Mono­tone colour scheme can prove a fab choice

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - DEBBIE TRAVIS

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.

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