Betty-Anne J
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Asked on Feb 1, 2013

What colour should I paint my Kitchen??

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I am having a hard time picking a colour to paint my kitchen. Currently it is a Peanut Shell colour, which is nice but I am ready for a change. The cabinets are medium oak and I plan on painting the island a vintage green colour. The counter on the island is a black granite. My kitchen is generally dark with all the wood. Also, what about painting out the oak trim around the windows and doors?? If so, would I do the baseboard trim as well? Also what colour for doors & trim. Any other ideas to spruce of this kitchen are welcome. Help me please!!
Cabinets on left when you enter the kitchen.
Cabinets on left when you enter the kitchen.
Island and cabinets
Island and cabinets
Table and door to entrance.
Table and door to entrance.
Kitchen table and sitting area.
Kitchen table and sitting area.
41 answers
  • Kimberly Barney
    on Feb 1, 2013

    I would not paint out the trim around the doors and windows unless you are prepared to paint all trim throughout the house. The color on the kitchen walls currently blends into the cabinets and you don't have much wall space with all the wonderful storage you have with all the cabinets. I see where you have roman shades in the living area to keep in mind when picking a color for the walls in the kitchen as well as the fact that everything is open. I think I would go with a darker neutral that would work well in all the combined areas and add color through window treatments and chair pads in the kitchen area. I notice that your bar on the island is lower and that would be a good place to add some color with bench or a collection of short painted wood stools.

  • Lovely kitchen. Sounds like a good idea to paint the island. Everything is too much of the same color, cabinets, island, table, chairs, and trim, and the wall blens right in with it all. Would be cool to add a fun or colorful backsplash and maybe a shade of light gray on the walls. I personally think the trim would look better white, and a bright pop of color for the doors. But I am a color girl.

  • Bridget Casey
    on Feb 1, 2013

    How about a "soft" yellow? I think it will make your kitchen cabinets Pop!!! Then incorporate a few yellow objects in the kitchen to tie it together...Bridget in Florida ;)

  • Mary Insana
    on Feb 1, 2013

    First I wouldn't paint the oak trim but I would paint the doors. The white is very stark against the oak trim. If you are painting the island in a vintage green color what about painting the walls a shade of green that compliments that. I have the same color cabinets and the previous color I had was a wonderful sage green color.If I can see it properly the green I thinking of is almost like the urn you have on the island. It really compliments the cabinets and the oak trim. You could decorate with greens and dark creams/light tans like the shades in the roman shades and maybe throw in a splash of red somewhere. You can also use a floral as chair cushions. Mixing stripes and florals makes your eye look around and appreciate everything in the room and it doesn't clash if the colors are in the same family

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
    on Feb 1, 2013

    I think painting the trim would be a great thing to brighten things up, and the doors. The walls need to be a color you look at and are happy! something that when you walk in the door makes you "sigh" because you love it so much. Painting the island might be ok, but I would either go with a white or a black, or even stain a very dark stain color over the other color and keep it still in the wood category. Just ideas. But also agree that if you paint the trim to do so in the entire house. But in the long run very very worth it. would really update the entire house look, they don't do wood trim like this right now, and the house is too new for this to be a really really old wood trim.

  • Sherry Potter
    on Feb 1, 2013

    I think you could just paint with granny apple green shade on the walls. It is very popular now. It would give punch of color. I would put a little in the valances in other areas to tie it together. I think you cabinets should stay the same because your table and chairs are oak. The only way I would do anything with them is if you are will and able to may changes with alot of other pieces of your room. Your could still do your island with paint. Maybe a darker shade of the same green or even black.

