Sunday, April 11, 2010

Light or Dark?

I got a new end table as a gift from my mom. I love it, the size, the fact that it's round. The only thing I need is another one, but it was an auction find that she painted so finding a match may take some time.

But this new addition does cause a dilemma. Every piece of "wood" furniture in my living room is a different color, ranging from brown/black all the way to white. So what should I keep, and what should go?

I prefer the light, clean feeling of the white. But I can't imagine the coffee table in white and I wonder if painting everything white will be a bit much in combination with the fireplace. The boyfriend prefers the dark black/brown color of the coffee table, which I think might be too dark.

Lately I've been thinking about leaving the coffee table alone and painting everything else white. What to do, what to do? What say you Internets?


  1. Go with darker wood, the room already has a lot of white in it with the ceiling, trim and fireplace, and the yellow is a very light color as well. Darker wood will provide a nice contrast as opposed to blending in with everything.

  2. Oh, gosh, I so know what you are talking about. I often face the exact dilemma and find it hard to navigate. One of my problems is that some days I like the white and light colors (more forgiving to dust), other days I favor darker colors. There are some really good interior designers who can blend different wood tones and colors, or styles, without making it look like an awful mish mash. I wish I had their knowledge and that I could help you.


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