What color to paint my kitchen?

I have a huge 1950's kitchen with an attached large butler's pantry. The cabinets are maple and all of the woodwork (window frames, panes, sashes sills, baseboards) is a bit lighter maple than the cabinets. The room has 4 very large windows and a dutch door into the pantry. The woodwork is in EXCELLENT condition and I would really rather not do all of that painting. The room is too large for a very cool color like light blues and greens, but I don't want anything in the spice tones either. My appliances are white and the tile floor is off white and the counters are a matte white composite kind of sandstone. I am clueless, so it remains the icky hospital green color the previous owners painted it..
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  • Funnygirl Funnygirl on Jul 13, 2014
    Hard to pick a color without a picture.love a butter yellow or a light pink. Make it fun!

  • Judy H. Judy H. on Jul 14, 2014
    Thanks, I know, my camera is no longer as of last weekend's toddler grandchild visit. I was thinking of a creamy color. I painted a swatch of a creamy cream yellow (How's that for an explanation?) and when my daughter (an interior designer/decorator) saw it, she remarked that it was too peach but offered no other suggestions because she says our tastes are too diverse. Hmmm Maybe a butter yellow might be a good choice.

  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jul 14, 2014
    Keep in mind that maple has yellow in it so you do want to go to a cooler color. I would suggest a very, very light dove gray...avoid a gray with a green tint in it. And a beautiful accent color for chair cushions, a small side piece or some glassware and towels in the kitchen would be a deep cranberry.

  • Robin Grabner Robin Grabner on Jul 14, 2014
    Please don't go with that awful hospital green! I am most inclined to go with a soft yellow.

  • Anna Simpson Anna Simpson on Jul 14, 2014
    yellow would be very nice...get some samples and paint white poster board so you can see the big swatches in all different lights. Then add a nice print and draw a color from the print for a few accent pieces. The 'pop of color' everyone talks about. Something unexpected and daring maybe. But, I've always been partial to the French Country yellow and blue combo.

  • Judy H. Judy H. on Jul 14, 2014
    I never ever thought about the yellow in the maple...you are right. Your dove gray w/ cranberry accessories is a combination that I would never have thought of! Up on my inspiration board! Thank you very much!

  • Judy H. Judy H. on Jul 14, 2014
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.

  • Hannah V Hannah V on Jul 15, 2014
    Hi @Judy H.! Could you upload a photo of your kitchen? That will make it easier for other hometalkers and myself to give you better answers and ideas! You can add photos by clicking the upper right drop arrow and select "edit" (see screenshot). Hope this helps! :)

  • Allison Allison on Nov 28, 2015
    take a look at your surrounding rooms. what colors have you used in the rest of the house? a coordinated look would make your house flow nicely. I don't know how dark your maple cabinets are, but a tone somewhat darker and in the same family of the cabinets color would be beautiful. add some accent colors or the cream in your appliances and it should be lovely. good luck! I am jealous of your Dutch door! do post pics. would love to see the end result.

    • Judy H. Judy H. on Nov 28, 2015
      @Allison Thanks Allison! We really love the eclectic style of decorating, but I told my husband I wanted the kitchen to look like a kitchen. Just recently I was at the paint store (for guest room paint) and I started looking at some wood tones in their cabinet and countertop department. ( I told me husband earlier that I thought we should have the cabinets stained a bit darker since the maple is really a soft colored maple.) I found a cabinet that was just a bit darker than my cabinets. I asked one of the assistants there what color she would put with these cabinets and told her what the rest of my kitchen looked like. She selected a color called Honey Cream. It looked beautiful on the swatch, so I bought a trial size can. I LOVE it. The hubs was slow to come around to it, but has decided now that he likes it. I've decided to paint the butler's pantry the same color. The cabinets in there are cream, but the color looks beautiful with those too. I will do post pics! Thanks for your suggestions and comments.

  • Allison Allison on Nov 29, 2015
    So glad you found a solution. mY house is very eclectic too, but I found out if the wall colors are similar, I can move anything anywhere and have a whole new decorated room. It also helps when you sell, as buyers do not want each room to be a different color. As a past realtor, I guarantee it. Ha! Best wishes. I hope your home turns out exactly the way you want it to be!