Magazine article Sunset

Room for Color

Magazine article Sunset

Room for Color

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Bold hues bring a kitchen into the limelight

Her friends all insist it's a bigger kitchen. "But it's not," says Marie Huwe. "We did not add one iota of square footage, and we didn't move a single wall." What Huwe and her architect, Henry Lo, did do, however, was reorganize the space and use a vibrant color palette to create exactly what Huwe was after: "a happy, airy kitchen that's modern but not cold."

* Paint is cheap, so moke the leap. Deciding on lime green (Benjamin Moore New Lime 2025-30) for the walls wasn't easy. "I have such a fear of picking color," says Huwe, "but the payoff is so worth it. Color can change the entire mood and feel of a room. And if you don't like it, you can always repaint. I will never live in a beige house again."

* Bands of color focus and unify. Paint is only part of the color palette. The wide horizontal metallic gray stripe behind the banquette is actually an extension of the stainless steel backsplash above the stainless steel counters. Red- and yellow-toned vertical stripes in the seat fabric complement the light wood of the cabinetry and accentuate the nook.

* Don't forget the windows. Light green paint (Benjamin Moore Lime Sorbet 2032-70) highlights the shadow box-like windows. …

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