  • Shari
    on Feb 1, 2013

    Wowsers, what wonderful storage you have, and your kitchen has great bones! I'm glad you mentioned you were thinking of painting your island green because I was going to suggest green with the oak. I would recommend you look at the Behr (Home Depot) paint colors called "Turtle Dove," "Mountain Haze," "Restful," and "Promenade." "Mountain Haze" is a gorgeous muted sage green that looks beautiful with oak. My daughter used it in the kitchen of her former home that had oak cabinets. I loved it so much I used it in the living room of my former home. I also used "Restful" (one shade darker than Mountain Haze) in the small family room of the same home. These shades of green seem to "play" well with almost any other color you want to use with them. I'll attach some photos of my former (cottage style) living room (where I used white, pink and touches of black) and my teeny tiny, but cozy, family room where I used lots of black (and natural colored rattan furniture, which is somewhat similar in color to oak). Unfortunately, I have no photos of my daughter's oak cabinets with the Mountain Haze walls to share with you. If it were me, I think I would paint the walls one of the lighter shades on the color chip like Mountain Haze" or "Turtle Dove." The island could be painted in one of the darker shades like "Restful" or "Promenade," or even a soft white would be pretty and lighten things up. Personally, I prefer white trim moldings but if you paint them, then the question becomes where do you stop? Black interior doors is a very popular look right now. However, if your rooms don't get a lot of natural light, you might find having black doors darkens the rooms more. Black doors and white trim moldings against the Mountain Haze walls would sure look striking though!

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  • Jeanette S
    on Feb 1, 2013

    I love this kitchen. I would use a light moss green...one that has no yellow overtones but blue ones. Or a beautiful yellow. Keep in mind that the bar wish stools will get a lot of scuffs so you may not want to paint it. It would be pretty painted, but perhaps not so practical. But I just have to comment....I ADORE THOSE TALL PANTRY CABINETS YOU HAVE! In fact, I was discussing kitchens with my sister and I said I would have a small working counter top near the stove, one near the sink and then a large island with the rest of my large (imaginary) kitchen taken up in the pantry style cabinets I see you have. For me, this is the most stunning part of your kitchen! You are very lucky!

  • Designs by BSB
    on Feb 1, 2013

    Stay clear of greens that have yellow in them if you are looking for an updated look with oak cabinets. Yellow.. brings out yellow in the oak. Your kitchen looks like one that was discussed last year but I cannot find the post! ugh. Id suggest you search Hometalk here: http://www.hometalk.com/search?filter=color+paint+kitchen+oak+cabinets You will see a lot of the exact same discussions! :-)One commonality you will see is Designers suggesting the use of grays, especially with oak cabinets. It is the new neutral of our time and it pairs beautifully with cabinets like yours. Take a look at Fawn Beige by Sherwin Williams or Rockport Gray by Benjamin Moore. A saturated color will make your cabinets pop. I would NOT paint the trim! a) stained trim is a premium b) it does not show wear and tear like painted trim does -- that requires more coats through the years! The doors? You could have fun with ..but I'd stem off your island color. Not sure what your thoughts are with vintage green. Personally Id add splashes of color with decor -- would brighten up the space (new artwork, window treatments, etc). The doors .. Id go a darker/saturated color on the same strip as the walls.

  • Mary Insana
    on Feb 1, 2013

    I agree, stay away from greens that have yellow undertones. I wouldn't do a light green. Since you don't have a lot of wall space a medium to a dark green would really give a punch of color.And I still say, don't paint the trim.

  • Betty-Anne J
    on Feb 1, 2013

    Ok, so what about green walls and natural linen (Ben. Moore) island? Or just green walls and leave the island??

  • Susan
    on Feb 1, 2013

    I like the ideas of green, and perhaps painting the island green or ivory. However, this room has a lot of hard surfaces. I would suggest softening it with cushions on the bar chairs, window treatments, and maybe even taking the glass out of those cabinets and putting in fabric or leaving them open. Here's a link where the gal took the doors off and made the cabinet look like an old piece of furniture---I think it makes for a more interesting room and very easy to do: http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2012/07/tutorial-turning-cabinets-into-custom.html. I don't think the problem is the oak cabinets, but there are just so many of them (wish I had that problem!). Also, change out the hardware on the cabinets, or spray paint those you have to update a bit.

