrix, you are too harsh on yourself!! Your "vibrant" posts are delightful : )


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ScarlettAnne, your concrete subfloor will not be pretty and perfectly smooth, so painting it would look very rough and unfinished. One can get beautiful concrete floors but that requires another layer of finishing concrete. I only mentioned that because I hate carpet so much that I am considering it myself. Concrete paint will cost money too.

By the way, I LIKE the colour of your carpet. I would consider one of the colours here:

Here is a link that might be useful: Farrow and Ball colour suggestions that go with your carpet


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Tibbrix, you are too harsh on yourself!! Your "vibrant" posts are delightful : )


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You probably would not need another layer of cement. However, if rough or porous it would have to be fine sanded or smoothed out with a machine. I'd pull a corner of the carpet up and have a look. Believe it or not you can tell just my touching and eyeballing it to see if its an option. Also, there are zillions of YouTube vids showing the many processes . Edited to add...you can even do a paint on terrazzo floor look that is often used in garage redo's but some use it on interior floor too.

This post was edited by jterrilynn on Mon, Apr 14, 14 at 18:37


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I actually know someone who decided she would rather walk on concrete than live with the filthy and worn shag carpet. She pulled up carpet in one room as a test and the slab is as smooth as her outdoor patio. You will hear your dogs nails but I like that sound. Since the carpet is making the OP anxious I think it should go. If floor gets too cold then throw rugs would be useful.


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I think I misunderstood. I thought you were moving into the house, but you've been there since November? Do you have a current picture of the room with all the furnishings? A more accurate picture of the room would help immensely.


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Was hoping you wouldn't notice, I had to clean so I could take pictures, lol.

I know some things certainly aren't helping... the bedspread, (from DH's bachelor years, and dog friendly) and the curtains. (All drapes came with the house, and are sturdy, handmade, and light blocking. I'm thinking I'll use those to back new ones, some day when I'm brave and finally unbox my sewing machine.)


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That dresser isn't staying, it's been replaced by the dark one in the next pic.


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other side.


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Concrete on a slab foundation? Brrrr, unless you live in a hot climate it sounds very uncomfortable unless you put a large area rug in and there goes your $60 fix. Why spend money on something you won't be satisfied with in the long run, I would go with your paint fix until you can redo the floors the way you will be happy with them. Just my 2 cents.


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The poster has radiant heat!

The problem with decorating around something that you do not like is that once you start you might…oh I’ll just buy that cheap picture to make it look better or I’ll just get that little inexpensive rug for the end of the bed to hide the carpet a bit more or hey, these little throw pillows match or wow look at the deal on these drapes…that will look better. Or, you could be in home goods or somewhere and find a nifty vase on the clearance rack. So, by the time you are done trying to put a band aid on it the money spent could have gone toward charging the one thing you hate.
I have been there and done that when I was young and thought immediate gratification was better. I always regretted spending money (no matter how small) after the newness of my trinkets wore off and I was still stuck with the one thing I hated.


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That carpet really looks more gold, to me, than yellow, per se.

Gold can be very nice and fun to work with. I just found what looks like a beautiful color and supposedly goes well with pine, which is very gold in nature. BM Mesa Verde Tan.


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Can you take a picture with the quilt on the bed? I think it would work with the carpet. On my monitor, the little squares look like a rusty yellowish color. Of course, the question is whether you'd like to have your dogs lounge on the quilt.

I'd seriously think about hanging the quilt as a quasi headboard.

Then look at something like BM London Fog, Edgecomb Gray, or Manchester Tan.

On my monitor, it looks like greenish undertones in the carpet, so perhaps something with green/yellow would work.

I also really like Coastal Fog. it's a very strange color that goes from greenish, gray, beige depending on light.


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What about carpet tiles? Its relatively inexpensive to do yourself. I'd also lose the brass fan sit enhances the gold of the carpet, paint the walls a deeper color like in nosoccermoms's pic and either paint the trim and doors white or stain them a color with less yellow- orange tones.


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jterrilynn-I am assuming Scarlett really wants to stick with the cheap fix for now - but what you are describing I have been there and done that!
I think what bothers my eye the most is the maple looking closet doors with that gold carpet - it just doesn't work. If you are going to keep those doors as is I would truly go the cheap fix route because they are never going to coordinate. Sorry, my kids say I am OCD but it would bother me.


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agree, katrina. I think painting the woodwork would do wonders. BM White Dove, BM color of the year - goes with everything, not too stark, soft enough without being drab…kind of a fail-safe white.


