Interior Design Q&A: Matching Colors in Open Spaces

February 25, 2014 | 7:51 pm
Maybe this isn’t quite the scenario you’re facing at home. But what exactly is the best way to match interior design colors in open spaces?

Red, white, and blue – how to match your favorite colors with white walls in an open living space?  This Interior Design Q&A with the team at Tuckey Restoration happens to address that very question!


I have white cabinets in my kitchen with 8-foot ceilings and I am trying to decide what color I could use to paint the walls. I like reds and blues. My family room that adjoins the kitchen is a creamy yellow with red sofa and blue chairs. What color do you suggest for the kitchen walls?


It seems that you are off to a nice start with the reds and blues. Because your family room is adjoining and has a variety of colors already, you may want to stay with one of those colors for the kitchen (throwing in another color may break up the area too much and look too “hectic”). Due to the fact that you have white cabinets and standard ceiling heights, you might consider pulling the blue from the living room chairs. Depending on the shade of blue, it can often add a cool, clean, calming effect to the kitchen (red tends to portray energy and excitement). Since the blue is the least predominant color in the family room it would be a good way to tie in the kitchen without overdoing it with one of the other colors. If you decide to use blue, consider a blue with more yellow in it than green and a shade that closely matches the chairs. Good luck – please contact us for additional information.


(Picture By By Tony Hisgett from Birmingham, UK (vaulted ceiling  Uploaded by tm) [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons)

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