Advice

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 »
May 13, 2015

Wall Color for a Room With No Natural Light

Mya Writes: I am switching my bedroom to a bigger basement room with no windows. Two walls were previously painted a dark grey, and the other two white. I need to add some color! What would you recommend? I've gotten samples of blue, purple, and red and none of them feel right without any natural lighting. I need some options!  See Answer From Diane Henkler »
Categories: Bedrooms, Color
May 13, 2015

Classic Kitchen Trio: Black, Grey and White

Carrie Writes: I have 1980s ivory melamine kitchen cabinets that I want to paint. I am thinking white, but not sure how to choose the shade of white, or if I should do a slight grey color. Appliances are all white, windows face west so there is a lot of light in the room. One window is above the sink and the other is a bay window where the kitchen table sits.  The countertop is very busy like a speckley black, grey, and white so I would like to keep everything else pretty plain. I was thinking a grey or white subway tile for the backsplash. What do you think, and how do I choose the shade of white? Does it need to match the appliances? Help me please. See Answer From Diane Henkler »
Categories: Color, Kitchens