Wall Color Ideas with Dark Kitchen Cabinets?

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Q: I'm so excited to be moving into my first apartment soon! Although some of the appliances are outdated and the counter space is limited, I think I can work with the kitchen. I'm stuck on what to do with the dark cabinets, though. My landlord has agreed to let me paint the walls (but not the cabinets), and I'm thinking that that might be the quickest and most cost-effective solution for improving the space. What are your suggestions for paint colors? Any other ideas for how to brighten and update the kitchen are greatly appreciated!

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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.