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What colour to paint my kitchen?

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AlwaysReadyForABlether Sat 02-Mar-13 17:45:44

I am getting my kitchen re-tiled in a couple of weeks but can't decide what colour to paint it.
The units are light oak and the worktop is mottled in cream, taupe, sage green, grey and black.
The wall tiles are going to be cream brick style and the flooring will be black. All my kitchen accessories are cream so I can really have any colour on the walls.
Any suggestions? I was thinking about red but not sure if that's a bit passe?

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cabbageandbeans Mon 18-Mar-13 23:57:59

F&B Always look completely different in the room you will put them I garentee it. Infact I suspect that any high pigment paint will surprise you. I have the F&B Fawn which looks a brown-ish colour on the colour card and in the store (you can walk around with the painted piece of wood to see it in different lights) but when I returned to see that the painter had painted green.......YES GREEN on my walls I was initaily devastated! I have come to love it though, as it does look different in different light and it is a supreme colour. You may not know till you take the plunge!

TarkaTheOtter Mon 18-Mar-13 19:06:39

We have f&b French Grey in our kitchen with similar cabinets and cream tiles (although we have a disgusting mottled brown counter top which I try to ignore). It looks great and is much more green than grey. It is much easier to see what the f&b colours look like if you look in the brochure/photo gallery.
However, not sure how it would look with black floor (we have fake terracotta-ish tiles).

baileysmam Mon 18-Mar-13 12:17:40

UnrequitedSkink, that's a lovely colour. I've been trying testers looking for a nice duckegg blue shade. I've recently tried the Laura Ashley but in certain lights it looks "greeny" and i want it more blue. Although i have been told it does look blue on. What was the shade of blue on the photo please and maker? I've also tried the Laura Ashley pale duck egg but that also has a green hue to it! Any help purleeeease ..........

Jaynebxl Sat 16-Mar-13 23:10:38

What about sage if that is in the work top. Can you post a pick of the work top?

cabbageandbeans Fri 15-Mar-13 22:54:27

Red will be dramatic but if you want to be more neutral but not cream I highly recommend picking out one of the colours in your countertop - wither grey (which is a cold colour so no good if north facing) or a fawn type green/oatmeal colour. Farrow and ball do a colour called fawn which is LOVELY. Worth the money as you need less coats. Interesting I had exactly the same colour scheme with your tiles both floor and walls and I painted my walls a mushroom brown. It was neutral but looked lovely.

AlwaysReadyForABlether Sun 03-Mar-13 18:16:56

Dulux have got a special offer on their tester pots - 3 for £1. So I have just ordered 6 to try out in the kitchen - various shades of grey/green/cream to test out.

MERLYPUSS Sun 03-Mar-13 09:27:52

I like duck egg colour too as it looks 'clean'. Perhaps a light stone wash denim colour if the kitchen gets sun.

OrWellyAnn Sun 03-Mar-13 09:09:10

We used F&B Clunch in a room with some green in it, and it has a definite greeny tinge to it. It's a gorgeously warm colour and I'd recommend it.

AlwaysReadyForABlether Sat 02-Mar-13 21:57:03

Thanks everyone - think I need to spend some time browsing the paint aisles at B&Q

TheOriginalLadyFT Sat 02-Mar-13 21:47:22

The French Grey is quite an intense colour - its an absolute must with F&B paints to get a tester and do a large patch test unless you want an expensive repaint

TheOriginalLadyFT Sat 02-Mar-13 21:44:13

Farrow and Ball Cornforth White - a beautiful pale creamy grey

UnrequitedSkink Sat 02-Mar-13 21:41:43

Yes that is Completely Definitely my house.

I am a big fat liar, that is what my house could look like if I spent some time away from mumsnet

MmeLindor Sat 02-Mar-13 21:39:16

here is the Dulux site

AlwaysReadyForABlether Sat 02-Mar-13 21:33:57

Oh I like that Unrequited - do you know what that is?

(And if that's your house I'm very envy)

MmeLindor Sat 02-Mar-13 21:33:27

Do you have an iPhone or iPad? Just discovered the Dulux app where they explain warm, fresh colours etc.

I have been drawn to these colours, and have foudn that they are all 'warm' colours, from this chart so would go well in the living room cause it is so bright and light.

According to the video on the iPhone, I would now need 'fresh' colours in the kitchen, where it is darker ie. colours with no black in them.

UnrequitedSkink Sat 02-Mar-13 21:32:39

What about a duck egg blue like this?

AlwaysReadyForABlether Sat 02-Mar-13 21:29:03

Yorky I have Dulux Willow Tree in my hall - it really is a lovely, restful colour. think that's also confusing me because I'm concerned if I use sage green in the kitchen either the hall or the kitchen will look "off" if you know what I mean.

Yorky Sat 02-Mar-13 21:09:47

I think that paint looks quite grey and it would need to be a light room not to feel dark.
I'm currently leaning towards Dulux willow tree or crown bamboo leaf for our kitchen, cream units, wood floor and worktop, black appliances.

I'd be tempted to pick a colour in your mottled worktop (ie the sage green!) and use that for your walls

mum47 Sat 02-Mar-13 20:56:24

Green could be nice. We have just painted our kitchen this colour -
It is a pistachio green, really fresh but not cold looking.

MmeLindor Sat 02-Mar-13 20:50:36

Nooooooooooooo, no cream. Boring boring boring.

Go for a more dramatic colour. At least on one wall.

I don't think red will go with the units. I would go with a blue tone, perhaps.

HecateWhoopass Sat 02-Mar-13 20:16:46

looks a bit gloomy to me. Although I suppose the grey would go with your washing machine etc.

I really think that those units are going to struggle to go with red or green or anything like that.

They look like they'd go better with terracotta than greenish.

I still think cream. grin

AlwaysReadyForABlether Sat 02-Mar-13 20:03:56

I know - I really need to get testers. Am just trying to narrow it down a bit or else I'll end up spending a fortune on every colour under the sun!
On another thread about paint colours, someone mentioned this Farrow & Ball paint. I thought it might be somewhere to start as the reviews specifically mention it being somewhere between grey and sage green.

HecateWhoopass Sat 02-Mar-13 19:57:41

I don't think red will match those units.

What about getting those tester pots and doing some blocks on the walls to see what works?

AlwaysReadyForABlether Sat 02-Mar-13 19:45:54

This is the picture from the schedule when I bought the house. It doesn't look quite like this now but the units and worktop are the same.
So, the wall tiles will be cream and the floor will be black. I have a round table and two bar stools in there that are also black.
I wondered about red walls because everything else will be fairly neutral?

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