Country House Color: The Kitchen

Color Therapy

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Pictured above is an ongoing project I've been working with in Upstate New York. In this instance, we inserted a little drama into the kitchen by painting the woodwork behind the stove a dark color.

That’s Nightshade (Benjamin Moore 2116-10), a dark brown without any red, green or yellow in it.  It helps create a hearth-like atmosphere, and links the textures of the wood beams, brick, and tiles.  I was surprised at how much it unified the broad kitchen and dining areas, and created a moment of special intimacy — it creates a corner you want to curl up in, and eliminates all the free-floating bald white space.

Once that was up, I settled on my customary White Dove alkyd Satin Impervo on the rest of the millwork, and painted the rest of the walls simply White, as everything else seemed like more than enough.

(Image: Mark Chamberlain)

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