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It's a condo with no table in the kitchen just appliances and floor space. The cabinets are washed oak, the appliances are bisque and the countertops are grey with some mixture of beige. I am planning on opening up the space to add some light but keeping all the above. What would be a nice color to make the room look new? It opens up into the dining area and living room that has beautiful sea green drapes that really make the room. What color should I paint the living room too? Something different from the kitchen, but something that would tie them both together
What "color" of gray are your counters? (there are many) If it is one that you find attractive try to match the family it is in, either lighter or deeper. If it is a good one, that could also be used in the other area in just another intensity. If it is "right", the turquoise drapes could be a real wow with it.
Oops, I meant sea green drapes.
I loved this red wall for a while, and now am tired of it. I am having a pantry installed and thought it would be a good time now to paint while waiting for the doors to dry. I would like a color to paint the living room and kitchen so that the rooms will flow together. As you can see, I have an abundance of woodwork and I have a hard time choosing wall paint colors.
I am not a fan of white, although my husband loves it and the oak cabinetry.
I have open concept living, dining room, and kitchen. My cabinets are coffee toffee. I have a burgundy side bar cabinet in the dining room, black fireplace and console TV stand in the living room, with a rust carmel color sofa.
I think a very pale cream color would compliment all those colors mentioned. Several brown shades already in place, I would avoid using more.
My family room is open to the kitchen with a bar counter between both rooms. The kitchen color in green sage. What color should I paint the family room? I removed the shelf along the white wall and I'm mounting a flat 55 inch TV. I changed the kitchen swags to white linen.
We have a small home and need advice on what color to paint the walls. Since the home is small, the kitchen and living room connect. So basically we are really trying to get a flow of color throughout the main floor.
The house is rectangular and the kitchen and living room make almost a shape like this "]". There are 4 walls total. One in the kitchen (north short wall), 1 that goes the length of the kitchen and living room (east long wall), 1 in the living room (south short wall), and 1 that is in the living room that leads down to bedrooms, etc. The kitchen has great lighting, living room has poor lighting.
I am really struggling with what color to pick. We have a medium/dark shade of red oak cabinets, black counter top and then a grey/white/black tiled back drop under the cabinets. So what color do I put on these huge walls to lighten them up? Hoping for a base color that can be used multiple places in the house, but then also an accent color? Should we use 1 main color on all the walls, and then 1 wall is an accent colored wall?
I am not knowledgeable in this area though so any input would be great! (Pardon the mess.)
I'd paint all the walls white which will really brighten up your rooms. You can always change the color later. You can get some good ideas by going to a home improvement store.
You've got so many colours and shades, no wonder you're having a tough time! I vote for white on the walls as well as cabinets.
I totally agree! We moved into the terrible brown on the walls and I'm just trying to get rid of it! I love the ideas of white cabinets too!
Thanks for the feedback!
If you are able to paint the cabinets white, I sure would do that. There are a lot of directions to be found on Pinterest.com. I would go with a shade of white for the walls because your rooms are so dark. Maybe you can get a paint chart of white colors (yes white has about 30 shades on the paint charts.
My instinct tells me to pick a shade similar to the lightest shade on your kitchen tile... which in the photo looks to actually be a light grey. I didn't see much bright white in the tile, but it might be the photo. I wouldn't use bright white or you'll end up with a sterile looking room...
And yes, I'm reading you can use silver and gold in the same room. You might want to add a mirror to your decor of one of the adjoining rooms to the kitchen to reflect light from the window since the rooms look so dark. Best of luck and follow your heart. Its only paint.
Hi! For the question about the apartment with the black and grey kitchen tile... I'm sure you've probably gotten your answer, but I thought it would look nice with white walls to match your appliances and the lightest grey in your tile for the ceiling (just a thought) and then add yellow and light to medium turquoise accents as Carol had mentioned. ;)
I am remolding my kitchen and my counter top are different colors of brown, beige, gray, and black. The kitchen floor tile is medium brown. My appliances are stainless steel. My kitchen and dinning room are connected and my den is knotty pine paneling. Please tell me what paint colors to use for the kitchen and dining room walls.
