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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.
Dawn

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.

Gonegirl Fri 05-Jul-19 10:17:19

I think it looks a very nice little kitchen just as it is tbh. I definitely wouldn't move the plants out of the window. They give it a cottage-y look, which I like. I need more flowering plants in my kitchen.

I'm not sure about green in a kitchen.

But then, my kitchen is blue with yellow cabinets. Maybe not to everyone's taste.

eazybee Fri 05-Jul-19 10:21:29

I like the green of your towel. Rather than paint a wall I would accessorise with small touches of green, using the colour for things you use regularly oven glove; tea towels, dishwashing brush, plant pot etc. that way the colour doesn't dominate and can be changed. But they must all be the exact shade.

Coolgran65 Fri 05-Jul-19 10:26:03

Thanks everyone.
I'd prefer not to change the toaster, kettle etc as they are relatively new (grey) but it is an option.
There are two blinds which we rarely use, they are neutral stripes and are kept up high out of the way. We are very private at the back.

The kitchen window stuff .... I got dh to make the white (removable) shelving so it can hold small bits that are used regularly.... Jugs, spoon rests, a little dish holds a lipstick, reading glasses, odds and ends, flowers from the garden especially the odd broken stem get popped into the jugs. I like it because it's different, saw one in a craft shop and asked dh to copy it.

Not sure about the fablon - it reminds me of years ago when my mother would have used it, there were air bubbles and the edges curled. Perhaps she wasn't too good at putting it on.

The end wall is already a pale green, it doesn't show up well in the pic. The living room is already sage greens which is why I was thinking of continuity with the lime green.

The porch is mint green and I don't like it. Asked dh to get another tin of sage green for it and he came home with mint green which was on offer. Not only that, it was shiny finish. Not wanting to knock his efforts I went with it but to be honest might just be biding my time with it. I guess it's ok but I don't love it.

I think the blandness is the cupboards and walls being the same colour.
Don't fancy a true blue.
Uncertain about a pink.
At the start of this I said definitely not yellow but I'm swaying on that. It seems popular with you GNers, maybe a limish yellow?

I agree with Monica about going for the jackpot and not pussyfooting, but not lollipop pink. (sorry Monica). Getting reminded of the colour of peptobismal medicine smile

You have all been so helpful.
Perhaps I need to go to B & Q bearing in mind all your suggestions and look at the colour card display.

Who knows I could come home with sunshine yellow or lollipop pink.

Alexa Fri 05-Jul-19 10:30:36

My problem is more to tidy away the pops of colour. I do enjoy to look at my row of matching soup and tomato tins on a narrow display shelf that I planned just for those tins.

BBbevan Fri 05-Jul-19 10:40:32

We have a large, light kitchen. The cupboards are white with oak tops and the floor a pale marble. So we went for it and painted the walls Thai Sapphire , a deep purple. The central island was white but is now Deep Space Blue. It is different and I love it. That is the most important thing. It is your kitchen. If you like a shelf for bits , I have one, then so be it. Just be a little adventurous. I would like to use Sulking Room Pink somewhere , just because I like the name

vickya Fri 05-Jul-19 11:21:38

Think pink. Maybe baby pink? You can paint cupboard doors. #2 daughter moved and the kitchen was ok. Other things to do first so she painted the cupboard doors.

jaylucy Fri 05-Jul-19 11:29:13

I love duck egg blue!
I think the easiest way to add a pop of colour is with things like small electrical items - kettle, toaster etc all now available in a myriad of colours. Also chopping boards, oven gloves, teatowels etc. Doesn't have to cost much and can easily be discarded when you get bored of it!

sazz1 Fri 05-Jul-19 11:58:40

Daughter is painting hers pale greyish. Colour is called putty I think.

Gonegirl Fri 05-Jul-19 12:03:45

Do not replace that lovely leaded window with clear glass! (Sorry Gabriella)

Gonegirl Fri 05-Jul-19 12:05:03

I wanted a pink kitchen. I was shouted down. Probably just as well. I've got a very very pale pink living room instead.

