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Designer Q and A for October 30 (Part 2)

Find out where you can get rattan furniture and how to use warm neutrals for your home


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Coffee colors

Q: I plan to repaint the interiors of my home. Most of my furniture is wood, and I have a brown sofa. What color will go with them? I also plan to put in an accent wall. What color would make a good combination? - Luzviminda Zapanta

A: I suggest you go with a neutral shade for the majority of your walls. A classic shade of mocha or light coffee will warm up your home without overpowering it. These shades will also create a sophisticated but comfortable look when combined with your brown leather sofa and wood furniture.

For the accent wall, paint it a mid-tone shade of green (apple or grass green) that contrasts perfectly with brown. These shades of green also adapt easily to different styles -- may it be contemporary or traditional.

Rattan Furniture

Q: I would like to ask where I can get rattan furniture such as side chairs, ottoman stools, and coffee tables that are easy on the budget.  - Lia

A: Before buying rattan furniture, make sure that the distinct look of rattan is really the look you want. Rattan furniture goes well with natural elements; that's why they look good in lanais or verandas. Keep in mind that well-made rattan pieces have smooth surfaces (with no rough ends sticking out) and tightly woven weaves. You can find affordable rattan furniture in stalls located at the second floor of the Greenhills Shoppesville tiangge area. 


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