We've lived with our current paint color - a pale, creamy yellow - for six years now, and while I really love the warm feeling it gives the kitchen, I'm ready for a change. Through the Style Cure I've learned that I'm really drawn to the look of white kitchens with a lot of warm wood tones.
We've decided to paint our orangey, dated wood cabinets a fresh, bright white, and while I would love to have white walls as well, I think it would be a bit much with our white appliances and white floors. Eventually we'll be replacing the white laminate floors with hardwood but for now they're staying put. So instead I've decided to go for the next best thing on the walls - a light gray. The trick is going to be keeping the space feeling bright and warm, so choosing the right shade is going to be crucial. We have a history of painting, disliking the color, and repainting, so I'm a little worried - painting is going to be difficult enough with a toddler underfoot and a babe to care for!
To warm things up even more I'm pairing my paint color with rustic, warm wood tones, which will eventually (hopefully) work together with the hardwood floors down the line. I'm going to bring the wood tones in through accessories, which our kitchen desperately needs. Right now it's really lacking in the personality department. Because it's a kitchen (and a small one at that), the decor is going to have to be useful as well. I'm thinking artisan cutting boards, woven baskets, and wooden utensils.
Now it's off to the hardware store to drive the paint lady crazy with mixing about a gazillion of those eensy weensy sample jars!
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(Images: The Style Files, Ethan Ollie, Mignon Kitchen, Country Living)