Paint color help!

emdduttonOctober 15, 2012

I need help! So my house was built in the 80's. I recently painted the orangey oak cabinets white. I inherited the wall color from the previous owners and it's Avon Green (very dark, hunter green - leans towards blueish.) The Avon Green is also on a huge vaulted wall that is visible from the kitchen and extends through the great room to the front door. The other walls are Blond Wood and Barely Beige. (All colors by Benjamin Moore.)

I feel like the green is way too dark next to my newly painted cabinets. I need a color that will go okay with the existing paint colors because I'm not prepared to deal with that huge vaulted wall. My first instinct was yellow but my husband says no. He thinks its outdated. I thought it was more classic.

Thoughts? And if you think I should stick with yellow and try to convince him would you vote more light and buttery, bright or honeyish?

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You may feel the green is too dark, but to be sure we're talking about the same color, Avon Green is nowhere near a Hunter Green. It is the grey green below between your other colors, blond wood, and barely beige.

Avon Green (HC126) and Hunter Green (2041-10) share similar blue grey hues, but Hunter Green is much more saturated.

You might want to consider Garden Path (466, top) or Antique Jade (465). Either will go well with your palette.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 9:41AM
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EAM44, I love Garden Path! I'm not sure I see yellow working well with the other two colors.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 11:22AM
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Yellow isn't outdated at all. In fact Benjamin Moore has chosen Lemon Sorbet as its Color of the Year for 2013.

I'm not sure it's the best choice with your other colors though. Maybe it depends on where those beige walls are exactly in relation to where you think you'd like the yellow. This one is Yellow Iris.

I like the greens above too.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2012 at 4:23PM
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I think adding an additional color like yellow might look a little complicated - too many colors in one space. I would even remove the blonde wood, and replace it with a white, like white opulence, for example. The Garden Path palette would look as follows:

And Antique Jade:

    Bookmark   October 16, 2012 at 12:28AM
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Fabulous suggestions! Thank you so much! It did cross my mind to simply lighten up the green but I had no idea what the right color would be there. I've been testing yellows in there and finding the bright clear ones are way too much and the muddy ones clash with my existing warm beige. Antique Jade would be very pretty.
The Blond Wood and Avon Green are both on two story vaulted walls that I'm not prepared to deal with right now so that has to stay.

    Bookmark   October 21, 2012 at 10:58PM
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Thank you all so much! Excellent suggestions! I had thought about just going lighter on the green but wasn't sure where to go with that. I've been testing yellows and they aren't working at all. I'm finding that there are joys and pitfalls to having a very open floor plan. :)

    Bookmark   October 22, 2012 at 12:00AM
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