Tuesday, September 23, 2008

I Need Your Honest Opinions On My Kitchen -- Thanks!

OK, so I have posted about my poor kitchen before here and here.

I have taken down the 'chair rail'/molding and the wallpaper...and now I am just staring at taped up paint chips on the wall, I am sure you all can relate ;)

I was thinking I wanted to do (apple) green walls, leave the brick cream and then do a black, fruit print sort of window treatment. Then I thought, no, how about black/white houndstooth for the window treatment...and now I am even thinking of a pumpkin sort of color on the walls.

I really need help! What colors would you do? At this point, we are not painting the cupboards. We could paint the brick. We are also keeping the counter tops, they are a dark green Formica. The cupboards are a medium wood color, I think they are oak and our hardwood floors are the same color tone.

Would you do the green/cream/black color scheme...or pumpkin walls to match the cabinets more? Or something totally different? In the adjoining rooms, the dining room is pretty neutral with creams and browns...and then the hallway is a buttery yellow color...so I don't think green or pumpkin would clash with either color.

In other news, there are only a few more days to enter to win my blog makeover contest! The prize is a professional blog makeover from RS Designs!!!

And I would really appreciate your vote in Artie's Calico Corners contest. It's really easy to vote, just tick my box (Bella Casa).

Thanks so much!!!



Mary said...

I'm very partial to green. And I love the black and white houndstooth idea. Apple green is a very bright and cheery color. Keep us posted! Going to vote for you and enter your contest :)

Brown-Eyes said...

Morning Bella...I'm going to say go apple green & houndstooth since you already have wooden tones in your cabinets and floors...Go bold
(easy for me to say) LOL ;-) Bo

Karen said...

I am partial to pumpkin and have a color I like just need to find a room to paint it! I am thinking my dining room or living room depending on the new furniture I have yet to get! I am doing my kitchen some yellow and the adjoining family room Tobacco Road:)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Green, black, creme. Houndstooth is very "in" at the moment.
Orange would encourage appetite, green is more neutral in the color psychology area.

Courtney said...

green/cream/black! love that idea...and the b/w houndstooth sounds tres chic. (Or molto bella!) maybe down the road you'll be inspired to paint the cupboards cream, which would look awesome too. (Although it takes more than inspiration...I'm INSPIRED to paint mine cream, but haven't done it yet - SO much work!)

Liz said...

I've got to vote for apple green. Love love love that color and wish I had more of it in my own house.

Kim Hardt Originals said...

Morning Bella, I would have to ask first what the rest of the colors are that are joining the kitchen. I like my rooms to flow. What kind of style are you? One of the things that I like to do is look through magazines. You can get so many different ideas that way.

If you pick green, I would go more of a softer green than a real harsh green. You might get tired of it quicker.

Have you ever gone to ratemyspace on-line. It is where people post pictures of there rooms in there home. It is great as well. If you post pictures of you own home and ask for peoples advise they will give it as well. There are some beautiful kitchens on there. I have my house on there as well. I have been remodeling my house for some time now. I have a very handy hubby. We moved into an older home and it needed alot of work.

Just keep in mind black is a very strong color. I love it myself. But be careful.

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I love houndstooth so of course I am going to say that you have to use that. But it could go with green or pumpkin. I think I might choose pumpkin because of the cabinet color, but it would be hard to choose a color that isn't TOO orange...it would scare me to choose! :) I can't wait to see what you do!

Carla said...

I'm thinking green/cream/black. For some reason, when I think of pumpkin and those darker cabinets, I envision the 70's. :op

salmagundi said...

Whatever color your chose will be great - either the green or pumpkin will make everything pop. Good luck, Sally

The Pumpkin Pink Cottage said...

I like pumpkin but not a bright Orange pumpkin a deep muted pumpkin, then I would leave the brick cream, I love the brick, as for the cabinets I would paint them, primer first, then paint,then add some new hard wear. I would paint them black or cream to match the brick. then add some wonderful hounds-tooth curtains and some great black or cream accessories,,,hugs, Lisa

Marie said...

Oh houndstooth! DEVINE! I am voting for the green. If you find the perfect shade of apple green PLEASE pass it along. I tried that color in my kitchen once and it was more neon than anything. :o/ I can't wait to see what you come up with. It sounds as if it will be so pretty!

And I went and voted for you!

nikkicrumpet said...

I'm in for the green! I think the pumpkin is going to blend too much with the cabinets and not give you any "punch". But the green and the black & white is going to be oh so much fun....bright and cheery like a kitchen should be! Good luck with it...I can't wait to see the finished project!

Ms. Tee said...

I just clicked over & ticked your little box. :)

I love the green. I have a friend who's kitchen is green with black accents, and she has black and white toile window treatments. It's so cute. Good luck - I know it's hard to decide!

Gretchen said...

I like the green, cream and black idea myself. I voted for you too.


Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

Hi Bella, I like the direction you are going in! I like the new pumpkin colors and would love to find somewhere to use it. But I am partial to green kitchens. :) My home and lake house kitchens are both green, and I never tire of them! Green is such a happy and even cozy color! The pumpkin color might blend too well with your cabinets...they may get "lost in the pumpkin color." And the houndstooth or black and white sounds really pretty! Both would work well with the green! But let me warn you, since I am GREEN QUEEN! LOL...whatever color green you decide upon, go lighter. Green, even light shades darken alot and look much more bolder on the wall. We painted a LH bedroom with light green that looked almost white in the can, and once on the wall, was much darker. My kitchens are both brighter and darker. So, that is my 2 cents worth! LOL! Can't wait to see what you do! I know it will be great! :) ~Rhonda

Joy said...

Here is the advice I give to clients: Unless you absolutely LOVE color then it is wise to pick colors that are more muted. The more pure and intense the color, the more it will shock you when you put it on the walls, and you're likely to get tired of it faster. Also look for the light reflective value of those colors. The higher the value the more light they reflect so your kitchen won't seem so dark.
Be careful with the pumpkin colors because they will pull the orange out in the cupboards and then your whole room will feel like you're inside a pumpkin.
Pure greens and yellows are the one color that I advise to go one step less than you think because they're brighter on a wall than on a little chip.
Does that help at all?

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

You got some really good advice that should help you decide. I'm leaning toward the green myself. It's so hard to decide isn't it?
Take care, Debrak

Kim's Treasures said...

I really like the green/cream/black. I love those colors together.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I'm leaning towards the green myself. And I love the idea of the houndstooth! I think the color combo will brigthen up the room, and draw the eye to the outside ("bringing the outside in"...I think I've been watchingtoo much HGTV. ;-)

Susie Harris said...

It's so hard to say. I wish I could see it in person cause a computer does not do colors favor... Good luck~

Victoria said...

I also vote for the green! I think (like Nikkicrumpet) that the orange walls would just blend into the cabinets. If you painted the cabinets cream then I would say pumpkin.

I still haven't even started on my kitchen remodel. Maybe I'll post that next and get some advice from everyone!

Sandy Toes said...

I love green! I have a type of "mint" or pale green in my kitchen that goes into my family room which is cream but the back wall is olive color. Everyone likes it!

Paint colors are very hard!
-Sandy Toes

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

I'm gonna have to say a green tone too with your cab. color. It will be one big orangey pumpkin blob in there if you do that orangey color on the walls. WAY too much of the same thing! I do think the right green will make the cabinets look better. But, my #1 choice would be to paint your cabinets a creamy white & then do green.

I have white cabinets & a pretty olive green in my kitchen, called Laura Ashley Olive 4 & it's a really nice green. Looks very muted on the card, but great on the walls.

Cottage Rose said...

Hey there Bella; I must say I do like the apple green and black color combo. It just sounds so fresh and pretty. But what ever you choose I can't wait to see it when it is done. I am on my way to vote for you.. Have a great tomorrow.


Ginny said...

I think the apple green & houndstooth sounds cool! I love bright designs :)

Your old design reminds me of a blog design, lol.

niartist said...

I think that I'd go with the green. Of course - my entire house is painted green so you could call me partial. I think that painting the walls pumpkin to blend in with the cabinets would be a mistake - but that's just me. I think that the green will accentuate the beauty of the color in the cabinets, and help to complete that pumpking/green/black theme you want. Again - just a thought, but I'm sure it will look great no matter what you do! Taking down the chair rail and the wallpaper made a HUGE difference, huH?

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

I think the apple green would be my choice!

Hooked on Houses said...

Boy, I had to laugh at all of your paint chips taped to the wall. Glad to know I'm not the only person who does that (and then lives with them there for weeks or sometimes months).

I love apple greens and think they can be really pretty in kitchens. You've got to be careful when choosing them, though. I went through three cans of paint in an attempt to find the right shade of apple for my mudroom and never did. My son would say, "I love it! It looks like Shrek!" *groan* And I'd have to start all over again.

Long story short, I gave up and went with sage green in the end. So my advice is to find one you've either seen used somewhere before, or buy a small sample amount to try before committing entirely.

Or maybe I'm just lousy at choosing paint colors. They never look on the wall the way I imagine them based on the chips!

Can't wait to see what you choose, Bella! -Julia :-)

Anonymous said...

Painting in bold colors is always so tricky! We once went with a mustardy tuscan yellow for our dining room...we painted one wall and thought it looked shockingly bright. So, then we tried a lighter mustardy yellow on a different wall, and didn't like that...then we were VERY discouraged and just about gave up until my cousin (who has wonderful taste) came over and said that the first paint color was perfect once you get all the furniture in the room...then it doesn't look so bright and shocking. Sure enough, he was right! Good luck to you, whatever you settle on. Can't wait to see the results!

Elise said...

