Help me with colours of my kitchen PLEASE (All 'idea'd' out!)

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Hi All

Just that really. I have been so distracted by the rest of the house that I haven't really given the kitchen much thought (apart from how we will redesign it in a few years when we have some more money). It's been a very long renovation and I am all idea'd out!

OK, the room is a squarish 3.4m x 3m with units round 3 sides (with 2 doors - 1 to hallway, 1 to dining room) and a solid wall along the back. The units will be white satinwood (not my choice but ...) so I need to decide on the wall colour. The adjoining hallway and dining room will both be in Dulux Timeless (a creamy off-white) and other rooms in the house are F&B Light Blue (downstairs loo), F&B Borrowed Light (ds's room) and Laura Ashley Pale Duck Egg (our bedroom). The house is 1970's and the units are pretty 1980's in style. The room is a very sunny south facing.

I had dreams off Farrow and Ball or Little Green painted units and pale walls but as I am having white units I now can't decide on wall colour between:

1) Pale grey (e.g. F&B Pavilion Grey)
2) Dark grey (e.g. F&B Downpipe)
3) Blackboard paint ... like the idea but there is a long radiator along that wall
4) F&B Parma Grey (would this work in this setting?)
5) F&B Blue Grey

or ???

PLEASE can someone help me? Ideas please

thanks smile

TheSecondComing Thu 14-Feb-13 23:22:57

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steppemum Thu 14-Feb-13 23:24:59

blackboard paint looks tired pretty quickly.

Do you have any accessories you want to use? I would use them as a starting point?

CointreauVersial Thu 14-Feb-13 23:30:59

How about using two greys - a darker one on one wall and a paler one on the others?

Then choose a bright accent colour for pictures and accessories, maybe a teal or raspberry pink?

Or go with pale grey on three walls and maybe an accent colour on the fourth? Mulberry?

Thanks. The other 3 walls are tiled, although you can't see much of it as there are floor units and wall units all round except for by the window one side. The tiles are (badly painted) white but don't think I can justify doing anything to them.

TheSecondComing - I love bright colours in other people's homes but not sure i am brave enough...

Steppemum - yes, I thought that would be the case and I don't want it enough for it Not to last.

The only accessories on,that wall are a long, plain radiator (white) and I want a big clock (or is that dated now?).

steppemum Thu 14-Feb-13 23:40:59

I think with white gloss units, then you need a splash of bright colour, otherwise it can look too sterile

my brother has new kitchen lots of white (white floor too) very light room they have dark purple on one wall, and purple and teal accents. It looks truly awesome

TheSecondComing Thu 14-Feb-13 23:42:27

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steppemum Thu 14-Feb-13 23:45:03

In terms of accessories I was thinking of things like kettle, toaster, oven gloves. i know they are all replaceable, but if you have everything already in say navy blue, then it makes more sense to find something to go with them.

steppemum Thu 14-Feb-13 23:58:50

love the sound of your kitchen second.

CointreauVersial Fri 15-Feb-13 00:11:02

Yes, you can do a lot with a neutral background and coordinated accessories in an accent colour (pictures, blinds, kettles etc), and it is easy to change the accent colour if you get bored.

wendybird77 Fri 15-Feb-13 21:23:03

I'm having a white kitchen, but a yellow island in Print Room Yellow - it's striking, but not too bright. To be fair, it isn't fitted yet, so may look horrid when it's in. I also like a bright, but muted blue or green is nice as well. If everything else in your house is blue, maybe a yellow or a muted red / purple? Grey is really nice too though - I have dark lead on all my wood trim and the walls are off white - I think it is lovely. You could always search for pictures of white kitchens and see if any are paired with colours that take your fancy!

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