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I recently bought a beautiful house with this older style kitchen. The backsplash is grey tile. The countertop is cracked ice grey. The wood doors are varnished wood and the box of the cabinets has been painted white. I would like it all to be one color. I have tried various colors of yellow and they either look too bright or peach colored. The floors right now are a dark grey/brown that will be replaced. The room also gets lots of natural light. The appliances are white. It's a u-shape. Suggestions?
Leave the valance white but find a light color variation of the cabinets doors for in between doors. Perhaps some pewter colored or brushed silver cabinet handles and drawer pull would tie in with the silver/gray back-splash. Find some nice sheers for windows that incorporate the white, grey and wood tones, with additional brighter colors.
Look familiar ? lol. Mine looked very much like yours before. I cleaned the cabinets then bought an $8 small can of stain. Voila a country/rustic look. :)
Personally, I'd whiten the cabinet fronts (white to off white to pale pale gray), clean pulls so they sparkle and get an inexpensive "tortoise" or greyge greige reed or bamboo or whatever window cover. As in less than $20. Will pull the floor color up, which is important to balance the scalloped wooden valence and be a fresh, modern twist.
I think it looks quite nice the way it is!