Last week I received a request for an online color consultation for a home that the couple was considering purchasing. I thought that was really smart of them to consider options before purchasing and knowing how beautiful a home can be with simple changes such as painting. If you love the layout of the home for sale but are not crazy about the wall colors, find the colors you think would work with the existing surfaces and that may help you with your decision to buy or not to buy.
“Please take a look at this house and tell me what color you think I could paint the kitchen and great room that would make them more appealing to me. This is the Southwest and you can see it in the colors in this house. The tile floor in the kitchen screams “southwest” to me. The backsplash in the kitchen bothers me somewhat. The wood floor in the great room shines so it is like a mirror but that could be dealt with. This is just one house out of many that I will look at but your answer to my question, “what color could I paint the kitchen and great room” will be a learning experience for me.”:
“I thought this would be a good opportunity to learn more about undertones by having this conversation with you. What are the undertones you see in the fixed elements in the kitchen (cabinets, counters, backsplash and floors) and great room?” Signed:
Your “undertone” sleuth,
Hello Undertone Sleuth!
If it were my home, I would paint the same color in both the kitchen and great room. It should be treated as one large room with separate seating areas.
For the kitchen, I would stay away from yellow because of the cabinets. The cabinets have yellow undertones as well as the backsplash and countertops:
As I posted here, in my opinion a yellow color on the wall with all those yellow undertones in the fixed objects, is just too much yellow. Boring!
I would stay away from red undertones in the kitchen because the red and yellow will clash. That’s why I suggested green. Green is a great neutral color.
I would love the look of a soft medium green to work with your cabinets. Green would also work with your flooring, backsplash countertops and fireplace. I would try a sample of a green such as Ben Moore Georgian Green HC- 115 or Hillside Green 495. Both are such beautiful greens! The green will also look beautiful in the great room with the trim, flooring and fireplace:
I checked out the greens you suggested on the internet and they look great on the wall in rooms with similar coloring as in this house. I think they would certainly work with my more masculine furniture if this should be the house. Thanks for the lesson on undertones. That does make a difference.
It is very different out here in West Texas. As I said I come from Louisiana where I am used to big live oak trees surrounded by carpets of green St. Augustine grass. Here there are a few neighborhoods with live oaks surrounded by grass that is thirsting for water and so are the trees for that matter. Most of the trees and grass are in older neighborhoods like the one this house is in while the newer neighborhoods or in fields of rocks referred to as “low maintenance” yards. Trees and grass will be as important to these southerners as the layout of the house.
You are a busy lady especially with the planning of your daughter’s wedding in the near future. I am impressed that you got back to me as quickly as you did now that I know you hosted a party this weekend!
Thanks ever so much!
Glad I was able to help you with your decision Lauchlan!
Here is a little test readers! What is the undertone of the wall behind the kitchen?:
This should be an easy one my friends!
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