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