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I'd gel stain those doors darker. On my monitor they look kind of pink. Or I'd paint them the same color as the walls.


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Can you put the quilt on the bed and then take a picture?

I like nosoccermom's color scheme.

Another idea, could you use the reverse side of the quilt and fold it over and just have the patterned side peak through at the top?

Finally, here is a very rough mock-up using pashmina. Very rough. :-)


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I would be tempted to paint the walls a lighter version of the rug---not yellow, but more a tan/gold. I think this will make the carpet disappear. I think a contrasting wall color will make the rug stand out even more and draw the eye towards it.

I like the gray/yellow (gold) color scheme but to make it look right the bedspread, curtains, accents would all have to be yellow/gray.

I may be a lone wolf here, but unless the closet doors and entry doors are nice wood, I would paint them and the trim white. The wood just brings the room down, where a fresh white will liven things up and make it brighter and more airy. There is enough brown in the furniture.

So.....I would paint the walls a lighter/tanner/muted version of the carpet...white trim....a white or cream bedspread (coordinate with existing drapes)...then accent colors of your choosing....green, blue, salmon.....whatever appeals to you.


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So, I have heard yes, paint the trim, stain the trim, and no, leave it. I'm inclined toward leave it, on the logic that that is through the whole house and it "fits." I could get behind doing the closet doors though-- thoughts?

I will put the quilt on the bed when I get home. No dogs allowed on it for sure. i am getting fond of the idea of it on a wall.

I asked artist friends, without the complication of the quilt, and they universally said bright white, barely tinted blue. That sounds like it would make things very contrast-y, also. Thoughts?

Thanks, geokid! That was pretty well done. I quite like that. i am drawn to a silvery color, but alas, it will clash.

Joaniepoanie, an all yellow room like you described sounds like something many people would like, but I wouldn't. Took a quick tour through houzz to make sure. Way too much. I am an "earthy" person in my color choice, with some blues on the side. Can't handle that much sunshine and joy in my life, I guess. ;)


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Do do a swatch of BM Mesa Verde Tan. It's very earthy but goes with gold. Check out the two gold-casting lamps against the Mesa Verde walls.


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I took your artist friend's advice and ran with it. Now, this is a completely different look and does not work with your quilt at all.


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re dogs:
"No dogs allowed on it for sure."

Do they know that yet? They'll be in for a nasty surprise.


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white walls seem harsh for a bedroom.


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IMHO, the reddish tones of the wood doors and the bedspread are clashing with the yellow of the carpet, so I would definitely paint the doors and replace the bedspread.

Here are some F&B complementary colours to think about:


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Hmm. weird double post. Anyway.

Yes, actually, the dogs do know. They come up on the bed with an "invite" command only, and it's just used less often. Sometimes I just can't resist putting the old comforter down and having a snuggle though.

Geokid, that is... unexpectedly pretty. Darn it. I can't put my handmade wedding present from my mother in a closet forever cos the colors I chose no longer go. Woe is me. ;)

Feisty 68, that third palette in is really nice too. Hmm...I'm starting to think the quilt and the carpet cannot live harmoniously together. We'll see when I take a pic with it on the bed.

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I would hesitate to do much to the room until the carpet is replaced, only because you don't like the gold carpet and it looks like its very gold. The color and style of your furniture goes with the carpet but not with the light modern MCM look of the doors and window trim. As for the off white with a blue undertone paint color, it seems like it would lighten up the space and give it more of the look the doors and trim are going for. Why not look for a bedcovering first and take a color out of it for the walls - its easier that way, Blue and yellow intensify each other but they look good together .


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My quilt on the bed.


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Looks Elvis with the floor.


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I'm starting to agree with Pal that "I don't think the quilt and the rug will look good in the same room no matter what you do. I would use or display the quilt in another room until you can change the carpet."

Is the flip side of the quilt brown? If you don't want to spend money on new bedding, you could use it flipped over. You could still do that soft blue and green color scheme.

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Would you consider hanging the quilt behind the bed and then pick a neutral color for the walls? Something like the colors suggested above, like a beige, greige, etc. or maybe even a darker color like brown.

The quilt looks red or is this just an illusion?

Here is a link that might be useful: brown, red, gold bedrooms


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The brown in it is brown, the quilt is mostly what my mom would call "old" red-- that deep, dark, with hints of brown and burgandy farmhouse color.

