Don't let me go Kountry!

I need some help picking out my kitchen color. If I pick the wrong freaking paint color I'm going to be like that crazy chick in Fatal Attraction. Sitting on the kitchen floor turning the lamp on and off, on and off, and hating the color in every light.

Concord Ivory from Benjamin Moore is the color of the rooms surrounding the kitchen. Hot, gay Nate from Oprah picked the color when he did a remodel and I loved it. It's nice and glowy and not too yellow. Sherwood Green is the color of a hallway near the kitchen. You have to stand at an odd angle to be able to view this hall, the yellow rooms and the kitchen in one glance. But it can be done. Which rules out painting the kitchen green. Cause two greens that aren't the same would look bad right?

The kitchen cabinets will be Nexxus Birch from Ikea. We have a couple of aluminum and glass ones as well. And the back splash is going to be miniature white subway tiles. (Actually much smaller than in this picture but it's close enough to give you the idea.) I'm trying hard to merge some modern stuff (the cabinets) with some vintage stuff (the tile) because that's kind of the vibe I'm going for. Hillary at Wee Wonderfuls kicks ass at this style. My hope is that I can then put obscure crap that I sniped on Ebay on the counters and walls. So the place feels clean and modern with funky random decor. Does that make sense?

So what the hell color do I paint it? Right now I'm leaning toward a smoky gray/blue. But I'm worried that I'll end up with a Kountry kitchen and my relatives wills start giving me crap with chickens and cows on it. (And if you have a Kountry kitchen I'm sure it's beautiful.) So help me man.

32 comments:

Ashley said...

I recently read that blue is supposed to make people lose their appetite. I only remember that because part of my dining room is blue!

But, depending on how you look at it, that could be a good thing! My kitchen is grey, and I've had lots of compliments on it. I think grey would look nice with your decor as well. And definitely NOT country.

Karly said...

I think blue would look fine, but try a greyish blue. Something like this?

http://wellstyled.com/tools/colorscheme2/index-en.html#

That could look very modern with the birch and aluminum.

Karly said...

Um, yeah, so NOT the link in that first comment. Here is the correct link:

http://wellstyled.com/tools/colorscheme2/index-en.html?mono;50;0;224;0.28909952606635064;0.8274509803921568;0.28909952606635064;0.5792156862745097;0.07227488151658766;1;0.14454976303317532;1;0.28909952606635064;0.8274509803921568;0.28909952606635064;0.5792156862745097;0.07227488151658766;1;0.14454976303317532;1;0.28909952606635064;0.8274509803921568;0.28909952606635064;0.5792156862745097;0.07227488151658766;1;0.14454976303317532;1;0.28909952606635064;0.8274509803921568;0.28909952606635064;0.5792156862745097;0.07227488151658766;1;0.14454976303317532;1;0

Petra said...

I was totally thinking a blue before you even said it... and apparently others are going with it too. I agree that the birch and aluminum are far from "kountry"! I would just be very careful with the window treatments! Love the obscure crap!

Vali said...

Ew- the dreaded country kitchen. Blegh. I have been in way too many of those in my lifetime. More than your average southerner, even.

Kelly said...

I'm going to disagree but that's because I have a strong adversion to blue as far as decorating is concerned. Do you know that when you sell a house blue is the most disliked color? I didn't...but a couple of my realtor friends have told me that fact.

Anyway, my house sounds like yours right down to the miniature subway tiles that I've picked out and will install once we find out whether or not we're being transferred. I ended up painting the kitchen a rusty red. It can go country french but it's certainly not country-country. About 5 billion people around me copied after it went up. It's a good flexible color and will make your cabinets and tile pop. If you want, I can send you a picture...just e-mail me.

Jen said...

Lotta-seriously we have the same taste in colors, these are nearly the same colors in my kitchen/hallway bordering it. However, my yellow is paler than yours. (I wasn't brave enough to go for the gold. Yellow is either all-right, or all-wrong, and I chickened out. I love the gold you have picked out.) I was worried what color to do the trim, as I wanted off-white on the door frame between the 2 rooms, but the yellow is paler & loos offwhite next to offwhite. OK, so the point being, my kitchen is the yellow, and my livingroom is the green, BUT I went with burgandy in *both* rooms and the 3 colors look good together. So I have yellow walls in the kitchen, burgandy cabinets. Livingroom is green with the burgandy accent wall. Check out pictures here

You can't see the exact doorway or the accent wall in the livingroom, but the livingroom chairs are the same color as the wall..I think it worked out with complimentary colors w/o looking like its christmas.

Re:blue...I'd shy away from using blue as a main color to decorate with, especially if you don't want a country look. We are looking at houses, and the houses w/blue rooms just look dingy or dated. (1980's). Especially in the kitchen. I'm all for blue accessories, picture mats, etc to highlight and add dimension, but wall colors you have to be careful with. I think I was successful with my sons' room, but after seeing so many blue rooms while househunting, I'm very leery of using it ever again.

Jen said...

I forgot to mention, green is a versatile color and changes in different light. So even if you did part of the kitchen the *same* green as the hall it may help your room rendering flow without your feeling like you are bathing in an eerie green glow. Paint a swatch of the green on a few walls and see how it changes in different light, you may be surprised and it may not be "overkill".

Another color that would be really beautiful with the colors you have chosen in either room, would be a deep eggplant purple.

aimee / greeblemonkey said...

What about a funky orange/rust color?

I am not so down on the blue because of the country kitchen thing, too... unless you did the cool ice blue and brown combo that is so hot right now, maybe?

