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interior colors for douglas fir log house

We are to the point of painting the plaster surfaces in our doug fir log house. The overwhelming use of white against log is not to my taste. Am thinking about shades of yellow, red and green. Anyone with any thoughts?

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Comment by Alexis Dyke on June 5, 2008 at 2:56pm
I put a color called everyday white in my kitchen and my bathrooms.I used deep colors on all other dry wall areas. I am looking to get rid of the everyday white and my home is not yet a year old. Go to my page. Click on the site for my home. You will notice that we have very little dry wall in the home. I think the deep colors contrasting with the wood is the way to go. Just the opinion of someone who has used both white and color! Good Luck. Alexis
Comment by Linda DeVelvis on May 30, 2008 at 10:50pm
I started with an off white on my walls, but got tired of it fast. I tried a taupe color in the entryway and a couple of walls in the great room but it left me with a "blah" feeling. I finally got the warm, complementary color I like in a gold "sueded" effect. It also complements the pale yellow in my kitchen.
Comment by Donna Peak on May 28, 2008 at 1:45pm
Hi Maryann! It makes my day to hear that our magazines gave you so many fantastic ideas. Any chance you could share some photos with us? I'd love to see what you've done.
Comment by Maryann Klasna on May 25, 2008 at 6:56pm
I used a deep cranberry color in our bedroom, it looks beautiful against the logs and blue pine ceiling. My logs and ceilings are clear coated so they are pretty light in color. I have a neutral beige carpet on the floor. In the kitchen I painted the walls a milk chocolate ( the color reminded me of a choc cake batter) I have hickory cabinets that are stained a light spice. the floor is tiled in a brown/tan/mauvey marble pattern It turned out gorgeous Ilove it. I have had so many comments on these 2 rooms. The rest of the walls are an off white ( my husband insisted) The bathroom we did in cedar wood w/ a clear coat. i am not a decorater but I must say I found so many ideas in the Log Home Magazine... I have studied them from cover to cover!!! And I love the results I have achieved in our new Log Home!!!
Comment by Tom Heatherington on May 22, 2008 at 9:30pm
Andrew, flattery always works (do I owe you money?). Seriously, thanks for the nice compliment. Having a hobby like woodworking... (and a beautiful wife) keeps me out of the bars and off the street. I don't get as much shop time as I'd like, but when I start such a project - I really enjoy the time away from this screen.

What made this such a great fit for our home was using 'blue pine', which is the same as on our ceiling. The hutch is also much larger that it appears at almost 6' wide. As you can see from the chairs... I haven't finished this dining room set yet. If my wife would only pay me, I could probably make the time to get this done!

Thanks again and I'll add this project in an upcoming 'DIY' posting.
Comment by Tom Heatherington on May 22, 2008 at 1:29pm
Roger on the white contrasting with the natural patina of the wood; white can often be too stark and uninviting. I concur with the advice you have already received, but I thought a picture might help you make up your mind. After I read your message, I grabbed my trusty digital camera and went upstairs to snap a pic of an interior wall in our dining room.

If the lighting were optimum, you would be able to see that the wall is painted a light color with soft golden or wheat tone. It is soft enough to keep the room bright without the overpowering effect of pure white. The wood on the arched ceiling and the china closet gives you a feel for the contrast. Also, as Leah recommended, the "cranberry" colors in our flower arrangement really compliments the scheme.

PS: I made that china closet (and the log frames) for my bride a couple of years ago and I think I'll talk more about this in the "DIY" Group (someday).

Comment by Leah Kerkman on May 22, 2008 at 12:16pm
I LOVE the use of color in a log home. We see deep shades of red a lot, especially in dining room and kitchens. That's one of my favorites.

Warm neutrals, like tones of gold and light browns, can also work in log homes. They look great in smaller areas, like for hallways, mudrooms or guest baths.

I think a good rule of thumb is, if you can find it in nature, it will look good in your log home. So sunny yellows, cranberry reds, and pine greens will all look great. Plus, Douglas fir is a pretty light, neutral species, so I think it would look great against a lot of different colors.

Good luck! Show us some pictures once you've figured out your colors.

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