So, green... My whole house is apparently going to be shades of green no matter how hard I try, lol. Living room will be green, kitchen likely a very light, delicate mint color....no one will wonder what my favorite color is by the time the tour gets to my room.

And my mom will be very excited to know that her quilt could look Elvis next to any color. Do the suggestions change if I remove the quilt variable? Am I back to gray or blue? I'd love for it to be compatible with the quilt when the flooring finally DOES come out, but paint is cheap I suppose.


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Love the bold pattern of the quilt, it could look striking in the right setting, but as the room is now I would look for something else. I can't tell what color your drapes are but they look like off-white with brown flecks. You could do a bed covering in the color of the drapes-an off-white, or a pattern with the off-white as the background color and then pull a color out of the pattern for the walls.


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I didn't spend a lot of time masking the image, but this will give you an idea. I don't see the carpet as yellow, but I see it as gold. I'd go a little deeper and a little bronzer than the gold carpet to neutralize it and to pick up on the brownish tones in the quilt. If you get some fabric or art that ties it together, you'll be fine.

If you can post a close up picture of the quilt fabric, we could probably do a little better.


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By george, annie, that looks good!


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Maybe art like this....


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Just playing with the software....


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Elvis eating a caramel apple with burnt toast on an autumn day near the desert (sorry).

But…I have a plan! The quilt is nice and has semimetal value sooo…your mom is coming (???) rip the carpet up. Put bedspread on bed; add a vase of fresh flowers.

Here’s the scenario: mom come's into the bedroom and first notices the bedspread she put so much loving time into and smiles. But then…oooh Scarlet what has happened to your floor (at note of horror and concern). Then you say (with a quiver and trembling lower lip) oh mommy all I wanted was to show you how much I love and appreciate my wedding quilt but (sob) the quilt clashed so badly with my gold yellow shag and ( at this point you near hysterics) I just get sooo anxious trying to relax around that color…Sob sob!

Then your mom buys you new flooring (or contributes).

The end!

P.S Hey I’d fall for that with my boys!

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Lol, jterrilyn... I am my mother's baby girl, but she has a finely honed BS meter... and besides, my birthday present is sorted, she's bringing me cuttings from her garden. :)

Said mother has recently gotten really into accent walls, and suggested several options, including navy blue (??? holy cave like?) Would having one change anything?


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I like Annie's suggestion but maybe even a darker brown, like the pillow cases.


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Yellow, Black, Grey & White are very chic, so embrace the yellow in the carpet and make it work.

There's really no way of working with the quilt. It has seen it's best days. Maybe consign it to the dog bed. Take that great curved front dresser & work with that.

I would work towards eliminating all of the other furniture in the room. Maybe do the room on the cheap with IKEA.

Here is a link that might be useful: Black & Yellow


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I think her mom would freak out if she saw the handmade wedding present in the dog crate.


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Excuse me? My 6 month old handmade quilt has seen it's best days and belongs in the dog crate?

I'll be sure to let her know you approve of her craftsmanship.


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I would hang it behind the bed in lieu of a headboard.

Could you see what that would look like? Have someone hold it up?


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OK, I was just at Target and they have this gorgeous pillow for sale (I bought the blue version!) and I thought of your room.

I did SW Chip It and it came up with these colors. What about doing a color like Simplify Beige or Sticks and Stones on your walls?


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I really can’t see a cheap solution with the carpet AND bedspread. Check craigslist for a big black rug and put your bed on it. Use white pillow cases and sheets. Go to thrift store and look for a big cheap ugly picture. Go to home depot and buy a quart of Glidden paint in the color of bedspread and paint over ugly picture that will act as a head board. While you are at the thrift stores buy a black vase and look for black décor pillows. Add flowers!
This will still look a bit cheesy around the edges but might be livable.

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Wow, what did the quilt ever do to you jtlynn? I would take the quilt to the paint store and color match to the brown in one of the border stripes for a test sample. I think the brown really de-emphasizes the gold carpet and makes the quilt stand out. I think that's the best $60 fix you could find. Plus, you said you like earth tones and it goes well with your drapes. Everything else is going to take you in a direction you may not be satisfied with long-run and then you may not want to change because of the money you spent. Just my 2 cents again.


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I think this is a really good very low budget direction from AnnieDeighnaugh:

But, I would strongly suggest only decorating around that quilt if you love it. If you don't love it, hang in on a wall or layer it in another room where the colour elements aren't as challenging.


