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dark lounge room

8 years ago
last modified: 8 years ago

The lounge room in our seventies house is dark on all sides. One wall is "orange" knotty pine and the other is cedar panelling. The ceiling is knotty pine panelling with cedar beams. The semi circle brick hearth is mottled dark bricks. And the carpet is, well... dark orange.

This photo was taken at 3:30pm, on a recent mildly sunny afternoon. As the windows face south-east, this room is dark for most of the day.

We intend to replace the heavy red furniture with light coloured sofas/armchairs, a smaller coffee table and a large floor rug. With our current budget, carpet replacement in this room - and throughout the house ( it's that colour all the way through ) - is not an option.

Should we paint the panelled walls a neutral, like Dulux Natural White? I know the knots will require a primer/sealer like Zinsser B-I-N. Ripping the panels out and replacing with gyprock also not an option.
Has anyone had experience with painting knotty pine rooms? It also features heavily throughout the house and on the stairwell, which is dark and a little foreboding, even at midday.

Would also appreciate any decor/lighting suggestions.

Many thanks.

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