Working with Plum Countertops

We have purchased a new home and I love the 42” white cabinets and layout. However, I’m struggling with how to decorate around the light plum colored counter top. The house was built in 2002. I will eventually replace the counter top but would like to work around it for now. I have more neutral earth tones in our home now. I have greens, oranges and browns. The family room adjacent to the kitchen will have a taupe colored sectional and some aqua colored accents in lamps etc. Those can be changed. I need ideas for wall color and how to make this ‘purple’ work for me.

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The great new about your pristine kitchen is that the color plum is a trendy color, so let’s work it! With such a large open air feeling to your two spaces it is important to keep your paint color from overpowering your space.  Consider more of a neutral like Benjamin Moore Clay Beige OC-11. Remember to try a test spot of the color so you can see how it works with lighting during different times of the day.

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BM Clay Beige OC-11

BM Clay Beige OC-11

The key with your space is letting the white cabinets remain the focus and add different layers of color to repeat the color palette within the space. With your taupe sectional, pairing green along with the plum will accomplish just that. We suggest adding our Madeira Rug in green. Next we recommend recovering your bar stools in Callisto Stripe Purple or replace them with our Constance Metal Bar Stools. Having bar stools in a different finish than your cabinets will give them a chance to have a voice of their own.

Now add our Flowers By The Sea Giclee above the fireplace along with other fun accessories … like our Boxwood Topiaries. Adding a mirror will always add a little sparkle and glam to any space as well as reflecting color throughout the room. Try loading up your sectional up with pillows in Sunbrella Canvas Purple, Seychelles Purple, Velvet Leaf or Sage Check.

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We suggest limiting your color combination for now. Touches of  purple , along with a couple of other colors, will make the palette work for you now and then it will easily melt into your new decorating plan when the time comes.

Happy Decorating!

The Style Studio Team


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