Gonegirl Fri 05-Jul-19 12:10:33

Might force get DH to paint my cupboards. My kitchen cupboards are very old, but they are sturdy. Don't want to replace them with flimsy new stuff, and there is the problem with the "new" measurements too. We had new doors/drawer fronts fitted a few years back but they need doing up now.

Alima Fri 05-Jul-19 12:19:09

Sure it is Dulux (not Crowne or F & B or any other) who have a paint testing ap where you photograph the room to be decorated and then superimpose a paint colour onto the relevant surfaces. Might be worth a go to see what you like best. (Doesn’t matter about what anyone else thinks apart from maybe your DH).

Theoddbird Fri 05-Jul-19 12:52:14

Keep the cream but add colour with kettle, toaster, containers, tea towels and curtains or blinds etc. It is a small room so you have to be careful painting walls. Light bounces off of the light colour rather than absorbing it as darker colours do.

Patticake123 Fri 05-Jul-19 13:36:00

Similar to my kitchen and I have used bright orange to contrast with the largely black and white decor and units.

dogsmother Fri 05-Jul-19 14:21:16

Clean white and grey is lovely in a smaller room and you stay fresh too.

Whitewavemark2 Fri 05-Jul-19 16:04:17

I have recently done out the kitchen, and I have tiles at the back of the hob made in Seville. They are the most gorgeous sea green colour, and the quality is excellent.

I found a lovely Italian kettle whose handle matches the tiles exactly and a radio .

All on line. I spent happy hours looking for what I wanted 🙂

rocketstop Fri 05-Jul-19 16:06:00

Lime sorbet, I've just used it, it's not indecently bright, but it's fun, or what about a mint green or if you want really zingy and cheerful..tangerine..so long as it's not on every wall and surface !

HildaW Fri 05-Jul-19 16:21:15

Pink works very well with grey and white. The shade is important ....not too 'Barbie'....more a sugared almond type.
My daughter used this combination (one wall a soft pink the rest white )and when she told me I though it a bit odd....she was never a pink sort of a girl....but its a good combination in a small to midsized kitchen.

AlexxTG Fri 05-Jul-19 17:03:54

When me and my brother were doing a complete renovation of our kitchen, we've considered to replace the old and almost broken kitchen faucet, and couple days for searching a great analogue for it, and we've found an article (here it is: cozyhousetoday.com/best-high-arc-kitchen-faucet/), that showed us greatest options of high arc faucets we couldn't even imagine they exist.

callgirl1 Fri 05-Jul-19 17:29:47

These are the Happy Yellow results, but taken before it was quite finished, as the rear lobby has also been painted in Happy Yellow.

willa45 Fri 05-Jul-19 18:16:33

If that were my kitchen, I wouldn't go with crayon colors because I find them too overpowering for such a small space.
Instead I would probably paint the walls a bold shade of Cinnamon( which is more like a dark dusty rose tempered with deep beige tones) to offset all the neutral cabinets, floors etc. Kitchen towels, pot holders etc. in avocado green /cinnamon prints will bring it all together. A well placed potted plant or two will add a splash of nature to an otherwise indoor space. Add some copper and/or brass accessories for richness and color.

willa45 Fri 05-Jul-19 18:20:49

Correction: Not 'Avocado' .....I think I meant Sage green

Coolgran65 Fri 05-Jul-19 18:24:15

callgirl1 I really like that yellow. It works well with the black and white.
Ours is brown and cream.... Don't want to start into painting cupboard doors though my friend has done it with great success.

However.... I had a look on line at paint colours, with my sis in law looking over my shoulder and..... this Crown duck egg blue caught my eye, and her eye, and my dh's eye smile

www.crownpaints.co.uk/products/standard-emulsion/matt/duck-egg/154

As mentioned my living room which can be seen from the kitchen and through the dining room is sage green and a very airy 'seaspray' . My cushions and curtain tie backs are a tartan that has a bit of blue.
I think this duck egg blue would look well in the kitchen and would allow the colour continuity flow through the dining room (also painted 'seaspray') and into the living room.

