Advice

April 25, 2012

Kitchen Hinge Hassle

Julie Writes: I have just purchased my first home and am in the process of refinishing my kitchen cabinets. I am wondering if there is a way to paint the hinges on the cabinets (they are an odd shape) - they are a very dark color and my new knobs and pulls are silver.. I have read that they can be removed, cleaned, and spray painted with paint for metal, but wanted to confirm that this is actually true before I start spraying! I also plan on painting my kitchen a grey like Grey Owl by Benjamin Moore, with the cabinets a very very light, almost white-grey. Any suggestions for fun accent colors? Thanks! See Answer From Kate Riley »
Categories: Kitchens
August 28, 2012

Creating Your Sanctuary

Andrea Writes: Hello! I'm building a house and am completely overwhelmed by all the desicions to be made.  Making matters worse, I'm terrible at picking paint color from swatches... The home has an open living room/kitchen/dining area, all trim and cabinetry is white, the floor is a medium tone hardwood, and there are 3 south facing windows and one east facing window for light. The only furniture I've purchased so far is a medium to dark grey tufted sofa.  I'd like my home to feel like my own personal sanctuary so I'm going for cozy, comfortable, homey, peaceful, and relaxing.  I tend to like muddier colors over clear ones but I like so many different colors I just can't figure it out!  Thanks! See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
August 29, 2012

Neutralizing a Colorful Space

Elissa Writes: I attached a picture of the kitchen to the house we just bought.  I personally dont like yellow paint, but am having a hard time finding another color that will look good with these cabinets and floors, since they both have yellow hues to them. Any suggestions? Also, the adjacent living room has a HUGE red accent wall, so it'd need to match that as well! Thanks! See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
September 6, 2012

Grey Tones

Nicole Writes: We are planning on redoing our kitchen, and changing white counters and light oak cabinets to dark cabinets with lighter granite countertops.  I would like to stick with a neutral color on the wall but I'm sick of beige.  I wanted the cabinets to stand out so didn't want a paint color that was too dark, but I plan on doing neutral throughout the house so I wanted to do something a little different in the kitchen.  Help! Thanks! See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
September 26, 2012

A Satin Finish

Courtney Writes: We bought a flipped house a couple of years ago.  They painted the bathroom and kitchen in the same matte finish paint as the rest of the house.  We are ready to re-paint, but I'm not sure what to use in the kitchen and bathroom so it is easy to clean and wipe down.  What finish do you recommend in bathrooms and kitchens? See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
October 1, 2012

Honey Oak Trim

Pam Writes: Everyone has white trim these days, so it's difficult to find any photos with honey oak trim. Can you suggest paint colors that go well with honey oak trim? In the dining room and kitchen we have an open floor plan with South facing windows, and a North facing window in the living room. Also, the master bedroom also has East & South windows in the master bedroom.   Thanks!!   Pam  See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
October 12, 2012

A Plum Accent

Rachel Writes: Hi,   I am just about to have a new kitchen fitted and we are also knocking the wall down that separates the kitchen and dining room making a bigger open space. My units are a light sand colour with a black worktop. The flooring will be a wood effect vinyl. I am keen to have plum as an accent colour - maybe the far wall in a plum flowered wallpaper and some plum furnishings. But I have no idea what colour to do the other 3 walls?  The room has 2 windows and is approx. 8m by 2.7m   Many thanks for your help See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
November 6, 2012

Paint is the Perfect Solution

KJ Writes: We recently bought a house with an outdated kitchen. While we wait to save the money to remodel it properly, we want to spruce it up with some paint. The kitchen is relatively small (approx. 10' x 10', I'd guess) with counters that are brick/maroon;  cabinets and walls that are white/off-white; appliances that are true white; and bleached (whitish) wood floors. None of the whites match. I'd like to paint the cabinets and walls so they work with the existing maroon counter, white appliances and light floors. I'm open to anything, but I was thinking neutrals -- something darker on the cabinets to contrast with floors and appliances, and something light/neutral on the walls because the space is smaller. The kitchen has one "window" that passes through to an addition, as a result it doesn't get any direct sunlight, but it does get a lot of indirect natural light. I'd love to hear your color suggestions for the walls and cabinets. See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
January 16, 2013

Shades of White

Jana Writes: I have nutmeg color walls in my kitchen. (Not sure of the exact color, but it resembles nutmeg to me). I was wondering: I have plain oak cabinets and wanted to paint them. What color would you recommend that would go with the wall color? Thanks!  See Answer From Diane Henkler »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
April 8, 2013

