In this home from the 1970’s, homeowner Chantal really liked the retro feel but was not in love with all the brown. Chantal didn’t feel like buying new cabinets was a good move financially so she just painted the lower ones green-blue. She painted a mural on the soffit and used a fallen tree to make wood shelves. The original plan was to tear things down but she figured out how to love her new kitchen with some creative touches instead.
- A monochromatic look is generally less than optimal in a room when the color choice is dull, or dark, particularly in a kitchen. Darkness creates a sense of confinement and damps down the light.
- Natural light and light fixtures that are not overly conspicuous like track lighting are key to recreating this sort of space. Embedded, ceiling lights create soft pools of light.
- If cabinetry is strong and well-made it may be best to not replace it. Other options include painting cabinet doors, adding murals, and refacing.
“Homeowner Chantal loved that her 1970s ranch was untouched when she purchased it, and she liked the retro vibe of the wood paneling on the walls. But, she says, “there was just too much brown in the kitchen.” Brown floors, brown cabinets, dark black-and-brown speckled counters… together, it made the room feel extra dark.”