AND A LITTLE BIT OF O' THE GREEN...
Its not completely finished, but I couldn't wait to share
the before and after photos of one of my long-distance decorating clients.
Here's the before... a 'u' shaped kitchen with oak cabinets and white tile countertops
I felt it was important to keep this area light
if we went dark with the cabinets, this could really become a cave..
but with the white counter tops and backsplash,
I was afraid a totally white kitchen
might look a little sterile
So we opted for White Dove (BM) upper cabinets and dark charcoal lower cabinets
The results are pretty dramatic, right?
Suddenly the room is filled with light, the stainless steel gleams, and the backsplash pops...
That's the magic of paint...
There are more dramatic changes in the living room and bathroom,
but I will save that for a later post.
Today, I'm helping a reader from Ireland...
and she's adorable
Hi Claudine, A question all the way from Ireland!! But this geographical position might impact if you can help me with this
question or not as the paint ranges I am able to work with this side of the Atlantic are "Farrow and Ball" or
"Little Greene" (a company similar to F&B)
So I have 3 questions- The first, I understand, you may answer for free. The other two, I would appreciate if
you could quote me a price for your advice. So firstly, what gray/grey colour/color (lol!!) should I paint my
kitchen cabinets in our kitchen-diner that gets a lot of sun in the morning. I am aiming for an industrial,
organic, natural look.
I need something to coordinate with my terra cotta tiles (which really are not as orange as they seem in the
attached photo) as I really cannot deal with taking them up. I have tried a tester of F&B Dove Tale matt
emulsion on a primed door and was very happy with it. It came through as grey with subtle putty tones- a
warm grey. I then tested it on a wall and it was a lot darker and browner than I would like.
It seemed to be a lot more subtle on the primed press. So I am assuming that if it I order the Dove Tale in
eggshell it will be similar to the tester on the wall than on the press (I really hope I am making sense!!!)
Please help..... I have gone through a dozen testers of grey, finding them all a bit too cold, clinical and dull.
There are some elements of the Dove Tale I love- it has depth and subtlety but its just too.....brown. I went tomy local F&B stockist and she was like 'no way to grey' suggesting a cream, but I can't do cream as every
kitchen is cream at the moment in Ireland!!!! and it really isn't practical for our family. I have a patio door to
the left of the picture where the dining part of the room is.
Thank you so much for your help!!!
Since I am familiar with Farrow and Ball's line of paint, I will answer for that palette. Dove Tale is quite
brown - it has a little grey/gray in it, but its going to read brown no matter where you put it or what time of day it is. Depending on the light, it can look VERY brown...
Here are a few inspiration photos with gray cabinets, which I think you might like a little better.
Happily, Farrow and Ball has a few hues that are definitely gray and that we can work with.
Although gray is a cool color, with your terra-cotta floor and some fresh white trim, it shouldn't look cold...
lighter grays will be colder in tone (unless they have a beige undertone)
but a cooler background always shows off the accent colors well. A monochromatic look (like the one below) will come across as a bit cool - so make sure your accent colors are warm or bright.
The warmth of the terra cotta floor will look best with a cool cabinet color, (see the orange-isn wood toneswith the gray below...)
and those very cool door pulls will stand out more if the gray is not terribly dark.
Here are a few Farrow and Ball colors to consider..
FB LAMP ROOM GRAY
FB LAMP ROOM GRAYHard to believe these are ALL Lamp Room Gray - the first picture is flooded with light - and light affects the intensity of the color.
FB DOWN PIPE
FB MOLES BREATH
Pavilion has a warm undertone. Looks great with white trim.
FB PAVILION GRAY
FB MANOR HOUSE GRAY
FB MANOR HOUSE GRAY
FB PURBECK STONE
FB PURBECK STONE
You can see how the colors varies from photo to photo - the reason is that light affects paint color - and I'm quite sure that Irish light is going to be different than California light... so please try a few samples first. I hope you find a color here that will work for your kitchen!