By Jada from Columbia, SC
Use a slightly lighter or darker shade of the grey.
Ypu could stay neutral with a cream color or go with something more appealing such as a blue or green color. I would stay with a light to medium wedgewood blue or a sage green.
There is a color called Carolina Blue which I used with knotty pine and it worked quite well. I liked the suggestion of blues and/or greens. Aqua or turquoise if light enough might work.
I have an open concept living area that includes family, kitchen, and dining. My cabinets are your typical oak with a counter top that is a laminate green color mix My high ceilings are all cedar wood almost the color of the golden oak cabinets. There are two hallways that come off of this area.
When we bought the house it had all off white walls. I would like to paint them, but have no idea where to start. My family room furniture is navy blue and I have window toppers that are currently a mix of navy, maroon, dark green, dark gold, cream, and tan. Any ideas that will tie them all together? I have thought of changing out the toppers so that's not a deciding factor.
I would start with the cabinets either paint them a glossy white or a a type of "white" wash but in a light green as well as the front of the island.
If you want to leave the cabinets and counter tops as is, I suggest going with a lighter shade of green or maybe a pale yellow. Go to the paint store and pick up a bunch of paint "chips" (sample cards). Take them home and tape them to the walls. Leave them there for a few days until you decide which one you like the best.
I have a dark counter top and light wood cabinets. I need some advice on what to paint the walls. I live in an apartment so the living room and kitchen are connected. On one wall in the kitchen is where the appliances, sink, and cabinets are. On the other wall there is just the kitchen table and if you go into the living room (on the same wall) that is where the couch and love seat are.
I mainly need a color that will look good in both rooms. I was thinking to play it safe and just do a beige. But I do love color. I'm just not sure of a nice looking color. Any suggestions?
By Megan A.
Your cabinets and counter top are neutral colors that way anything will go with them. However, in an apartment are you allowed to paint? Where I live the only way a person can paint in the apartments is if they can afford to repaint the walls to the orgional off-white color, when they move out.
What color are your couch and love seat?
We are renovating our kitchen. It is a smaller 10 x 10 kitchen. We are adding an island as well. The cabinets we picked out are white, our countertops are going to be a grayish black, and our floors are semi-dark gray wood laminate.
Our kitchen does flow right into our living room (we are in a an apartment so it is kinda small). We are facing north, in a corner, so we get no natural light into the kitchen. Right now the walls are just plain white as they have not been painted that I know of.
In our living room and kitchen we do have more black/brown wood features like a coffee table and all that. What we don't know is what color to paint the kitchen that will work also as the living room color. We are able to split the colors if need be, but we are not sure if we shouldn't just go really light like an eggshell. I would like a grayish blue (not too dark), but I'm afraid that will darken the room too much. Any suggestions would be a great help. Thanks
By stephanie from Alberta, Canada
If you want to lighten up the room and make it sunny...a light yellow in warm (buttercream) or cool (lemony) would be beautiful. Our son just did his room in dark charcoal woodwork, sheer grey ceiling, and light blue-green (sea like effect) walls. It looks fabulous, and I was cringing before I saw the effect. ;)
I don't know if you are where winter has an effect, but you might want to take into account the effect of cool colors in a north facing room.
With the white cabinets, you could go with a punch of color or a bit darker, too.
Nowadays, you can split colors beautifully between rooms as long as they look harmonious.
One suggestion that has helped us paint: get several paint chip samples so you can place them on different walls and leave them up for a while so you can see them in different lights (We even waited over seasons) especially by the adjoining room and where you can see the paint. It saves a lot of headache of repainting a mistake.
Then choose what makes you feel happy.
I agree with italianswede a buttercream would be nice. On tv they tell you to look in your closet these are the color u like. They also say if you have two colors you should bring them into each room. I painted my kitchen an olive green, it brings the outdoors in. Than any accents will look good. As there is every color outdoors. When you paint a color you will see your room go from plain to a picture in a magazine.
