Kitchen Color that Works with Terrible Lighting?

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Q: Hi there. A few years back I got lots of feedback from Apartment Therapy readers in doing a quick and dirty facelift on my kitchen: It's been 2.5 years and while the facelift has held up pretty well, I'm itching to make some more low-cost changes. After painting, I never loved the green (Sherwin Williams Willow Tree) or the upper cabinet color (SW Westhighland White) that I chose, and I think part of the problem is the lighting (or lack thereof) in my kitchen:

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I have two overhead fixtures and two bulbs in the exhaust fan. There's little natural light because the kitchen is landlocked in the center of the house (window over sink looks out to bright and sunny sunroom). Combine this with my Darth Vader fridge and ...yeah, it's dark. But the artificial light also does stuff to the colors that I can't stand and turns everything yellowy. I tried using compact fluorescent bulbs in the overheads and it just got worse.

In lieu of additional new lighting, or knocking out walls/building skylights to increase the natural light, or switching to all stainless steel or high-gloss white appliances, or any of the other things I could to do to increase the brightness that all cost $$ that I don't have at the moment, what color can I paint this room that will cooperate with the lighting that I *do* have?

I would love some suggestions, and any tips/tricks your readers can share for working with what I've got. Thanks!

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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