Decorating & Furniture/knotty pine cabinets


Hello and thank you for taking my question.  We are having a cottage built.  The builder is putting in a knotty pine kitchen cabinetry with a varnish finish.  I am starting from scratch and need some ideas with counter top colors and wall colors as well as a nice flooring that will compliment the knotty pine.  The entire cottage will have vinyl flooring.  I need opinions and ideas.  My taste is simple country cottage.  Soft soothing warm feels.  Any opinions will be appreciated.  Thank you.

Hi Robin,
Since you have a neutral palette to work with you can go with almost any color. Some colors that I like in kitchens are sage green and medium blue and off white. With flooring you may want to create more contrast with the wood tones and go with a light color so it doesn't blend too much with the cabinetry. Here is an example of a kitchen that I designed . If you would like me to design a kitchen for you around your choice of cabinetry than please go to for more information. Hope this helps and good luck!

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