Open kitchen/living room color?

by Marie1967
Should I paint all one color? And what color would you suggest?
q open kitchen living room color, kitchen design, living room ideas, paint colors, painting
  19 answers
  • Barbara lemley Barbara lemley on Apr 17, 2015
    If you paint it all one color, it will appear larger. Be bold, but dark colors makes it look smaller. Try something like vertical lines, making it appear taller.

  • Lori Vicknair Lori Vicknair on Apr 17, 2015
    We have open concept too and I painted all three rooms (kitchen, dining, & living (TV) room 3 different colors. I painted my kitchen lilac, then the adjoining dining area a color called Smoked Oyster, then the living (TV) ROOM Golden Needle. I contrast the kitchen with darker reds and darker purples; contrast the living room with a normal rich red pillows and flower arrangement along with dark brown sofa and love seat, Ivory curtains. The walls in the living room are vaulted displaying the open balcony which was painted Smoked Oyster a long time ago (needs touch-up); my dining area which is also painted Smoked Oyster is contrasted with purple curtains and both dining and kitchen have the wine/grapes theme. BTW, the smoked oyster is a home depot paint which takes on the tone of the paint which it has near it (eg. pinkish/purpleish tone next tot kitchen & a more off white tone next to living room which is Golden Needle). Golden Needle is a Devoe’ brand paint and the lilac kitchen was a “mess=up” paint I purchased from Home Depot to test out my new Wagner paint sprayers. I liked the color so much I painted my entire garage and kitchen that color. It was a color that a customer wanted to blend together but apparently didn’t like. I love it!

  • Sandra Johnson Sandra Johnson on Apr 17, 2015
    I have an open living room and kitchen,dining room. I started painting my living room a teal and just loved it, but decided to paint the kitchen,dining brown and really love it. After painting the teal I though that it would be too much to paint it all that color.

  • Country Design Home Country Design Home on Apr 18, 2015
    Hi Marie! Since all of your furnishings and the rugs and the trim are in shades of brown, I would definitely go lighter. A soft, creamy white neutral would be good in terms of lightening up the space. Since you have a divider wall jog that separates the kitchen, you can definitely paint that a different color. If you had an accent color in the living area-like that blue pillow on the sofa, you could pick up on that and add a touch of color (maybe not quite so dark, but in that color family).

  • Mary Barber Mary Barber on Apr 18, 2015
    Either paint it all one color, or at least related colors. Might even use a related contrasting color on just one wall for a visual impact.

  • Donna Donna on Apr 18, 2015
    Painted mine different shades of the same color. Daren green in the kitchen. I love it and others have complimented it as well

  • Charlotte Kent Charlotte Kent on Apr 18, 2015
    Painted mine a nice neutral brown/taupe in living and dining with an accent wall of green across the kitchen and one wall of the dining area. That was 7 years ago and still am happy with it.

  • Barb Barb on Apr 18, 2015
    I am all about color. You need a pop of color. Pick a color out of the rug and either paint a focal wall Or 2 like that dark wine color I see in the rug. Curtains with color in them too to liven up the plain walls.

  • Jea1141438 Jea1141438 on Apr 18, 2015
    Paint all of the walls a light neutral, all of your trim, doors and cabinets off white. Maybe distress cabinets with new hardware. Then add a color with fabric, such as throw pillows, window treatments and floral arrangements. Mix the fabrics maybe a plaid with floral or stripe or all three. Also rugs and artwork on your walls.

  • MikkiGirl MikkiGirl on Apr 18, 2015
    I'd suggest pretty much all one color (in a lighter shade since the furnishings are dark) with one "accent" wall in a bright, bold, color!

  • Sherry Sherry on Apr 18, 2015
    Paint out cupboards first------warm white example:Home Hardware's goat cheese.This will be the white for all trim,windows,doors, ceiling moulding and ceiling. Paint the hardware by spraying a flat black. Then...tackle the wall color with a shade of yellow, example: HH's cork yellow. This will pull that entire space together lovely. I have these colors and I love it. Use black as an accent.

  • Shiree McCarver Shiree McCarver on Apr 18, 2015
    I would go with a seaside cottage look to brighten the space. Paint the cabinets in the kitchen white and you already have the perfect bead board panel walls just redo it all in white. The trim would be the color of that pillow on your sofa. I would invest in new furnishing or you can get the striped furniture cover for the furnishing you have and then you can wash them easily and put them back on. It easy to find cabinet paint now that don't require any sanding to the cabinets, just wash them down and layer in the paint. HSN sales the cabinet paints. Good Luck!

  • Barbara Butters Barbara Butters on Apr 18, 2015
    I found a great colour called oatmeal It will pull whatever colour you put with it .

  • Marie1967 Marie1967 on Apr 18, 2015
    So paint the cabinets what color? And semi gloss or satin?

  • Karen Bodish Progar Karen Bodish Progar on Apr 18, 2015
    I would ain't the kitchen a daisy yellow and the livingrom a light blue.

  • Shana Shana on Apr 18, 2015
    I would paint the living room a matte cream color which would allow the iron gate on the wall to stand out like it does now. (I love that gate, by the way!) Then I would use that same cream color on the kitchen cabinets, top and bottom, in a finish that is easy to clean, semi gloss should be fine. I would use iron hardware on the cabinets to tie in with the iron gate on the wall in the living room. For the walls in the kitchen, I would pull the wine color from the flower on the living room rug, but either go a tad lighter, or paint it the same color as the flower, and then give it a "white wash" using the cream color. I'm not sure how you do a "white wash", but you could probably research it. My niece did it on my Mom's kitchen walls years ago, and they still look great. The darker color underneath peaks out from the wash, and I don't think it is hard to do. It gives a sort of rustic look which I'm going for here because of your iron gate focal point. Whatever you decide to do, don't be afraid of color. Your house now is neutral, and I have a feeling you would like some color, or you would not be asking the question. Or do like some have suggested and paint just one wall a color. If you like it so much, you could always paint more walls. Paint is easy to change if you don't like it. I have read in decorating magazines that light color does make a room look larger, but I have also seen a small room done in a dark color and it made it so cozy. I prefer a balance of both--dark walls and lighter trim. Some even painted the ceiling the same color as the walls in a dark color (!) and it was beautiful. I had a friend do that in their formal dining room. Then, they put a large,ceiling medallion up with their chandelier that was white, and it was sooooo dramatically gorgeous.

  • Carol rohr Carol rohr on Apr 19, 2015
    Personally I like light grey in both areas with white trim,cabinets.. Put some touches of black in your decor to really make it all pop .

  • Marie1967 Marie1967 on Apr 19, 2015
    I love ALL your ideas, but I rent, so I thought about it and for now I'm just gonna paint the walls. If I see after a year or so that I will stay, then I will paint the cabinets.(landlord is fine with anything) so I think I'm gonna do a cream color throughout and do an accent wall in the living room. Its just alot of work for something that I don't own. But at the same time, I want it to look good because I have to live here :) If any of you happen to have some ideas for the cabinets without totally painting them, that would be appreciated too:)

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    • MikkiGirl MikkiGirl on Apr 20, 2015
      @Marie1967 We have rented for the past 15 years (two different houses) and have been fortunate that our landlords let me "do my thing" as far as decorating, landscaping, etc., goes. A visitor once commented that I'd done a lot of work when it wasn't our house. My response was, "No, it's not our house, but it is our HOME." Go for it!!

  • Marie1967 Marie1967 on Apr 20, 2015
    Fabric on the cabinet doors, cream throughout, and light blue/gray accent wall