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by Home User, Jun 8, 2012

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Q: What would be the best colour to complement my fitted bedroom furniture?

I have a small bedroom with fitted furniture in grey. It has overhead storage and small wardrobes, each side of the bed. I want a colour that will make the room feel more spacious, complementing the grey, as I find the furniture looks cold. I love the vintage/romantic style.

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by Matt Long, Jun 13, 2012

A: Don't think you can't change the grey of the units if you feel the grey is too cold - If they're wood you can paint them the colour of your choice, and even if they're melamine you can use specialist melamine paint, which is 10 times tougher than normal paint; Ronseal do two lovely colours called 'Fresh Blue' and 'Ivory' which have a simple, vintage feel to them.

You really do have to follow the instructions carefully and meticulously to get the best results, however.

If painting them is really not an option, and grey they stay, then obviously you'll have to work with them to reduce the coldness.

The combination of pale grey, chalky pinks, pale taupes and creams always looks gorgeous - Earthborn Paints have a beautiful shade of chalky pink called 'Suffolk' that would be great on the walls, complemented by 'Cupboard Love' cream on the ceiling, doors and woodwork.

To make the back of the headboard more interesting, you could also add some pleated vintage fabric from the overhead unit to hang behind the bed - it'll ramp up the romance!

For accessories, I'd choose items in muted, vintage colours that don't leap out - linen cushions with mother-of-pearl detailing, perhaps a hand-painted bedroom chair, even the odd bit of vintage silver tableware on the dressing table.

So whether or not you paint the units, you can get the romantic, vintage feel you are after.

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