11:03AM | 06/15/04
Member Since: 06/14/04
1 lifetime posts
I need help. I want to paint my dining room red. My decorating scheme is oriental but I'm afraid that the red won't work year round. Also I have a chair rail. Any ideas of reds and complementing colors?


02:04PM | 06/20/04
Member Since: 05/25/04
16 lifetime posts
Ronnic, Although I've done my share of interior painting, I had a painful experience with red interior paint. My daughter wanted her bedroom painted red. The previous color was a light blue. We had to prime over the blue with a high quality primer tinted pink (a job unto itself). Then, we started with the red paint (a satin)---it did not go on well at all! First coat looked like 1st graders had a red finger painting class on our walls! First coat was so bad that I went back to the store a bit heated. Store person said: "Red is a difficult color--- it may take several coats." Oh, by-the-way, before anyone says that I should have purchased a "high quality paint"--- and I wounld not have had the problem. HEY, I did! Primer & final coat paint were best in the store (nothing too good for my baby!). Well, we put the second coat of red on---- a lot better, but the paint still has an uneven look. We quite, after the second red coat--- we perfer to look upon the "uneven look"---- as a "wonderful marbling effect." Perhaps a 3rd coat of red would have done the trick--- but everyone was pretty well exhaused with the painting process--- we've grown to like the "wonderful marbeling effect." Other than that, red interior paint is great! Oh, complementing colors: My daughter picked a beige-- I thought it would darken the room too much; however,the beige goes well with the red--- marble effect. Have fun. Jaes.


11:44AM | 06/21/04
Thanks jaes54321.

I'm receiving conflicting info regarding,"to prime or not to prime" before red. I'll keep searching but thanks for the info.


04:28PM | 06/22/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
red rooms, wow I still dislike them even after many years of owning my own painting business.

My advice-Any other color you'd like?

Just kidding don't use short strokes I like to use a pole and go all the way from the floor to the ceiling.
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