Monotone colour scheme can prove a fab choice
DEAR Debbie; The family room and kitchen in our home are located at the back of the house overlooking a beautiful garden and fields. We are renovating and my husband is building an island that will separate the two spaces and give us a casual eating spot. My question concerns colour; I have seen a few kitchens that are all one colour (not white) and this appeals to me. Do you think all grey or green would be too much or too boring? — Hannah DEAR Hannah; Choosing a monotone colour scheme is more exciting than it sounds, and with an eye to surface textures and lighting, it is definitely not boring. A single colour will dominate the space, so be mindful of the power of that shade and how it will affect the overall mood. One of my most imaginative kitchen designs utilized the fresh and fiery potency of orange for cabinetry and counters and it was a great hit.
It’s important to have a contrasting colour that will give a boost to the monotone colour scheme. This should be something completely different. My suggestion is to go with the warm greys as the overall wall (and cabinet) colour, and then use a lively lime green in some of your accessories. This could be tile, countertop appliances, picture frames, or a giant fruit bowl filled with limes.
Greys and greens are natural, calming shades; experiment first by painting a few cardboard panels and taping them to your existing cabinets. Trust your instincts — your kitchen will look fab. DEAR Debbie; We are renovating two bathrooms that have cultured marble on the sink counter and in the shower area. After deep cleaning, the marble in the showers is in perfect condition, but the counters are badly scratched. I would like to replace them with granite, but my contractor recommends marble. Why not granite? Is there any rule about mixing stones? — Sheri DEAR Sheri; Marble is warmer to the touch than granite, which is why it is a more popular choice for bathrooms, but it does have its drawbacks. Marble is softer and porous, which allows for the stains and scratches that you have experienced. Even when sealed it does require maintenance. Granite is harder and almost non-porous. It resists stains and will last longer, making it a better option for high traffic areas such as kitchen counters. A busy bathroom counter needs to be tough too, and granite is a good choice.
There are many colour and marking variations available; you will have no problem finding a granite counter that will complement the existing marble. All stone surfaces are beautiful and exist in harmony with each other in an interior setting just as they do in nature.