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May 22, 2015

Kristi Writes: My house is an open floor plan. When we bought it the kitchen was painted a light green and living room a dark forest green and hallway a burnt orange. I want to repaint all of it to lighten up the house and make it appear bigger but can't decide on colors. I would like to do an accent wall on the wall the links the living room and kitchen together. The cabinets are wood and so is the trim. Our furniture is currently black leather. Thank you! See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
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May 15, 2015

Color Choices for a Small Laundry Room

Dee Writes: Please help me choose a color to paint my laundry room cabinets. Lighting is a single LED bulb that gives everything a blue cast. I have no natural light, and the room is very small.  Appliances are white. Walls are a light aqua color, the ceiling is white, and the floors are a terra cotta tile that has a small amount of medium grey veining in it.  I'm thinking perhaps an off white with a grey glaze rubbed into the crevices, or maybe a medium or a charcoal gray. Do any ideas come to mind? See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
May 15, 2015

Kitchen Cabinet Transformation

Denise Writes: I want to repaint my kitchen cabinets. Right now they are a dark red stained with some black, which is how we purchased the home. My counter tops are black, I have stainless steel appliances and my floors are stained. The little bit of walls that show are painted a butter yellow. The breakfast nook next to it is painted a butter yellow. I would love to repaint my cabinets a lighter color, but I’m not sure what color would go with the rest of my theme. I have 12 ft. ceilings. Any advice would be wonderful. Thank you. See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
May 15, 2015

White Ceilings, Lighter Walls, Larger Rooms

Marie Writes: I'm trying to get my cottage ready to sell, but my living room is small and also has an extremely low ceiling (7’6”) I'm wondering what I can do with paint to make it appear taller and bigger? See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
Categories: Color, Painting Tips
May 13, 2015

Dramatic Neutrals for an Open Floor Plan

Serena Writes: I have a large open floor plan. The floors are a light wood and there are lots of dark wood built ins (that I am planning to stain but will keep them darker) and furniture. I do plan to stick with neutral furniture and keep the dark wood built ins. There is also a floor to ceiling (7.5 ft high) red brick fireplace that I am open to staining. I would like to paint my kitchen a greyish color, and a beige color for the living and dining areas. Can I do that even though they open to each other? I just really want to divide the spaces. I plan to use light accent colors of teal/blues (living/dining) and yellows (kitchen). I should also mention I really like the crisp look of black doors and white trim. Do you have any recommendations on colors that will pull it all together? I have one very large window in the living area and glass sliders in kitchen going to the back porch. The sliders I hope to make French doors eventually. There is one small window over the kitchen sink and a huge skylight. Natural light is not in abundance in the living/dining area but there is a lot of natural light in kitchen. See Answer From Diane Henkler »