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4 Color Palette Dilemmas and How to Solve Them

Got color problems? Solve them with the help of these tips from the pros

Photography: Marc Jao (Main Photo)

Have you always wanted to use dark colors for your bedroom but worried that doing so will make your room smaller? Can't decide which shade to use in the living area? These are just some of the common color problems that you need to face when working on your dream home.

There's no need to worry though as we've asked design professionals for expert tips. Scroll down below and see how you can best deal with these dilemmas. Got your own questions? Send us a message on Facebook or email us at: reallivingonline[at]

What color works best in a room meant for the older members of the family?

“There is not distinct color palette for young or old, but I’d like to suggest that you play safe but not boring. Perhaps you can choose a relaxing but lovely color palette in khaki or a muted sage green and a bit of chocolate brown or you can ask them what they like.” – Design consultant and stylist Issa Villar

What paint color works best with wooden elements?

“Cream walls allow your wood furniture to stand out. If you prefer a playful approach, light blue walls or olive green bring a fresh and youthful perspective to a space.” – Interior designers Kristine Neri-Magturo and Kimi Manuel 

Can dark colors be used for small spaces?

“With proper arrangement and choice of furniture, a dark color scheme won’t go wrong. Dark, cool colors would make the walls recede.” — Interior designer Rochelle Granali

Looking for color combinations that you can try? Click here for ideas.

What's the best color scheme to use in a couple's room?

“The colors blue and white can capture both a man’s taste and a woman’s sophistication. Try these hues with muted greens to create a calm space. Also, pair them with low-key furniture pieces in light and natural wood finishes and simple silhouettes.” – Interior designer and stylist Tala Singson

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