  • Mary Insana
    on Feb 1, 2013

    Maybe paint the island the same green of the walls then just buy a sample size of the linen color, dilute with a little water, and paint it on then before it drys use a rag to lightly wipe some off. It will give it a nice finish. Practice on something first to make sure you like it.. Or you could just lighten up the green shade by adding some of the lines shade to make a custom color for your lsland. Just don't forget to add some other colors and/or prints to the room. I can wait to see the finished kitchen :)

  • Designs by BSB
    on Feb 1, 2013

    greens.. careful. Green and oak can quickly bring you back in time/trends. I would not suggest same color with walls and cabinets - they are two different elements .. and in this case, as most - diversity/range will bring life to the room.

  • Jamie Kennemer
    on Feb 2, 2013

    I have a friend who has an island...she painted it black...changed the whole room. It is beautiful! You can stand back and see what the rest might look like as a color. Can't wait to see the results!

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
    on Feb 2, 2013

    I agee with Jamie....The island should be a stand out...white, or black or stained a very dark color

  • Susan Weiss
    on Feb 2, 2013

    The room appears large enough to go with medium shades of your favorite paint color. If your wood is in good shape, it's a shame to paint over it.

  • Debby
    on Feb 2, 2013

    Have you considered teal blue/green with cream trim? One of the best tips I've learned is to pick up a paint strip with seven shades in the same color family. For walls, use one of the middle (medium) colors. For accents, go with colors on either end of the strip (lights or darks). This trick pulls together a room every time.

  • Dianne Skidgell Huntsman
    on Feb 2, 2013

    Yellow to brighten things up.

  • Shari
    on Feb 2, 2013

    The more I think about it, I like the idea of using a creamy color like BM Natural Linen on the island! It would look clean, fresh and lighten things up. Can you raise the bar area of the island up to just below the countertop, (or remove it all together if you don't use it)? I can't tell from the photos if you have any rugs, but once you decide on your colors, a nice big rug under the dining table, and maybe a coordinating runner in front of your sink area would be nice to soften and break up the big expanse of floor.

  • Jonnie Hammon
    on Feb 3, 2013

    I'd say it depends on how much light it has, natural and otherwise, and how may people use and what time of day. I'd go with a soft buttery yellow against that wood, which is going to bring a soft golden glow.

  • Jeanette S
    on Feb 3, 2013

    Betty-Ann J, I just remembered...get some of the small sample jars of paint and try them out in different areas to be painted before you pick a color. I am crazy about Ralph Lauren's Cottonwood and intended to use it. But wisely, I paid about $3 for a sample jar. Loved it in the kitchen with more windowns and a lot of white counters and backsplash, but when I used it in the adjoining den, it turned too dark! Was I glad I did not buy gallons of that, paint the small amount of kitchen wall and then learn it would not work in the den. Paint is not cheap! I walked in a friend's house and gasped, asking, "is this RL's Cottonwood?" They were surprised I recognized the color. It is that pretty and in a room with plenty of light, it is stunning!

  • Betty-Anne J
    on Feb 3, 2013

    Thank you to everyone for your comments... It is much appreciated. Still not decided so keep them coming

  • Jeanette S
    on Feb 4, 2013

    Before you decide to make a drastic change in your island, see if you can buy either poster board in black, a inexpensive fabric, find an old raincoat in a closet or even get some dark colored poster board and spray it black. Tape it to the bar and stand back and look at it for a few days. That is a lot easier than trying to undo something you do not like. Even a few yards cheap black fabric at a store would cost about $20...and you could use it to drape something at Halloweeen! Or make a costume! Or use it as a drop cloth for projects.

  • Libbie B
    on Feb 4, 2013

    I have cabinets in my kitchen slightly lighter and it is painted red. It looks great (has a fair amount of light). But I am tired of it. The comments in your post are making me think yellow!

