Good Questions: How Can I Escape the White?

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Hello AT,

My boyfriend and I recently moved into an apartment with lots of great details: stained glass, transom windows, perfect wood floors etc. Unfortunately, the kitchen is a mix of DIY stick-on floor tiles, stark white walls and the cheapest particleboard cabinets ever produced. What I would like to do is replace the black plastic hardware with metal and paint the whole long wall behind the cabinets a striking color (I’m thinking an orange like in entry #24 of the color contest, Jonathan and Heather’s Brooklyn loft)…

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I’d like to get some input on:

— whether it would look strange to have such a strong accent wall if
most of the kitchen is left white

— whether a more subdued color would be better, given the “traditional” architectural elements of the apartment

— whether I should paint all of the walls….in a color someone at AT will suggest to me 🙂

Thanks in advance,
Margo in Montreal

Dear Margo,

We say go for it. That wall will do well for an accent, but we would paint the other walls in an off white – just as Jonathan and Margo did – so that the contrast is not too harsh.

Check out the soft grey that they used and then get yourself to an off-white color deck asap.

Also check out Angelas Orange Crush from way back. You can just paint the backsplash in the accent color and keep whites all around.

Anyone else???