I feel a tester pot coming on.

My eyes have been opened in a good way to what some people are using as colour in their kitchen.

Thank you so much, love you all flowers

coleen21 Fri 05-Jul-19 20:02:39

i would paint the back wall your very favorite color! even if it's black! just go for it. whatever makes you smile! have fun!

NannyJennyto3 Fri 05-Jul-19 20:07:29

Duck egg blue and pale green are too bland. I would paint the radiator wall (including the radiator) a cranberry colour and put a large mirror with a white/cream surround above the radiator to reflect the light from the window. I too would get rid of the clutter around the window. Maybe have a narrow shelf above the radiator the same colour as the mirror surround.

Tweedle24 Fri 05-Jul-19 20:08:40

I have turquoise in my kitchen, which has white units and black granite effect worktops. It looks pretty

Joyfulnanna Fri 05-Jul-19 20:46:04

Coolgran, your floor is dark, it would look great in a lighter colour, then I would use lavender pop of colour which will go nicely with your worktops. Also would modernise the overall appearance which is, as you say too plain at the moment. On the white walls, put some small framed pics picking up the lavender and other colours in your kitchen to bring it all together. You could buy some small bright green foliage plants for the window cill for further contrast.

Annofarabia Fri 05-Jul-19 20:47:25

My kitchen is similar. I bought some expensive wall tiles that are a greyish blue and cream randomly. I bought a teal blind and it looks really nice.

Coolgran65 Fri 05-Jul-19 22:48:17

Yes, the floor is dark. We all use the back door, anyone who knows us. A knock at the front door is a stranger. The floor is really practical, also being quite recent and expensive it needs to stay.

My hope is to do a little painting and a few tweaks, nothing major.

moggie57 Fri 05-Jul-19 22:54:20

yellow ,as it will look like sunshine every morning........brightens things up.

Coolgran65 Fri 05-Jul-19 23:02:29

It seems folks either like or really dislike my kitchen window and its busyness which is its very purpose. I should have dressed it nicely for the pic. Over the seasons it changes. Today the jugs are full of nasturtiums from the garden, A piece of Winston Churchill fuschia that got broken off a plant, various different hosta leaves, and some greenery off the bay tree.

okimherenow Fri 05-Jul-19 23:03:55

I painted one wall in kitchen lime green and it was super .... BUT got fed up with it after a year or so and now all the walls are Elephant breath....(fancy name for pinky grey)

Baloothefitz Sat 06-Jul-19 02:57:42

I do love your kitchen units ,the colour & the style is timeless. I like one of the posters ideas about a nice aubergine. If you need some new tea coffee jars you could brighten things up too .Bit of a shame about the white dishwasher, but heyho,it's not the end of the world .

Coolgran65 Sat 06-Jul-19 08:46:07

Yes, the right tones of aubergine could be nice. Just wondering about it being too dark what with the dark floor and dark worktops.

TwiceAsNice Sat 06-Jul-19 08:53:24

Fushia Pink ? Nice and bright and always goes well with green. Or I’m another fan for Teal. Hope you find something you like

Shropshirelass Sat 06-Jul-19 09:03:01

My kitchen is light grey and I have added a splash of red with the accessories, this was I can change the theme without redecorating.

Joyfulnanna Sat 06-Jul-19 10:09:00

Yes coolgran, aubergine would be nice in your kitchen

pollynana Sat 06-Jul-19 10:09:13

Instead of painting the wall why don’t you use pictures and a big bold clock for the wall? You could have abstract pictures or pictures of stylised hens, cockerels, pigs, sheep or cattle. That could be your ‘pop’ of colour especially if you use all the colours you like. Good luck with what ever you decide.

