Advice

February 24, 2014

Color for an Open Concept Living Space

Amy Writes: We are building a house and have decided to go with black cabinets and gray/white granite in kitchen.  We are having trouble deciding what color to paint the kitchen and living room since it will be an open concept. See Answer From Nicole Balch »
February 21, 2014

How to Paint with an Open Floor Plan

Cynthia Writes: I have a small home with an open floor plan; everything is open from the kitchen to the dining room to the living room. The walls are in desperate need of paint. Most of my furniture is earth tones with a few black pieces (entertainment center, book case, cabinet). Is it best to select one neutral color with an open floor plan? I also want to paint my kitchen cupboards (and walls). Again, struggling with color choices since it will be seen from all other rooms in the house. My countertop is a yellow rich cream color and appliances to match. I would love some color (favor rich red or oranges), just not sure how to go about doing it. (I included a picture of my kitchen). Thank you! See Answer From Michael Wurm Jr »
March 17, 2014

Painting a Kitchen

Jules Writes: If I have maple wood cabinets in my kitchen and a blue pearl granite counter tops and blue granite floor with stain steel appliances, what color should I paint the walls? See Answer From Eduardo Rodriguez »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
March 18, 2014

Warm Colors

Kate Writes: I'm looking for a color to paint our kitchen with a variegated slate background.  I like warm colors rather than cool.  Thoughts? See Answer From Nicole Balch »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
March 17, 2014

Decorating to Sell

Sherie Writes: We are preparing to sell our rental house. We would like to paint the inside of the entire house. We want neutral but not boring. There is a chair railing in the dining room. Thinking about two different colors for that room. Carpet will be neutral as well. I would like suggestions. See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
March 31, 2014

Kitchen Conundrum

Jules Writes: If I have maple wood cabinets in my kitchen and blue pearl granite counter tops and blue granite floor with stain steel appliances what color should I paint the walls? From: Jules                                                See Answer From Kate Riley »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
March 28, 2014

Choosing Colors that Go With Terra Cotta Floors and Oak Trim

Debra Ross Writes: My interior is in desperate need of painting but I have absolutely no idea what color to use so I remain paralyzed. I have a large house and the floors are terra cotta in the hallway (which constitutes a large area) and then hardwood in the TV room and living room and terra cotta in my kitchen. As my house has large openings between the rooms the terra cotta is seen from everywhere. I love the terra cotta but have a lot of oak trim in that pink oak that has a pinkish yellow undertone. There is trim at the top of the wall and ceiling, large oak baseboards and solid trim facing all of the openings to the various rooms, plus large double oak doors leading in to my bedroom and single oak doors leading to all upstairs rooms. It would be a massive undertaking and very expensive to have the trim stained another color. The walls are currently a dark grey blue that I am so tired of. My furniture is pine antique. I have a brown leather coach in the TV room and I am ready for a new coach in the living room. Any color suggestions for my walls? See Answer From Diane Henkler »
March 31, 2014

The In Between

Amanda Writes: We just bought a new house that has wallpaper everywhere! Our plan is to take down the wallpaper and repaint the whole house. We have a galley kitchen that has blonde cabinets with white tiles for the backsplash and floor. We are going to put in stainless steel appliances when we move in. We will update the kitchen to dark brown cabinets and white granite, but won't do that for another year. But we want to repaint now because I can't handle the wallpaper! What colors would go well with the blonde/white dated cabinets now that will still work with our updated kitchen later. I would prefer not to paint twice! I like reds and greens or even a sunrise color, but not sure if that would mesh well with the cabinets. If I do a bold color in the kitchen, what other colors would go well in the adjoining dining room and lounge? Thanks for your advice - I need the help!   See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
April 28, 2014

So...Pink!

