Jamie
Jamie
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  • Whitestone, NY
Asked on Oct 14, 2017

Paint

Christine JacksonPaulaCJ
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What color should I paint my living/ kitchen room
I'm sorry it's dark , but all white walls n ugly wood molding
9 answers
  • Mary Dorsey
    on Oct 14, 2017

    A soft grey or a dark blue/grey. Depending on if you want to go dark or light.
  • Fiddledd224
    on Oct 14, 2017

    Pick out your favorite piece of furniture, curtain, or accessory and use a tone (lighter or darker) of that color for your wall color. Then take a secondary color from the same piece(s) as your trim color. Use all other colors as accents.
  • Kim Holly McCoy
    on Oct 14, 2017

    Benjamin moore revere pewter. Perfect griege color Anjou pear gorgeous kitchen color. Sherwin williams. Light French grey is nice too
  • Bijous
    on Oct 15, 2017

    Improve your lighting. Use accessories in bright colors. Once you've done that then look at your room. If you still don't like the white walls, consider french vanilla. Whatever you choose, good luck.
  • Nancy Nardone
    on Oct 15, 2017

    Bright and cheery but not cheap looking, like maby a dull but pretty yellow.
  • Vicky Davis
    on Oct 15, 2017

    We decided to go wild and paint our kitchen/dining area orange! I still love it 10 years later. It's a bit between these.... It's a high gloss, so it reflects light.

    Which ever color you choose, end it around the window, and start a new color for the living room. Go with the gloss again. Paint the moldings all white. Leave the cabinets white too.

    Move the furniture around too, to divide the rooms up. The couch backed to the kitchen would do that. Move the tv to another area, so the chairs face away from the kitchen too.

  • CJ
    on Oct 16, 2017

    Hi Jamie! I personally like the wood trim but maybe a different wall color would compliment the wood better. If you really don't like the wood trim, it's your house and you can paint or otherwise change it! Paint the walls first, if you are going to, then the trim. Even buying more expensive paint is an economical way to switch things up in your home.
    Vicky's idea of moving your furniture around different ways helps freshen a room and Bijous_2010's idea of changing your light fixtures will also enhance the room. Don't throw away any old light fixtures, there are tons of ideas on Hometalk for refurbishing them for a new look or repurposing any that may not be safe to use any more.
    You could add interest to your kitchen by adding trim to your cabinet doors, if the are wood, to give them a different look or stencil a pattern on them or attach light weight decorative items to the upper cabinets.
    Good luck and please come back with photos to show us what you did!
  • Paula
    on Oct 16, 2017

    I hired a professional interior designer and learned a lot from her. There are warm tones and cool tones on the color pallet, never mix them! There are things in your room you have to work with that already exist like the woodwork/doors, kitchen cabinets, carpet, and furniture. Decide if they have more warm tones or cool tones. Then go to the paint store and get samples of various colors on whichever side (warm tones or cool tones), bring them home and see how they coordinate with colors of your furniture and carpet until you find one that you like. But don't just go willy nilly without considering the warm/cool tone concept. For example, we have oak floors and oak woodwork and forest green carpet. Those are all warm tones so we could never consider cool tone colored walls like gray, white or blue, we can choose from warm tones like earth tones like oranges, reds, greens, yellows, browns. If you go against this, it will just clash and either make your walls or the other things like woodwork, carpet and furniture look like they don't belong.

  • Christine Jackson
    on Oct 17, 2017

    Chris Jackson-Apopka, FL
    Paint & Lighting can make a huge difference in any room. I'm labeling the kitchen wall #1, wall with no windows #2, wall with a doorway #3, and wall with windows #4. Add Lighting in EACH corner of wall #3. To lighten up the color of the sofa & chairs, either slipcover or add throw pillows and a throw. Try to pick up colors from the draperies. Exchange the position of the two single chairs. For the TV, purchase a long, slim table (light color). Then place your plants on each side of the TV. Replace the table cloth with round placemats. Take down all your pictures & rearrange them first on the floor before rehanging them. Pictures above the sofa & TV can be 8"-10" above the top of the sofa/TV. Below, are just three suggestions.

    Decor: #1-bold orange, #2, 3, 4 a soft, light yellow. Paint the molding & window ledges the same color as your kitchen cabinets. Lighting in EACH corner of wall #3. Straight valance over the stove area. Drapes with white or cream background, but with colors of orange & yellow, if possible. To lighten up the color of the sofa & chairs, either slipcover or add throw pillows and a throw. Try to pick up colors from the draperies.
    Decor: Wall #1- teal or dark blue, #2, 3, 4 a soft, light blue. Drapes with white or cream background, but with colors of blues, greens, yellows, if possible.
    Decor: Wall #1- bold green, #2, 3, 4 a soft, light green. Drapes with white or cream background, but with colors of greens, yellows, teals, etc., if possible.


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