Miep1 Sat 06-Jul-19 10:56:22

I'm with the pictures/posters/clock. The changing them would be easier when you get fed up!

Grannyknot Sun 07-Jul-19 11:10:27

I really regretted painting a kitchen wall in a dark-ish colour when winter came. So I would vote for warm, bright colours all the way. I'd go for the lime green. It will go well with the rest of your palette smile.

GrannyLiv Sun 07-Jul-19 11:22:01

Lilac can look lovely against sage green. Accessorise with aubergine coloured kettle/toaster/teatowels etc

When you do make your decision,please come back and show us! smile

Coolgran65 Fri 12-Jul-19 00:11:36

Well, talk about an about a U-turn. I went out last Saturday afternoon fully intending to get lime green paint, while dh was at his bowls match. Well didn't he get a bit of a shock when he arrived home to find the wall half covered with paint from a tester pot that was far removed from lime green. Happily he liked it.

As I had looked at the greens it got more and more difficult to pick a good lime green and I started to sway towards my favourite sage greens again albeit in strong deep tones.
I kept thinking about the aubergine as suggested by a pp, then remembered another poster had painted dark and hated it in the winter. Didn't have dh or a friend with me to give an opinion and started to dither. Eventually, went for this one, a very dark Teal. DS described it as the colour of a stormy sea.

Not quite finished yet as the original clock is in place. I need a bigger clock to break up the space. There is a garland of daisies with a lovely yellow centre that is gorgeous against the wall. Unfortnately it's not a great picture and the daisies aren't showing up as well as they do in reality.

On the worktop there is a blue-ish glass mason jar with some yellow wild flowers (weeds) from the beach today, yesterday there were buttercups but they don't last long. I plan on seeing what TKMaxx or Dunelm have in the way of (yellow) artificial wild flowers.
Because it's dark dh is going to fit a (spot) light in that corner.

We also painted the opposite wall at the back door and popped a couple of large, 12", yellow paper flowers on top of the larder, stole them from the bathroom. The kick-boards running along the bottom of the cupboards are also painted Teal and unite the two walls.

I'll still play about with the accessories a bit over the next week or so.

So many of you will think it is miles too dark but honestly, it looks great. As I said, still need something like the buttercups for the glass jar.

gransal Fri 12-Jul-19 00:41:13

GG54 typical negative post on05-JUL-19 10.06

Coolgran65 Fri 12-Jul-19 08:05:48

As there is a lot of the Teal paint left I'm thinking of using it on one wall of our porch. I'm on a roll. We used to say of my grandmother, don't stand still or you'll get painted. smile

Auntieflo Fri 12-Jul-19 09:01:21

Coolgran you sound like a girl after my own heart. When the children were small, and I used to make a lot of their clothes, my friend once said, “if you had half a yard if spare fabric, you’d cover the three piece suite”
Well done for going with a dramatic Teal, and have fun accessorising .
Did you see George Clarke, last night?. He visited a paint manufacturer, and had the most gorgeous deep blue colour mixed to order. Called it George’s Brixton Blue.

Coolgran65 Fri 12-Jul-19 09:07:53

Auntieflo never throw out a drop of paint or a piece of fabric smile
Wouldn't be the first time I wrapped a piece of fabric, or a scarf, around a vase to make it go with the decor.

GrannyLiv Fri 12-Jul-19 18:15:13

That is lovely CoolGran it looks very smart. I have a similar colour in the hall (only slightly darker than yours) and I love it.

GrannyLiv Fri 12-Jul-19 18:20:06

If you have a 'Range' near you, they have lovely artificial yellow tulips in a glass jar. And also a yellow peony arrangement.

Coolgran65 Fri 12-Jul-19 19:17:18

GrannyLiv we do have a Range within a half hour drive. I do love tulips and I especially love peonys (Peonies ??). I will definitely take a look in the next day or so. I had been thinking of Dunelm and forgot about the Range.

