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What color walls for a room with green carpeting?

I need to paint the walls in a room that has some pretty ugly green carpeting, but I don't know what color would look good.

Here's some samples of the color of carpet I'm dealing with.

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I know that the complementary color should be red or red/violet shade, since that's what's across from green on the color wheel.

And I know about this 60/30/10 rule...but still, I don't know what to do! Would the green carpeting be considered the 30% whereas the walls 60% (and then accents 10%)? And then how do I figure in the complementary red shade?

Currently the walls are white, and it makes the room feel dark, cold, and sterile. I want the room to become a warm and inviting bedroom. This room has two windows on adjacent walls and faces northeast, and is approximately 14'x12'. I feel that painting the walls is the cheapest way for me to transform this space, though I'd be open to buying a relatively cheap floor rug to possibly define/complement the space as well as hide the abused carpet.

Thanks for any help you can offer! :-)


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antiquelady antiquelady 3 years
Had the same problem and painted a "soft cinnamon"...gave the room a nice warm glow.... This spring I am going to repaint and leaning towards the Taupe.....
Stacey3381557 Stacey3381557 3 years
This is the exact color my parents carpet is in Calgary in their family room and my mom just did a beige, off white, creamy color. Sorry I don't know what the technical name is. It looks good though.
chip47 chip47 4 years
look to your color wheel...what feeling do you want? Tertiary colors on the blue side will feel cold unless you pick one with some gray mixed in....the ones on the yellow side will feel warm, of course...these are probably things you already know....just adding my 2cents.. I am facing the same dilemma at the moment....I've looked at tons of color sample cards from the Home Depot..till my eyes crossed...... went back to the wheel and really thought about things like ..what will this color look like in lamp light.. I would definitely paint the ceiling a light blue and hang those cheap curtains from doweling you stain to match your woodwork ..high above the window casings till the hems meet the floor. You also might try not fighting the green but bring it right up on the walls...? Good Luck! I see lots of good advice here hope we have helped you.
Mar1972 Mar1972 4 years
I have the same color carpet in my family room would love 2 replace it but the dark color is great with kids! And when the play out in the yard this is the room the run through with their shoes on! But I have painted this room 5 times! & again I'm still looking!!! But I did the dark Carmel color!!!! And bight yellow!!!!both of these colors were bad!!! The Carmel was to warm against the cool carpet!!!! And yellow picked up the green reflection and the walls looked like mt dew!!! The soda!!!
katedavis katedavis 7 years
I am 100% with donnellyaa- grey with light blue undertones. Something like Mythic Paint's All's Quiet (
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
In on of our homes there was dark green carpeting and the walls were a lovely ivory/cream color. I really liked it until we eventually changed out the carpeting for tile.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 7 years
I agree, taupe & cream sounds pretty. Maybe accents of burgundy or dusty rose. I'd find a big area rug that included the lighter colors. Is wanes coating still popular? If so, you could paint a shade to match the carpet (or even a printed wallpaper) 1/2 way up & finish the wall with a lighter similar color & leave the ceiling white.
hanako66 hanako66 7 years
I like the taupe/cream ideas, but I also love a really pale grey.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 7 years
I'd go with taupe, or maybe a soft shade of brown. The brown is just a wild suggestion but I think it might go. My bedroom walls have paint from Lowe's. Taupe number 5 from the Laura Ashley display.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 7 years
OK, I don't know if you like this idea or not, but I like really funky, fun rooms. I'd paint the walls sky-blue and do some clouds on the ceiling and upper parts of the walls. Put some bright yellow sunflowers in a corner. You could be really crazy and put a hammock or swing in there. It could be lots of fun! However, if you don't like that idea, I'd go with a taupe, creme, or very very very pale yellow color. Some stores have a program in which you can change the colors of the walls, carpet, furniture, etc. to get a general idea of what it'll be like. As far as curtains go, get some el cheapo ones and trim them to fit. If you want to avoid sewing you can always use the iron-on tape or a very, very light coat of fabric glue.
donnellyaa donnellyaa 7 years
greyyyyy. a light grey with blue undertones, not with black.
hihowareya hihowareya 7 years
This is so exciting! Thanks for all the suggestions thus far. Went to Home Depot today to stock up on paint samples, trying to guestimate the green carpet color (and my brown furniture) and see what sorta looked nice together: brought these home and have tried my best to identify my green and brown. I am a big fan of the "Oops" paints, since a gallon is just $5, and I was sorta interested in either this mustard-y color or this salmon-y color, but I thought I'd want to come back with the color most like my green to see how it contrasts with the paint (and I have to figure out how much paint I'd really need since 1 gallon might be cutting it too short, and that can be a big problem with custom-mixed "Oops" paints). I'm going to get new curtains, though again, unsure of exactly what color they will be. My windows are approx. 42"x42" double casement, so I don't exactly know what size/style would look best, since a lot of the affordable curtains I've been seeing are rather long... And there's medium-stained wood trim around the windows, doors (closet doors too), and I'll get around some time to actually putting on the floor trim too...maybe. Our house is 20 years old in the making and still there's trim missing and some doors without handles and such...a big ole' work in progress... :-P Getting more attached to this house the more I put into it (my mom designed/built it and I've taken over the finishing and renovating and such), and while the plan was to sell it once the market got better, I'm becoming reluctant... Ok, enough blabbing. Thanks again, I'll check back soon. :-)
glam-sugar glam-sugar 7 years
I agree with Wren __ “Fashion fades, only style remains the same.” —Coco Chanel
wren1 wren1 7 years
I'd try gray leaning slightly towards taupe.
Iveenia Iveenia 7 years
ok - first it depends what room it is - i.e. what you need it for - then you might decide upon the walls, if it was an office - these colors would just be awe! i.e. green and yellowish - it creates a calm but vivid way to not daze off - i.e. you will feel calm and still fully waken up - you can also go with grey - a light grey - yet with a light yellow - it is perfect for an office... :) btw: Feng Shui :) otherwise - i would change the carpet ;)
GKitty GKitty 7 years
Love your colors. What kind of window treatments are you using...Curtains or shades? this is important to help you decide the mood you want. The pastel rose, or a light gray on the walls will make the room neutral and will complement the burgundy and gold.
NurseKimberly NurseKimberly 7 years
Burgundy and gold
GKitty GKitty 7 years
Any light pastel hue on the walls will make the wood stand out. In LA when I was renting, all apartment rugs were GREEN. You can "quiet" that green rug down with a contrast colored rug under your coffee table with your seating grouped around the rug.
hihowareya hihowareya 7 years
My furniture is medium/dark stained wood.
GKitty GKitty 7 years
I like #9 in the red primary tones...I think it's call dusty rose. What color is yor furniture?
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
i agree, taupe is what i thought of too. maybe even a pale yellow of off white. do you have a benjamin moore paint store in your area? ours has a consultant there every saturday. you bring in your colors (floor, furniture, etc) and she shows you what works best. and its free :)
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
Oh wow this is a toughy... I am not an expert but my first color that came to mind was a nice taupe. But I am not sure if that is technically correct.
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