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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.

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 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:, 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

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.