Thursday, May 20, 2010

Color advice needed

Ok. It has come the time to tackle the enormous project that is my 100 year old kitchen. It turns out the kitchen paper cannot be removed due to the condition of the plaster walls beneath it. I will be using this type of thick, textured wallpaper to cover the existing paper:

I'm not set on the actual design yet (there are many styles), but I just wanted to give you an idea of the type of paper. It comes white, and it is meant to be painted. This paper hides a multitude of imperfections. Here is a refresher of the state of the kitchen the way it was when I bought the house:

(All the accessories in this photo belonged to the seller). It is hard to tell, but the wallpaper is red, blue and yellow plaid. Yikes! I'm painting the cabinets white. The yellow may not look that bad in the photo, but they painted everything in this room yellow- the doors, every bit of trim, EVERYTHING. I like yellow but it is way too much yellow. So, since I'm going to have white cabinets, what color should I paint the textured wallpaper? This room will be right next to my pale olive green room. Help!

**Keep in mind that this 70 year old floor will be changing, as well!

24 comments:

  1. I love blue so I would do a pale aqua color :D But you could also do orange or purple

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  2. I love the idea of pale aqua with white cabinets.

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  3. I have a really light aqua against my white cabinets (actually its just like the color of your backround) and love it. Plus it would go with olive green =)

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  4. Ooooooh, I'm liking that idea! Pale aqua IS my favorite color, after all..

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  5. I was also going to suggest a light blue. My living room is avocado green and I am about to paint my kitchen cabinets blue. (I just painted them brown and it is just too dark)

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  6. a light warm grey would also look fab... depends on whether you want something more or less young & lively

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  7. grey is really in right now. I think whatever you do, do a little highlighting so that the texture shows up and doesn't look flat.

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  8. I was thinking pale aqua, too, I see someone else has suggested that.

    Very pretty and peaceful in a kitchen.

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  9. Does that wallpaper come in woodpanel design? That would be good painted white or grey.

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  10. I love a lavander type color with green- but think that would be too much for a kitchen maybe. I do love the aqua suggestion too.

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  11. the first thing i thought was pale teal, so thats my vote too!

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  12. this is the same thing that happened in my moms kitchen, looks alot like yours, so many coats of horrible paint, ick.
    I love the wall paper you picked, my brother did something very similar in his 100 year old home and it looks so great with the paint on top.
    I hope it all comes out just how you want it.
    Amy

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  13. I thnk pale blue would be lovely

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  14. Maybe a very very light blue or brown.

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  15. I'm thinking, as you love blue I would paint your kitchen that and it would look lovely next to your olive living room... Looks like that is the consensus ;-) I can't wait to see the transformation!

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  16. I think a pale turquoise (almost like a vintage or tiffany blue) would look fantastic in your kitchen. I could be a little bias though because that color scheme of my kitchen and I am a little obsessed.

    Whatever you decided, I know it is going to be lovely. :)

    xoxo
    Amy

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  17. I think next to the olive green i think a taupe-y color would be nice, but maybe I am being a bit boring?? It would look nice with the white and match any of your kitchen accessories...
    I have used that wall paper before and I tell you it can be a real life saver! It paints up very nicely. Good luck with the kitchen I am sure it will look fabulous when you are finished!

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  18. I had my kitchen a pale blue one time with white cabinets and it looked amazing. That would work with the pale olive.

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  19. I agree, a very pale aqua or even a light grey. will the cabinets remain yellow? I absolutely love that kitchen and paper!

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  20. gosh, never mind, just saw you are painting them white!

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  21. I'm not usually an aqua fan, but I do think that it would look good in your kitchen. It does look great with olive green, it's kind of what I intend to do in my kitchen, someday...

    http://thedreamstress.blogspot.com/2010/05/what-is-crazing.html

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  22. The aqua sounds lovely! That wallpaper is kinda like what we had in our house, we had some lovely lace curtains to match... although they really weren't so lovely. I am excited to see how it turns out!

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  23. Are you mental? The existing kitchen is beautiful, why would you ruin it???

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  24. Thanks, anonymous! I don't think removing outdated plaid wallpaper and fixing a 70 year old cracked and melted linoleum floor is ruining it! I love my kitchen now that it's updated. :) (and still yellow!)

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