Decisions Decisions

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  May 2, 2013 — 12 Comments

I don’t have many good pictures of my kitchen. I don’t like the color and the lighting is awkward. These two are oldies from my house tour page (note to self: get your house clean enough to take updated pictures for the house tour page!).

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kitchen 1 (570x428)

Since those photos were taken I’ve made several changes in the adjoining laundry room, but the only thing I’ve done to the kitchen is replace the miniblinds with yarn block cafe curtains. I really really want to paint the kitchen walls. The color is just way too fleshy-beige for me and it’s got to go. I cannot handle the pink undertones. The big thing holding me back, besides my hatred of cutting in, is that from our front door you can see through the living room, dining room, kitchen, all the way to the laundry room. I’m really keeping it real with this photo, y’all. I took it this morning without doing any tidying beforehand.

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The dining room is a nice taupe. It’s the darkest room in the house and a little cave-like at times, but I don’t mind it enough to paint. The laundry room is now white. I feel like the kitchen needs to bridge the two, or at least look nice with both colors. If I had my druthers I’d paint it white (less worry about cutting in, since the trim and cabinets are also white), but I feel like two white rooms right next to each other is just a bit much. I need something that sorts of lands midway between the two in terms of saturation.

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So I’ve narrowed the prospective wall color down to three options: light gray, cream, or pale blue.

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Caitlyn Wilson

This is similar to the color we painted Jack’s room, and I likes it. I think it would look really nice against the white cabinets, but I’m not so sure about the taupe dining room walls.

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The master bedroom and downstairs bath were both painted a creamy off-white when we bought our house and it’s surprisingly delightful. It’s neutral without being WHITE and I think it would definitely play nicely with both the dining room and the laundry.

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the handmade home

Every time I’ve ever painted a room anything but a neutral I’ve lived to regret it but man is this tempting. This kitchen even has the same beigey tile floors as mine they look great together! But I can just imagine those blue walls starting to close in on me after a few months and then I’d be stuck either living with it or cutting in around all those edges again. As I’m writing this post I’m really sort of leaning towards cream walls. Maybe I’ll stop by the Benjamin Moore store today and pick up some swatches? I feel bad that I use their colors but I never buy their paint. It’s just so expensive!

So, thoughts? I have literally been mentally debating this topic for months. I hate to paint, so whatever goes up on those walls needs to stand the test of time.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


12 responses to Decisions Decisions

  1. You’ve got a lot of green accents in your house. Have you considered sage? I don’t think of shades of blue as kitchen colors– because there really aren’t any foods that are naturally blue in color, maybe? I like the idea of cream, but it seems like you could pull off it off and give it more character with a color in the kitchen.

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap May 2, 2013 at 11:46 am

      I don’t know, I think green on the walls might be a bit much with the green stand mixer and green dresser right there in the laundry room.

  2. Yes to sage!

  3. I vote anything but red.

  4. Your house is charming; I follow your blog regularly, for inspiration. I vote for the opalescent gray (is it called dove gray?), since it shows off your marble gloriously!
    btw, one of my daughers is named Charlotte. It’s one of my favorite names!
    All the best,

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap May 3, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Oh thank you, and so sweet that I share a name with your daughter! I was named after my grandmother.

  5. I vote cream. And I love your house. I hope to see it in person my next trip.

    • I’m also a fan of going neutral on the walls, so either the cream or the light gray. I prefer neutral because when it comes to decorating, if you change the theme, it’s much easier to change fabrics and accessories than wall color. Also, I love to decorate seasonally and like everything to go well.

      But that’s just my opinion. :)

      • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap May 3, 2013 at 10:43 am

        Exactly! I like to have colorful accents so I do best when I keep the walls and big upholstered pieces neutral.

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap May 3, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Yes, come visit!

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