Picking the right paint color makes kitchen a focal point

Picking the right paint color makes kitchen a focal point

For eight years, the outdated kitchen was the bane of Durham, N.C. member John Elie.

“We literally had a kitchen where the only thing we liked were the granite countertops we installed when we first moved in,” Elie says. “We loved our home and were always proud to show it off to friends who came over, but the kitchen was always the dead part of our home because we hated the way it looked.”

When Elie took vacation time to refinish kitchen cabinets and install a tile backsplash, he and his wife decided it was time to repaint. But neither had the inclination nor time to spend painting the kitchen, especially since the crown molding, chair rails, baseboards and four doors were stained wood, and the Elies wanted them white. However, they didn’t know what color to paint the walls. Elie says he usually picks the colors, but had difficulty determining a color that would make the room a focal point.

To help solve this dilemma, the Elies hired highly rated Tropical Painting of Durham, and owner Michael Almestica assisted in color selection. Elie says he and Almestica discussed what colors would work well with the colors of the appliances and cabinets and could be seen through a large picture window. The Elies chose Almestica’s favorite, a sage green color. The kitchen’s new look stuns visitors, Elie says.

“Mike’s advice was great, and I can’t imagine another color that would have worked as well,” Elie says of the project, which cost about $980. “After the painting, the kitchen immediately looked more modern, more fresh and was a room we now consider one we are most proud of.”

The Elies were so pleased with Tropical Painting’s work, they hired the company to paint more rooms in the house.

“I can’t imagine using a different company for this type of work ever again,” Elie says.


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