Kathy wrote in to ask about the paint color in her kitchen.
... my dilemma is I have a cathedral ceiling kitchen with still nice looking honey oak cabinets. I am not ready to paint them . My kitchen faces north ,so in the winter it is not very bright . We are thinking to add windows on the west side. I believe you my have suggested red for the walls but I do not think that look is right with the oak . I have too much of the same oak all over the kitchen, cabinets, floor , fireplace kitchen, table and chairs . I have white appliances. Presently my walls are a light yellow which is not rich enough for the size of the room. At one time it was painted a grey green shade that was too dreary. Now I like golds , greens , taupe . The room is separate from any other room but it is 24x32.I am thinking of a rich color on the windows or even just going with white of light beige to make the room airy . Any suggestions. The rug under the table needs changed as well. Thanks for any thoughts.
I wrote back:
I can see what you mean about the red. It may be a problem but may not be, but let's go in a different direction.
You have a light gold now. You're right, that won't provide enough contrast with your oak cabinets and floor. Here are two popular tones right now that are between gold and orange. They're warm and rich. They'll give you contrast but won't fight the oak.
One is Benjamin Moore August Morning. See here: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/bmpsweb/bm/cms/ContentRenderer/ContentRendererController.jpf?np=imagerepository/public_site/article_images/Interior/Living_Room/IA_lvrm004&lang=en_US
and here: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/bmpsweb/portals/bmps.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=fh_color_hiddenPage&np=public_site%2Fapplications%2Fcolor_collections%2FEnvisionColor2010#/view_interiors/fresh_room_3/2156-40/
Even darker is Onondaga Clay. See here: http://www.benjaminmoore.com/bmpsweb/bm/cms/ContentRenderer/ContentRendererController.jpf?np=imagerepository/public_site/article_images/Interior/Fireplace/IA_fireplace003&lang=en_US
If you went with the second, you'll need to be sure to have curtains, drapes and accents that bring the white from your appliances into it. So the fabric for the curtains would need to have the clay color, the oak, and white. That may be a little harder to pull off.
In either case, your curtains, drapes, and rug now need to reflect and complement this new color.
Let me know what you think. Good luck.
[Note: Pictures are from www.BenjaminMoore.com]