Burgundy is a popular furniture colour that brings elegance to a room. A frequent option for bedroom, dining room, living room and office decor, it works well with wood and fabric. At first glance, it looks easy to find a colour scheme for the space that coordinates and shows off your sense of style. Playing with colour swatches and paint cards can quickly eliminate that theory, creating instead a headache from eyestrain and thinking too much. It helps to have a strategy.
Consider the room's primary use--entertaining, business, relaxation--and desired atmosphere. Lighter colours make the space look larger. Beige, yellow, grey, blue and green are soothing colours that go well with burgundy. For a cosier atmosphere, choose a darker shade, which appears to make spaces smaller. Earth and jewel tones suggest elegance and solemnity. Bright colours, such as peach, gold and pink, promote cheer and energy. Pick a colour you like and can live with for a long time.
The most obvious choice is white paint. It goes with everything. White visually opens up a room, making it bigger and brighter. It works with burgundy furniture, creating a stark contrast. It is also boring and unimaginative, shows dirt easily and gives a "rental" look. White paint will not highlight your sense of style. Keep it off the walls if possible. Save it for the ceiling, creating the impression the room is taller. Light fixtures illuminate well against white paint, making it ideal for a chandelier setting.
Matching burgundy paint to burgundy furniture is nearly impossible. The colour has many depths to it, absorbing light at different angles and creating a variety of shades at once. While the paint square may match the fabric swatch at the store, at home the light will be different and they will no longer match. They will clash, creating a visual nightmare.
Choose a contrasting or coordinating hue for trim. Select one that brings out the other colours in the room as an accent. Try matching throw pillows, lamps, and carpet or flooring to create a theme. If your wall colours are light, choose a darker colour for trim. White is appropriate for accenting windows, doorways and floorboards. If the ceiling is white, the white trim should be the same shade as the ceiling.
Most paint makers offer suggested colour groups called collections. They are shown in clusters to be bought and used together in one area. After choosing a base paint colour, look to the other selections in the group for the trim and a single accent wall or ceiling choices. If you don't like the collections, make up your own combination or consult an interior designer.
- MJ Knoblock