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I have nothing against the bedspread at all but do with the carpet and bedspread together. Plus, the poster has stated that the yellow color makes her anxious . Yellow does that to some people and its a bad thing for a bedroom. Personally I love yellow!


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Scarlet, you may not care, or even know, but you're 'on trend', with your 'yellow', which is really gold, carpeting, if you start adding gray tones into your rooms. Medium gray walls will tone down the carpeting, as well as bring the whole space up-to-date.

Here's an idea for bedding. I've seen it IRL and it's gorgeous! There are other home decor items that work with it, pillows, rugs, etc,

Here is a link that might be useful: check it out


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And one of many rugs........

Here is a link that might be useful: Area rug


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And pillows...,,.

Here is a link that might be useful: A bunch!!!


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And paint......but you could go darker.

Here is a link that might be useful: Nightingale


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If you put that quilt on the bed it's days are numbered. Dogs live there. I saw them on the bed.
Hang the quilt on the wall. My great grandmothers quilt lived on a wall in my last house. It becomes artwork.
Go - RUN - to Target and get that pillow Geokid posted. Pick one of those colors (Sticks and Stones or Garrett Gray)and paint your walls. ANY one of those colors will look better than what you have now. And paint those closet doors. Don't even think about it; just paint them.
So a rod on the wall for the quilt, a couple gallons of paint and that pillow and your good to go.


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As for Mom's quilt, many of us have things in our home we just can't bring ourselves to put away, mainly for sentimental reasons. Lay it on the back of a chair, and don't concentrate on it not matching with whatever else is in the room. Sometimes it doesn't matter. ;)


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The real issue here is that it's hard to mix country (quilt) and MCM (curtains, wood, carpet, room proportions). It goes beyond the colour issue.

A quilt like that is best showcased by a totally different style of home, something like this:


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I agree that if you want to keep the quilt going, hang it as art...we used a quilt made for us as a wedding gift and it had to be put away after some of the seams on the quilt pieces started fraying.

I disagree though with going with a light color wall...that's what you have now and it only increases the intensity of the rug color. Instead you need to equal the intensity to tone the rug down. It need not be in the gold tones, though going monochromatic does make it more restful, but it does need to be as prominent or the rug will remain dominant in the room.


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Editing this because it was very whiny.

Thank you for all of your suggestions, except maybe the ones that said my quilt, which was a gift made with colors I chose myself, was fit for the dogs to sleep on. I like those colors. Maybe they aren't fashionable and I should really be doing great things with Ikea, and maybe my things don't "belong" in that house, but they are mine and my house will learn to live with it.

Geokid annd AnnieDeighnaugh, thank you for going the extra mile, you made some great suggestions and I'll be trying out several. I'm sure I will be able to work with them both with the carpet in, and out.

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I really like geokid's color palette with your quilt, especially the two darker grays for wall color. I think a darker wall color will de-emphasize the floor color and make your bedroom dramatic and cozy at the same time. How do you feel about red on the walls?
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ScarlettAnne,

I think the quilt your mom made is beautiful. Once you put it on the bed, it changed the appearance of the room significantly, made it feel warmer. Lots of great color suggestions for painting. I think my favorite is the pashmina or the rendition that Annie posted looks great. You could see how it tones down the color of the carpet.


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Scarlett, I agree with a previous poster who said the quilt's days would be numbered if it's used as a bedspread. Dogs. I have two cats and my bedspread testifies to that every day. I can buy another bedspread, but you can't replace your mom's quilt.

I get what the quilt means to you. I have stuff made or given to me by people I love and damn it, I WILL find a place of honor for their gifts somewhere in my house. I don't think it has to be on your bed in a room with a carpet color that makes you anxious. I'd have a problem with that carpet color too.

I like the quilt-as-headboard idea, but only if you get your room more to your liking. Is there somewhere else in your house, a worthy place, where you could hang the quilt and make your mom proud?


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What if we pretended that the carpet was seagrass or sisal...... Also, the quilt is very geometric, so I don't think it screams "country" at all. if you don't want to use it as a bed spread, could you hang it in your living room? I believe you mentioned that it had green walls


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ScarlettAnne,

a. Your mom made this quilt for you as a wedding gift
b. you chose the colors - which indicates to me that these are the colors you want to live with.
So the quilt here is the piece you want to feature and the carpet is something that would be gone if finances were no issue, right?

