Ask the Decorator: Paint Colors

Deb submitted a question regarding the paint colors in her kitchen:

I have a small eat in kitchen I want to paint my walls. Keep my saufit a cranberry color but want to use a light sage green on the walls? I have oak cabinets with oak trim around doors and windows. Inside the window and window trim is white. Should I have one accent wall with another color (white) and use the sage on all the other walls? Appliances are white as well and flooring is oak. I am wondering if there would be too much sage. Room size is 11×20

Our friends at Providence painters had some input for Deb:

I would suggest you take a picture of the kitchen with your smart phone, ensuring you capture the cranberry color, the oak, and the white. Then use the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap App, which will recommend coordinating colors to use in the area.

In my humble opinion, if you are in love with the cranberry color, then use that on the soffit and as an accent wall, and then paint a neutral color to bring it all together.  Keep in mind that red hues tend to encourage people to eat more!

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