I've been in the middle of a client's renovation and I haven't had time to answer my wonderful readers' questions individually.
So, with apologies to those who asked for help -
I will answer them here!
We're renovating our kitchen and are looking to achieve the look of so many of the beautiful, serene, silvery-blue rooms you've pictured .... We're thinking we want off white cabinets with silvery-blue walls, and chrome/nickel hardware. Any suggestions for what colors would work for the cabinets and walls, and
what color countertop would help us achieve this look? I love marble but don't think it would be a good material for our family. Some people have recommended a granite/quartzite called Super White (which is gray and white), but I'm worried it might be too monochromatic. Would love your thoughts! Thanks!
By Anonymous on EXPLORING WALL COLOR: GRAY on 3/22/11
I love the palette you have chosen - your concern about it being too monochromatic is a common one. The trick is bringing in more texture to keep it interesting. This palette can be truly beautiful if you take care with just a couple of selections:
2. Take into consideration your flooring. I don't know what you have right now, but the kitchen above avoids being too sterile and too monochromatic by adding warm hardwood floors, barstools and a warm wood countertop on the island.
3. Contrast and Texture: Your personal taste will dictate whether you go for bold contrasts or a more monochromatic look. The kitchen above uses a high contrast counter top to break up the expanse of white and add interest. (Its not the color that makes a room interesting - its the textures and contrasts.)
Below a dark wood floor grounds a lighter than air feeling room.
Another way to employ contrast is by painting the island a different color than the other cabinets (see above). I especially like the backsplash in that soft blue grey subway tile in this photo and the one below. They have effectively made the tile their wall color.
You are correct in assuming that a well used kitchen does better with a harder counter top surface than the marble shown above.
4. Wall color?: Better to show examples than just give you names.... Remember, do a tester in your room - even it the photo looks amazing on the computer it could be entirely different in your house.
|Farrow and Ball - Lamp Room Gray|
|Left to Right: Sherwin Williams Sea Salt Restoration Hardware Silver Sage and Sherwin Williams Blue Hubbard|
The Lettered Cottage
|Sherwin Williams Sea Salt|
|Benjamin Moore Wedgewood Gray|
|Sherwin Williams Blue Hubbard|
|Benjamin Moore Smoke|
|Dulux Universal Gray|
|Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray|
5. Countertop material: the most durable and virtually impenetrable (no places for bacteria to hide) is the quartzite (man made) product. This product can be solid color or speckled to resemble granite or marble. As you can see in these photos, a lot of the white kitchens have light countertops. If you are looking for a little more contemporary feel, grey would be a good choice, or black with a simple straight edge. Granite is also an excellent choice and is a good buy right now.
traditional kitchen design (houzz.com)