I do love the colour and am thinking of painting the porch wall with this. The porch is mostly glass.

As an aside, the porch was only painted inside about 2 months ago and I don't like it. Suffice to say, dh went to get a tin of the sage paint same as is in our living room. He had to go to Asda first and saw that they had green paint on offer and decided to go for it..... it was mint green and high shine.
Well, I guess I've seen a lot worse than the mint green (it might be the high shine that I don't like), I've stopped cringing every time I see it, but this dark blue will look great. If I ask dh to paint it blue he'll roll his eyes and just do it. But he thought he was doing a nice thing getting the mint green so I want to time it nicely and not undermine his mint green choice smile

GrannyLiv Mon 15-Jul-19 23:02:54

I know how you feel CoolGran I have had to live with some questionable decorating decisions because I didn't want to upset my other half.

The best (worst) was when we were painting the living room a lovely subtle green. Hubby had to go and get more paint because we'd run out. He got the right colour, but we had been using matte and he brought back softsheen. I only realised after I'd used up half the can and was wondering why the paint didn't seem to be drying to the same finish! Had to live with half the living room 'shiny' for about two years!!

callgirl1 Mon 15-Jul-19 23:52:44

GrannyLiv, that happened to us, but with wallpaper. We only needed one more strip, bought the right pattern and colour, but when we unwrapped it, it was embossed, not smooth. Hubby wouldn`t go back again, so we just hoped nobody would notice that corner!

rosecarmel Tue 16-Jul-19 02:40:48

I worked with professional painters and designers years ago in both new construction and old- Depending on the type of structure, lighting and design some colors worked better than others in each differently-

The color that Gabriella shared wouldn't work in the OPs kitchen, not even as an accent- It suggests "novelty" not "pop" in a traditional kitchen environment- It would work in a natural type design, with others shades of clay colors and earth tones as well as herbs and spices that blend together-

Here you can go to the paint store and leave a deposit on a paint swatch sampler that contains every paint color offered- Your deposit is reimbursed when returned-

Callgirls kitchen is "the tits"! Love it! Along with all the personal touches and choices- Totally lovely-

It takes more thought than physical effort and even money to pull it off- Sometimes even repainting what's just been painted- I had to do it in my kitchen when I painted it on impulse instead of instinct- Loved the color, but not that much of it .. ;)

rosecarmel Tue 16-Jul-19 03:49:55

The teal looks lovely! The color combo reminiscent of breezy, coastal kitchens back east that although dark create a tranquil, low light environment especially on rainy, overcast days when color is vibrant- Wicker and rattan accents would blend well with the salty, sea blue walls and natural colored counters- Also love the leaded glass, frosted pane on the door and selection breaking up the window space-

PageTurner Tue 16-Jul-19 05:18:14

*Coolgran*, I love the teal blue wall. I think that wall would look good with a large old style clock. Your kitchen window is very pretty. You have all the little bits that make you happy while washing up.
A lovely, cozy kitchen.

Coolgran65 Sat 28-Sep-19 20:34:10

Hi Everyone, I thought I'd come back and show you the finished back wall with it's new clock.

It was quite a shock when I looked at the original post and saw how 'cream' it all was.

Last month our oven died and was replaced which doesn't make any difference to the style of the kitchen. Next month we are having new cupboard doors and drawer fronts fitted. When looking about it became clear that with the walnut worktop and cream carcass we were limited to replacing again with cream, however they are of course a different style, quite plain.

Anyways, I'm rambling, Just wanted to show the clock and thank everyone. flowers

I definitely got a GN 'push' with regard to colours.

LondonGranny Sat 28-Sep-19 20:38:33

Red can attract blowflies (because it's the colour of raw meat) so I'd avoid it in a kitchen.

crazyH Sat 28-Sep-19 20:44:20

Coolgran, your floor tiles are exactly like mine. My kitchen cupboard doors are a light colour wood (not solid), forget what you call them. The walls are painted magnolia. Because of the dark floor, I think you should for light walls. Lots of good ideas here .