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
    on Feb 4, 2013

    When I decided what to do with my kitchen I went thrrough every decor magzine I had (now come on I know you must have as many as I do) and looked and looked. None of them were exactly like mine but When I found one that had a single thing I liked I could look past the rest to the one item....I built a folder of my ideas before remodelling. Most people couldn't see this all put together to look good esp as each page was sooo different...but I could SEE it! Was kind of funny when I was showing my contractor...ok I want this look off of this...and this look off of this...and I hate all of this but LOVE this tiny little thing here! I suggest you start taking them and imagining just the bars in some of teh pictures as your bar...even hold them up in place and see how they contrast things etc and if you are like me you will be over the top happy that you chose what YOU wanted not really what everyone else suggests (take them into consideration) but you just know you want it to look like THIS. Make sure it is ok with the countertops and flooring. The countertops are dark might not want to do dark on the island...the flooring is light so a color is actually a good call for here. but make it stand out. A White would be ok but really wouldn't add value. But you mentioned a green (not on the yellow side as others have said) I think would be lovely if you love it! But do a different color could be similar family or very different on the walls.

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
    on Feb 4, 2013

    ADDED sorry...Oh wait I should have said 'duh' go on pinterest and search for kitchen islands! look for what you like as I said keeping in mind the darkness of the counter and the lightness of your floor!

  • Susan
    on Feb 5, 2013

    Jeanette, I love your suggestion of putting up painted poster board etc! I'm going to do that when deciding my cabinet color! All the folks on Hometalk give me such inspiration!

  • Allen Vaught
    on Feb 5, 2013

    I think different people have different color choices. I have a shaker cabinets with dark brown countertop. Beside if you really want to make kitchen beautiful then add lighting into your kitchen. It can be a LED lights or halogen lights. Use somewhat dimmer lights so that the light spread throughout the whole kitchen and will enhance the beauty of kitchen.

  • Darcy
    on Feb 12, 2013

    First of all I love your kitchen, wish I had that kind of storage in mine. Although there is a lot of wood and a lot of the same neutral color everywhere I agree you need some COLOR!!! I would not paint the trim for the many reasons listed above nor woud I paint the island due to the shoe marks that will be all over it in no time. You don't have that much wall space so I would paint that and give it a pop of color. Don't be shy and use the lightest color on the color chip, go for the middle shade. I would put an area rug under the table and add chair pads to the bar stools and dining chairs. I would also change up the window treatments, or if you love them and don't want to part with them, choose colors out there. Throw a table cloth on the table or use a runner to add color...... Good luck and post pictures of your process.....I also have a folder filled with ideas and a couple of boards on pinterest loaded with things I want to do in my home!!!

  • Magali METZ SUZANNE
    on Mar 4, 2015

    I would paint the furniture in white to modernize it. white will fit with your working plan, with the floor. I will paint the inside of your cabinet in a dark red (rouge basque we say in french) to dynamize it and put lights in it. I will use a dark color such as dark grey or dark red on the wall behind the furniture. to make a contrast with the furniture. Your room is big enough to handle a dark color behind the furnitures. The other walls, I would paint them in white. I will spend more time on the lights to create a smooth ambiance at night. i would add lights in cupboards with glass to show the inside coloured.(dark red as suggested). I would paint the table and chairs in dark grey and put a carpet below the table to create a more cosy atmosphere (or better a wood carpet just to symbolise the dining room. Finally I would change the lights on the table make it much lower almost at the level of your eyes when your sitter. to make a cosy and more intimist atmosphere... Magali (FRANCE)

  • Opal
    on Jun 12, 2015

    I so have kitchen envy right now. What a nice home you have. Coming from a different perspective in that I think you should leave the wall color and consider changing out a few other things to give texture and separation which will highlight and contrast. Texture: apply bead board to your island walls prior to painting = highlights the island, gives texture and separates from the cabinets. Separation: change the dining table by either replacing, painting or changing the shape. Square the table and top backs of chairs and possibly the spindles, then either paint all of it black or just the top and seats = contrast with the cabinets. Put something black on your table without a runner to get and idea of the effect that I'm trying (badly) to convey. What I'm trying so badly to state is that if your create separation of the cabinets you might not want to paint them. Other ideas: change out or paint the hardware on your cabinets, change the cornice over the sink window to a straighter shape, paint the wall over the desks under the cabinets the same as the inside or other with a pattern/stencil, put something that has black between the 2 doors in the second picture to add contrast and highlight. (or move the plant to that space and put a picture above with some black in it or the frame). Along the same idea of Janette's idea of poster board but would adapt that to buying cheap construction paper and placing it around to get an idea of what colors you like. Please post whatever you decide, I would love to see it.

