Decorating & Furniture/Redecorating


Hi Jenny,
I am in the process of redecorating my condo, which is somewhat dark, and I am trying to lighten it up.  I am changing the kitchen cabinets to white (medium-dark wood now), and will put in a light marble flooring.  Also, will change the natural woodwork in the rest of the condo to white. I was going to keep the counter tops a light gray granite, but then I thought perhaps it would be too light and start to look almost sterile.  Now I am thinking more towards a dark gray granite.  I am talking a small, 8 x 8 1/2 foot kitchen.  Since it's so small, I can be a little extravagant with materials.  The walls now are an off white, but I am thinking with all the white I am adding by new cabinets and woodwork, I might need more color on the walls.  Any suggestions?  The kitchen has a walkway through to the dining and living area, so it is visible and I guess I need to coordinate colors throughout the downstairs.  The marble will be in the entire downstairs, the whitish color with gray streaks in it.  Thanks for your advice.  



You are completely correct in saying you need a darker color countertop, and that you need to add color to the walls.  Bigger in appearance is one thing, cold and sterile is another.  

Opt for a dark countertop to act as an anchor in the kitchen.  Then complement that color choice with a "greyed down" version of the color for paint.  Based on your description of your flooring, Toasty Grey from Glidden might be just the perfect color for your walls.  It's a taupe/grey and is a terrific neutral.  It allows light to reflect off it and visually expands the room.

Thanks for writing.  Good luck on your condo project.  


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