Need help picking paint colors for kitchen/norther facing living room!!

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
5365 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2016

I will start off by saying that I work for Sherwin Williams and pick paint colors for a livin, so I am biased. Your house is very dark and it depends on if you want a warmer or cooler gray. Since you said you’d like to paint the kitchen in a blue, I’m going to assume you’d be okay with a cooler gray, even one with blue undertones. Something like reflection, gray screen or morning fog. Something along those lines. Also, one of my favorites is sea salt, but it’s more green/blue. It really depends on how light you’d want to go. And as always, I’d suggest buying samples because your lighting will play a huge effect! 

I will also say now that I’ve seen your other pics, that I think a greige would be best for your house. Something like agreeable gray, repose gray or versatile gray!

Post # 4
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I would be careful with grey that you dont get one that has green or purple undertones. Unless you like the idea of the wall looking green or purple in certain light. 

I personally prefer ones with very faint tan undertones because they never look tan on the wall but they also never look green or purple.

Paint samples and swatches are your best friend. tape a ton of swatches to the wall then pick your favorites remembering to check the colors at different times of the day. Get samples of your favorites and paint small squares. Then your choice should be pretty simple.

If you care, my mums an interior designer and i have been watching and living this stuff my whole life 🙂 I think the most important thing is to figure out what will make you happy every time you see it, not what looks good in someone else’s home. Best of luck Bee!


Edited to add: I think greige will look best with that tile & carpet In My Humble Opinion.

Post # 5
47189 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You can easily refresh your home with paint. I would choose a grey with a brown undertone for the wall color. It will pull the colors from your counter and floor, yet still allow you to choose any accent color you like for things like cushions in the living room and tea towels etc in the kitchen.Depending on your layout you could choose a darker grey for an accent wall.

You can see all the greys that are available and the undertones

On Benjamin Moore’s website you can also choose colors and see what they look like together.,OC-25&room=1561

From there you buy samples and paint a 3×3 square on the walls so you can see what it looks like in your lighting. Remember to include your lamps when picking your color as that will be how you see it, not in a bare room.

Your cabinets can also be updated with paint so you enjoy them while you save up for a reno. Send the doors out to be spray painted (remember to number them and make a drawing with those numbers so they are easy to re-attach). You can paint the frames yourself.

I would use a darker grey on the bottom cabinets and white on the top.


Post # 6
14948 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve used Behr, SW, and Bridesmaid or Best Man all in my house and for interior walls, it all seems the same to me, so I go for price, either use Behr or SW when they have their 40% off sale.  I do find that SW has the most options for warm greys. (I was just there yesterday! 🙂 )

Bridesmaid or Best Man Revere pewter is a very popular warm grey, as is edgecomb grey.  SW Worldy grey, Anew grey, amazing grey, functional grey, mindful grey and analytical grey are all nice warm greys too.  

Post # 11
11648 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

mco06 :  BM’s revere pewter is most designer’s go to griege. It is a safe pick, it doesn’t go into green or purple. It’s a pretty gray tan. 

If you google it you’ll see, its beloved by so many designers.

Post # 12
47189 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

mco06 :  Do you belong to AAA? They have discounts for paint stores. You can also take a paint swatch from any company, or a swatch of fabric or any article  into almost any paint store and get it color matched.

Post # 13
830 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Our entire house (minus our office, which is painted with the sea mist color a PP mentioned, and our laundry room which is pale green) is different shades of grey/greige. Our living room is collonade gray SW (a light greige), our dining room is Aspen gray SW (LOVE it, greige as well), our current main bath color is valspar polished silver (grey with blue undertone). Honestly I have probably 15 samples of grey paint in my garage because to me, you really can’t tell what undertones will come out until you have it on your wall and see it in your lighting. I usually wait until Lowe’s has 99¢ paint samples (they carry Sherwin Williams paint as well as valspar) and get a bunch then.

Post # 14
9435 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Bridesmaid or Best Man Revere Pewter
Bridesmaid or Best Man Gray Owl
Bridesmaid or Best Man Manchester Tan
Bridesmaid or Best Man Palladian Blue

These are some of my favorites.

I would highly recommend getting some large swatches for greys. I looove Revere Pewter online but it looked straight up tan in the room I was hoping to paint grayish.

Post # 15
1600 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Our WHOLE house is Bridesmaid or Best Man revere pewter.. and i love it. It lightened up our house but still made it feel warm. 

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