Category: Kitchens

Color Crush – Champion Cobalt

May 11, 2016

You know that feeling when you find a color that you KNOW you need to use because it is just so beautiful?  I get that feeling sometimes and I just found a color I would love to use in my home. That color is Ben Moore Champion Cobalt 2061-20:

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Surprised it is a blue? haha I can’t help it!

I am working with an online client to find a kitchen color and for the first time,  I suggested he buy an area rug  BEFORE we picked wall colors.  This is the kitchen before:Read More

Kitchen Window Makeover

May 3, 2016

I am working with a client online helping with her kitchen redesign:

Before:

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We have worked on many home projects together over the years. She recently wrote, “ My next project is our kitchen.  It is stuck in the 80’s and desperately needs an update!” I think it looks very pretty and just needs a little refreshing. I will share the whole project with you which includes new paint colors, flooring, lighting,  granite countertops and backsplash when the room is completed soon.

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Two More Color Options for Oak Cabinets

January 4, 2016

Yes, I do still suggest looking at green paint colors for your kitchen walls when you are working with oak cabinets, such as here. BUT, I thought I would share a couple other paint color options that also work well:

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The paint color above is Benjamin Moore Firenze AF-225. Doesn’t it work well with the cabinets? A perfect compliment with oak or maple kitchen cabinets. I had chosen Firenze for our kitchen when we first moved in 8 years ago:

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I was still happy with the color, but when we put in new granite counters and backsplash last year, I decided to also change the wall color for a whole new look:

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I sampled many colors, (just like you!) before I finally decided to paint with Ben Moore Chelsea Gray:

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I love it! The dark gray works well with my cabinets, backsplash and countertops. So if you are looking for other possibilities to work with your oak/maple cabinets, take a look at Firenze AF-225 or Chelsea Gray HC-168. Always good to have other options!

A little project I finally finished last week in the kitchen was covering a couple stools:

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It really was not as difficult as I thought. I just took the screws out of the bottom of seat:

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Then I laid out and cut the fabric, (fabric is same as window treatments):

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I pulled the fabric tight and stapled. For the corners, I just folded like a present and stapled tight:

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What a wonderful difference:

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I love when those little details work out so pretty, don’t you? Thanks for stopping by everyone!

Which Gray To Paint Kitchen Cabinets?

August 3, 2015

A reader recently sent me this photo below asking for help with selecting a gray paint color for her kitchen cabinets:

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She is going to take small steps with her kitchen redesign and wanted to tackle the cabinets first. No ‘white or cream,’ she screamed. (She did not really scream, I just couldn’t resist.) A gray color is what she and her husband decided for their cabinets.

The floors are staying for now, so we will work around them. What grays do you think might look good with the yellow flooring? I would suggest staying away from grays with blue undertones such as Coventry Gray HC-169 or Nimbus Gray 2131-50:

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Ben Moore Nimbus Gray 2131-50

Why not a blue gray? Blue and yellow are almost opposite colors on the color wheel and when you put the two together, you have high contrast. The colors will complete against each other and the room will not feel inviting or relaxed because of the high energy of the two contrasting colors.

For a more natural and comforting room, I would choose a gray green to work with the yellow floor.

Here are a couple gray color options with green undertones that would work great:

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Ben Moore Pashmina AF-100                         Ben Moore Thunder AF-685

They work well because the green undertones in the paint play nice with the yellow flooring. No contrasting or competing.

Another favorite green gray for cabinets that has been popular for awhile now is Ben Moore Fieldstone 1558:

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I think there is good reason why the paint color Fieldstone is so popular for cabinets! Beautiful. One other suggestion I offered on the cabinets was to remove the plate rail from the top of cabinets. That will also help update the look.

What other pretty grays have you seen used for cabinets in the kitchen or bath?

New Condo Redesign

June 24, 2015

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I am starting to feel a little more accomplished settling into the new condo. We are not living out of boxes anymore which is a good thing. Just a few more things to hang on the walls and I am done!

Here is the kitchen area when we moved in:

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And after:

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Living Room:

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I basically used all of the same furnishings from the old condo for the new living room. Now the room feels more comfortable and homey because our stuff is here.

Bedroom Before:

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After:

new bed

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I found the quilt set on Joss & Main for less than $100.00. Aren’t the turquoise window panels pretty? I found them at Target! I think they make the room.

And somehow, during all of the unpacking, this row ended up on my kitchen counter:

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Can you tell which one is not like the others? 🙂

We are now open for summer parties! Yay summertime!

The BEST Kitchen Wall Color For Oak Cabinets

June 8, 2015

I wrote about it here, what I know to be the best wall color in a kitchen with oak cabinets/flooring:

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It has been such a popular post, which means many are still looking for that perfect kitchen wall color.

Well, now you can stop searching!

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The paint color that works best with the oak is a green with yellow undertones:

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Since writing that post in 2012, I have helped many select colors for their kitchens with existing oak cabinets. My conclusion is the same:

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A green with yellow undertones such as SW 6415 Hearts of Palm:

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Benjamin Moore Agave AF-420:

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Benjamin Moore Georgian Green: HC-115

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The proof is in the photos! A pretty sage green will look amazing with your oak cabinets! Trust me!