Interior Design Q&A: Transition Colors to Coordinate a Home

February 16, 2015 | 7:57 pm
It can be tough to coordinate colors for an open floor plan. Choose wisely!
It can be tough to coordinate colors for an open floor plan. Choose wisely!


My entry, living room, dining room and kitchen all connect and are the center of my house. I have painted all areas a buttery yellow w/ white trim and ceilings. My floors in the entry, dining and kitchen are porcelain tile in differing tones of beige that have a similar look of marble. My kitchen cabinets are all pickled oak and my countertops and backsplash are tile with varying shades of browns that resemble natural stone. My question is 2-fold. I don’t believe the yellow walls in the kitchen go well with the pickled oak cabinets. I would like to paint the walls to compliment the colors in my countertops / backsplash. Do you think a shade of brown would be the way to go? I think it would go well with the countertops, floors and cabinets. But, I do not know how to transition the color where the kitchen wall meets the living room wall. My living room floor is a beautiful medium brown hardwood. Also, I just bought a center kitchen island table that is bare wood with a butcher-block top and two open slat shelves. I think I should paint the base of the island the same brown that I will paint the walls, which would bring in more color to my kitchen. What do you think? Thank you for your assistance.


It would be difficult to suggest color transitions without actually viewing the layout of your home. Generally, based on your email, it seems that more taupe or beige would go nicely with the tiles and cabinets. If you choose to keep the yellow in the other rooms, you may want to paint the island a shade of yellow instead of the beige. This could help to tie the area together and add warmth to the kitchen. Please contact us for additional information or for a free consultation. Thank you!


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