How do I paint an open layout kitchen/living room so they are distinct?

Post date: 2021-09-21 18:10:40
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I am moving into an apartment that is a floor-through, with a kitchen and a living room essentially being one long open space (though how the far wall angles does mark a "break" between the two). I am at a loss as to how I would paint this area so that it looks well-thought-out and harmonious, yet clearly demarcates the living room from the kitchen? Relevant details and snowflake specifics below:

1. Because of the layout of the apartment, the area in question -- the kitchen and living room -- do not have much natural light at all. They comprise the middle of the apartment (the front and back bedrooms face the street and the garden, respectively). The only two windows there face the space between buildings, and don't really let in any light. If the bedroom doors are open, some light comes in from there, but basically these are dim rooms.

2. I really like vibrant, intense colors, even bright colors. I would enjoy being in a red kitchen, for example, or a room painted the green similar to the green shade of the AskMe website background, for example. For more reference, I love deep red, Morocco blue (I believe it's called ultramarine, or Yves Klein blue), moss green, sunny or egg yolk yellow. All that is to say that pale grays or light beige tones are not "me" and not what would spark joy. I am open to fully painted rooms or accent walls. I also like exposed brick (exposing brick is I think a possibility in this apartment, but I am not 100% sure).

3. The kitchen is organized in such a way that essentially everything kitchen-y is along one wall -- the fridge, the dishwasher, the stove, all the cabinets. The other wall only has the front door. That wall continues directly into the living room wall.

I really can't wrap my head around how I can paint this middle-of-the-apartment space so that it feels like two distinct spaces -- here is the kitchen, here is the living room. Do I just shift from one color to another at some random dividing line on the wall? What colors might work well together for this purpose (again, keeping in mind that the space is dim)?

Thank you in advance for ideas, suggestions, and inspirations.
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