SF Good Questions: How to Brighten Up My Dark Living Room and Kitchen?

AT:SF, I recently bought a place and I love everything about it, except for the fact that the living room and kitchen feels very dark and depressing due to the dark cherry floor and cabinets. The whole place just feels so "red" to me; and on top of that, we have an upper deck outside the living room that blocks a lot of the sunlight coming to the living room. How do I decorate and furnish this place to make it brighter?...

...I was thinking of painting the walls a bright white. Do you think it's a good idea to have bright white walls with the dark floor? If not, can you recommend me some colors that will work well with the floor and cabinets. I also hate the wood trimmings around windows and doors, so I was thinking of painting it white as well but I'm not sure if this is a good idea or not. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Hien Pham


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