Jenifer in Minnesota needs our help with her large, open kitchen and living room. She writes:
I have a very large open kitchen to living room, split entry home. I want to add color to my kitchen and living area. Currently one wall has a brick red on it and the other walls are a very light beige almost white. I just don’t know what color to paint, if I should keep the accent wall, or paint it all the same color? HELP!
Here are a few pictures of the kitchen and living room in question…
Kristi’s Two Cents:
I have to admit, as a general rule I’m not a fan of accent walls. I do think they can be done, and they can look fantastic in certain rooms, but the times that I’ve seen them look awkward and out of place far outweigh the times I’ve seen them done fabulously. I don’t think your room (mainly because of the openness and the slanted ceiling) lends itself to having an accent wall.
My vote would definitely be for one continuous color throughout the entire space. As far as the color you choose, I think your options are wide open, and depend completely on your own taste. From what I can tell, you seem to be drawn to earth tones, so perhaps a nice earthy green would be nice. Just to clarify, when I say “earthy green”, I’m not talking about an in-your-face, obvious kind of green. Instead, I’m talking about a color in these ranges…
But like I said, your options are pretty wide open. Do keep in mind that your kitchen cabinets are a major feature in your great room, so you do need to select a color that will compliment them nicely. When you select a color, be aware that your cabinets read as a muted orange. Complimentary colors to orange are blues and greens, but neutrals (including browns) are also nice. I would suggest avoiding any really dark or bold reds or yellows, or any neutrals that are too close in color to your cabinets.
So what advice to you have for Jenifer? Do you like an accent wall? Do you think it works in her room? Give her your two cents!!
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