Asked on Nov 21, 2012

I would like advice on what color to paint my kitchen door and island.

Lisa WaddillDiane HTanya Peterson Felsheim
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I am currently painting the walls. The window nook is Bher premium plus ultra in oolong tea and the walls is the same brand in garden wall. I am having a hard time capturing the colors in a picture though. I plan to do a paint treatment to mimic subway tiles on the back splash. The grout color will be the garden wall color and the tiles will be glossy white. I can't decide what color I should paint my kitchen door an island. I am going to include a picture of my dining room because I am using the same colors there and I am able to capture the true color better in that room. Don't mind the mess. I am in the midst of painting!
This is the color of my cabinets,  It is called buttercup.
This is the color of my cabinets, It is called buttercup.
This is my island
This is my island
Here is the door
Here is the door
This is the truest picture of the two colors together.  There is so much natural light in the kitchen I can't capture the colors.
This is the truest picture of the two colors together. There is so much natural light in the kitchen I can't capture the colors.
25 answers
  • Sara @ House Bella
    on Nov 21, 2012

    Black or a dark graphite. It'd look very elegant!

  • Thanks Sara, I do have plans of painting my other interior doors black actually, but I am just not sure if black will look right on this particular door. There is no other black in the room. Do you still think it would look good? It is scary!

  • I wish I had photo shop so I could test it out!

  • Wayne Filer
    on Nov 21, 2012

    You may want to due your island and door Sweet Tea, which is from Behr I believe.

  • Thanks Wayne. I'll check out that color.

  • I would love more ideas on this question please!

  • True Identity Concepts
    on Nov 23, 2012

    You could always go onto the Benjamin Moore site to test out different colors by uploading the photo of your space(s). Although the colors can be a bit off compared to their swatches and certainly nowhere near a Photoshop rendering, it may at least give you an opportunity to know if you like the colorway enough to get some samples to test within the space. Link Benjamin Moore Personal Color Viewer: http://ow.ly/fwZcb

  • Polly Halicki
    on Nov 23, 2012

    I love the color Covered Bridge by Benjamin Moore; maybe you will too!

  • Sylinda
    on Nov 23, 2012

    I was thinking perhaps a goldenrod, so it's not too pale of yellow ~ but bright enough to blend with (both) greens... You have a plate that is about the color I am thinking of, that would be a good accent piece... and still look good with black from other rooms

  • Carol B
    on Nov 23, 2012

    Nicki: What are you going to use to make your backsplash mimic the subway tiles? I've been wanting to do my backsplash with paint also to mimic white bricks but I don't know what to use..

  • Marcia Rasberry-Smith
    on Nov 23, 2012

    You have the colors above the sink. Bear in mind the wood tones of the cabinets are in a yellow base. If the cabinets remain in this color and the wall is in the green family, you have 2 choices, go with a deep rust/orange or antique red for color that pops for the door. For the island you can opt for the tea color, or the bold colors.

  • CJ Construction
    on Nov 23, 2012

    A warmer color would be nice and would add some spice. Orange is actually a great color would make the room pop. Not a primary orange but a shade similar to the plate over the stove or a stain instead of paint. Sorry I don't have a color chart to give you a name. With as much sun as you have in your kitchen, the light would add a glow of ambiance and not show dirt as easily as real light or dark colors tend to do. Will be nice to see what you decide whatever you do. :)

  • CJ Construction
    on Nov 23, 2012

    I'm not CJ Construction! LOL!

