I’ve been working on the electrical stuff in the studio, which isn’t pretty, but it’s definitely necessary. So while I’m working on the non-pretty stuff, I’ve been dreaming of what the studio will look like when it’s actually finished.
I’ve been envisioning green cabinets, which I shared the other day. I knew the green paint colors in those inspiration pics weren’t exactly what I’d need to go with my wallpaper, but I figured I could pick a green from the wallpaper that would be pretty close.
Well, I was wrong. There’s no green in that wallpaper that comes even close to those inspiration green paint colors.
So I started pulling out other colors directly from the wallpaper to see if any struck me as a potential cabinet color. As a reminder, here’s the wallpaper…
And here is the sample that I ordered from Spoonflower…
I did try the greens first, but none were even close to those bright kelly green inspiration pictures. Here’s a sampling of the greens I pulled right out of this wallpaper…
And here they are with the wallpaper. Here’s the first green…
That’s just such a blah color. It does nothing for the wallpaper. Or me, for that matter.
Here’s the second green…
Yeah. That’s a hard no. And here’s the third green…
Of the greens, that’s the best option, in my opinion. The boldness of the green matches the boldness of the wallpaper, but it’s still not what I want. It’s too dark and blah compared to what I was envisioning and hoping for.
I’m thinking the green just won’t work. Or I’d have to start over on the wallpaper, and I really don’t want to do that. I LOVE that wallpaper, and it took a long time to get it just like I wanted it. So I don’t exactly want to start over just so I can use a kelly green, especially when there are plenty of other colors to choose from.
So I pulled a few other colors out just to see what they looked like. First, I tried the pinks…
Okay, that bold pink makes me smile.
I mean, I think I might love it. And since the walls will all be white, that pink would sing in the room. And the room is so big (approximately 20′ x 20′) that I think it could handle the boldness of pink cabinets.
Here’s the light pink…
It’s pretty, and I keep seeing people using light pink and blush in so many ways, and I always love it. But I think it might be like when I see other people’s rooms filled with white cabinets. I always love it in other people’s homes, but I just don’t think it’s me.
And of course, I also tried the purple and blue. I didn’t try the teal, because my house has enough teal. Maybe that means I should steer clear of the dark blue as well, but I wanted to try it.
I do love a navy blue. My one concern is that the studio and the pantry are very close to each other, and both can be seen from the kitchen. I’m just not sure if the navy blue will look “off” in the line of sight with the lighter teal on my kitchen cabinets and the dark teal in the pantry.
I also love purple. My issue with purple is that when you’re dealing with the medium purple tones, there’s a super fine line between pretty and Barney purple. I find it so difficult to find just the right purple. My favorites are actually the really dark eggplant colors, but those just come off looking black or off black some of the time. So the idea of going back to the drawing board to find just the right purple (and reliving the pantry planning days) doesn’t really excited me.
And then there are the oranges and corals…
That one reminds me a lot of the one I just used in my hallway bathroom makeover, so I know I really like that color on cabinets.
And that one’s just a little darker and bolder, with a little less orange and more red.
So at this point, I can probably rule out a few right off the bat. I really don’t think any of the greens will work. That’s disappointing, since I’ve been envisioning green cabinets for a few months now. But if I have to choose, I choose the wallpaper over kelly green cabinets.
I can also rule out the light pink. That’s just not me. And I question the navy blue in the line of sight with my teals, so that’s probably out. And purple is just too hard to get right, so I don’t want to go there again.
So that leaves me with these…
Of course, I could probably pick out 100 different shades of these colors in the wallpaper, but these are the jumping off points.
I love all three of them, but if I were forced to pick a color today, I would go with the bold pink. It’s a color that Matt has asked me not to use in the main parts of the house, so if I’m going to use pink, this is my one chance.
What do you think? Is that crazy? 😀
And please just note that white cabinets aren’t going to happen. Every time I talk about cabinet colors, people suggest white to me. Y’all should know me better than that by now. 😀
Several people have suggested two other colors: (1) the front door color (Bird Of Paradise), and (2) the cranberry color in the wallpaper. I tried those out, and both look great! Here’s the Bird of Paradise. It looks brighter on my front and studio doors.
And here’s a look at the cranberry color:
I’m not really a red kind of person, but I do really like how that one looks. I’m not sure if I could live with it on my cabinets, though.
The Bird of Paradise is a strong contender, though!
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