I want to add color to my kitchen walls that will make it up-to-date. The cabinets are light oak, countertops are butcher block color, windows have wood trim and the floor is ceramic tile, white with streaks of different shades of grey to blue-grey. Upholstered chairs are a weave of dark blue, light blue and nutmeg. This kitchen opens into a family room with a full brick wall fireplace, dark green carpeting and a large rust sectional couch. The picture was taken in natural light on a somewhat cloudy day.
Chris from New York
I think a crisp wheat color of light tan would look nice. In the space above your cabinets and doorway you could then add a wallpaper border that have the various shades of tan, nutmeg, and country blue and cinnamon red to tie the already existing colors together. Or you could stop the border around the corner of the cabinet and add a swag of silk or dried greenery and flowers using all these colors, to hang above your doorway to create a visual "flow" between the two rooms by also tying in the color of your green carpet. (03/18/2007)
Go dark! Maybe dark slate blue. You have so much light in your kitchen with a light floor and light cabinets. I went dark recently and just love it. So much warmer, inviting. You won't be sorry. (03/18/2007)
I responded to tell you that I like your kitchen and colors. It is the same layout and colors of our old house that we
remodeled and sold. I miss that new kitchen :) (03/18/2007)
A slate blue or baby blue would be nice, and you have space above the cabinets for a display of decorative plates. Blue and white is a common color, or majolica -type patterns. I see you have some plates there already. (03/19/2007)
I went with sage green from Behr. I also have blues in my kitchen, and it is open to the living room which also has some blues.
Good luck! (03/20/2007)
Have you thought about a pale terra cotta? It should go well with the colors already in the rooms. Just go to any store that sells paint and get paint chips to compare. If you like a color that's darker than you want, you can always have it mixed lighter. Hope this helps (03/20/2007)
I am an artist and color is my thing. I think a light apricot or a melon color would blend in with your blue and browns. Go with a satin finish. (03/20/2007)
One word: Apricot! (03/20/2007)
I think it's pretty as is. Just needs larger accessories with louder colors! And don't forget to add color cushions to the stools. (03/20/2007)
Thanks so much everyone, for taking the time to respond. My husband thinks your are all so nice, he wished he could invite you for dinner! There are so many good suggestions. We are going to get more paint charts that show apricot, melon and wheat. We already have the blues and greens, since they were the colors we were considering. We had been thinking of a mid-tone color or slightly lighter, so it wouldn't wash out on a sunny day.
I would like to add that we were considering repainting our dining room a mid-tone cranberry above the chair rail (to be installed) and a 15% of that cranberry below the chair rail. So, we were trying to come up with a color that would also go go with the dining room. You can see the kitchen from the dining room, but you can't see the family room from the dining room. Please keep your comments coming! Thanks again, for your help. (03/21/2007)
I'd try a sea-foam green or a pale blue (03/21/2007)
I would add a nice wallpaper border above your cabinets to go with your decor using your color scheme. This would add color, but not be over-whelming. (03/21/2007)
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