Coolgran65 Sat 28-Sep-19 21:00:53

Hey folks.
The kitchen wall has been painted in the dark blue. No more cream.

I went for a dark colour as suggested in earlier posts. It looks great and a bit 'different' .

Painting has been COMPLETED and I'm just showing the finished wall with clock

Hetty58 Sat 28-Sep-19 21:25:25

I think the dark floor sucks a lot of light out of the room so I'd change it. The theory that plain light colours make a room look larger just doesn't work, though. With no interest or contrast, we just end up focusing on the size of walls and ceilings.

I'd suggest raspberry pink or maybe lavender on the end wall, with narrow picture ledges above the radiator for interesting prints or posters. I'd tile the side of the tall unit with reflective mirror tiles and add cheerful blinds. Ideally, I'd change the back door for a fully-glazed one for more light.

AllotmentLil Sat 28-Sep-19 21:37:21

I love your colour choice Coolgran! And the window “treatment” - love that you can ring the changes with it - girl after my own heart! We have a darkish blue end wall but the radiator is white - do you mind if I steal your idea and paint it the same as the wall? Looks soooo much better!!
I hope you love your kitchen for years to come, and if you don’t we’ll just change it! Not aubergine though!! 😁

Coolgran65 Sat 28-Sep-19 22:22:25

AllotmentLil thank you so much.

EVERYONE please note my kitchen has already had its treatment. I was just giving a final update.

PLEASE ..... No more advice needed as the job is done.
Even if some would like to change it further smile. smile

annep1 Sat 28-Sep-19 22:53:13

Painted wall is lovely. The kitchen is very nice Coolgran. I love cream doors.

LondonGranny Sat 28-Sep-19 23:08:58

Coolgran65
I just put my twopenn'orth about avoiding red in case others came to this thread looking for ideas. smile Glad you found a blue that works beautifully in your kitchensmile

GabriellaG54 Sat 28-Sep-19 23:42:58

....I hate clutter ie: bowls for lipstick, glasses, keys etc dinky pots for a few broken stems, knick knacks...sorry.
Same in sitting room, in fact any room. IMO it's an 'old people's' habit, like having a table by your chair with glasses, tissues, remote, meds etc.
If I ever do that, I want to be put down.
Same as matchy matchy tie backs, cushions and curtains and worst of all...pelmets...yikes!! Anyway, curtains harbour dust unless they're vaccumed or washed weekly.
Sorry to say that wishy-washy colours do nothing to make a hime look interesting and inviting.
Cream, duck egg blue, pale green, almond or any mix of those colours, is bland. And eye-watering yellow is harsh esp in a galley kitchen and esp married with black and white.
Reminds me of the school kitchens of yesteryear.

GabriellaG54 Sat 28-Sep-19 23:43:55

hime home

GabriellaG54 Sat 28-Sep-19 23:44:29

should be hime

annep1 Sun 29-Sep-19 08:30:25

Oh I think giving the curtains a shake now and again is fine. And dry cleaning every year.
We have a lovely colourful bowl on a kitchen worktop. It often contains sugarfree sweets, pokemon cards (or similar) magnifying glass. A small table at side of settee has a coaster, remote, sometimes paper and pen for Countdown. I see nothing wrong with that.
My MiL had her life on the coffee table - cigarettes, crossword book, playing cards (for patience) newspaper. I too used to say Put me down when I reach that stage, but why not keep them all to hand? She wasn't very mobile so it made sense.
I think some colours are horrible but generally its a personal thing. What one finds bland someone else might find calming.
Coolgran the floor is lovely.

bikergran Sun 29-Sep-19 08:55:15

Making me now want to re vamp my kitchen.... hmm

bikergran Sun 29-Sep-19 08:56:07

I love before and after photos especially those that have done it themselves as a project, good on you smile