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I am going to purchase a new living room set & kitchen set in the next week.  These rooms are separated by an archway.  The living room is 14x20 with four windows, two on the front wall of the house ( north and a colonial style house).  On the east wall there are two more windows separated by a wall where we hope to put a fireplace one day.  The south wall has no windows.  The west wall has a doorway at the north corner and the archway is down at the south corner (about 5 feet wide).  The kitchen runs along the back of the house and is in two parts, one side is the cabinets, stove, island etc. and the other side is for dining area which is about 12x15.  There are two windows on the south side of the room, the east side has the archway to the living room and then an opening to a small hall.  The north wall has no windows and the west of this area meets with the cabinet/island area.
I am concerned about the wood tones of the cabinets (darkish oak) matching the dining set and the coffee table & end tables.  Do they have to match?  I prefer earth tones. The living room is carpeted in beige and the dining area has linoleum.  Not enough money at this time to put in hardwood floors but hopefully in the future.  Every bit of furniture will be new (I have nothing worth saving).  We use the living room to watch TV.  Please help with furniture arrangement also.

Dear Ann,
  I don't think that the cabinets have to match the wood furniture but I would get wood furniture that will be darker or lighter instead of having it look like you tried to match the colors.

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