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what is a good colour for a kitchen - I need inspiration

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bosscat Mon 18-Apr-05 16:15:20

What is a good colour for a kitchen? I have cream shaker cupboards and dark Iroko wooden tops. The kitchen area is cream and I am looking to do the dining area (in same room) a different colour.

What colour is yours?

beachyhead Mon 18-Apr-05 16:20:00

My kitchen floor is limestone colour and the walls are the same - units are walnut and worksurface is pale aqua colour.......

In the den at other end of kitchen, we have painted one wall in a soft dusky pink to make it a bit warmer, but the other walls are still in the limestoney colour (which looks completely different as the lighting is softer at that end.....)

swiperfox Mon 18-Apr-05 16:20:13

I would have a deep red i think. Whats your lighting like? Is itt a big bright room?

Blossomhill Mon 18-Apr-05 16:20:18

Cream and blue

irishbird Mon 18-Apr-05 16:25:09

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swiperfox Mon 18-Apr-05 16:26:12

aubergine and cream

Bagpuss30 Mon 18-Apr-05 16:30:33

We have beech units, beech floor and dark green tiles. The walls are pale green which I like. The room is south facing and so to tone down the effects of the sunlight we went for a cool shade which works really well.

Gobbledigook Mon 18-Apr-05 16:32:03

I'm with Swiperfox on the deep red.

We've got off-white cupboards with beech worktops, white tiles and deep red walls above that. I love it.

bosscat Mon 18-Apr-05 16:40:52

deep red does sound nice but I think might make the room look too dark. Because its just for the dining area there are no units to break it up so it would be a big block of red. I was thinking of green though, as it has french windows out to the garden so would continue the green theme (if that doesn't sound to nobby) oh god screaming baby with a cold better go back later ...

CountessDracula Mon 18-Apr-05 16:44:57

White cupboards, black granite worktop, walls are F&B stone white which is much greener looking when on the walls.

golds Mon 18-Apr-05 16:47:35

I like red or aubergine.

Mine however is Orange, yes orange, beech colour units, cream floor, three walls coffee. Smacks you as soon as you walk in, on another wall I have 2 beech shelves with orange bits on them. Looks good.

marthamoo Mon 18-Apr-05 16:47:54

Spaghetti bolognese colour.

Bagpuss30 Mon 18-Apr-05 16:48:07

Ours leads on to the garden, maybe that's why it looks so nice - I'd never really thought about that!

Gobbledigook Mon 18-Apr-05 16:49:11

bosscat - could you not go for red on one wall and cream on the others?

purpleturtle Mon 18-Apr-05 16:54:35

We painted our yellow kitchen out with a lovely sage green colour last weekend. It does frame the window on to the garden beautifully. (The yellow was a complete disaster, because we forgot to look at the paint chart under the flourescent lighting in the kitchen. Once on the wall, it looked vile. We made it better by sponging cream paint over the top, which had the added bonus of disguising the extremely uneven plasterwork, but I do like my sage green.

beachyhead Mon 18-Apr-05 16:58:26

Foyer Green from the Dulux Heritage colours is pale and nice....... I love green - whole house is either green, aqua or bluey green - builder started to take the piss towards the end..... Front door is Farrow and Ball 'Smokey green' I think and that's nice too.

bonym Mon 18-Apr-05 17:12:55

We've got beech units and floor with drak-grey granite-style worktops. The walls are yellow which is makes the room really bright and cheerful - I actually wanted pale green but was out-voted by dh & dd1!

crunchie Mon 18-Apr-05 17:17:40

Marthamoo LOL Thats brillinat

I was going to say what about Wedgewood blue - a kind of soft powdery blue, not pastel, but not bright.

My room is cream shaker, black granite, stainless steel range/fridge and moroccan blue (really really bright and vibrant) it leads out onto the patio and we have loads of big blue planters there. I LOVE strong bright colours but not everyone does.

miranda2 Mon 18-Apr-05 17:28:39

I've just painted my naff dark wood 80s units very pale blue - duck egg blue. The walls are pale yellow, and the dining room which leads off it is lilac - it all looks quite beach hut-y.

binkie Mon 18-Apr-05 17:32:06

ours is an intense forest green, with dark walnut floor & cupboards & dark grey shiny granite worktops

we copied it off some arty friends of my parents, and it's beautiful - specially good as background to some rather vibrant prints

some inspiration here ?

NomDePlume Mon 18-Apr-05 17:40:40

On all the sell your house type progs they use a pale green

ambrosia Mon 18-Apr-05 18:01:15

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katylou25 Mon 18-Apr-05 19:14:37

My kitchen is my fave room in the house - it's got (fake!!) slate tiles, beech units, (fake!!) granite work surfaces and the walls are to shades of purple - I loves it!

bosscat Mon 18-Apr-05 19:28:06

thanks everyone, lots of tips here. Isn't it funny how some colours just don't work? I painted it last Friday night and it was called "buff" which was a kind of coffee colour on the tin. I put a little on the wall and it looked okay. Painted the whole thing and it looked dog poo brown the next morning! Your kitchens sound fab by the way.

Satine Mon 18-Apr-05 19:32:31

Laura Ashley Apple is a lovely pale green which isn't cold but they don't do it in kitchen bathroom finish - just matt emulsion, which means I need to repaint after three years! But gorgeous colour. Very 1950s.

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