I am painting my house and the living room and dining room are one long room. The kitchen opens into the dining alcove. How do I know where on the wall to stop painting the kitchen (yellow) and start the color for the dining/living room?
Someone suggested the point where the cabinets end. There is kitchen countertop/bar area which connects kitchen/dining rooms.
Also, do I have to follow a certain color scheme. I really don't like the tan/cream/beige colors and would like to do the dining room/living room in a green/sage shade. Any suggestions.
Angie from Allen Park, MI
It is your space, you decide where the colours change. When you do this, varathane a nice piece of wooden trim (from your home hardware store) and have it placed there to "divide" the two spaces. Greens and yellows look pretty together, so you should easily be able to make things blend. Just make sure to put something green in your yellow space (something ornamental) and something yellow in your green space (flowers?), to help them blend more easily. Have fun. (11/18/2005)
To divide the 2 spaces you could wallpaper the dining room with a color that is complementary to the kitchen and separate the two with a vertical chair rail.
Or wallpaper part of the dining room wall and paint the other half (top or bottom) with the kitchen color. Separate with a chair rail. (11/18/2005)
You could put up a hanging pot of silk flowers using your green and yellow colors to help blend the spaces.
Love and Prayers,
By Linda Howe
Can you sponge mix the two colors on a mutual wall? (11/18/2005)
On a decorating show, I saw where they used a floor to ceiling curtain panel, hung it on a swing arm hook on one wall, then gathered the bottom to that wall with a tieback. You never have to move it, yet it seemed to separate the rooms into their own spaces, plus you could use colors of each room to "tie" them together. Just a thought. (11/19/2005)
Always paint to the end of a wall. If you try to change the color in the middle of a wall, it will be very noticeable. If you have a wall that goes from one distinct area to another, choose a color for that wall that works for both areas. (08/07/2009)
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