In many homes, the kitchen and the living room stand in close proximity to one another. As such, they can share the same decorating motif and paint colours, including some tried-and-true colour combinations like grey and green. If you've chosen this colour scheme, it's possible to use it in both rooms without either room losing its personality. It's a matter of finding shades and hues of each colour that complement the other without overpowering it.
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Match the shades of paint with one another. For example, if you've opted for light grey on your walls, choose a shade of light green as the accent colour. You can always add a darker shade of green for some of the accents as well. In this case, the light grey will almost function as a shade of white and provide a sharper contrast to the two greens.
Select a grey with a bit of a green tint to it so that the colours work well together. If you cannot find one, ask the people working in the paint store to mix some paint for you. This brings the grey and the green into the same colour families. They'll look better on the wall together. Additionally, experiment with colour combinations in the paint store, like dark grey and teal or light grey and mint green.
Select analogous colours on the colour wheel if you're bringing in more than one accent colour. For example, if you've painted the living room walls grey and purchased green furniture that has another colour in its upholstery pattern, opt for a blue or possibly a yellow. These colours -- analogous colours, they're called -- stand next to each other on the colour wheel. The effect will be a little more understated.
Mix and match the paint in the kitchen and the living room. This means that, if you've chosen to paint the kitchen walls grey, paint the living room walls green. Then for the accent colours, you'd select green for the kitchen and grey for the living room. This ties the two rooms together visually if they stand right next to each other.
Select items like tiles or linoleum that feature both colours. This helps tie the two colours and rooms together visually, and certain materials like modern ceramic tiles, would work in both the kitchen and living room area. However, in the living room, you may want only a strip of tile at the edge of the kitchen and living room.
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