I too love what Annie and GeoKid have suggested. The palette works, and the deep tone paint will allow you some time before you need to rip out the carpet. Then, when you do, you can think about changing paint again. It's only paint. Easiest and cheapest decorating element there is.
As to the quilt - I sew, knit and do needlepoint, and in recent years have started quilting. So I get it. Some things I make are meant to be heirloom (needlepoint Christmas stockings come to mind, and handknit Scandinavian Christmas dresses for my grandbabies), and some things are meant to be used and expected to see wear and tear.
Quilters generally have different levels of quilts they make too. There is the heirloom quality quilt that you hope will get treasured and passed down a generation or two. Those are the quilts we put a zillion hours into and pour our hearts and souls into too. Then there are the quilts we make that are meant to be used, and used everyday, the ones to get thrown into the laundry when needed, and yes, we know dogs, cats and kids bounce on them, and occasionally pull threads. We put almost a zillion hours into those, and our hearts and souls too, but with the expectation that it will see a lot of wear.

What you need to find out from your mom is, or maybe you already know, is this the heirloom quilt that is meant to be cherished for a generation more, or is this the quilt that you chose the colors for that she wants to you use every day? Does she have plans to make more, to replace what you use everyday as this one moves from the one that stays on the bed to the one that goes to the backyard to lay on with the babies in the sun and get used as the picnic blanket?
The intentions of how the quilt is meant to be used should help to dictate whether you put it on the bed and use it everyday or whether you consider hanging it over a quilt rack in your bedroom and only use it occasionally, and put a bedspread on the bed.
I assure you, your mom knows you have dogs. If she intended this to be an everyday quilt she doesn't expect it to last forever, but she intends you to use it.
It's beautiful.
I really like the idea too of taking the quilt to the paint store and having them color match a goldish/brown from one of the fabrics in the quilt (or better yet a scrap your mom still undoubtedly has laying around)

edit to clarify - your mom just finished this quilt so she undoubtedly has leftover fabric scraps around. It's a quilters law that you never throw away the scraps. So there should be a scrap or two you could take to the store rather than take the whole quilt into the paint shop. I wasn't refering to your quilt as scraps.

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Is this room the only room in your house? Are there not other rooms where the colors you chose for the quilt are being used? If not? Why not? You liked the colors. The house is yours.

Find a place of honor, not a room you are using like a kennel.

The quilt does not have to match the period or the color but if you love it, place the quilt where it can be preserved with the same love she invested when making it. You can always place it lovingly on your sofa folded for use at a later time on your own bed or on the wall in your living quarters as beautiful artwork.

I love my dog too, but my dog does not sleep on precious items of handiwork, nor does she sleep on my bed. Once a dog tore its anal glands out on my bed, the husband and dog had new sleeping arrangements.

Dog has its own bed on the floor, atop a rug atop hardwood at the foot of my husband's bed which is now in the guest room.

There are motels for people and dogs who do not want to live and sleep by house rules. Same applies to children.

As much as I adore my Persian cat, he has his own bed on a fainting couch at the foot of my bed.

Honor your mother by showing your appreciation for what she so lovingly created. In a lifetime, you will probably have a dozen dogs, but only one mother.


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Is this room the only room in your house? Are there not other rooms where the colors you chose for the quilt are being used? If not? Why not? You liked the colors. The house is yours.

Find a place of honor, not a room you are using like a kennel.

The quilt does not have to match the period or the color but if you love it, place the quilt where it can be preserved with the same love she invested when making it. You can always place it lovingly on your sofa folded for use at a later time on your own bed or on the wall in your living quarters as beautiful artwork.

I love my dog too, but my dog does not sleep on precious items of handiwork, nor does she sleep on my bed. Once a dog tore its anal glands out on my bed, the husband and dog had new sleeping arrangements.

Dog has its own bed on the floor, atop a rug atop hardwood at the foot of my husband's bed which is now in the guest room.

There are motels for people and dogs who do not want to live and sleep by house rules. Same applies to children.

As much as I adore my Persian cat, he has his own bed on a fainting couch at the foot of my bed.

Honor your mother by showing your appreciation for what she so lovingly created. In a lifetime, you will probably have a dozen dogs, but only one mother.


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I inherited a quilt from my DH grandmother many years ago. Rather than just store it away in a closet, I decided to use it, as it hadn't been used for many years, and I thought it needed to be 'shown off'. From being stored away for so many years, the fabric was more delicate than I realized, and in less than a year was full of little rips and tears. So much for saving and putting away, and for what?

