color combination for breakfast nook
Photo: Stephen Karlisch
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Breakfast Nook: Let the Sun Shine In

Like a dose of caffeine, cheery colors in a kitchen area get you going in the morning, says McGuire. And by painting architectural details, such as this kitchen's built-in bench, you can play with contrasts between dark and light hues.

Let the sun shine in Yellow gives an eating area a fresh, clean look. Next to its more golden counterpart, the creamy paint on the seating accentuates the details of the built-in bench.

Paint: Valspar
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