By Alex 1
We have black granite countertops, orange tile backsplash and chestnut cabinets with stainless steel handles. I want to paint our walls a sage/putty green or a light gray. Would this look OK? Thank you!
By Alex from Houston, TX
November 5, 2010
It could work, but you're adding some contrast. I would also consider a tan/cream in the same tones as the cabinets, but lighter, as long as it matches the back splash, though. That's the tricky part. Get a few samples and paint them on a poster board and live with it for a few days to see.
My cabinets are white, stove and refrigerator are stainless steel with a shade of black and my counter top is black, gray and a speck of orange; my floor is light gray tile. What color should I paint my kitchen walls?
Apricot or a pale aquamarine. (08/19/2007)
By perfumed fan
Depending on your style, I'd go for something bright. Orangish red perhaps? Especially as you already have some flecks of that in your counter top (I don't see blues/greens coordinating well with that) A mustardy yellow might work, too. Go to the paint store and pick up some tester paint, then slap a bit on your wall and see what you think after a couple days of looking at it. (08/20/2007)
Red! Nothing heats up a kitchen better than red on the walls. It is warm, welcoming, and hearkens back to hearth and home as well as being stylish and sophisticated! Red can take you from country kitchen to urban delight. (08/22/2007)
I vote for apricot. The red-orange-yellow family is what they use at fast food restaurants because it stimulates your appetite. (08/22/2007)
Go traditional and you won't be sorry in the long run- don't go for fad colors. Painting is hard work! Match the gray in the floor tile! (08/22/2007)
With that setup you can choose any color that you love! Have fun! I would so do a bright red or yellow (08/22/2007)
I would paint one wall red. (08/22/2007)
I would paint them a Terra Cotta color. It would look good with your grays and blacks. (08/23/2007)
I think the best thing to do with the colors you have is to go to Lowe's or Home Depot and get some color samples that you like and bring them home and look and see what color goes best. (08/23/2007)
I go along with the orange crowd (there are many different shades). I paint frequently because I enjoy it--go figure. Try the Behr computer at Home Depot. It paints "virtually" and gives you a really good idea how color combos will work in your home.
Remember, the most important part is prep, prep, prep!
Good luck! (09/06/2007)
I vote for 'bittersweet', just a little darker than orange but not as dark/dull as terracotta. And it will bring out the orange flecks in your counter top! Studies have shown that looking at the color orange (and similarly, bittersweet) every day stimulates your HAPPINESS, and we can all use that. Can you tell that orange is my favorite color? (My kitchen counter tops are orange (from the 70s, and I love 'em!) (10/25/2007)
By Nancy in Florida
Red increases your appetite. I would stay away with that for a kitchen and dinning room. Blue suppresses your appetite and may help you keep hunger at bay so you don't over eat. (02/26/2008)
My kitchen cabinets are Maple Champagne with a Chocolate glaze and my counters are a brown and tan granite. I just ordered a new dinette set in a dark wood to pick up on the chocolate glaze. I am having a problem on what color to paint my wall in.
They are currently Navajo white (Off White) and it is too blah. I want the kitchen to feel warmer and inviting. Help me choose a color.
Fanny from NY
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You have the most beautiful kitchen cabinet's I just love them. That is something I would have loved myself! The colors on those cabinets as well as what I see in the tile on the wall would go beautifully with either a Peach or Blue as both colors go well with the colors on those cabinets. A lot of people might opt to go with a beige and then use drapes and pictures to put color into the kitchen. And this would be fine also. But you could really dress it up if you would paint it with a light Beige or tan in a flat color. (Then using a rag or sponge) buy a metallic gold go over the wall in swirls. This would not only look beautiful but that would be one beautiful knock them dead kitchen with those cupboards and that color. You could also do that with the peach or with blue using different colors on top. If you do not know how to do this technique there are plenty of paint places on line to tell you about it.I f you have a store where you usually buy paint say Lowe's or Home Depot they can help you with this but it is fairly simple and the result would be so beautiful in your kitchen. I would love to see an after picture. Good Luck and please seriously think about this idea you will be so surprised what colors like that can do! Have a good time. Darlene (03/31/2008)
I love your cabinets and back splash! They are gorgeous! Depending on what kind of light you get, you could go with a warm color from your back splash. In the picture, there are 3 squares that appear darker than the other ones (I'm guessing from the flash as well as natural variations). You could easily go with that warm caramel-ish color, especially if you get a lot of natural light. If you want contrast, you could go with a light sage, or you could even go darker, too.
