Decorating & Furniture/Counter Tops


I have recently moved into a Timber Frame home.  Wood overload!!
I have pine cupboards which I'd like to paint but am getting a lot of resistance so I have agreed to decorate around them for the time being.  I have painted the walls Benjamin Moore Sisal CC-304, have purchased built in stainless steel appliances and have new hand forged hardware in a pewter.  I want solid surface counter tops, probably marble.  What would be the best colour to compliment the pine and bring a slightly more modern look to the kitchen despite the pine?

Hi Carolyn, sorry for the late reply.  I think a darker toned counter top will provide a nice contrast to the pine.  You haven't mentioned what colour your floor is, if it is a shade of brown than I would stick with rich brown for the counter top.  If your floor is not brown in colour than I would recommend going into the gray tones, maybe something like a 'slate gray'.  Gray is going to give a more up to date look.

I also offer an 'Ask the Decorator' service on my website. I would be happy to be of further assistance to you if needed.
Thank you, for your time.

Shamim Razvi
The Eighth Haven

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I can answer anything in general about decorating, i.e. Space planning,colour co-ordinating, furniture placement, choosing the most suitable accessories,fabrics,lighting, window, wall and floor treatments. I cannot answer questions about structural or architectural changes.


I have been decorating for the past five years and running my own decorating business: The Eighth Haven,, for over a year.

I am a graduate of QC Design School, in the field of Professional Design and Decorating as a certified Interior Decorator and Professional Colour Consultant.

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