need ideas for making kitchen/dining look more spacious
We have a small galley kitchen that's at the tail end of a remodel. We just bought this house and hadn't planned on an extensive remodel (thus the white fridge) but, eh, one thing led to another... Anyway I'd like some suggestions on how to make the whole space--kitchen/dining--more spacious looking. Someone had suggested pale gold for the walls and paint the pantry (dark wood on the end wall) some type of blue--to play off of the colors in the mural of my backsplash. I had planned on a light green wall w/ gray pantry cabinet but the green was too shiny looking (I don't know if you can see the little wall strip I painted by the door). Also, I have venetian bronze knobs and I'm thinking of switching them to weathered nickel knobs.
My granite is peacock green--has lots of mica, kinda gets a bluish-green tint when it's hit w/ lot of light but also has lots of gold veining. My light fixtures will have white etched glass and the metal is oxford silver. Any suggestions on paint colors? Also, I'd like to put that toaster somewhere else. Anyone have nifty storage solutions or side tables/baker's rack that they use in a small space w/o feeling too cramped. We use the toaster a lot so it's not practical to put it away in a cabinet.
Thanks for your help!
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