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My wife and I have been dwelling on our kitchen paint color for 4 months. We have 10 different sample paints on the wall. we have stainless steel appliances, dark cherry cabinets and cherry hardwood floors. Someone suggested that we paint our kitchen Silver Sage but we don't think the color complements very well. Any suggestions on color?

Victor Kim from Chicago, Illinois


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I used a red color called Chimayo in my kitchen. We have cherry colored flooring but white cabinets and appliances, while our table is cherry and black. The red with the cherry woods makes the whole room rich, warm, and glowing. I've read several times that reds are a good color for kitchen's and dining rooms because of the way it makes you feel. (10/22/2007)

By Panktty

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A deep pink or raspberry would go good with the cherry and stainless. (10/22/2007)

By perfumed fan

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I would paint it a warm Dijon mustard tone. (10/23/2007)

By tms421

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Listen...and nobody out there "boo" me. You can never go wrong with white. Use white and add your color with prints or baskets or whatever. Those you can change frequently and often, as opposed to paint. Go with white and change accessory colors at will. (10/24/2007)



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I agree with tms421, I'd also choose a warm Dijon mustard tone. (also called "Maize") Be sure to use a primer & have it tinted close to your paint color because colors in the Yellow family are transparent & can take many coats to cover unless you prime with a matching primer.

For a second idea, you can choose any color in the green family. A medium Olive would also look great. Don't go to dark. Green would be a "complement" color to the dark Cherry cabinets. Stay away from anything in the pink, rose, raspberry, plum or lavender family! Red is risky. You really have to know what you're doing when decorating with red. Plus, red is a "high velocity" color & will amp up your kitchen, when maybe you'd want the mood to be more mellow. If you want to live on the super safe side, you can always go with a med. warm sunny beige. Many blue's would also look great. Choose either a Grayed turquoise-ish blue or a dusty blue. Both in a medium tint. Stay away from any blue or turquoise that does not have a bit of gray in it, or it will look "juvenile".


White is boring on walls (unless the whole kitchen is white) Don't chose white! Brown & tan to dark, coral to bright. Sage is a bit "drab" for your kitchen, though I'm usually a big fan of silver-sage.
And never fear, it also took my Mom 4 months to choose her paint colors. She had 40 or so patches of colors all over the place, (& had to prime like mad) partly do to the lighting differences, because different walls turn a totally different color in different light!

*** In the end, it's only paint! ... When in doubt, paint only one wall & live with it for a week or so... If you still like it at the end of a week, paint the rest!

---> 'm a Mural & Tile artist by trade & often advise my clients on color choices for their homes. (10/24/2007)

By Cyinda

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This is someone that took 2 years to decide on wall paper and needs to change the paint in the kitchen--10 yrs old! I have had big pieces of color samples on the wall, don't put more than a couple at a time to choose which stays/goes. Then keep hanging colors till it feels right.
You have to see it at all times of the day. All lighting you will use--lights or natural. I have tossed out what I thought would look great in the evening looked crap in the morning.
Maybe 2 tone the walls with a negative paint style. Meaning 1st coat on, dry. 2nd coat on and wipe off till you have the effect and other color you want. You can get instructions for this on HGTV or your local paint shops also has videos on how to (or Menard, etc.) I use oil when I paint, making it wet a little longer. My kitchen looks like a basket weave. Swear it is textured wallpaper to see and touch. 2 colors I liked as one. Did my grand-children's toy room in the same paint, lighter texture--stipple.



By T&T Grandma

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A creamy ivory would look pretty. (10/24/2007)


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I suggest Humble Gold by Sherman Williams. I have cherry cabinets and I have Humble Gold on my walls and it is so warm and inviting. I also did an accent color on one small wall in brick red, absolutely beautiful. I've had my new kitchen a little over a year now and nothing but compliments. Also I do have stainless steel appliances. Good luck. (10/25/2007)

By Joyce

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A 'mild' raspberry or even the 'silver' sage would look great with the stainless and cherry flooring. I don't think yellow or any other primary would compliment too well. That's my opinion anyway! (10/25/2007)

By Cindy

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I would tend to agree with the green based on cool / warm conflict/compatibility....

Your stainless appliances are a cool tone; your cabinets in cherry are warm. You need something to bridge the gap & I think the sage would be lovely as it's a natural color or sort of neutral.


I personally LOVE the Dijjon Mustard idea and it's the first thing that came to mind when I read your question, sort of an old Mediterranean look, but I fear it would 'fight' the cool tones of your stainless steel appliances.

By luvvy

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You have a good set up with cherry wood tones which are warm to counteract the cold of the stainless appliances. Why don't you look to the colors of adjoining rooms for a color for the walls? I suggest you try a lighter shade of one of those colors. Take the paint strip and go one shade up, lighter.

I would NOT paint the kitchen a dark color like cherry red or dijon mustard! Dark kitchens are very depressing. Your cabinets and flooring make your room dark already. You need to go to a light shade for color. I also like white for the kitchen. My daughter has cherry cabinets, green counter tops, and cherry flooring. Her walls are a creamy white. White is a hard color to choose as there are many shades of white. I believe I recently heard on TV that there are 300 shades of white paint.

Best of luck,

By Carol in PA

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