If it were me, I would stick with "natural" colors. The sands, the caramels, the sages.
Good luck & have fun! (03/31/2008)
The general principle is two colors similar, one dominant and one almost used as much, and then a very contrasting standout accent color. You already have the earth tones well coordinated. Now you need the punch, the accent. Use some red pillows or red toaster cover or what have you. Changing the drawer and cabinet pulls to red is popular but expensive. Make sure you only put the red on things that you will easily change later, not painting whole walls with it. It's like macaroni salad. You have the blonde color of the pasta, the white color of the mayo, and those alone would be blah. But you have snippets of pickle relish or pimento to wake it up. Good luck! (03/31/2008)
How about a pale shade of peach? If that is too orangy, try a pale coral, perhaps? I get the impression from reading your question that you don't want something too powerful, but rather just not as bland as an off-white. (03/31/2008)
Goldfinch yellow--a rich Tuscan gold (04/03/2008)
We are getting ready to paint our kitchen. We have white cabinets, the granite counter tops are dark gray with silver flecks, black appliances, the tile back splash is gray carrera, and the floor is a mixture of gray/beige. Any color suggestions for paint colors?
Janice from Long Island, NY
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Do you like the color of your valance as a nice contrast?
You could go with anything, really. It looks like you get lots of light, and everything is neutral. Any color from a smoky ice blue, to deep crimson red, to eggplant, to your basic peach would work. Take a look at your favorite table linens and/or curtains, and see if there's a color in there that stands out to you.
Have fun & good luck!
I'd use earth tones. I have 'dirt road' in mine with a green marble look counter. (04/11/2008)
I think you should paint the walls a pretty sky blue (04/20/2008)
By Georgetta Ruth
royal blue (05/05/2008)
I have maple cabinets and white Corian counter tops. My kitchen has a clear view of my dining room which is painted a color called Cherokee brick, it's slightly on the pink side. I picked out a light green color called blue grass and it looks horrible. Do you have any advice?
Natalya from Burlingame, CA
How about a light tan with just a hint of light pink or apricot in it? Or accent some places with a deeper color like Hunter Green. (06/25/2008)
Use the same color as our dining room or just a slightly lighter version. Should be great with your maple cabinets and white counters. Your greens could be the accent colors or some color that you use in your dining room as accents. Tie the two together. (06/25/2008)
I had a very white kitchen and I wanted something new, so I went with Pumpkin Orange, and my dining room in Instant Delight, sorta like a yellow orange. Everyone that has seen my kitchen really likes it. Not everybody might like it, but I think it is really pretty. (06/26/2008)
I will be painting my old cupboards an eggshell just a galley kitchen no table, tile floors, and counter light tan with white and a light green. I would go with a sage green wall with black accents like lights, etc. (02/06/2009)
My kitchen walls are painted with Sherwin Williams Copper Pot. I would love help in picking out a beige/tan color for my dining room that will compliment it. I prefer that the beige/tan does not have green or peach undertones.
By anicole72 from Nova
I'd pick up a slew of paint chips and hold them at arms length near, but not on the walls. Try it in every kind of light you'll see in that room, daylight on sunny and cloudy days, with and without turning on lights, etc. I've found that holding it up against the wall just brings out the contrast between that and the old paint. My color memory isn't good, so what I think might look good in the paint store sometimes looks yucky in my room. That's why I get lots of chips. By the way, there are some nice paints out there with no smell, off-gassing, or toxic materials. I've been really happy with Freshaire. (09/26/2009)
What color should I paint my kitchen wall and what accessories should I buy, if my ceramic floor is beige and brown? Please help.
By Dora1949 from Baltimore, MD
I am looking to change the color of my kitchen walls. I have golden pine cabinets, black granite laminate countertops, beige laminate flooring, and espresso window blinds. What color would look good?
By Christy from St. Cloud, MN
What about a blue tinted red? (05/05/2010)
I have honey oak cabinets with brushed steel handles, cream tile floors, and black Ukatuba granite countertops. I need exact paint colors to pull these extremes together. Please help.
I used to do design work. I suggest going to an interior design furniture store and have them do a work up for you, nothing really time consuming since you only want paint, but on a slow day they would be more than happy to sell you some paint in exchange for color ideas. Good luck. :) (07/21/2010)