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Paint colour experts - I'm almost too embarrassed to ask...

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amazonianwoman Wed 25-Jul-18 23:59:40

Now I realise that this is going to come across as a terrible first world problem and am cringing as I type, but we recently moved into a Victorian house with a cream Aga. The units are oak (orange oak), the floor is chestnut (I think, orange too) and the worktop is black sparkly granite (bloody pain to keep clean)

It's all too orange. We can't afford to replace the kitchen for a few years, the Aga costs a fortune to run but I am (embarrassingly) growing to like it - and removing/replacing it would cost too much too - so all I can do is paint the cupboards. They're solid wood and good quality. Except I can't find a paint colour I like which goes with a cream range cooker and black worktops. Pale/whitish colours look too stark against black granite and I have 2 dogs so they will be a nightmare to keep clean. Most greys don't work with cream (I don't think?). Fashionable dark blues look ok with the Aga but not the granite. Greeny colours look a bit too country (Victorian town house)

Any suggestions, oh wise colour experts?

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LittleWingSoul Thu 26-Jul-18 00:31:33

No advice, other than for you to stop being embarrassed and apologetic!

Somerville Thu 26-Jul-18 00:42:22

I'd go for a pistachio kind of shade.

MrsEricBana Thu 26-Jul-18 00:45:12

Good suggestion above. What about Farrow & Ball "Ball Green"? - fab colour and sounds like it would work with what you've got. 20 years ago we inherited a wooden kitchen that was nice enough but wooden doors too dark. A painter professionally painted/rolled them a F&B colour and it's still holding up!

SurfnTerfFantasticmissfoxy Thu 26-Jul-18 01:02:40

What about a sort of oxblood colour - like this kitchen island

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-il8-oRyDc-8/TwZF6KTvguI/AAAAAAAA4FY/f8pQn3fYoBo/s1600/36.jpg

Maverick66 Thu 26-Jul-18 01:31:59

Have a look on line at a paint called Frenchic.

It is a chalk paint but they have gorgeous colours and a new 'lazy range' you don't need to prime just a light sanding followed by a wash down and you are good to go.

This is their Alfresco range suitable for PVC doors and any outside furniture.

BettyBooJustDoinTheDoo Thu 26-Jul-18 02:07:14

Sounds like you have a quite elegant home, I think grey and cream can work as attached, I also love the green but agree it’s slightly more country looking.

amazonianwoman Thu 26-Jul-18 08:16:57

Thanks all.

Gooseberry and Ball Green both nice but still too green and country.

Oxblood island looks fab but I'm trying to tone down the orange/red floor and think this might accentuate it.

I love the colours in the two photos (and had already saved the first one) - but don't know what colours they are?!

Planning on priming with Zinsser or Owatrol and using eggshell for better durability (dogs!) - don't think chalk paint would be as hard-wearing.

Bloody Aga, why couldn't it be black or white or slate coloured??

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MrsEricBana Thu 26-Jul-18 09:02:44

Oh sorry, just seen you said not green! Could work though (wanders off to make cuppa in green townhouse kitchen wink)

Etymology23 Thu 26-Jul-18 09:07:37

I kind of think that with a cream aga (quite country) and wooden floor (quite country) and a wooden kitchen, you might be better off embracing the country-ness; green is easy going, doesn’t show the dirt and will work with the cream and the floor.

I guess the alternative would be a fairly toned down mid-blue maybe?

bookgirl1982 Thu 26-Jul-18 09:12:19

Pale blue? Or a darker grey? Colour match the cream from the aga?

wowfudge Thu 26-Jul-18 14:28:34

A lilac toned pale blue will work with the cream and help tone down the floor.

amazonianwoman Thu 26-Jul-18 16:05:48

Thanks again all.

Any actual paint suggestions wow or bookgirl? Please! Every colour I look at now is just morphing into a sludgy greeny brown grey confused Would prefer not to colour match the Aga, not keen on cream.

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SuzanneVaguer Thu 26-Jul-18 16:15:45

What about something really dark, like Green Smoke or Hague Blue, Stiffkey blue?
How much light does the room get? Which orientation is it?

wowfudge Thu 26-Jul-18 16:53:51

Get testers, paint some pieces of A4 paper, right up to the edges, try in different places around the room as the same colour can look different in different light conditions. You need to get some colour cards and take it from there. Now if you wanted advice on beiges, I'm your woman as I spent forever finding the perfect shade of warm, milky coffee for our downstairs cloakroom and hall recently.

amazonianwoman Thu 26-Jul-18 17:30:12

wowfudge I've dismantled my stack of Farrow & Ball paint cards and hung up about 10bof them near the Aga grin

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amazonianwoman Thu 26-Jul-18 17:33:24

SuzanneVageur they're all some of my favourite F&B colours - would like to paint a large freestanding pantry cupboard in the dining area in Stiffkey blue.

Unfortunately the black granite seems to sap all the light from the kitchen area even though it faces east and south and has a large glass side return extension, so fear all those colours are too dark.

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bookgirl1982 Thu 26-Jul-18 18:04:15

Pinterest has some examples.

This is the kind of light blue I was thinking of.

MikeUniformMike Thu 26-Jul-18 19:12:47

The light blue is good. I'm all greyed out sorry and F&B type green is a bit drab for me.

GertrudeBelle Thu 26-Jul-18 19:53:39

The second picture in BettyBoo’s post looks like F&B Vert de Tere

GertrudeBelle Thu 26-Jul-18 19:53:57

*Terre

grasspigeons Thu 26-Jul-18 19:56:14

Mizzle

minipie Thu 26-Jul-18 20:00:54

Sorry another one saying greeny grey of some kind (eg F&B Mizzle). It can be more grey than green but does need to have green undertones. I don't think bluey greys will go with the warm cream and orangey wood floor (blue will make the orange look more orange).

Look at Little Greene and Mylands for colours that are subtle but less sludgy (and therefore IMO less country) than F&B. Sanderson also good but the colour range is dauntingly huge.

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