  • Charlene Erickson
    on Nov 23, 2012

    Green as the Kichen is not always calm. It is agood color to spend a lot of time in as the kitchen tend to be the center of the home Green Physiological Effect: Green is said to be good for you heart. On a physical and emotional, green helps your heart bring you physical equilibrium and relaxation. Green relaxes our muscles and helps us breathe deeper and slower. Psychological Effect: Green creates feelings of comfort, laziness, relaxation, calmness. It helps us balance and soothe our emotions. Some attribute this to its connection with nature and our natural feelings of affiliation with the natural world when experiencing the color green. from http://library.thinkquest.org/27066/psychology/nlcolorpsych.html

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
    on Nov 24, 2012

    Here are a coupl of color palettes that match different colors in the photos that you migth consider. None of them have all of your colors but I really thought these might be good for finding an additional color... http://design-seeds.com/index.php/home/entry/color-picked3 http://design-seeds.com/index.php/home/entry/stormy-greens http://design-seeds.com/index.php/home/entry/winged-yellow

  • Diane H
    on Nov 24, 2012

    Paint the island black to balance your other black > distressed or not. Leave the door white like the trim, as color (especially orange or yellow) will detract from your beautiful view. Don't go crazy with too many colors, too complicated.

  • @ Carol B- I found a blog that also linked to a website where this couple does painted backsplashes to look like tiles. The website is SE backsplash. The blog that gave me the idea is http://www.sawdustandembryos.com/2009/09/home-improvements-backsplash.html. But I am not going to do anything as elaborate as on the website. Becasue if I could afford them I would have just plain white subway tiles. So I am going to paint the back splash the greige color of the walls. I did print out a pattern off the SE Backsplas site to go by. I also bought one white subway tile to use as a guide for sizing the faus tiles. I am going to use 1/4 in. painters tape (which I can't find and will have to order), and tape off the pattern. Then I am going to paint it a high gloss white because that is what the tiles are. I will post pictures of how it turns out! But I am going to take a little break from painting after I get the walls painted to decorate and get ready for Christmas, so it will take a while.

  • @ Marcia- I like the idea of an antique red. My favorite color!

  • I love all of the ideas everyoen is sharing with me! It is really helping! Keep em coming!

  • Therese C
    on Nov 25, 2012

    Call me crazy, but I would almost pant the island a metalic gray and then burnish (rough) it out with a flat or semi-gloss black to play off of the stainless steel appliances and bits of black accent. This would open up many possibilities for the door color like a pale greyish green to play off the other colors. Just a thought. I have done the burnishing and the result can be very warm yet modern.

  • Diane H
    on Nov 25, 2012

    Trying to decide what to do with my own cabinets (currently unfinished), I recently saw a post on "Decorating with black" here on Home Talk. The floor and counter tops much the same color as mine, the lowers were painted black and the uppers painted silver. If that doesn't sound appealing, the silver can easily be softened but it is sooooo attractive with the stainless/black appliances.

  • @Therese- I have not heard of that painting technique. I will have to look it up!

    • Therese C
      on Mar 7, 2015

      @Nicki Parrish @ Sweet Parrish Place this is about 2 years later...lol..hope your kitchen is finished by now. :) If not, the burnishing technique I was talking about requires you to first paint you base color, then while still FULLY wet, dob a bit of black along the edge and push the black with a dry sponge or rag. Go up for long up and down pieces and across for larger area pieces. I suggest trying it on an old board first to get the feel of this technique. You will be very happy with the results. Don't go too heavy with the black though, the idea is to age and burnish the piece, as though time has worn it down.

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
    on Nov 25, 2012

    This post came on my facebook page from another home talk person for some reason when I post links they are not clickable so guess you have to copy and paste this? http://www.hometalk.com/105272/a-new-home-kitchen-that-i-designed-in-the-hamilton-mill-area-outside-of-atlanta/photo/49424

  • Diane H
    on Nov 28, 2012

    here's the photo from decorating with black. I love the black on the lowers, wouldn't do it on uppers but I'm not sure of the silver either (yet).

    q i would like advice on what color to paint my kitchen door and island, painting
  • Lisa Waddill
    on Mar 7, 2015

    I think white cabinetswould be beautiful! Not only are white kitchens making a huge comeback, but t would make your kitchen seem larger and brighter, and would mite classic with the color palette you've chosen. Good luck, and be sure to post the after pictures!

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