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)