Paint Colors for the Kitchen

January 18, 2010


I’m STILL working on a schematic for the electrical and plumbing for our Kitchen Renovation, well, actually, I haven’t started it yet.. :-S … but I can’t help flipping through the home magazines and color swatches, trying to envision what color my kitchen will be.

I hate white. It WON’T be white!

When we moved here, everything was painted white– the siding, the exterior trim, the porches, the rails. And the inside was all white– the walls, the trim, the doors. It is so ugly! Why do people use boring old white on everything! I like color. I have a study that is sage green, and a dining room that is red. And it’s mighty pretty.


Red is very bold; done poorly it will look garish on plaster walls. But my dining room has four windows, six doors, and a stairwell– it’s a busy room! I needed a bold, solid color to reign in the chaos of it all, kind of like acne treatment for the bumpy plaster and confusing mass of doorways. The trim is a super-glossy white. I like it.

My Entry Hall is green, red, and beige, with acanthus leaves on the wallpaper border. The kids are standing in it, here:


Because my home is Greek Revival, I’d like to stick with a general “Greek” theme, or at least a more old-fashioned kind of scheme. I painted my Living Room beige after we renovated it. I’ve never been fond of beige, but I like the luminous, light-filled look for the room.


(I intend on replacing those old curtains with longer drapes in a brown/red pattern).

So I’m thinking of painting the kitchen red. My daughters are not keen on it– they think the room will be too dark with red. But the cabinets will be beige (like maple or a light oak color), and we’re going to add another window in the room… is red too unconventional for a kitchen? I don’t want green, and the cabinets are already beige….

Anyone have any ideas? What colors are your kitchens? Do you like them? If you could have your kitchen in ANY color, what would it be?

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4 Responses to “Paint Colors for the Kitchen”

  1. The Other Alice Says:

    Call me crazy, but I think we should have a blue-and-oak-themed kitchen. šŸ˜€ Hmmm… maybe that wouldn’t be too good an in-between for the red and green… A red kitchen AND dining room?? I dunno……

  2. Duni Says:

    I love the red toile you used for the curtains!
    Most homes here are also stark white – white happens to be the cheapest paint.
    We overpainted the white in our home with a colour called ‘ginger’ (its more like a vanilla). It’s a very warm colour and I love it.

  3. Renee Says:

    I think Alice’s idea sounds beautiful! (very similar to what we have in our house) Red would be very nice, too, but would you want to have two red rooms? Just my two cents…

    I am very fond of white because there is so much you can do with it. Our living room/dining room is white with a navy blue rug. We added a gorgeous border across the center of the wall, and it looks outstanding (my mom’s awesome talent for designing and decorating). Our kitchen was white, too, but we added a wooden chair rail in the middle of the wall and put navy blue walpaper on the half of the wall beneath the chair rail. It looks wonderful. The walpaper was really difficult to put up, so I wouldn’t recommend that. It is coming off in spots, and having dogs that like to chew, they helped us with the beginning of the walpaper removal! LOL So we are going to paint the bottom half of the wall navy blue.

    Our family room was white and it needed something. It was the last room of our house to be painted and decorated. We painted the top creamy yellowish with a chair rail in the center and blue (maybe a denim-type blue) on the bottom. It looks fabulous!

    By the way, I really like your red dining room. I don’t think I would have the guts to use red paint on walls!