Kitchen Colour Help - Hard to Match Countertop

ragdoll26September 26, 2012

I am hoping someone can provide some wall colour suggestions for the countertop in my kitchen. I'm stuck with it until I can afford to change it out.

My cabinets are BM Cloud white (they were oak - but I painted and added the crown molding). As you can see, my kitchen is small and north-facing. The countertop is called "eternal city" by Pionite, and I can't seem to find anything that really goes with it (it almost has a grundy look as it is now). I am open to any suggestions - anything that could brighten it up, and give it a crisp, clean look would be great.

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I like the gold paint with the brown counters. What don't you like about it?

    Bookmark   September 26, 2012 at 9:27PM
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I'd probably paint the upper section between molding and ceiling some shade of off white and then see how I felt about the lower section.Interesting new hardware is what I'd be having fun shopping for with all the work you've done. the paint is not a biggie-but you have to get handles,right?

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 12:44PM
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Molly Phillips

It's hard to tell through that photo the exact colors in your kitchen, but it looks like there is a lot of brown in the counters. I think it will be hard to get a "crisp, clean look" with brown countertops....they are just warm, you know? Crisp and clean usually can go with whites, greys, etc....once you add the muddiness of brown in the mix, it will be hard to do that. It's why grey is becoming a trendy color.

If it makes you feel any better, I have the same problem, only mine is with warm hickory cabinets! I would just stick with a yellow and put pops of color in the accessories.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 3:48PM
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There is a lot of pale blue-green in the Eternal City swatch on the Pionite website. Why not try that?

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 4:24PM
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Palimpsest has a better eye (and maybe a better monitor) than I have. I saw some gray in the Eternal City samples I saw online, but couldn't make out understonse. Anyway, did a board for you (below) that shows Eternal City with some muted blue/green Benjamin Moore paint samples (I was looking at these for my bedroom).

upper left is Pure Essence
upper right is Turquoise Mist
middle left is Swept Away
middle right is Bali
bottom is Palladian blue

The counter would definitely work with muted yellows and golds, oranges or rusts, or neutrals with those undertones (camel, caramel, some beiges and browns). But it sounds like that isn't really what you are into.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 5:06PM
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I don't see it nearly as much on my home computer, but there is still a cast of blue-green to the white or grey. My other monitor may be off, because it looked very pale blue-green, and now I don't see it as much.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 5:29PM
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Sophie Wheeler

It's not the paint. It's the light. You need more lighting. Even if you painted the walls white, you'd still have a dark kitchen unless you addressed the lighting needs. Start with under cabinet lighting first as that will make an immediate impact on your work surface.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 6:12PM
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Hmmm...where did my pic go?

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 2:40PM
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Hi There - color is a really personal choice, so if these aren't to your taste, no worries. If I understand you correctly, you are trying to brighten things up, but you also want to balance the colors of your laminate so the room doesn't end up completely brassy. I would choose a very pale blue grey like Whisper from Ralph Lauren Paint. It balances the browns/golds very effectively but it's a light, bright color. If you don't like blues, you could opt for a light grey like BM Barely There. You want the color to be different enough from the cabinet and trim color to be noticed, but still not too saturated.

In addition, I'd lose the window covering altogether, and install brighter (and possibly under cabinet) lighting. By the way, it's not very expensive to re-laminate your counter, and there are lots of DIY instructions on YouTube. You may be stuck with laminate, but you're not stuck with THAT laminate. If you do decide to alter the counter, I'd chuck the 4" backsplash and add some light reflecting tile.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   September 28, 2012 at 4:59PM
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Thanks for all of your help! I ended up taking your suggestions of a blue-green-gray, and went with BM Gray Wisp. I still need to work on the lighting, and change out the faucet.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 9:31AM
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Oh that looks nice! Refreshing and serene. Your countertops look so much nicer now. Thanks for sharing your update.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 10:29AM
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I think that is a big improvement! I like the paint color a lot.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 10:42AM
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