In my kitchen, I have maple cabinets and mauve Formica countertops. I am looking to paint some walls (right now they are a pink color). I want to freshen up the room. Also my kitchen and family room are together, I have a maroon carpet and pink and beige faux paint. I would also like to update that room. Want to update with minimal costs. Any suggestions?
By Rose D. from South Jersey
I don't know what you could do with the mauve counter tops but paint them. Rustoleum has kits to do that. I would pick something out that looks well with the cabinets and then worry about the paint color for the walls. I suppose you know but mauve color really dates your kitchen. Good luck!
I want to paint my living room and kitchen that are adjoining. It is not an open floor plan. I need some help finding colors that work without making the rooms look completely off from each other. I am wanting a tan for the living room and even thought about doing a darker wall as an accent. Then I wanted to do the kitchen in a medium colored grey.
Go to a paint store, and have a look at the paint samples. Any one of those strips showing several colors will have paint colors that match up. In the bigger stores, there is usually someone who can give advice on co-ordination of colors, or they have a computer program that can show you what the colors look like in a room.
I am painting my cabinets white and want to know if it is a good idea to paint the adjoining family room paneling the same as the walls in kitchen? One wall in kitchen is plain and flows into the family room. What color for paneling?
By P. S. from Chesapeake VA
Do whatever you want in your house. It has to be your decision and you don't have to worry about matching the white of the cabinets because anything will go with white.
We have cherry woodwork, dark wood floors, and cream leather couches, with neutral chairs. One is a brown/black tweed and one is a cordovan color leather. The curtains are black and cream. The living room, dining room, and kitchen paint needs to be the same. I have a light gold color now, but am not happy with it. The kitchen counters are gray, cream, and black. What color for the walls? Would a gray blue work?
We are redoing our condo (kitchen, hall, living room combo). The floors are a light oak laminate. The cabinets are cream/washed look with cream appliances. I'd like to brighten the small area. We are putting in wainscoating in the hallway. So my questions are: using white trim (is that okay against the cream cabinets//appliances) and then a nice overall color that would bring all the rooms together. I am thinking a light green, or yellow? Thoughts?
We are building a house and I picked out maple cabinets with a cherry glaze (looks cherry). I love natural maple hardwood. Will it look OK to put these together. What color paint should I use? The granite is light beige with flecks and swirls of gold, red, and green. the room is open to the parlor which has a white fireplace. Paint color has to be same as kitchen I would like to do maple natural throughout. Thank you.
By Kathleen l.
I have a sleek white and marine blue kitchen. The walls are marine blue, floor to ceiling gloss white cabinets, medium brown cork floor, dark grey-black counters, and stainless appliances, and black appliances. The living room and dining rooms are seen from the kitchen and vice versa. I need color that complements the marine blue for these rooms. Ideas? They've been grey. The living room has black leather couches with red pillows/throws for accent color.
By Karen T
I have a kitchen and living room adjoining wall. The walls in the living room are Delicious Melon from Behr and the kitchen is a very light shade of orange almost a vanilla. I hate it. My focal wall is medium turquoise in the living room and the cabinet doors are a light turquoise. I want to change the color on the kitchen walls and the cabinets and I do not want white cabinets. What would be good choices? Please no beige or brown. I like color.
Will it look good if I paint the doors in my kitchen white and stain the doors in the family room dark? The two rooms flow into each other.
By Donna C.
I'm looking for a paint color for my family room and kitchen. We have a medium to dark hardwood floor in the family room and the rest of the floor in the house is light green tiles. My cabinet color in the kitchen is light maple. Can someone advise a good wall paint color combination for the family room and kitchen? Do you advise to have one color in both family room and kitchen room or two different colors? I appreciate any help. Thanks.
By Cyn from IN
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I am looking for paint color advice for my kitchen and family room. The two rooms run together. I have stainless appliances, white cabinets, and black counters. The family room has a navy blue couch and chair. And both rooms have medium light wood floors.
By Kim from Concord, NH
I am looking for paint color advice for my kitchen and family room. The two rooms run together. I have black appliances, medium oak cabinets, and white tile counters.