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Advice for colours for my kitchen walls

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Tobermory Sat 18-Jul-15 21:36:29

I'm not great with colour choices and would really appreciate some advice.

Our house is Victorian with 12foot high ceilings and ornate cornice and plasterwork. The kitchen and dining room have been knocked through to make one room, big but can be a little dark. I'm currently trying to decorate it but a little stuck on colours. One half of the space is kitchen, the units have dark gloss doors and the huge centre worktop is stainless steel so very modern in look. Most of the walls are dark grey (similar to down pipe) though one small one is the same paler grey as was ceiling to floor in the other part of the room. The other half of the room still has the ornate cornice and a traditional fireplace so quite a different feel. Today I painted the ceiling (exhausting!), the previous owners had it grey from ceiling to skirting so getting the ceiling White makes such a difference.

I think I want to prettify the room (especially th non kitchen bit)add some colour, warmth and light. We've used FB cinder rose in the downstairs loo which is v pretty... But in a kitchen? Is thre such a thing as a warm blue? Or a warm grey?

Belleview Sat 18-Jul-15 23:16:19

What about some yellow?

Postchildrenpregranny Sat 18-Jul-15 23:19:33

My kitchen walls are bright cobalt blue (beech units grey work surface wooden floor)

Marmitelover55 Sat 18-Jul-15 23:34:22

Our open plan room sounds similar with Victorian cornicing in the new snug (former dining room) but more contemporary kitchen/dining area. I went with Dulux Timeless in the end (a nice creamy white), but with splashes of colour eg teale glass splash back, bar stools and cushions on sofa.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 19-Jul-15 08:46:59

Farrow and Ball Elephants Breath, it goes really well with gloss and stainless steel.

I have it in my kitchen.

Tobermory Sun 19-Jul-15 09:58:24

fluffy , I've read much about elephants breath, would you describe it as warm? Or pretty?

marmite, is timeless a pale neutral? We've used Craig and rose Chinese white for our ceilings which is a lovely colour - I've considered using it on walls but not sure where and how to add the colour.

post I'd like to find a blue that works but it has to be a warm colour

belle I hate yellow, pretty much with a passion.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 19-Jul-15 10:12:52

Warm and pretty. Even dh says it's pretty. It changes from grey to a brown as they day progresses.

Blueskies80 Sun 19-Jul-15 11:09:27

F and b skimming stone is a light warm grey. We have it in our north /south living / dining room and love it!

grumbleina Sun 19-Jul-15 12:52:27

Little Greene do a whole new 'grey' range (they know their market, it seems...) and some of those are really pretty.

ExConstance Sun 19-Jul-15 18:46:48

The Fired Earth Blues and Greys collection has some lovely colours.

Belleview Sun 19-Jul-15 18:48:14

Ah, tobermory you're not alone in that! Those that like yellow are fortunate, I always think, it's such an upbeat light bringing colour, which we surely need in the UK.

Have you looked at the Fired Earth colours? Keychain is a bright warm bluesy grey that might work for you.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 19-Jul-15 21:03:52

We tried skimming stone in our north/south kitchen and it looked really dull. Dh was all up for buying 5lt of the stuff but I always buy a tester.

You can never tell until it's on the wall.

SweetAndFullOfGrace Sun 19-Jul-15 21:42:43

We have elephant's breath and skimming stone downstairs (EB in the south facing rooms, SS in the hall and north facing rooms). And little greene tusk upstairs.

Elephant's breath is lovely in changing light, I understand why it's so popular. Skimming stone is a work horse, not interesting but calm and versatile.

Tusk I love love love, it's in a loft conversion so we wanted the same colour on the walls and on the sloping ceiling and it's such a lovely calm colour for a bedroom.

dontcallmelen Sun 19-Jul-15 21:51:50

I used lambeth walk by mylands in my kitchen/diner walls, it is a very pretty blue, combined with fitrovia (names are a bit silly but lovely soft subtle colours)a pale mushroom on the cabinetry/chairs etc, worth having a look at their colour charts.

Postchildrenpregranny Mon 20-Jul-15 18:33:05

Get a tester and paint a large piece of lining paper with it .You can move it round the room and look at it in different lights
I think grey walls sound horrible ,unless the room is really really bright .

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