Advice

July 31, 2014

Saying Goodbye to the '90s

Phenie Writes: My house has blue carpet throughout and all of the walls are white, think 1990's style.  I'm not sure how to add color to the walls without it being too much color.  Help! See Answer From Eduardo Rodriguez »
September 8, 2014

Lightening Up a Cave-Like Space

Amy Writes: I have a very small living/kitchen area in my home. There is one double window in the living area and one small window and a sliding glass door in the kitchen area. My furniture is very neutral (beige) and my cabinets are white. The walls are currently a darker blue, but it makes the room feel like a cave. Any suggestions on a color that would lighten up the room, but not make it feel like it is all the same color? My new curtains are a medium gray and I would like to keep those. See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
September 8, 2014

Try Herbal Hues for a Calmer Kitchen

Cynita Writes: I want to paint my kitchen in a soothing green, and my cabinet are dark and counter tops are earth toned.  My appliances are stainless steel and the backsplash has browns and tans. Greens are very difficult, and I don’t want a bright lime color, so what is a good choice? See Answer From Erika Ward »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
August 20, 2014

Get Cooking with a Clean, Crisp Yellow

Cassey Writes: I need help choosing a yellow for my kitchen that is cheerful but not overpowering but not too bland.....Any suggestions? I want a beautiful color to go against white cabinets. See Answer From Erika Ward »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
October 27, 2014

Kitchen Accent Wall Color

Hazel Writes: Hi! I have a 26ft long wall in my kitchen and a 12ft wide wall at the end of the room. The other walls have medium oak units, with black-grey worktops and black-grey flooring. It is north-facing, so there is not a lot of natural light. Could you recommend a color that won’t look like ‘too much’ on the long wall? Maybe a contrasting/accent color on the end wall? Thanks. See Answer From Diane Henkler »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
October 28, 2014

Bringing a Bit of Sunshine to a Fall-ish Color Palette

Anonymous Writes: Hello! My couch is dark brown and my fireplace has colors within the orange family. My cupboards are also dark brown and most of the accents are dark brown, reddish, green (very warm and ‘fall-ish’). I want a paint color to brighten the house, do you have any suggestions? See Answer From Eduardo Rodriguez »
October 22, 2014

Ruled by Red?

Gail Writes: My question is that my living space and dining area are red, so what color should I paint my kitchen? Also, should I tie my laundry room in with the kitchen or my den? See Answer From Erika Ward »
October 27, 2014

Color in Community Spaces

Annette Writes: I have a living room and kitchen combo which just has a half wall to separate the two rooms. The living room and kitchen have no windows and the kitchen floor and counter top are white. The rug in living room is beige and the two rooms have vaulted ceilings. Should I paint both rooms the same color or two different colors? Help please! See Answer From Kate Riley »
October 27, 2014

Adding Color and Contrast

Brooke Writes: I am starting over in a new state with lots of sunlight, antique white furniture, cream floors, a brass bed, and a pale pink & white love seat. HELP! I am going for white plantation shutters, but what do I paint the walls?  I think I'd like to go bold. See Answer From Kate Riley »
October 22, 2014

Painting a Split Foyer Home

Crystal Writes: I am in the process of renovating my split foyer home. I am having trouble picking out paint colors for the living room, kitchen, master bedroom and bath. The living room has one window and limited lighting. The kitchen is small with one window, while the master bedroom is kind of small with two windows. Lastly, the bathroom is small with one window. What types of colors would look best in these situations?  Thank You! See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
November 5, 2014

Repainting Over a Dark Paint Color

Kim Writes: My kitchen is a very dark green, but I want to paint it Frosted Pine. Do I need to do more than one coat? Will one coat cover up the dark green?   See Answer From Lindsay Ballard »
January 20, 2015

Paint Colors that Complement Brown

Vicki Writes: My question is, we have built a home made out of block but with sheetrock interiors.  The exterior has been painted a chocolate brown color. My question is I do not know what trim color to go with for my exterior doors.  I also have a dilemma for the interior cause I have almost espresso colored cabinets and I want to incorporate a grey that I can paint on my walls that will go with both browns.  I am looking for both wall color and trim color. See Answer From Melissa Michaels »
Categories: Color, Kitchens
February 2, 2015

A Red Accent Wall?

anonymous Writes: My livingroom and kitchen are connected by a long wall which is the wall your eyes go to when you first walk in the front door.  In the kitchen there is a big sliding glass door that let's in a lot of light and in living room 2 tall windows.  The furniture is neutral mocha and cabinets and trim are light oak.  The walls now are all a light neutral but I want some color. My decor Is a deep red and burnt orange (the big accent piece also has a touch of goldish color) I was thinking of painting the wall a red color and keep the rest of the walls neutral but I'm nervous it will be too dark and make the space feel smaller than it already is.  Should I go with a red or a different color? See Answer From Nicole Balch »
April 10, 2015

Match Cool and Warm colors using your existing molding

Teresa Writes: We have a ranch home and have "opened it up" somewhat.  Specifically, remodeling our kitchen and opening it up into our dining room.   The kitchen has light cherry and black cabinetry with dark brown/black granite countertops.  We will be putting up a travertine backsplash. Essentially we have a peninsula that separates the dining room and the kitchen.  I am trying to modernize the dining room, but it has a white chair rail and crown molding which I want to keep.  Any ideas on wall colors?  I do have some expensive navy blinds on the front bay window of the dining room that I want to keep. I just can't figure out how to do the walls to tie into the kitchen. See Answer From Stefanie Schiada »
Categories: Dining Rooms, Kitchens
April 17, 2015

Cohesive Colors That Flow Room to Room

karah Writes: My husband and I are in the process in painting the first floor in our new home.  We have started by painting the office candlestick silver (1 window and sits below the formal living room).  From there, we are overwhelmed what colors to use for the formal living room {(1 door and 1window; doorway into the kitchen on one end and a doorway into the family room (4 windows in family room; 1 doorway to the formal living, 2 doorways to the entrway) on the other end)}which leads to the kitchen(bay window, 1door, and 1 window; 1 doorway to formal on 1 end and 1 doorway into dining room) .  From the kitchen leads to the dining room ( 4 windows; 1 doorway to kitchen and other doorway to the entryway). All rooms are long.  The floor plan is not open, hence all the doorways (but not closed off). We want the colors to flow well.  We had the idea to use fossil grey in the formal living room and deep iron creek in the family room.  Do these flow well?  What color should the kitchen be?  Help!  Completely overwhelmed!  See Answer From Diane Henkler »
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
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 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 26, 2015

Greyed Down Greens

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 »
June 9, 2015

Light and Fresh Kitchen Colors

anonymous Writes: I am renovating a tiny kitchen that gets very little natural light. I can change everything but the appliances which are white, and I want a color scheme that is light and fresh. Naturally I thought I should paint the currently brown cabinets white, but how do I choose the right white if I have white appliances? I've heard that a pure white is good to use when you have white appliances, but that without ample natural light they can look dingy (versus bright and sparkly). What are my options for cabinet paint colors and what other finishes for floors, counters and walls would you recommend with it? I am also open to non-white options. See Answer From Diane Henkler »
Categories: Kitchens