Feature walls look very dated. With such a classic sounding kitchen I would keep the walls simple, clean, and neutral and add colours with accessories, blinds etc.
I've just had a new kitchen fitted - elephants breath woodwork, and cupboards, limestone floor, wood worktops, white splash backs, and bright south facing french windows. We've kept the walls white, and I'm pleased with the decision as it doesn't look boring or clinical (as I suspected), just lovely and bright. We've introduced colour using pictures, blinds, table cloth, and the range is a duck egg blue.
I've done some testers and like Crown bamboo leaf so far if we're going green, but very tempted by Dulux Salsa red if we're doing a feature/contrast wall. Your bluey-green sounds really nice Zippy, might have to get me some more testers!
If we did a contrast wall it would be on the long wall, with the hob/splashback and wall units at the kitchen end, and a bookcase, radiator and wall lights at the dining room end which we're planning to make into a rogues' gallery Is it a waste of a bold colour to cover so much of it?
Black accesories to match splashback could work. What colour are your appliances? Colour match of woodwork to units sounds nice. You haven't mentioned floor colour but I doubt it will clash with anything. You will need a washable paint e.g. eggshell.
That sounds nice Mrssmooth, I like the idea of the accessories as spots of colour - I'd been dreaming of a cream kitchenaid to co-ordinate, but may rethink that
And what about woodwork (skirting/doorframes)? I'm learning to move away from my parents' default PBW gloss, but not sure what to use instead! Cream to match the units might look nice against green walls? or is white OK?
Just painted ours in Dulux "Willow". We have white units but it looks rather nice even if I do say so myself. I've gone for red accessories (storage cannisters, teatowels, worktop saver etc). Just got to find a matching blind, put up a shelf or two and we're sorted
New kitchen is now ordered , cream shaker cupboards with wooden worktops and black appliances And work starts on the extension to put it in next week (more )
Should we paint the walls cream, will that make it look bland. Will painting one wall a stronger colour, possibly red, brighten it up or look odd? Would a pale green all over be a better option? Would a pale coffee colour look warm, or grubby?
There is a south facing window at one end of the long narrow room, and bi folding north facing doors onto the garden at the other end.
Looking forward to hearing your experiences and ideas