Last Updated on December 2, 2016 by Kristi Linauer
Now that I’m about 95% sure I’m going to change my kitchen cabinet color, I’ve been searching for the perfect color. This go ’round, I’m fairly certain I’m going to use something colorful but yet more subdued and neutral than the current kelly green color. As many of you suggested, I am going to go ahead and paint the upper cabinets white and see how that looks with the green. I might be completely surprised. I’d say there’s about a 5% chance that I’ll love it and want to keep it. Those aren’t great odds, but there IS a chance. But in the very likely event that I do decide to change colors, I’ve been searching for inspiration.
Right now, I’m vacillating between blue and purple. I think either one of those would be very easy to decorate around in the adjoining rooms. And since blue is always the most popular color in the entire world, I have a feeling that if I took a poll, blue would win hands down.
As a side note, do you know what the favorite and least favorite colors worldwide are? Blue, red and green are by far the most popular colors worldwide, with blue the overall winner, as I mentioned above. Yellow, orange, brown and purple are the least favorite colors worldwide, with yellow taking the spot on the list as the least liked color. So I’m actually vacillating between the most popular color in the world, and one of the least popular colors worldwide. 😀
So as far as blue goes, I love something along these lines…
That one is Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball. There’s no place around here to buy Farrow & Ball, so I’d have to order online. That paint costs $110 per gallon!! And I don’t think that includes shipping costs.
This is another favorite blue…
That color is Lithodora from Tom Howley. I’ve never heard of that brand of paint, but it appears to be a U.K. brand.
And one more favorite…
Unfortunately, that one doesn’t have the paint color listed.
So as you can see, I like the dark, inky blues. I don’t like the in-your-face blues…
And light blues are out for me…
I could do a medium blue as long as it grayed down quite a bit, kind of like my condo kitchen cabinets were a medium teal color, but they were a very grayed down teal so they weren’t so jarring.
Now as you can imagine, finding examples of purple kitchens is a big harder. Most of the purple kitchens online are just out of the question for me. I mean, if kelly green was hard to decorate around, I can’t even imagine trying to decorate around a saturated purple color…
So while I know the words “purple cabinets” strike fear in the hearts of many, I can assure you that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about a deep, dark eggplant color, or something along those lines. And again, finding a picture of that is really difficult. I did come across this kitchen, and on my phone, the cabinets looked like a gorgeous dark eggplant color, but on my laptop, they look black.
That color is Farrow & Ball Downpipe. Having never seen it in person, I can’t really tell you if it’s actually an eggplant color, and the pictures of it online are all over the place, from eggplant to a really ugly brownish color. But anyway, you can use your imagination and pretend that you see purple in those cabinets.
I definitely don’t want mine so dark that they look black. If I’m going to do purple/eggplant color, I want them to actually look purple/eggplant. But I do want them a dark and rich color, rather than looking like they’ve been upholstered with Barney skin.
And just as with medium to light blues and teals, I could also do a medium purple just as long as it’s really grayed down. In the question section on this next photo, the person asked, “What is the gray paint color?” So it’s very possible that you will just see gray as well. On my laptop screen, it looks like a beautiful medium grayed-down lilac color.
That color is Ito by Dulux. Are you seeing that as a light grayed-down lilac color? I am, and it’s gorgeous.
So that’s what I’m thinking right now. As much as I love the medium grayed-down tones, I think the lighter the color, the harder it will be to decorate around. The darker colors read more neutral to me, and would allow for more colors to be brought into adjoining rooms.
So I’m not quite settled. And of course, just as soon as I start thinking it’ll either be a dark blue or a dark purple, I come across this kitchen that stops me in my tracks.
That’s seriously one of the most gorgeous colors I’ve ever seen. My heart will always belong to teals — medium teal, dark teal, doesn’t matter. Mix blue and green together in just about any ratio, any intensity, and I’m going to love it. And if my kitchen were a stand alone room, this would be my choice without question. But since I’m trying not to paint myself into another decorating corner, I think I need to stick with a color that reads more neutral, and dark blue or dark purple seem to open up the possibilities much more, don’t you think?
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