I recently received this question from a reader who sent me a photo of her kitchen:
Hi Maria, I SO want to make my little basement apartment a haven that I love to call home. I want it to be as light and bright as possible since there is so little natural light… and I LOVE lots of light.
Everything is being painted… the cabinets, all the walls, etc. So I am working with the floor and the countertops when I am trying to determine the undertones I already have. The refrigerator and stove are an almond color, not my fav but will probably need to stay for now. Thank you again.
Here is her before photo (above). There is no natural light in this basement apartment kitchen. The light you see above the sink on the left is not a window.
The cabinets are pink beige, and the floor appears to be a yellow beige. The fridge looks more pink beige than almond (which I interpret to be green beige), but that could be because photos taken without natural light are not 100% accurate.
This kitchen presents a strong argument for colour!
Have a room without natural light? This is when using colour over a neutral is an absolute necessity. I photoshopped this kitchen so you could see what the possibilities are.
First, the existing white countertops and backsplash are a bonus because they look the best with fresh colour over a muted neutral.
As you can see by looking at the before picture above, white simply makes the cabinets look even more dirty.
I prefer the turquoise because I think it looks better with the pink beige fridge. I would paint that back wall white to match the backsplash, or leave it as is to blend in with the fridge.
Or if you have a refrigerator that will always look bad with a fresh, new colour scheme, paint it!
Black chalkboard paint would turn it into this:
And then it would coordinate with two black-and-white runners on both sides of the island, which would help hide the beige floor and look similar to this photo below:
Via Sunny Side Up
Make sure you get an outdoor black-and-white runner; otherwise, the white stripes won’t stay white for long.
Here’s the kitchen photoshopped in a yellow beige (above).
Now, if this kitchen had flooring or countertops that were patterned instead of a solid, you’d have no choice but to paint the cabinets whatever colour looks best with your existing fixed elements.
Here, the gold and green granite countertops relate to the green painted cabinets (above).
Here, we have pink beige travertine combined with blue and green (above). Neither shade actually looks bad with the tile floor, but IS a lot of colours.
Over to you, my lovelies. Which colour would you choose? Love to hear your opinion!
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