Interior design maven and host of HGTV's "Myles of Style," Kim Myles, will answer a question submitted from an ESSENCE.com reader every day. Kim believes that interior design should offer a lifestyle that's chic, vibrant and attainable for every homeowner or renter. "My goal is to offer simple solutions that help the average person achieve the look that they want without going into debt. There is absolutely no reason for great design to be overly expensive or exclusive," she declares. Today's topic: How to lighten up a room Dear Kim, I have followed you all the way from your first day. Love your style. My question is: I want to paint my living room a dark rich green. I have a big picture window but lots of shade. I have a dark brown wood fireplace. Will this make my room look even darker or can I two-tone it with light and dark green paint with a white crown molding? I really love the color, so maybe you can suggest ways to make it not so dark with accessories? KIM MYLES: First, thanks for the love! I believe that you should go with what you love, and it sounds like using two-tones of that green would be ideal considering the shade and dark wood situation. The white molding will help as well, and consider doing a white curtain and maybe some lighter furniture to help the space feel open. Have fun! Read more:
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