entry hall with off white walls and blue alcove along stairs this old house editor Scott omelianuk colorful rowhouse remodel
Photo: Bruce Buck; (paint dabs) Brian Henn/Time Inc. Digital Studio
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Neutral Ground

But one thing really stymied them, and it was not the difficult (and, in the end, spot-on) choice of light fixtures throughout, or even the hunt for a sofa for the TV room, a decision known to reduce some couples to tearful squabbling. It was settling on paint colors.

"She has an eye, it's just different from mine," says Scott, recalling Cara's raised-brow reaction the first time she stepped into the house and took note of its all-white walls.

Shown: The entry hall's off-white walls recede, setting off the richly colored runner, the two-tone newel post, and the bright blue alcove at a bend in the stairs.

Paint: Belvedere Cream and Aqua Spray; Behr
Runner: ABC Carpet & Home
Bench: Tribal Home
Mirror: Urban Nesters
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