Decorating & Furniture/oak kitchen with red walls
I have just moved into a 20 year old colonial home. It has existing raised oak panel cabinets with nickel hardware. We have all stainless steel appliances, along with a stainless steel backsplash. Our floor is a white ceramic tile with white grout. The counter tops are a speckled charcol gray. My problem is this, I cannot find a paint color that looks right. I currently have the kitchen painted a deep tomato like deep red from Sherwin Williams, it is called Bolero. I have an oak chair rail in the kitchen, and I have painted the Red above and below the chair rail. It seems to be way to overwhelming. I thought about painting above the chair rail a gold color, however, the gold makes the cabinets look very orange. The only solution I have come up with is to paint the lower part of the chair rail a orangish brown color which seems to blend with the cabinets, and leave the top red. My style leans more toward the contemporary. However, I think I'm trying to turn a country kitchen into something it is not. Please give me some thoughts on paint colors to match these darker (orange based) oak cabinets. I would like to keep the chair rail if possible.
I like when there is a darker color on the bottom of the chair rail and a lighter color on top because I feel like sometimes when you have a darker color on the top it feel too top heavy. I would go with a tan color (lighter than your cabinetry) and keep the deep red on bottom or go with more of a reddish brown color. I did a material board so you can see how the materials look together. Here is the link http://roominabook.blogspot.com/2008/10/wall-colors-for-kitchen-chair-rail.html
Rachel Mallon, ASID