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Jun 19, 2012, 07:29 PM
ljn
small, dark kitchen
my new condo is 8x9 with black appliances tan speckeled laminate countertops, and neutral vinyl floor. The cabinets have also been painted black. With only one window the room seems smaller than it is. I think painting the cabinets and walls would lighten it up. I like white cabinet color but with black appliances, would that be too much contrast? What would be a good color for the walls?
Jun 19, 2012, 10:45 PM
arepo
I have white cabinets with black wrought iron hardware and mostly black appliances. My floor is terracotta tile and my backsplashes are off-white Mexican tiles with some tiles skewed here and there with different black and terracotta designs in them.
The countertops are Silestone Stellar Night black in keeping with my black mirrored Sub_Zero fridge and separate black mirrored Sub Zero freezer.
The walls are patent leather shiny off white.
To me, everything seems to look just fine!
Jun 20, 2012, 06:27 AM
paulajackson
Black and white is a definitely good combination. Or you can go in for an off white shade.
Jun 20, 2012, 09:55 AM
Froo Froo
If reluctant to go w/ a stark black and white combo, you can definitely opt for an off white or beige/tan. if you wish to opt for white cabinetry, consider a black/white tiled floor. Use more black and white via checks, a graphic print or stripes in things like table linens, chair cushions, towels, etc. Both color combos remain neutral allowing great scheme flexiblity to your kitchen. To lighten the space look for a light and warm color for the walls taking cues from adjoining public spaces. Keep in mind that even some cool colors like turqoise or a spring/summer green have warm undertones. To further lighten/brighten your kitchen bump up artifical lighting but stay clear of florescent bulbs opting for warmer illumination. Use more light/bright colors via art, a rug runner, accessories. Include reflective things like metals in hardware, faucet, and light fixtures. A large mirrored window can simulate a missing window while doubling light also.
Jun 20, 2012, 11:34 AM
still tryin
I copied the picture below from a real estate listing in PA. Is this what you are envisioning the kitchen will look like with white cabinets?

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Jun 20, 2012, 11:51 AM
Graciepj
Grey is a popular color for cabinets these days and would reduce the contrast between your cabinetry and appliances.
Jun 20, 2012, 05:18 PM
Tuesday
I happen to like black appliances with white cabinets. You could either try a soft khacki color for a neutral look or perhaps a green that would look good with the tannish/neutral counters and floors.

Is your laminate counter in good condition? In a kitchen that small, the laminate could be replaced quite reasonably. I have seen some darker brown tones with a little black fleck that looks great with white cabinets and black appliances.

Can you show us a picture of your existing laminate and flooring?
Jun 20, 2012, 06:44 PM
ljn
Thanks for the picture, still tryin, of the white cabinets and black appliances. It looks very similar to mine except that the counter tops are lighter and of course the cabinets are black. That gave me inspiration: white cabinets, new floor with small black & white tiles (or grey), grey & white backsplash & counter top and apple green walls. The cabinet hardware is already stainless steel long pulls. Accents could be a basket of artificial lemons that I already have and maybe a bright yellow curtain. No more darkness. Wow! You guys are great! Thanks to all who replied for your suggestions.
Jun 22, 2012, 11:21 AM
aychihuahua
ljn, you've gotten great ideas and it seems you have a terrific plan, moving forward.

My two cents: You cannot have enough lighting in a kitchen, no matter how big or small.

1. Install under-cabinet lighting, if it is not already present.

2. Add additional light overhead, such as pendants and directional light, like ceiling tracks. If it is feasible to add recessed lighting in your ceilings, do so, if there are none.

3. Boost the flow of natural light into your kitchen by eliminating heavy window treatments.

Good luck.
Apr 10, 2013, 03:42 AM
jeffreyvento
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Apr 10, 2013, 04:38 AM
thomas456
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Apr 10, 2013, 06:39 AM
MyLifeVacation1
quote:
Originally posted by thomas456:
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Apr 10, 2013, 02:05 PM
still tryin
quote:
Originally posted by thomas456:
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Apr 11, 2013, 03:36 PM
out on a limb
On a serious suggestion.....

My kitchen is smaller and minimal natural light.

I went to a lighting store, asked them how much wattage I needed for the space - they gave me number, and i bought my lighting according to that.

i found a flush ceiling mount fixture that holds 4 bulbs - max 100W for each bulb. No, I dont have that much wattage in there, but I put 4 60W bright white CFLs in that fixture, along w/ 2 75W bright CFLs above the sink, and my kitchen is nice and bright!!

Each light by itself is pretty sufficient in its space, and together, there's no struggling to see in there! Cool


~~~becca~~~~