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I have ordered maple cabinets in a Dover white color. I have red oak maple flooring in the rest of the downstairs level.  I want to refinish the existing wood floors and add red oak flooring to the kitchen. What color stain should I go with?  My doors, windows and trim are white.  I am going with a counter top called Radiance in Mineral Jet. What should I paint the kitchen walls?  My entry, half bath, living room, dining room, family room, all open to each other. Should I pick a beige and do various shades of it though all the rooms?

Thanks Regina

Hi Regina,

Keep your flooring stain the same throughout. Unless you are planning to strip and re-stain everything, coordinate the kitchen with the rest of the house.  If you're starting from scratch, I'd opt for a medium to dark chocolate stain such as a Walnut.

As for paint color, you do not have to paint everything in beige, but you should select a neutral color that appeals to you and use it throughout the open concept spaces.  You may be happier with a taupe or a grey, but there is a neutral of every color.

If you opt for different shades of color from room to room, just be sure to start and stop one color from the next at a natural break point, i.e., a corner.  

For the kitchen walls, I'd opt for a taupe or grey.  It will look very smart with your cabinets and counter top.


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