  • Wen1364241
    on Jul 24, 2015

    Iike your kitchen units as they are. I would however stain the kitchen table a dark chocolate colour, and paint the kitchen chairs in a chalk white. I would display my favourite decorative pieces. Spray painting some things with white highgloss paint. New yellow metal shades on the suspended light, new curtains and natural sisal rug and perhaps new artwork.All these things are a quick and economic update. Let us know what u choose to do with 'after' photos. Good luck

  • Jean Thompson
    on Jul 26, 2015

    How about a great Terracotta or Coral on the Walls...or a Geometric/Print Wall paper on the Walls for a Pattern and Color interest.... I see a lot of the DIY shows are using Wall paper as an Accent and then if you could find a matching print/color for some sheer Window Curtains... not Valances because they cut the window height down, Are the ones you have in the 2 windows Roman Blinds? Please Don't paint your Cupboards Black especially Beautiful Oak Cabinets.. ! ! I would jump through a hoop to have those Oak Cabinets in my Kitchen..we went with a Cheaper Birch wood cabinet and I have regretted it for over 30 years.. Take a Look at White Washing the Island outside... you can still see the Grain and it will lighten it up.. but to paint it black -- NO it would look like a big black blob in your kitchen way too dark.. And get a Colorful Runner for your Table and get rid of the Urn (looks Greek or Italian ) you have sitting on it and the one on the Island... Need Several different items on the Table like a "gathering" such as a Real wood Basket, some Pottery or Pewter Candle Sticks, Maybe some Colorful Cloth Napkins tossed in the Basket, a Large Pottery or Earthenware Pitcher with some Flowers.. more in keeping with the Country look of the Table and the Light Fixtures over the island. Some to really make the areas POP matching place mats on the Island seating area.. Just suggestions..

  • Jean Thompson
    on Jul 26, 2015

    Comment above finally showed up...

  • NancyMaria
    on Sep 4, 2015

    I am in the same boat, but first I am changing the counter tops. I have PAINTED the one in the bathroom already and love it, Its a base and 3 steps of sponge layers and a clear coat. https://gianigranite.com/ and it was less expensive from the maker and they have different color combo to choose from. And I would pick up a light color from the countertops and foil paint it on the exposed wall, something to reflect light, but that is just me.

    , this is the chocolate type color but you decide how much darker vs the lighter paint you apply and its so easy to do Its hard to see but I also took craft paint and veined in some turquoise color
  • Ellen King
    on Aug 20, 2016

    Teal and white.

  • Beth Bowman
    on Sep 1, 2016

    Get a sample cabinet door in a color you like and have the paint department match it for you.

  • Dea
    on Nov 4, 2016

    Paint them a shade of white. Yes there several shades of white. Because the counters are off white pick several samples up at the paint store. if not sure and your down to two shades get real paint samples and try them first. Also if you want to change the cabinet and drawer pulls now is the time fill the old holes with wood putty sand and you can put the new ones on after painting. Please remember to degrease the cabinets and lightly sand and then dust so your paint sticks. Use self priming pain in a semi gloss or satin finish.

  • Istaywired
    on Nov 21, 2016

    White!!!!

  • Darlene Nuppnau
    on Dec 1, 2018

    Yosemite sand by Benjamin Moore is a warm color beize with a light touch of pumpkin that matches any color. Used it throughout my condo. I can go into any room and decorate with any color.

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