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I don't want to seem like a broken record because I recommend gray so often. It may seem I am stuck on one color, but I'm actually not. Gray is so versatile - nearly every color has a gray version.
It plays well with other colors - in fact it would be difficult to find a color that doesn't look beautiful with a shade of gray. It is a perfect neutral - and it doesn't get stuck in any one style of decorating. Gray looks equally beautiful in contemporary decor as it does traditional. As charming in an eclectic setting as a coastal cottage. As amazing in a period mansion as an urban loft. It can be soothing and calm or strong and dramatic - softly feminine or deep and masculine. From your questions and comments its easy to see I'm not alone in my love affair. You share it.
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photos - I love the wall color, and I love the combination of the ivory and gold/tan with it. It took a little research, but I was able to discover the color to be Sherwin Williams Warm Gray. (I even like the name of the color.)
Sherwin Williams, Warm Gray. Paired with the tan, it's unforgettable.
CHERYL'S QUESTIONI just found this blog, it is beautiful with great suggestions. I live in an apt and I'm painting the kitchen cabinets, putting a vinyl tile backsplash, not too white walls and silver hardware. The cabinets are a light gray, what colors should I use for backsplash and decor. Also, the hardware I put on is silver but it does'nt seem look very good. Should I put maybe black ones? I have no idea how to decorate! I got the idea for gray cabinets from your blog! I was putting some type of yellow/beige, you said in one of your blogs that it makes small room seem smaller, something like that. I looked at it and it sure did so thank you:) One more thing, there are no windows and its very small. Has cabinets on both sides of kitchen which is 7' length and 7.5' width. Any suggestions you have would be deeply appreciated. I'm so glad I found your blog!!!
Hi Cheryl. I'm excited to help you. It sounds like you have a little galley kitchen, and I'm so happy you like your cabinets painted gray. You need that illusion of 'receding' walls - (cool colors recede and warm colors advance) in your smaller space.
As for what colors you should use in your kitchen - think about the colors you are using in the rest of your home, or the colors you love to have about you. Right now you have a blank, perfectly neutral palette - one that will go with many colors. Do you like blues, reds, or greens? Here are a few photos to get you started - and a quick trip to a home goods or housewares stores kitchen department will give you a good idea of colors that are popular and available for accessories right now.
|GRAY WITH POPS OF LIME GREEN AND TEAL|
GRAY WITH BLUE
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GRAY AND ORANGE
You mention that your cabinet hardware doesn't look very good. Silver is a good choice with gray painted cabinets, but there may not be enough contrast for you.
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If you look beyond the clutter, you can see the mirrored backsplashes in this photo from HGTV.
Another mirrored backsplash - great for making a small kitchen feel bigger.
although I can't think of any reason it wouldn't work.
I don't know the color of your countertops or floor, but I'm assuming they are neutral as well. If you have any wall space, artwork is a great way to bring in color and interest in a neutral space.
You can also bring color into your kitchen with accessories
Hand towels, ceramics, flowers or fruit are great ways to add pops of color.
A bright rug on the floor can add color to a neutral room
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|Red Kitchen Accessories|
Hope these suggestions help! Let me know if I can help further - and send a photo when its complete - I'd love to see it. [email address: email@example.com]