- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I am painting my kitchen cabinets. That decision was easy, as our cabinets are a lovely orange-ish 1987 oak. They are pretty effing hideous. That said, the current countertop is Corian and I don’t have the budget to replace it any time soon. So the countertop is staying for a while. The countertop is cool speckled shades of grey, black, and white.
I am painting the base cabinets a dark brown/black that goes reasonably well with the countertops (Farrow & Ball Tanner’s Brown is my current top choice). I want to paint the upper cabinets a lighter color in order to lighten things up and visually balance the space. The kitchen also flows into the family room, which will also be painted a lighter color, with dark doors and a dark fireplace surround to visually connect the two spaces.
Here is my issue: The space faces north-west, so the natural lighting is not very good in the room. The countertops go best with a cool white or grey shade (F&B Strong white would be my choice), but a cool white or grey feels very stark and cold in these lighting conditions. I want to use a warmer white or grey (like F&B Clunch or Lime white) on the cabinets and in the adjoining family room to keep things light but cozy. I am worried that that the cool grey counters will clash horribly with the warm tones that I want to paint for the upper cabinets and the adjacent walls. And I really don’t want to invest a lot of time and money painting cabinets and walls if they are going to end up botherting me just as much as the current hideousness does. I am feeling the pinch to make a decision because we’re purchasing a new family room couch soon, and the fabric I select for it will need to work with the colors of the cabinets, walls, etc. Again, I don’t want to select a fabric with warm undertones if I am going to have to paint the room in cool undertones, and then nothing ends up visually working together. Gah!!!!!
Does anyone with lots of interior design experience have any thoughts or advice? I swear, I am about to pull my hair out over this. First world problem, I know.