Use soft colours and stone tiles to create a warm, inviting look.
Q. Our kitchen cupboards are a warm off-white colour and our floor is a light wood. The countertop is black with grey and white flecks and a white apron sink. The fixtures are brushed silver and our furniture is medium toned wood. What colour should we paint the walls? Our appliances are white and everything looks too cold. We like a country look.
— Vanessa McWatters
A. A sage green or warm putty would add an inviting feel and complement the wood cabinets and furniture. Stick to subtle versions, like Benjamin Moore’s Mellowed Ivory (2149-50) or Sherwood Green (HC-118) to keep the room bright but add just enough interest and contrast to the black counter. If you have no backsplash, install real or faux mosaic or mini-brick sized stone tile in pale, earthy tones. The stone will contrast beautifully with the wood and will add to the country feel of the room in unison with the apron sink. Add vintage-look canisters to round out the country look.