A deep green paint delineates the window sashes in the butler's pantry. Elsewhere red accents such as these chairs pepper many areas of the kitchen.
Today, whether planning meals for just themselves or many guests, Maureen and Jay enjoy a kitchen that's as inviting and bright as a spring garden.
Tone It Down
Tone is based on intensity--how light or dark a color is in relation to other colors in a room. In her book Color Schemes for Every Room (Laurel Glen, $22.95), paint expert Annie Sloan gives a trick to check tonal balance in a room: "Half close your eyes and see if any color jumps out at you. Some tonal contrast is necessary, but if there is too much, the effect can be jarring, particularly in a room that is supposed to be restful." She also advises creating a tranquil effect "by using pale colors that are similar in tone or by using different tones of colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel." For a dynamic feel, she suggests "a lot of variation in tone or a range of contrasting colors in similar tones."