Just my 2 cents, but decorating a room completely around a quilt that will eventually wear out, probably no more than 2 years max with dogs, is kind of silly. It's more realistic and makes more sense if those are colors you love, want to use, and can live with for awhile, maybe a long while.

It wouldn't be much different if you were to hang in on a wall~eventually you'll tire of it, it will become a dust magnet, and if there's too much light in the room, will fade, and the fabric will deteriorate with age.

Don't you think Mom expects you to use it? Enjoy it and cherish all the hard work she put into making it such a personal gift. It won't last forever.


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I too have a wedding quilt that my MIL made for us. We used it every day for over five years and two babies before we got a king size bed and the quilt was too small. It's now in our guest room and guests use it when they need something warmer.

My point is, I know how important these gifts are and I think I would do the same thing as you and make that gold carpet work, dangit! :-)

And I think it can work. I had my doubts, but with the right wall color and add in some fresh curtains and some art, and you will have a cozy, happy room.

Bring your quilt to the paint store, grab a ton of swatches, bring them back to your house, and see what works with the carpet.

And post pictures when you're done! We will want to see a follow-up to this!

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I have a quilt c. 1898 which is fraying. It was made by my maternal grandmother when she was 15. I checked with a quilt expert who identified the date somewhere thereabout based on fabric, etc. It is as thin as can be. The batting is beginning to loosen. Not sure what to do about it. I used it for several years. It has a bad smell since it began coming apart. Cotton does when it has been wet. I bet lots of children emptied their bladders on it and maybe some adults. I hate to burn it but I most likely will. It is over 100 years old and I have touched it many times thinking of the precious hands that made it. I hope I can leave something for my grandchildren to touch that I have touched and which can last that long.


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I don't see the wisdom of decorating a room around carpet you hate and a quilt you don't like.

"I can't put my handmade wedding present from my mother in a closet forever cos the colors I chose no longer go." Sure, you can. Put it away temporarily if you like, or in another room. There is no color scheme that can unify your quilt, the carpet, and the other disparate features of that room, and you can't "fix" it for $60. I'd go for clean and tidy as my look until you are ready to redo the room.


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In its own little sentence, cos people keep getting hung up on it: The dogs don't sleep on the bed. They come up on an "invite" command, onto the old comforter. We're weaning them of it. I let them up cos, frankly, it was harder to take pictures with them milling around wondering what I was looking at. They are not a design feature.

Thanks for the help everyone. You offered a lot of good advice that I'm going to try, but I think I'll probably just go back to lurking. I'm someone with simple taste trying for "pretty" in my first home one room at a time. It's going to be a long time before I can afford to care, or maybe ever care, whether my furnishings suit the era of my house, or that the scheme I like less is more fashionable, or things like that. I have an "Ardex facade over counters" and "choose the optimum paint for the rest of the room" budget. My dogs won't ever not live in the house with me, though not on the bed. I probably WON'T ever tire of those colors, because that's what I'm like. I don't think I'm made to run with the design conscious folks here. The threads are great, I've learned a lot lurking, but I don't belong.


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Oh it’s just decorating and on top of that it’s a bunch of creative people whose creativity falls in different directions (that’s how good stuff is often born). So, don’t go! Everyone gets something different out of these posts and you sort of have to know that going in. Some people use the advice as a process of elimination, for some it opens the mind to other possibilities and for others it can put you on a path to figure stuff out for yourself by learning of different products.
The most important thing is…have fun with your momma when she comes! And, you do belong here as you do know what you like and what you don’t like so you have crossed one hurtle already. The longer you are in the house the better you will get at honing these likes into a cohesive look.
My best,
Terri


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I don't understand why its got to go from colors to schooling you on how you live with your dogs and negativity about your quilt. Its offensive but the majority of the comments were helpful. Anyways - congrats on your home, it's more important to be comfortable in your home for yourself and your family and friends than anything else.


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ScarlettAnne, Aw, I know how you feel. It can get discouraging when someone who has the same decorating budget for one chandelier that you have for your whole house tells you what they would do.

I recently had the same feelings over a thread on proper kitchen venting. And, yeah, I felt like either I didn't belong or people just weren't listening. And I vowed to go back to lurking, just as you have. But then I kept thinking about what some of them had said and how, even though it felt a little condescending, they were (at least partially) right.

And because they challenged me, I was able to rethink things, move things around, make it better, and still stay within my budget.