Freshen Up the Kitchen

Marilyn Writes: Hi, I would like to re-paint our Kitchen/Breakfast room. In it there are lots of Oak cabinets that I am not ready to change right now. There is also white trim and chair rail. The current paint scheme is yellow above the chair rail and red below. What color(s) would you suggest? Thank you! See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
April 26, 2013

Accent Color Dilemma

Kelly Writes: Hi There, We just re-did our kitchen. We have dark cherry cabinets and yellow walls. Our counter top is quartz and has cream, brown, black and copper in them. Our floor is tan tile. What color would you recommend I use for a pop of color around the room? Thanks! See Answer From Eduardo Rodriguez »
Categories: Kitchens
April 26, 2013

Working with Copper Accents

Lisa Writes: I am at a loss! I have natural pine cabinets (med color) & light gray floors (Kenecto Mist). I want to paint my backsplash & front of the island. My lights are copper verde & most other colors are neutral. Please suggest a color that will tie it all together! Thanks! See Answer From Michael Wurm Jr »
Categories: Kitchens
May 28, 2013

Kitchen Transformation

Suesan Writes: I am redoing my kitchen and I am stuck when it comes to color for the walls and cabinets. I exposed a brick wall behind my sink and I am doing board and batten (2/3 of the wall) on the open walls around the room, so I will have a lot of white in that section. I don't want standard white cabinets so I need to paint my cabinets because of some additions and changes I've made. I will have a light with blue mason jars in the room and other glass in that color around the room. I don't know what color to paint the walls or the cabinets. I'm leaning towards a “taupey” grey for the cabinets and a light version of the aqua to match the glass for the upper wall section, but I don't want too much aqua in the room.  I thought a soft yellow could be pretty too, but I'm honestly stuck. What do you suggest? Thanks! See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
Categories: Kitchens
June 20, 2013

Color Questions

Pooja Writes: Hi, I have color questions for 2 rooms in my new house -  1. Master suite - I love the beachy feeling, so I planned to choose aquamarine for this room. This room also has high ceiling and large windows on 3 walls. I am not sure which color should I choose for the remaining wall.  2. Kitchen - I have picked cottage yellow for all the walls in my kitchen and white cabinets. I was thinking of painting my ceiling a sky blue color since it has a nice sky light on top. Also, I wanted to pick a dark color for the wall which hosts the breakfast nook. Which dark color will go well with sky blue ceiling & cottage yellow walls? Thanks, P See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
June 20, 2013

Coordinating with Golden Oak

Jalynn Writes: Hi! I have golden oak kitchen cabinets and moulding, so I'm looking for a neutral paint color that won't clash. Any suggestions? Thanks!   See Answer From Diane Henkler »
Categories: Kitchens
July 12, 2013

A Sophisticated Kitchen

Mary Writes: Hello, I am painting my kitchen and I have red cupboards that I want to keep. I liked Fresh Pineapple for the walls but I was told red and yellow is too 90's. What are the "up and coming colors”, and what would be good with my Candy Apple Red cupboards? Please help!   See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
Categories: Kitchens
July 19, 2013

Subtle Hints of Blue

Ellen Writes: I live in a town home, and I’m painting my kitchen and living room which are close in proximity. I want a pretty gray in my living room and I was thinking about a blue such as Country House Blue for my kitchen. Do you have any recommendations for a gray that's not too dark and not too light?  Thank you!   See Answer From Kate Riley »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
February 10, 2014

Color Flow

Cindy Writes: My living room is painted dark pine green on two walls.  The kitchen leads into the living room.  The kitchen is painted white and I want to do something different.  The ceiling will still be white, but what color would you suggest painting the walls and should it be all the walls or just a couple as an accent?  I'd like to do some kind of glass or metal tiles as a backsplash behind the stove so I guess everything will have to flow.  I was thinking about a medium to light yellow, peach or a medium tan.  Or do I need to stay with greens?  Any suggestions? See Answer From Diane Henkler »
February 11, 2014

Painting a Home to Sell

Lynn Writes: We have a "hill country" style home in Texas with all walnut stained trim, no white anywhere.  We are preparing to sell our home and were wondering what neutral color you would suggest.  Our home tends to be very dark inside with not a lot of natural light.  Wanting an all-around good color that would be appealing to buyers.  See Answer From Eduardo Rodriguez »
February 10, 2014

Never Boring Beige

Sally Writes: I have an open concept living floor. My kitchen is Frosted Pine by Glidden with brown granite counter tops. I love the color in the kitchen but I have no idea what color to paint the rest of the room. What color goes well with Frosted Pine that isn't too boring or beige and isn't so dark? See Answer From Erika Ward »