(graphic designer wheels spinning)

Tuna Girl said...

I vote for blood red! ;-)

Girl, you so need a best gay friend right now. I'd lend you mine but he's going to be busy picking paint for my house.

elle said...

This site is pretty fun and chock full of color ideas. http://kuler.adobe.com/ I hate picking colors. If it doesn't turn out to be the shade I thought it would be, it bugs me every morning, even if it still looks good. Ahhh, the quest for the perfect color. Good luck!

canarygirl said...

Hey Lotta! :) I'm going to be honest and say that I'd shy away from blue...I'd probably go in the other direction, with a warmer color....I'm thinking a warm butter yellow, or a maybe a creamy sandy color? I can't wait to see what you decide! :)

Anonymous said...

Pensive Sky from Behr

Jen said...

OK - did you know Benjamin Moore has an awesome tool that helps you visulize colors together...

I would shy away from the Blues...

go toward the red spectrum - check out the following BM colors
Audubon Russet
Rhubarb
Red River Clay

Little Monkies said...

Are you getting quart samples and putting color on the wall? It seems expensive (BM has little pots to use) but it's a hell of a lot cheaper than color you hate.

I like blue...but it needs to be a color that makes you feel really good because you spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I also love red. Put a sample where you can see it in comparison to the other colors (as your eye would transition from room to room). I think until you get them on the walls (in paint) you don't know how it will look.

I used Ben Moore chinchilla blue/grey in my hall (very bright blue, actually, you wouldn't think it), something like sea mist in my living room (high green yellow with a brown couch and danish mod furniture) and galveston grey (I think) in my dining room. All very different, but when you look through they look good together.

We used Behr for our upstairs room and I think Benjamin Moore paint kicks its ass. Much, much higher quality paint, IMHO.

I am such a nerd for this. Too bad my monitor sucks. I also have a quasi-modern approach in a colonial home. I love, love, love that backsplash. We did our shower out of that material.

Paige said...

I'm anti-blue/green in the kitchen. I say that, having a blue kitchen I'd like to redo because I think it's too cold. Based on what I see in your pics, I say do some nice and sunny Benjamin Moore color in this room, like an extremely pale yellow. You could do a taupe-y color to complement the birch cabinets, but that might make things too drab.

mommiebear2 said...

I personally like the Concord Ivory.

judi said...

Like duh Lotta..... look at your blog colors! You have the yellow/gold and then your banner is a cool blue gray and it looks really good with no kountry bits anywhere to be seen.

Add some black here and there and I think it'll look reeel reeel good-like. Yup.

Megan said...

We just painted our kitchen "Birds Egg" from Benjamin Moore. It is THE NICEST BLUE ever made... LOL. It really is - it's like stepping into a Tiffany's box, I love it so much - everyone who comes over goes nuts over it. Look and see if you like it.

Mama en Fuego said...

My kitchen is golden and kinda tuscan I love my vibrant colors. If you can I would pick one vibrant color to center the room and then pick a more muted color for the rest.

I vote for the green as your anchor, it looks as though it will nicely compliment your cabinetry. You don't want to have your paint be too similiar to your cabinet color.

Mama en Fuego said...

Oh and slate blue would look fabu in your modern/vintage kitchen.

Anonymous said...

I am crazy for that "spa" blue right now, saw a kitchen with it and it was so great, very vibrant.

Liv said...

I love that rust color idea. how unique an sort of that mod/vintage look you are thinking about.

I did the blue thing, and you are so right, the next week there was a rooster atop my cabinets. It is ok, but not the look I was going for.

Good Luck Choosing!

Fidget said...

I'd go for a smoky lavender color

ooo they have the paints with the metallic sheen.. maybe gun metal gray with the sheen?

katy said...

My kitchen is dark green and will stay that way until I finally break down and tell superhubby he was right and its too dark. I love the cincord Ivory but it doesn't feel kitcheny to me. I like the gray/blue idea but more gray than blue....

Jenny said...

Blue. Totally.

I'm doing my laundry room in robin's egg blue (one day) and I'm loving the way it looks. In my mind.

BoggyWoggy said...

Our new kitchen is "tomatillo" from Miller Paint. However, please note: real tomatillos are green. Our kitchen is ruby/earthy/cool red.

Katie J said...

I gotta say that some sorta red would be the way to go. The green, gold and red makes me think of Italy a bit and also goes great with funky retro stuff too. Can't wait to see the paint chip!

leeanthro said...

Love the subway tile! We almost went with that but opted for reproduction tin ceiling tile and backsplash (it's plastic, but looks real and low maintenance).

Our cabinets are white, white cereamic floor tile, black appliances, black countertops, and COBALT BLUE walls. I love it! All the white and black really sets off the blue.

Go with something bold. If you're making a change, make a big one.

Lotta said...

Ok - husband is putting the primer on right now and it's a light blue. The actual paint is a gray blue/robin's egg blue. I'm totally freaking out about the baby blue primer though.

leeanthro said...

When we primed before our cobalt blue, my mother/babysitter came over and said there was no way she could come to our house daily and see that color! The primer was a totally different (read aweful) blue.

Ruby said...

I love the birch cabinets, and the subway tiles. Totally what I want for my kitchen, but since my husband can't manage to finish mowing our third of an acre lawn in one session, I don't think a remodel is happening for us anytime soon.

Love it! That Concord Ivory's nice too. Hot gay Nate would never steer you wrong.