Here's what I think you're saying: You love the quilt (and your mom) and want to display it -- on your bed, not on the wall. You aren't worried about the dogs being on it. You have other priorities that are higher than changing out the carpet or the trim. You just want a $%#%# wall color that will go with the quilt and the trim and (what you perceive to be) ugly (but serviceable) carpet.

Folks on here have offered that advice. You just have to sort it out from the rest.

I'm offering my advice too: What about playing on that pretty coppery brown in the quilt? Like Annie said, you'll need a color that is equally as strong as the carpet color to take the visual weight away from it. I think something like a salmon would look good. Apparently Michelle Obama and at least one color expert think so too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mrs. Obama's Office


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Can the quilt just be folded at the end of the bed? It would save being used on a daily basis. Then work on pulling colors together.

I see your blue carpet in the hallway. Perhaps hang the quilt on a wall there.

There are homes in the SW with concrete floors throughout. Definitely finished sheens and colors. A task to do this.


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Scarlett,
don't go. I completely agree that some of the comments were insensitive and downright nasty, but people don't read everything very carefully or get carried away once they get stuck on an idea. (I had mentioned the dogs on the bed initially, which you promptly corrected, but others were still going on about it.)

I'd ignore the mean (or, at best, not helpful) comments --- who cares what so-and-so thinks about your decor and life style and relationships --- and focus on the good advice that was also given on how to incorporate your quilt into your bedroom design.

I wish I could photoshop. I'd so hang the quilt behind the bed and try out various of the colors, geokid, for example, suggested. I'd go with a darker gray, which was your original idea. I can even see some black and white or slightly sepia photographs on the walls.

Here is a link that might be useful: pictures of brown and gray together


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ScarlettAnne, please don't let the hurtful words of the few ruin it for you. There are always posts in any internet forum for which you need to attach an '(ignore)' function. Some speak out of ignorance or misunderstanding, others aren't worth the time to read. Let them go and move on. Don't take them personally...they don't know you. Don't let them deprive you of the benefits you reap from interacting with good people who are generous with their time and attention to your situation. There are a lot of caring people here who just want to help.

You are truly welcome here. I'm so delighted for your new home and the clearly loving relationship you have with your Mom who made you that wonderful quilt using all the colors you wanted. You are one lucky gal for sure.

I think your decor solution is as simple as the right color paint and a piece of art and you will be well on your way.

I think a life lesson can be learned that all through life, we will run into people, things, words, sentiments and issues that upset us. How people treat us defines them. How we respond defines us. Don't let them keep you from your path. They're not worth it.


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So true!


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Scarlett--if you are still there. Nice white walls and NAVY. navy and yellow are a wonderful, sophisticated combination. Quilt is another story. No answer for that one.


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So agree with Annie, well said.


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I agree with all of the sentiments above. Please don't go!

I keep coming across pieces that might be perfect for your room. Check out this pretty still life from etsy. Gold, yellow, red, brown, grey, black, blue...it's all there.

Here is a link that might be useful: Etsy Artist


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I am amazed that people have continued to be so helpful when the OPs every answer to their suggestions is negative. Public message boards aren't for everyone, and that's a fact.

Good luck to the OP, and enjoy your family visit. Keep in mind your relatives are surely more interested in you than your house!


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To tell you the truth, the photos posted with a gold paint superimposed onto your picture look just fine together. I like the gold-ish paint with that quilt, then get you a headboard and a nice wall hanging and call it done. I really don't see where the carpet is all that bad...I mean it looks better than a bright blue door(that everyone seems to be glowing about!) on a nice stone home that's for sure! JMHO!


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Scarlett, don't go. There's so much good info and advice on this board, but you have to learn to filter out the blunt to rude comments. Most people make every effort to be kind and tactful. Our homes and our possessions reflect who we are and it's hurtful to hear them criticized.

I posted a question in one of the gardening forums about the best way to trim a particular plant in my garden. Several people said, it's too big there, take it out! In the photo was also my lovely Japanese maple, not the subject of the post. Someone said I needed to move it because it threw my garden out of balance. I wanted to respond impolitely, but I thanked everyone for their input. I think there's probably a kernel of wisdom in all the borderline rude, unsolicited advice.

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Thanks everyone, for being so kind.

