Interior Design Q&A: Add Color to an Old Home

September 18, 2016 | 8:07 pm
Looking to add a little color to an old home?
Looking to add a little color to an old home?


Recently purchased old 1885 home. Kitchen has 10′ ceilings. Countertops & backsplash (3″ x 3″) and floor (12″ x 12″) tiles were installed in the early 90’s and are blue-grey w/blue/brown grout. Stacking cabinets (with flush – no trim doors) on two sides go almost to ceiling and are painted a pale grey, trim too. The small amount of wall showing is painted white or off white. Since I can’t change the tile at this time, what can I do to add some color to this kitchen and still have it feel as though it belongs in this old house?


One option might be to paint the cabinets with a wash or distressed finish. This way, the cabinets will not look like they were the only things updated. If you have hardware on your doors, changing them could be an easy way to add character to the kitchen. Just because there is only a small amount of wall showing, you might still consider painting it in a color other than white. A small amount of color could make a big difference. For more details call Tuckey Restoration at 717-249-7052 or e-mail


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