Sunday, July 29, 2012

My Kitchen Paint Colors | Version 2.0


Oh no, it's happening again.  My indecisiveness is getting the better of me.  For those of you around a year ago, you listened patiently to my endless woes regarding what to paint the exterior of our home.  Well, my apologies, because I'm about to put you through it again, but this time with the kitchen.  I confidently shared my choices for cabinet and wall colors last week.  Then I called to schedule my painters.  A little doubt started to creep in.  Then I spent an afternoon in a bookstore this weekend and saw a pretty room painted in a perfect shade of greyish, maybe a bit greenish, white.  Hmmmm. more doubt.  The truth is, if I was building from scratch I have NO doubt I would choose a white kitchen. It's classic and clean and exudes order and practically.  Things I want in my kitchen.  However, ours is not a new home.  The style is very much a colonial farmhouse.  We don't have white trim, and all of a sudden the thought of a white, albeit off white, kitchen no longer felt right for THIS house.  I began to study my pinterest boards and found I have pinned as many gray kitchens as I have white.  So... the search now begins for a new cabinet color and a new wall color and I'm taking you along for the ride.  Brace yourself!  Here's some inspiration...











18 comments :

  1. You're a genius!!! I've been contemplating off-white cabinets with my wood floors and rustic beams. It just didn't "fit", but these taup-ey greys do!!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  2. Are you wanting blue-grays or yellow grays? (cool or warm?) I really did like the warmth of my cabinets when they were taupe (Benjamin Moore Brandon Beige), but it was not the cool gray - they were very warm in tone. (Couldn't do the blue tones with all the yellow in the wood flooring.) What is your flooring in there? That makes a major difference in the choice. And paint colors are sooooo confusing because there are a million different choices! Perfectly normal to doubt.

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    1. probably more of a warm gray. our trim throughout is bennington gray {a gray with a lot of yellow in it} I want cabinets lighter than the trim in the rest of the house. trim in ktichen right now is off white. the floors are a creamy stone with gray in it, but everywhere else is dark wood and the kitchen is open to dining room and hallway. the cabinets in the shot with the dual vanities above is about as close to what i want as i can get. wish i knew what it was! grr.

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  3. Oh, look at your cute new blog design - I like it. I also like the idea of gray. In fact, we're about to spruce up our bathroom and paint the cabinets gray. Everything is white and I wanted to add some color without painting the walls. Can't wait to see the final look - I know your kitchen will look amazing!

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  4. Love your new blog format!

    Grays are so hard to select, aren't they? We are in the middle of renovating our powder room and guest bathroom, and we are using grays in both. The guest bath was just painted Ben Moore Edgecomb Gray, part of their historic colors. It's a warm, taupey gray, but the color right next to it on the paint color card reminds me of the double vanities above. It's called Lancaster Whitewash (HC-174) and might be a good starting point for you. You might try googling colors that you're interested in and looking at the images that come up to get an idea what it might look like...I've been doing a lot of that lately! Funny that you mentioned your trim is Bennington Gray...that's the color of our upstairs hallway...I've always loved your trim color and often wondered what color it is! =)

    Can't wait to see your kitchen...I'm sure it will be very pretty!
    xo, Michelle

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  5. I love gray cabinets in a kitchen! I'm still searching for the perfect shade in our kitchen. The top cabinets (which are open) and walls are the Lancaster Whitewash mentioned in the comment above and I do love it. It's a great off-white. Can't wait to see how yours turns out - I'm sure it will be gorgeous!

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  6. Love the new blog design! And I think the soft grey is the perfect middle ground between a white kitchen and wanting to keep it rustic and countryish.

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  7. i too love gray cabinets! but i have the issue of all white trim throughout my house, so i will need to go white in my kitchen. i tried to go gray in my sisters kitchen, but she didn't trust my taste enough ;) i'm sure your kitchen will be awesome!

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  8. Oh, tessa you know I feel your pain! I think the taupe/grey cabinets will be so lovely!! I almost went with a khaki/grey cabinet in our kitchen too. I wish I could recommend some paint colors. I mean, I AM a bit obsessed with them right now. I did see a post on The Lettered Cottage today that may be helpful in finding out paint colors.

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  9. Some of those shades look very similar to the grey I used to paint my little antique dresser! I'm terrible with white balance etc when I take pictures so the color doesn't look as true as it really is. Here is a link: http://www.puttinonthegrits.com/2012/07/antique-chest-redo.html

    I went into Ace dead set on Fieldstone Grey but it ended up being much too green for my blue-grey walls.

    I'm not helping at all but misery loves company. :) I stood in front of those paints for HOURS trying to figure out which one I wanted to use. I settled on Valley Forge Tan which looks more light tan in the sunlight and grey at night. I'm sure whatever you pick will be absolutely beautiful.

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  10. Hello
    I love all your kitchen pics above but my favorite pic is no. 5! The paint color is light and airy and i can see pops of color. I wish you luck in picking your colors. It's going to come out beautiful. Have fun!
    Take care,
    Claudia

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  11. We painted some cabinets in my family room a pale gray and i love them, now thinking of doing the same to my kitchen. The pictures are beautiful, especially love that first one.

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  12. I love grey in a kitchen as well. We have white upper cabinets and light grey bottom. Can't wait to see what you decide!


    Kate

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  13. I am in the middle of re-doing the kitchen in my new (to me) home. I am in the same shape you are in where white just didn't seem to fit, to me it just seemed to enhance the datedness (a word?) of my kitchen. I painted the lovely golden oak cabinets 2 different colors, the bottoms are "Silhouette" a great black by Martha Stewart and after weeks of indecision I went with "Monument" by Valspar with a light antique glaze over the top. "Monument" is a very good color if you want a grey look without being all out grey (make sense?) It actually has a hint of green to it now that I have finished the glaze. Although it looks really good it was not really what I was going for and I'm hoping it changes when I paint the walls and hang back splash and change light bulbs to soft white. All that to say check out the color "monument" if you are looking for a good greyish color. It looks good with white, creams and different shades of grey and beige.

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  14. You're speaking my language! I carried paint chips around with me everywhere...then sampled almost a dozen grays at various strengths on a cabinet. I finally went with half formula of a favorite: Benjamin Moore's Fieldstone (the Sally Wheat kitchen color, but full strength was too dark for my kitchen). I'm a white girl, too. And I'd do white if I were starting from scratch, but with old cabinets that aren't my fave, I like the light gray. Now don't even get me started on how hard it has been for me to choose hardware!!!

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  15. Looks like fun inspiration. I especially like those pewter shades with stainless steel...and the other metal finishes.

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  16. Hey...I saw that! Congrats! I like your choices :)

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  17. Have you seen the new Corian options? There is one called Jasmine that looks like marble but is maintence free.

    Michelle

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