Input on kitchen colors--do these "work"?

slaurajonesAugust 22, 2013

Thanks for all the feedback on the blue/green color options. After creating a large paint chip, and "testing" the color virtually, I'm not sure it's the direction I want to go. I feel like the blue green wouldn't bring the warmth and light to the kitchen that I feel like it so needs in the dark winter months. So, I'm attaching a few photos here with some other color directions for feedback. Any other suggestions? I'm leaning towards yellow/green/pear colors, but don't want it to fight the green formica counters. Thoughts? Thanks for any feedback, and photos to follow!

Photo attached is the blue green that I'm not sure I want anymore.

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Here's a thought, and take it for what it's worth: do you have to do the kitchen now? If your concern is the way the paint will look in the winter, is there any reason why you can't wait until winter to choose your colors?

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 2:55PM
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Here is a pear/appley color that I'm interested in. I like the warmth the color brings, but wonder if it fights the counters....

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 2:56PM
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And here is more of a pear color

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 2:58PM
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Is your flooring staying the same? On my monitor, your first color looks similar to the flooring. I like it.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 3:08PM
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In the pictures your counters look charcoal and your floor looks light gray. Is your counter really a hunter green? And the floor?

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 3:10PM
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Lynxe, I would describe the current color as a very dark teal in the main kitchen area, with a peachy color in the breakfast nook. The kitchen drove me crazy last winter (our first one here), so I was thinking I might want to change before. But perhaps you're right that that might be the right time to test the colors. I'd still be interested in thoughts on general direction.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 3:24PM
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It's probably personal bias as much as anything else, but I don't think yellows brighten things up that much if you don't get a lot of natural light, and they can also get a bit glare-ish under certain kinds of artificial light. Take a look at photos of certain yellow rooms at night, and you will see what I mean (Not professional photos, and in rooms that are lit overhead like kitchens, not rooms that are lit by shaded table lamps).

As far as the blue green in the first photo, I think that works best out of the three with the finishes you are keeping. Maybe what you really need is undercabinet lighting.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 3:39PM
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cyn427 (zone 7)

I second Pal's comment about yellow and lighting! We have a lovely creamy custom-mixed yellow in the stairwell and walkout basement library. Pretty. Then, DH changed the lightbulb in the stairway fixture-put in a CFL. OMG, we now have a garish, neon, greenish yellow whenever the light is on. I can't reach it, so until the next time the electrican is here for something, I am stuck. Do take your lighting into consideration!

Oh, I have Saybrook Sage in our kitchen and love it. I did, however, paint the cabinets white. The sage is warm and lovely, imho and I never get tired of it.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 5:04PM
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SW has a nice warm green called Celery. If you want to avoid "blue" green, stay away from sages.

If you want to test out a cream, try SW Ivoire (yes, that is the right spelling). It's soft and pretty no matter what time of the day or night.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 5:20PM
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Thanks, I am worried about a yellow turning green or mustardy in an unappealing way. I think I am leaning bay towards to aqua/teal/thing. If our cabinets were white, I feel like we'd have lots more options. But now we have these dark green counters and darkish maple (looking) cabinets, and white appliances and floors. I feel like it's tricky b/c I want to lighten the kitchen, but can't get too light with the walls b/c it would be too much of a contrast. I'll look at SW Celery, that sounds like a green I'd like. My husband is really interested in the aqua blues, but for some reason I'm having a hard time w/ it in the kitchen....maybe it would grow on me.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2013 at 6:35PM
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