I need color!

When we built our home 11 years ago, there were a lot of decisions to make. As we neared the end of the process and were ready to paint, I just couldn’t make one more decision. As a result, almost all of our walls are white. I did manage to paint our family room a greenish-grey, but other than that it’s white, white, and white! We need some color!!

Ok, so go grab a can of paint, slap it on, problem solved, right? Au contraire! I’m terribly afraid of commitment when it comes to color, and I hate to paint, so I’m stuck. I seriously lack *finesse in this department. I need an intervention!

This is what my kitchen looks like at present. I love my maple cabinets and black granite counters and backsplash with a small strip of accent rock (although if I were to do it over again, I’d probably not choose solid black and I’d run the backsplash all the way up to the bottom of the cabinets). The stainless steel appliances are also a winner. I’m no longer loving the grey slate floors, which are impossible to keep clean, but too expensive to replace. I think we can all agree the space is screaming for color.

Here’s my stab at choosing a color using the paint tool on the Sherwin-Williams website. My concern is that it blends too much with the cabinets. Another option I like from Benjamin Moore is Olivetint (#519) and use Wytheblue (#HC-143) as an accent. What do you think?

It’s pretty obvious I’m drawn to neutrals. I’m not a flashy person  and wouldn’t be comfortable with red, but I’m open to suggestions. Let’s hear it, ladies!

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*finesse (skill, flair, grace elegance, poise, assurance)

6 thoughts on “I need color!

  1. We are in the same boat, Linda! I cannot make decisions when it comes to painting! …or decorating for that matter! I don’t want to have to do it all over again if I don’t like how it turns out.. and I hate putting holes in the walls and disliking how that turns out as well.. I am ready to start painting – and have managed to commit and finish the girls’ rooms – but am unable to commit to a color for the kitchen, living room or bathrooms or our room.. and I have things hung up on the walls, but have other things I need to hang and am still unsatisfied with how some of the things hanging have turned out..
    I am hoping I can get my sister Cheryl up here soon – she is great at decorating and choosing paint colors, etc!
    Can’t wait to see you up here… 19 days! 🙂

      • Linda – I would love that! I was just looking at my calendar.. 18 days! 18 days! I could just cry! Can’t wait to see you!

          • Linda,

            Looks like you don’t show much wall anyways. I think red would look awesome. Does your kitchen open up to a dining room? My interior designer said I needed to treat my living room, dining room, and kitchen as 1 since they all open up together. I had originally thought of separating each room each with a different coloer and she said NO.

            I go with RED!!

            Sue K

          • I don’t have a lot of wall space in the kitchen. It’s mostly cabinets and windows on three wall and three doorways on the fourth wall. There is a pass-through to the dining room with glass cabinets above, so they don’t really open up to one another, but they could be considered unified.
            The main hallway flows into both, so the color(s) would have to blend with the rest of the downstairs. I don’t think I’m bold enough for 75 percent of the downstairs to be red, but maybe I need to shake things up a bit!

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