Wall Paint Color to Make Mauve Countertops Look Less Ugly?
New house... and ugly mauve countertops!
Dilemma: I am moving into a new house and the countertops are a mauve/rose color. I don't have the money to change them right now.
What paint color would look best on the walls to help make them blend-in and look less ugly?
I was thinking a dark brown wall color, but would that look bad with the light brown cabinets? And of course, the wallpaper and border is going!
Elise, you have a real color dilemma
You see, one of the best ways to blend in a countertop is to use the same color on the walls - but in your case, that would mean pink/mauve
kitchen (and I don't think you'd want that).
In addition, the color of your countertop already clashes with the color of your cabinets and woodwork
, so this option is out.
Now as far as the dark brown
idea, any neutral
you choose would have to be pinkish
, or red-based (not yellow
based) in order to help the counter situation - but that would also clash with the cabinets and trim
brown would make your kitchen
look even more dated in the company of the other dated finishes you have there.
So we need to use a real color here - something that has enough red
in it to relate to your counters, and enough intensity to distract from them. At the same time, it needs to work with the cabinets/trim and not look pink on the walls.
And that color is lavender
, like Winter Gray
from Benjamin Moore
This paint color will make your problem mauve look more like mocha brown. It will also enhance your wood, and bring out its golden tones (because yellow and purple are complements
on the color wheel
To see the effect for yourself, test
this color on a sample board
and place it where your splashboard would be.
And when it's time to decorate your kitchen
, avoid green or yellow objects on the counters (green will make them pinker and yellow will just look wrong).
Instead, go for cool
reds and warm blues
- and I think you'll be pretty happy with your kitchen
until you can afford to update it.