Hey Bella,
My mom's kitchen is a green color called Ryegrass and her dining room is Spicy Hue-I think these are Benjamin Moore or maybe Sherwin Williams colors. The more I think about it they are SW. Anyway, do you think the color green you are looking at will clash with your countertops?? Did I forget to mention the Spicy Hue is a deep pumpkin-y, cinnamon-y color? Anyway, I personally like green better. I am going to have to post such a question once we move into our new home. Getting to redecorate is so exciting!!
Can't wait to see what you do...

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Hi Bella...

I agree...go GREEN!

But then, I have 2 different shades of green in my kitchen.

ONE SUGGESTION ~ Cut apart those paint color samples and only put 3 or 4 of the individual colors up on the wall. I can't tell what color your current wall is...if it's not white, put the color samples on a sheet of white paper and put that on the wall. Space the color samples a few inches apart from one another. Weed them out that way. You have way too many color samples up on your wall now...making it waaaaaaaaay too difficult for you to pick ONLY 1!!!


Deb said...

Hi Bella, I'm for the green too. I can't wait to see it done. I have a long way to go. Deb

Nancy said...

Green is my vote! It will really make a POP and then to put the black and white with it...OH, Yes! Nancy

Somewhere In Time- Christie (yardsalequeen) said...

Hey Bella....I think green would be so pretty. I wish I would have went green in my kitchen. Next time I will. I know whatever you decide it will be beautiful like all of your rooms!
I've tagged you, so come on over for some fun!

Bettsi said...

Hi Bella- this is my first visit. I clicked over from your comment on Hooked on Houses. I had a bold apple/lime green dining room for three years and here is my one caution: As much as I loved that color and I loved it with my red toile, it made everyone photographed in there look terrible! It just overwhelmed the people in photographs. Now, I think about that carefully. The magazines and tv shows are all about bold, but really, our wall are the backdrop to our lives. I still love your idea for apple green, but I think you should do a very light version of it. Just my two cents!

Libby said...

I know all about bad kitchens! Believe me, mine is MUCH MUCH worse. I like green, but I think the pumpkin would be really warm and might last you a little longer than such a bold color as apple green. However, if you like to repaint and decorate often, maybe that isn't a problem. This is room you probably spend a lot of time in so make it what you want. I have read that you should keep your bold statements to rooms you don't spend a lot of time in (otherwise you can get sick of them pretty quick). Either way, I can't wait to see the finished results!

Dawn Gahan said...


First of all thanks for the congrats. Needless to say, I'm thrilled. Keep the site in mind for submitting projects; you're a big-time project gal and are always posting before and afters.

My kitchen was apple green. I loved it. And I think your idea is great to use black houndstooth. Love the white/cream brick; I've always been a big fan of painted brick.


::Sylvia:: said...

Hmmm...I'll have to get back to you on that, I like the pumpkin and the green!! :) I'm no help huh? I did go vote for you though!

Picket said...

Oh girl...I can't even think about paint colors..you are tlaking to a gilr that has painted her living room 6 times in 7 years!!!! The Paint guy at Lowes was begining to think I had a crush on him! lol I have had green and I have had pumpkin...love them both..go with what calls you girl...can't wait to see it!

The Berry's Patch said...

I stink at choosing paint colors. I once painted my bedroom 3 times and still didn't like it. So, I won't be any help. Just thought I would stop by and say hi. Chow. :-)

Cote de Texas said...

Green! the pumpkin will just meld in with the brick but the green will pop the brick!!!

thanks so much for your comments during the hurricane - just now finally getting caught up on all the thank yous!!!!

thanks so much -

Jan said...

I am a green girl too. I love cream/green and black so very much. I love your brick too. Jealous. So warm and comfy. I know that you will make the right decision though. Your home is fab.


Hi Bella,
I'll leave my opinion and then see what the other gals say. I would go with the pumpkin and also the other colors in the photo. You could use all three and put one color under the cabinets, one color on the walls the other as accents :) Your cabinets look great and I'm not a big believer in painting over wood cabinets:)
It will be fun to see what you do!
I hope all these comments HELP and not HINDER you :)
Warmly, Deb

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

Ok please dont do pumkin though I may be offending pumkin lovers abroad but I dont like anything resembling the color orange (sorry:P )
my vote is the green and a really nice green you might want to look at is Pickle from Behr at lowes.
I painted my family room the color and get tons of compliments on it.
other wise I do like the apple green with black and white!

Big Toe Mom said...

i vote GREEN. Green is natures base color and everything builds up from there!!
my kitchen is green.
i also think you got some good advice from someone here, pick your favorite 3 or 4, and put just those colors on your kitchen cabinet. (not white paper.) that way you can pick the best one. GOOD LUCK! Sandi

Kat said...

Hi Bella..
Thanks for visiting me.
I wouldnt do Pumpkin with your current cab color. I think you would loose all definition in your space. Is there a reason you dont want to paint those cabs?
My vote is for green and green. Very fresh and happy colors for a kitchen.

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