Imagine Writes: I have a kitchen with terra cotta tiles and am struggling to find a paint color for the walls that will coordinate with them. The cabinets are honey-colored and the counter is granite with pinkish streaks. I'd like to tone down the floor tiles so they don't seem quite so...pink! Any ideas?  See Answer From Nicole Balch »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
April 25, 2014

Choosing Kitchen Cabinet & Wall Paint Colors to go with Wood Flooring

Dan Writes: I just replaced my old tile floor in the kitchen with allure vinyl floor in vintage grey oak. I want to update my cabinets and walls with colors that would accent the floor. I am not very savvy on design colors - that is my wife's department. However, she is in the Navy and on deployment so she is not here to help. I would like to have this completed when she returns as a great surprise for her. Any ideas of what I can do? Thank you. See Answer From Diane Henkler »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
April 28, 2014

Ceiling Blues

Anonymous Writes: My living room and kitchen are combined. I decorated in blues and burgundy. I want to paint my ceiling blue and leave my walls as they are. They are light beige. I just wanted to do something different, but don’t know how to go a darker blue or a light blue. I wanted a blue gray color to match one papered wall in the kitchen. See Answer From Michael Wurm Jr »
May 19, 2014

A White and Grey Color Palette For a Kitchen

Marge Writes: White kitchen cabinets, on U shape kitchen, gray and white porcelain flooring, 210 sq. ft. back splash white subway 50 sq. ft. colonial white granite (grayish with specks of dark cranberry) 60 sq. ft. Our kitchen is large. I wanted to know if I should paint one big wall light gray with white ceiling and accent with a darker gray?  Bring in color with rugs, pictures and etc.                                             See Answer From Eduardo Rodriguez »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
May 19, 2014

In Neutral Territory: Kitchen Wall Colors With Cherry Cabinetry

Lotlot Writes: Hi!   I have a kitchen with medium dark cherry cabinets and I'm having a hard time figuring out what color goes best with it. My kitchen is also connected to my family room without any division so I'm not sure if I'm going to paint my kitchen and family room the same color. My kitchen has a window pane on one side adjacent to my sink and a glass sliding back door and my family room has 3 windows. All the windows and door are facing my backyard and has a pretty substantial light during the day. Please help! See Answer From Erika Ward »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
May 19, 2014

Warm Greens To Brighten a Room

Susan Writes: I have multi colored vermont slate floor in the kitchen and dining area. Currently we have two tones of salmon colored walls and I am interested in repainting since it has been a number of years. I want colors that will not absorb light as we have long Vermont winters. I am drawn to light green but can't seem to find anything that isn't too dark or minty.  See Answer From Diane Henkler »
May 19, 2014

Choosing a Kitchen Wall Color to Go With Dark Cabinets and Burgundy Tile

Lora Writes: What color can I paint my kitchen that has old pink and burgundy tile counters and back splash with dark wood cabinets? See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
June 4, 2014

Pairing Grey with Beige

Suzie Writes: Hi there! We just moved into a high ranch where the living room, dining room, hallway and foyer are all connected and open to each other. The main color of our walls currently is a light creamy beige (trim will be painted white). I just bought a new grey (with a blue undertone) and creamy/ivory rug (main color is grey) and am trying to update the dining room and living rooms while tying their color schemes together at the same time. I would like to paint some of the walls a grey to try and separate the space, as well as to create a little appeal to the walls. Any suggestions on a neutral grey, light or medium, that goes well with a light beige color? Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! See Answer From Nicole Balch »
June 6, 2014

Crazy for Navy cabinets!

Tamika Writes: I am looking for a color to paint my kitchen cabinets. I used the Glidden Vanilla Shake color for the walls, and I have since installed new counter tops, so now I need a complimentary cabinet color! See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
June 4, 2014

Open Concept Floor Plan Color Choices

Chelsey Writes: I have just bought a new house and the entryway, living room, dining room and kitchen are all in one large room that has vaulted ceilings. The trim and cabinets are a honey oak color and the carpeting is beige. Right now the walls are also beige and everything feels brown floor to ceiling!  I'd like to change the colors of the room and include an accent wall, so I am hoping you could recommend some potential paint colors. See Answer From Diane Henkler »
June 6, 2014

Top Three Beige/Taupe Paints with Green Undertones

Lisa Writes: I am trying to find paint colors I can save to my project folder, but there seem to be limited choices/suggestions. How do I upload colors to use when I want to try some out? I was hoping to see what my living room would look like by testing out a few different paint colors.   Thank you! See Answer From Erika Ward »
July 31, 2014

Dividing a Long, Shared Wall

Mary Writes: My living room and kitchen share a wall.  The living room is painted a light grey with one wall being a darker grey.  This dark grey wall has a large picture window in it.  The light grey wall is the one that is shared by the kitchen.  Do I have to paint that shared wall the exact same color? See Answer From Nicole Balch »