Kswl, I have to conclude you didn't read all of my posts, since I listed the samples I liked and intend to try, and you also suggested I was decorating around a quilt I don't like, which is the opposite of what's going on. The suggestions to just "play up the carpet, it's fashionable" weren't for me, full stop, and with a thread this size, I had to say it a lot. The beautiful suggestions for grays, and coppers, which will work when I can afford for the carpet to come out, are more my speed. But you are right, a forum isn't for everyone. I rarely participate for that reason, but most of the threads I browse have been pretty civil.

I have decided I will probably put the quilt on the wall (brown or gray, yet undecided) and find a neutral for the bed like was suggested, and see how it looks. If it doesn't work, it doesn't.

And to be clear, I took no offense to any color anyone suggested, including Teri's comment about Elvis, which made me laugh. About the point when someone suggested I give my quilt to the dogs, was when things got a little too harsh.

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Don't come to a message board for advice if you only want to hear what you want to hear. Everyone was trying to help you avoid a costly mistake. I don't see any reason for you to take offense like you did.


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ScarlettAnne, Ditto what Annie said.

I was taken aback by some of the tactless comments and have been very impressed at how polite and positive you have continued to be.

I hope you'll find that one of the palettes suggested above will work for you. I also hope you'll stick around and will keep us posted on how the room comes together. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product!


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"I am amazed that people have continued to be so helpful when the OPs every answer to their suggestions is negative."

Woah!!! Not! She said that she doesn't like to play up the yellow, doesn't want to have concrete floor, and likes to stick to 60.00. Other than that, there were some very positive responses to suggestions.

@K9. Really???
Many of the responses were downright nasty, especially since there are no right and wrong answers in decorating.

If you missed some responses by the OP or didn't read carefully, (on the quilt, the dogs, whatever), at least admit that you may have been wrong in some posts but don't justify the offending posts with even more nastiness.


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OK. Dont be worry, off white color has the best contrast with yellow. so off white is right choice for your room


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ScarlettAnne, I surely hope you will stay! This forum would be dead and dreary without differing opinions. I find your posts refreshing and you have had huge success with this post! Stay and enjoy and don't hesitate to post. Old fuddy duddies like me certainly need a dose of young and fresh! Your pupsters are gorgeous btw. Is the white one Dogo Argentino?


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First of all, I'm mainly a lurker in this forum too :-)

But I've SO ENJOYED your thread! The gold carpet is definitely a challenge, and it's been interesting to read what everyone has suggested. I think you can find a way to make it work, it's just a matter of selecting the useful comments and trying not to get to discouraged by the ones that aren't so helpful. This is a public place, and everyone wants to play (so to speak). I find the asymmetry of your quilt to be the most challenging part of the whole thing. I think I would use it like a throw, lay it across the bed, rather than like a bedspread. But, that's me, as I said it's not really my style. It's a beautiful quilt though, and I think it's very sweet that you want to use it and enjoy it :-)

Your color combo, red and gold, is unconventional but I'm sure that it can work. Being rather design-challenged myself, I've been following along because I am curious how people will advise you.

I searched on Houzz for "red and gold bedroom Pottery Barn" -- the design combos are there! I've attached a picture of a room that I think could be an inspiration room for you. It would be nice to see pictures of rooms you like, which would probably help everyone kind of focus all their designing energies.

Please stay, I want to see how this turns out. I am also living in a "first home" (moved in 12 years ago) and it's not beautiful or full of character, or even very large LOL. But it's a lot nicer than it would be if I had never found this wonderful collection of forums on GW.

Melanie


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ScarlettAnne, If I said anything to hurt or upset you, I sincerely apologize. I have a feeling you are very young, or at least a lot younger than most of us here, and we've acquired 'thick skins', or maybe a little thicker skin.

We're also used to jumping on the bandwagon and giving opinions, sometimes becoming aggressive because of our own passion with decorating.

I have 3 DD's, all adults, who've asked(and still do!)my decorating advice, but always tell them they're the one that needs to make the final decision, and that means the cost also. I understand completely, since I can remember being young and couldn't wait to decorate my first home, but money? Where was it going to come from? Do it in small 'dishes'~you're also lucky there are thrift stores, consignment stores, habitat for humanity, craigslist, not to mention garage/yard sales. Most weren't available in 'my day'. lol

Please DO come back, and show us your decisions~I read you'll be hanging the quilt, good idea. Vacumnn every couple of months, or just reverse, if you can. Don't forget, creativity shouldn't be taken too seriously, and thought about excessively. Have fun with it and you will love your home!

patty_cakes. ;)


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