First Post - Need some serious color choice HELP!!!

MrsPowell1025May 10, 2013

Okay, so my husband is in the process of remodeling our kitchen. He basically gutted it, changed the layout and is now in the process of putting it back together. At this point the drywall is up, it's been spackled and sanded and the next step will be priming the walls. Which means my one (and only) contribution - wall color choice - will come in to play and I don't have a clue!!!!

Because the cabinets have not been built yet, I have attached a stock picture of the gray high gloss cabinets that we've purchased from ikea. We saw the cabinets and immediately fell in love with the sleek, modern look (not thinking about how difficult it would be to find light, fresh, complimentary colors for the walls).

Here's what I need help with - wall color (paint) and backsplash suggestions. For the rest of the kitchen - appliances are stainless, sink is white farmhouse style, floors maple (very light) hard wood, countertop hasn't been picked out yet but it will definitly be white granite with grayish veins (mainly white). It's not the biggest kitchen (12' x 13') but it's a good size. I just don't want it to look too dark.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Here is a link that might be useful: Gray cabinet image

This post was edited by MrsPowell1025 on Fri, May 10, 13 at 23:44

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A light yellow would be lovely. It sounds Iike it will be a great space!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 11:43PM
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White would be clean and classic. A pastel yellow, pink or turquoise would look nice with the gray (in the pic you posted the gray has a lot of blue in it, but I remember it as more neutral from other pics and IRL). Or you could go for something really bright, like vermillion.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 2:56AM
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Holly- Kay

Personally I would go with white, but I tend to be blah in decorating. Anjou pear would be a great complimentary color if you want to add some zing to it.

The BM website shows a bedroom in anjou pear with an accent color called silhouette which is a dark grey. The title on the website is delightful green bedroom.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 8:29AM
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Personally, I would do white as well...but I'm not into bold colors. Are there any accent colors in adjoining rooms that you want to coordinate and tie together? That may be helpful in deciding.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 8:44AM
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I love bold colors but here I'd go with Benjamin Moore snow white, which has some silver undertones. Good luck!

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 9:09AM
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Another vote for BM Snow White! Or a very light grey, but you'd have to have the cab door in hand and be very careful with that choice.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 10:00AM
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How much wall square footage are we talking here? Do you have lots of wall cabs? Is there a soffit involved? I would do the Snow White and really wait to consider BS until granite is chosen.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 10:15AM
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White. Others may disagree but I would prefer a warm white next to all that cool gray.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 10:19AM
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white with a drop of bluish gray.

Make sure to get a sample jar and paint a big sample on the wall, observe the color in different hours of the day before making your final decision.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 10:27AM
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I like the white with them, and that leaves your accessories open to all kinds of color choices. If you want color, yellow, pear to lime green, blue -- actually, there are probably shades of just about any color that could work with grey. Is there a color you like to have around you or create the mood you want for your kitchen? If not, why not do a white that reflects the undertones and then get the other elements in place. You may love the calmness of it -- like the IKEA photo and probably the display, but if not, paint is easy enough to change if you find that is too plain.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 11:17AM
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I love cream and gray together, so I'd strongly consider a cream/gray/white color scheme. Then, when more liveliness was desired, almost anything color could be brought in as an accent. How about fuschia for summer? :)

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 11:34AM
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I would love at least one wall or area in a coral-pinkish-red against that gray; not knowing what sort of color personality you are makes it hard to suggest.
White would give a nice crisp feel.

I have been in love recently with pale blue/green/yellow/tan mixes for tiles and think they look great with grey. You'd have to be sure they were cool tones for this grey.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 2:07PM
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Do you like the picture you posted? It really has the elements you have described in your post, maples floors, white counters, is it your inspiration? It has warm white walls and a citron tile backsplash. I think warm white would be great.
You could add tile with a color or it too could be white and you could have color as an accent which is easier to switch in and out. Some of this depends on your layout and how much wall, backsplash there will be. Can you post your ktchen pictures from the IKEA planner?

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 2:35PM
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