I have a sapphire blue granite counter top, unstained oak hardwood floors, and harvest maple cabinets. I am looking to paint the kitchen/family room and would like some paint suggestions. I am painting the trim white and have an island in the kitchen that also has the sapphire blue counter top.
By Debbie from MA
There's nothing like a creamy golden, light butter yellow as an accent to Sapphire Blue! This yellow & blue gives the room a traditional, classy look. You can use one or many shades of yellow & blue to decorate your kitchen with. But be careful, if you can see the kitchen from other rooms in your house the adjoining rooms should have a common color.
Other options are golden beige, or many shades of blue, or a golden beige or golden brown (like peanut butter) with your Blue. Or sage green, or a Tri-colored room with brown, greens (ANY shade) & blue. But I favor Blues (dark, med & light) mixed with shades of golden yellow. If you want a modern room you can use primary colors like Red & bright dark yellow along with the blues. I am using 3 colors to decorate my kitchen-living room area, Olive green, golden beige & medium blue. I found a wonderful rug with all 3 of these colors & am using that to pull all 3 colors together.
When painting with yellow, it helps to tint your primer yellow too because yellow is transparent, this means it takes a few more coats of paint that most colors & if you start with a tinted primer your painting will require less paint. Also buy a high quality paint, not a cheap brand when painting with any yellow shade.
If I were you, I'd find a beautiful kitchen rug, some wonderful canisters or some nice paintings or framed & matted prints (like old-looking botanicals, sunflowers or a mixed-floral print) & use the colors in these to pull your decor & paint colors from!
If you have already decided on white trim, then why not go with dark blue, med blue, light blue & white as your decor colors. A "mono-colored" room (all different shades of one color). If you do this, be sure to add different textures in your decor or it can look boring. If you want to add a bit of "sunshine" & "happiness" to your room, why not change the white to a creamy-yellow butter or light-maize color instead?
A bit of yellow is especially nice if you live somewhere with long winters or little Sunshine (like Seattle or Alaska!)... If you live in a hot area (like Arizona or Florida) then stay away from the "sunny-warm" colors & instead use neutral or "cool" colors! ...In MA, I'd go with the yellow... It makes people feel warm, sunny & happy! (this yellow does not have to be bold, it can be the color of butter, a lighter shade of yellow)
I like desert tan by Benjamin Moore. It's actually more yellow/golden than tan, depending on the light in the room. Another option is to go with a blue that is a few shaded lighter than your countertops, depending on how much blue you want, though.
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I need help with kitchen wall paint color ideas. I have light maple cabinets with a coffee glaze, with a sapphire blue granite counter top (it has blues/grays/and an orangy brown color uniform throughout). I have 2 skylights and 3 windows in the kitchen so lighting is decent.
The kitchen itself is set up galley style, then it Ls out at the end into a dinette/breakfast nook area. The tile for the floor is a light color as well (it brings out the orangy brown in the granite). Please help me pick a wall color that would look decent. Any and all ideas will be greatly appreciated. I have been searching for a while now and can't decide what would be best.
Nicole from NY
I'd go with a light to med blue if you live where it's hot most of the time because blue is a "cooling" color. If you live in a place like Alaska or Seattle where there's little sun most of the year, I'd go with a golden beige or a golden tan color because it reminds you (a little) of sunshine. But if you have the guts to go a little wild, you can always go with a "pumpkin" or even a "peanut butter" color. Remember, if you do choose blue, always make sure the blue has a tiny bit of gray added, otherwise the blue can tend to look "juvenile".
But, I'll tell you what I tell all my clients: Pick something you really love (like a picture, painting or a rug) that has some of the colors that match your counter tops and/or cupboards then use this piece of art and the rest of the colors in it to choose your decorating colors from. If you pick something you really love as your starting point, then you can't go wrong. It could even be a set of handpainted canisters, a large bowl that sits on the counter or large wonderful plate that's hung on the wall or even a piece of tiled backsplash art (be it modern, Italian or traditional) or even a collection of botanical plates or prints, or cobalt glass in a garden window or even a fancy throw rug. Then choose 2 or 3 colors from this piece and you've got it made.
But, lets say you've chosen to go with cobalt glass as you decor item; you don't have to pick the exact color, cobalt, you can go either darker or lighter on the color swatch, or you can chose the color that's opposite on the color wheel, (the "complement" color) which would be peach, orange, golden beige or golden tan, or the color next to it on the color wheel, which would be green. You don't always have to have only 2 colors to decorate with (your main color and your "accent" color) you could also choose 3 colors to decorate with, your main color and 2 "accent" colors. In your case, this would be most likely be blue (light or med), green (probably sage or olive), and a "gold" shade of your choice (golden tan, golden beige, mustard, peanut butter, peach, or pumpkin). (09/12/2008)
I just painted my kitchen. Since I could not get the old wall board glue off the bottom half of the wall, I decided to texture that part first to hide the old black paste. I then put 2 coats of primer on the walls and painted the top half a color called Morning Frost (light baby blue) and the bottom half (textured now) Waterwheel, which is a little darker and put a border on to separate the 2 colors, and left the ceiling white. I think it looks wonderful and trust me, anything looks better than they did. I have attached a picture, and I think according to your counters, this would match great. Just an idea. Happy painting. (09/18/2008)