Laura’s Color Conundrum

As soon as we laid eyes on Laura’s kitchen we knew it was primed for a major transformation. Here’s her letter:

We purchased a “fixer upper” that we plan to update and use as a long-term rental property and need your help in the kitchen. The basic improvements that we have planned include fresh paint, new flooring, and new lighting & hardware. We want to freshen things up and do what we can to make it look open and airy yet keep it neutral enough that it will appeal to a majority of people. We want it to be bright and cheery, but not bold or garish. Since this will be a rental, we want to keep our immediate expenses lower by working with the countertop and the white appliances for now. We will be replacing the flooring (most likely with a ceramic tile or Pergo-type wood laminate), and we are open to your color suggestions there, too. Likes: ivory, creams, tans, grays, blues, greens, yellows and golds, reds. Dislikes: pastels, purples, pink, anything “fleshy”. Neutrals, warm tones and muted colors appeal to us. Thanks!  – Laura

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This cozy and functional kitchen will look like a million bucks with a little bit of love. Here are three potential color palettes for Laura to choose from.

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And now for the disclaimer: the color depictions above are only as accurate as your monitor (and not nearly as rich as the real thing) so Laura should grab each of the paint chips and bring ‘em into her kitchen before picking a favorite palette. Here’s the color scheme breakdown.

Color Scheme #1:

Floors: dark wood laminate carried throughout the entire floor will look more open and updated

Cabinets: a subtle tan tone will look crisp and new (Sand White by Glidden)

Walls: a pale creamy yellow will be cheerful and warm (Delicate Yellow by Glidden)

Appliances: remain white (although this palette will also work when the time comes to replace them with stainless steel for an even more crisp and current appearance)

Color Scheme #2:

Floors: a creamy sand ceramic tile will work particularly well with the current cream counters (try for something close in color to Bone White by Glidden)

Cabinets: will remain their current wooden hue, which will look a lot more updated with some paint on the wall and fresh new flooring

Walls: a moody gray-green will balance out all the warm tones with some crisp cool ones (try Glidden’s China Rain)

Appliances: remain white (although this palette will also work  when the time comes to replace ‘em with stainless steel for an even more crisp and current appearance)

Color Scheme #3:

Floors: dark wood laminate carried throughout the entire floor will look more open and updated

Cabinets: a crisp clean white (always a classic choice) will make the current white appliances blend seamlessly with the look of the rest of the room (try Glidden’s Ready-Mix White)

Walls: a soft blue-gray tone with a hint of a green undertone will add subtle color with universal appeal (Glidden’s Gentle Tide)

Accent color: adding hints of a greeny-gray tone with a few dish towels, trivets and storage tins throughout the space will make this kitchen even more inviting (use Glidden’s Seaside Village)

So there you have it. Three ways for Laura to cheer up her kitchen in a flash. Add stainless steel cabinet hardware, updated lighting and stainless steel appliances (sometime in the future) and Laura will have a completely remodeled kitchen on her hands. We can’t wait to see what you guys think- especially you Laura!

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