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How To Update An Oak Kitchen Without Paint

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ANSWERED BY MELISSA GRIEVE • JAN 2, 2017

Hi Carol -- thank you for visiting Decorist Design Bar!  There a few things you can do to update your cabinets without painting them. Your hardware you selected in the blac...

Hi Lisa, it looks like you have done a beautiful job on your new kitchen.  The only issue is the backsplash does compete with the granite.  It really overpow...

Hi Kelly, thank you for visiting Decorist Design Bar!  That is too bad there was an ordering mix up with your fridge, but it still works well with your stove. &nb...

Hi Lara, thank you for visiting Decorist Design Bar!  Your rock wall is a beautiful feature of your space and there are many ways you can make your kitchen tie in...

Hi Jill, thank you for visiting Decorist Design Bar!  You have a charming space and there are many ways you can brighten and freshen it up.  

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Painting Oak Kitchen Cabinets

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ANSWERED BY MELISSA GRIEVE • OCT 11, 2016

Hi Lori, thank you for visiting Decorist Design Bar.  Painting your cabinets white will freshen up your space, and contrast nicely with your oak cabinets.  I would add knob...

Hi Zsuzsi, thank you for visiting Decorist Design Bar!  It can be hard to work around a tile that your dislike, but there are ways to make it less of a focal poin...

Hi Meredith, thank you for your question.  Yes, you can leave your cabinets and granite countertops and just replace your backsplash.  When your old til...

Hi Anna, you have a lovely space and I think with a few changes you could make your kitchen appeal to a wide range of buyers.  I don't think it is necessary to go...

Hello Jessica, Your kitchen space is looking great.  I recommend lining your tile backsplash up with your upper cabinets. You can either finish it off with decora...

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If you have an interior design question, let one of our 400+ interior designers give you personalized design advice, for free and within 24 hours! Just give us information on your interior design question, upload a photo of your space and we'll notify you when one of our designers has completed your answer. Each answer comes with details on different options and a personalized shopping list for you. Here are the main categories for the most common design questions:

Accessory Help

Need help picking accessories to give your room a new look? Our interior designers can help with pillows, tabletop or mantle decor, lighting and lamps, art, rugs, and more. Examples of Accessory Help questions include help on creating a gallery wall of art an pictures in your living room, finding new bed linen and lighting to update your bedroom, decorating a nursery with wallpaper, or giving your family room a new look by adding new pillows and a new rug in a fresh color.

Design Dilemma

If you need help with a tricky floor plan, decorating a tiny space, or ways to mix two different design styles, our interior designers can give you professional advice to find a design solution. Examples of Design Dilemma questions include help on creating different functional areas within an open concept floor plan, making a tiny bathroom feel larger, or finding ways to mix traditional furniture in a modern style space.

Paint Color

Our interior designers have decorated thousands of rooms between them and have worked with the whole spectrum of color. If you're trying to decide on a paint color for any room in your home, or to do a little DIY transformation of an item of furniture, our designers can help. Want the perfect shade of blue for your bedroom or a bold accent wall in yellow for your living room that won't look too glaring? Submit a Paint Color question and get your answer in 24 hours.

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If you're having trouble finding that one item of furniture, our designers can provide you with options personalized for your space. Looking for the perfect sofa that will work in a traditional style room? Need a small-scale armchair to fit into a cozy corner? Our designers have access to special brands and are up to date with the latest design and decorating trends in the marketplace. The interior design who answers your design question can provide you with options that you might not have thought of, from brands you may not be as familiar with.

Choosing Art

Finding art is one of the most frequently submitted questions our interior designers get. Art can help transform a space and is one of the hardest things to find. Great art also doesn't have to be expensive and our interior designers are great at finding options at every decorating budget level. The most interesting and dynamic designs also mix art from different styles and our designers can help you put together different pieces of art in your room.

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