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Advice on a Pop of Colour in my kitchen.

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Coolgran65 Thu 04-Jul-19 21:43:48

I'd love to have advice and opinions on what colour to use for a 'Pop of Colour' in my very small kitchen.
The kitchen is a small galley shape, it is 12 years old and is still in fair condition, certainly not ready to replace it. When the dishwasher died we had guests arriving the next day, dh quickly went out and bought a slide in replacement thus getting rid of the kitchen door that had previously hidden the dishwasher.

The worktops are walnut woodblock pattern in laminate and are in perfect condition. Well dare anyone not use a chopping board !!
The floors are a greyish/brownish 'slate looking' tile.
The cupboard doors are an almond cream colour and the emulsioned walls match perfectly. All very matchy matchy. Last year I painted the end wall (not the door wall) a soft pale sage green, which was actually the sage green from the living room with a dollop of white thrown in. It is fresh but unexciting.

Last week I took a notion to paint the two end walls a bright colour and lime green came to mind. We have used lime green to accessorise in the bathroom i.e. roller blind, towels, etc. I have photographed a hand towel from the bathroom to show the colour.

Thing is, when I said to my dh he said, that's fine. Which is code for, whatever makes you happy (just don't trail me around shops or go on about shade and tone). He wants me to just reach him the paint and tell him where I want painted.

What do you think of this colour on each end wall?
Or please suggest another colour, I am open to ideas just not great with yellow.

Tangerine Thu 04-Jul-19 21:49:32

Bright red? It goes with most things but perhaps too overpowering if kitchen small. Turquoise possibly.

Auntieflo Thu 04-Jul-19 21:59:26

Dulux , have a couple of lovely Teal colours.

Esspee Thu 04-Jul-19 22:07:59

Duck egg blue.

gransal Thu 04-Jul-19 22:23:17

cool not sure if I would paint both walls as it might "pull" the room in and make it look smaller. Anice strong turquoise might be just the ticket.

SpringyChicken Thu 04-Jul-19 22:29:04

My friend has all lime green walls in her kitchen and adores it. We have bright jade green all over and love it. (We both have white units). Go for anything you like - it can be changed if you don't like it. In life's bigger picture, it's not the end of the world if you don't.

gillybob Thu 04-Jul-19 22:32:56

I was thinking hints of teal or duck egg . I don’t think red or orange would work on a small galley kitchen. I notice the light from the window and think that some nice blue/teal accessories could really work .

lemongrove Thu 04-Jul-19 22:46:42

I like sage actually, which you already have, it looks so good with cream units, but lime will look great too, there are lime green accessories around ( I have a lime green radio in the kitchen.)😃

callgirl1 Thu 04-Jul-19 23:05:47

I`d better not mention mine, it`s almost identical in size and shape to yours Coolgran, but is painted in Happy yellow, looks nice and sunny all the time.

MiniMoon Thu 04-Jul-19 23:15:43

We have a pale green in our kitchen which goes beautifully with the green tiles in the cooker splashback, and along the wall behind the sink.
Green is a good choice, whatever the shade.

Coolgran65 Thu 04-Jul-19 23:41:37

Duck egg blue never crossed my mind and yet its a colour I do like.
I was thinking of a stronger colour but it could be a stronger colour on the same colour chart as duck egg blue. And use the paler tones to accessorise.

Had a red accessorised kitchen many years ago and grew to hate it. It seemed overbearing and angry....... Or perhaps it was because it was a bad relationship time.

There's been little support for my idea of lime green which says it all smile

Coolgran65 Thu 04-Jul-19 23:44:13

Oops crossed posts, I see some likes for line green.

Coolgran65 Thu 04-Jul-19 23:50:00

MiniMoon, I do love green.

Callgirl1 - Happy yellow, I'm glad it makes you hapoy.

gmelon Fri 05-Jul-19 01:29:24

Peppermint or pastel pink. Or both.

Willow500 Fri 05-Jul-19 06:13:11

I like lime green smile or you could just add some new accessories in a bright colour - there are some great colours available now. Re your dishwasher - we covered a fridge and dishwasher in Fablon to match the cupboard doors which was easy to do and changed up the boring white. I redid the fridge a few years ago in black to match the washer and drier in the utility room. It wears well and the dishwasher gave out before the covering!

Dawn22 Fri 05-Jul-19 08:04:55

Hi Cool
Rather than a pop of colour on your walls would you think of putting the "pop" somewhere else. What l did was that l put a green kettle and toaster on my work surface (morphy richards) I think. And l think it is great. My walls are a delicate pink, should have turned out a delicate peach but for some reason unbeknownst to me it didn't. I have always liked pink and green together (calming; what l need right now).

Hope this helps.

lovebeigecardigans1955 Fri 05-Jul-19 08:14:00

Too bright a lime green might be a bit overbearing, what about a gentle peppermint? You could get a few utensils in lime rather than a whole wall.

GabriellaG54 Fri 05-Jul-19 08:31:34

I'd lighten he room by removing all the stuff in front of the window and replace the leaded windows with clear glass. And put a plain roller blind there for privacy at night. Aubergine is smart and both a cool look in summer and a warm tone in winter.
Lime green and almond walls? No.

GabriellaG54 Fri 05-Jul-19 08:32:25

Oops! he the

Riverwalk Fri 05-Jul-19 08:40:22

I too would remove the stuff from in front of the window.

What about sunshine yellow, or any bright colour, roller blinds to provide colour, rather than paint the walls/cupboards.

Voile-type material lets in the light and would only need to be pulled down a few inches to show the colour.

JackyB Fri 05-Jul-19 09:00:34

Personally I don't like lime. It may pall after a while like the red as Coolgran describes. It is rather aggressive.

Definitely move the plants from the window and use the empty space over the sink on the left. Perhaps with racks to place the washing up - it can drain straight into the sink.

As for the dishwasher - try to match the cream doors. The room is too small to introduce another colour except with accessories. I would vote for yellow but you have said you don't want yellow. Or lavender to .match your plants.

However, almost any colour will make the room look smaller than with white or magnolia,so go as light as you can with the colour.

M0nica Fri 05-Jul-19 09:04:59

It is a small kitchen, nothing can hide that. Paint the end wall bright lollypop pink, or give the window a bright pink blind. Go for the jackpot and do not pussy around with a touch ofcolour and more blandness.

The advantage of one small wall of bright colour is that it is cheap, simple and easy to repaint it another colour if you get tired of the first bright colour.

harrigran Fri 05-Jul-19 09:12:15

I would not paint walls a bright colour, keep pale and neutral and add colour with toaster, kettle etc. This will ensure a small kitchen does not appear even smaller.

GrandmaKT Fri 05-Jul-19 10:02:42

We have lime green with walnut effect units in our en suite. I think it's a lovely combination.

GabriellaG54 Fri 05-Jul-19 10:06:41

Old fashioned tiling and painting...sorry.