I also like cranberry or a version of rust with those colors. One rule I've learned is that you should be able to carry one item - a pillow or rug, for example - throughout any room and it should blend in. That way you know you have a cohesive color scheme.
I would find a large rug, painting, print, canisters or any piece (or pieces) you love that has both the colors blue & the colors of the wood in it. Then pick up another color that is in this art & you can't go wrong with this technique! If it were me, I'd go with a green, be it sage, or olive (dark or light) or hunter. This way, you 'd have a tri-color scheme. Being, yellow-golden-brown (the cabinets) olive & blue. You can also go with a light blue, but with blue, always make sure there's a tiny bit of gray in the blue or it will look juvenile. Another color to think about would be one that looks like the color of Peanut Butter. I used this color on my walls & ceiling with blue curtains, blue shades, table cloths & accessories in my craft room & it looked wonderful! You wouldn't think peanut butter would look good, but it looks wonderful with blue!
* In floral design school, they told us to consider wood to be "orange". so you'd pick colors that go good with both orange & blue. (that's why I said olive or any green) But if you do the technique above. Buy a rug or a piece of art with these colors plus others, then you can't go wrong!
I have oak cabinets and oak hardwood flooring the kitchen. What color paint would look good on the walls?
Robin from Litchfield, Ohio
My counter tops are tomato red, the back splash is tile of the same color. The walls and ceiling are painted a true white, then sponge painted tomato red over the white. It is bright without being overwhelming. The next time I paint, it will be white ceiling and medium bright blue walls. Or I may wallpaper in a print with red, white and blue in it. I have found that one basic color scheme allows a number of variations.
The adjoining room is the dining room, and it is painted white with dark pine trim. The area rug in there matches the runner in the kitchen, having red and blue in the pattern. In summer, the rugs come up and the floors are bare. Ceiling fan/light fixtures are white in both rooms. What ever you decide, enjoy your new kitchen. (03/21/2007)
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