This is the second and final round of the kitchen cabinet paint color options. After taking a good, hard look at my first six choices, I realized that I really did need to step out of my comfort zone (greens that tend to be more olive) and head towards more vibrant greens (kelly and emerald greens).
I should have clarified that I don’t necessarily have to have cabinets that are the exact same color as the cabinets in the Kelly Wearstler kitchen. But I did want to find a color that captures that same brightness/darkness/vividness. I think what I find so interesting about that kitchen is that the cabinet color appears kind of dark, bold, and dramatic, while still being light enough to clearly tell that the cabinets are green. And the green is so vivid, without being so bright that it looks like it belongs in a child’s room.
So that was the challenge for me — not necessarily to find the exact same color, but to find a green that appeals to my own taste, and yet captures that same look and feel.
And yes, I did want to also challenge myself to step away from my comfort zone. 🙂
So once again, here’s the Kelly Wearstler kitchen…
And here are the three new paint colors I sampled yesterday. I took this picture in the early morning light, but the colors look pretty accurate on my computer. I tried to do some glazes over the colors on the top, but I didn’t really have the right supplies, so the pure colors without glazes are on the bottom…
These colors are:
- Cat’s Eye, Benjamin Moore
- Celtic Green, Benjamin Moore
- Derbyshire, Sherwin Williams
And just to compare with the colors from yesterday, here are those first six colors…
And I can tell you right now that I’m about 90% certain that my final choice will be the new #3, Derbyshire from Sherwin Williams. I’ve dragged that hollow core door around to many different areas in the house, and I love how that color looks everywhere, in all kinds of light. It has all of the qualities I wanted — dark enough to have a rich depth of color, while still being light and vibrant enough to be unmistakeably green. Plus, I think it’s the one that looks the prettiest with gold/brass.
Now I just need to experiment with glazes and get that right, and I can start prepping and painting my cabinet doors while I’m waiting on the floors to be leveled.
I know some of you think I’m crazy to choose a color before seeing it in the actual kitchen with the white walls and lighting. And if I were going for an exact color match, I’d definitely need to wait. But since I’m not necessarily going for an exact color match, and I’ve already viewed these colors in all sorts of lighting and still gravitate towards Derbyshire, I’m quite certain that it’s the perfect color for my cabinets.
Plus, yesterday when I brought the three new samples home and opened up the Derbyshire, Matt’s eyes got so big, and he said, “Ooohhhhh, I love that color!” He almost never has a reaction to color like that, so I’m taking that as a sign that it’s meant to me since it’s my favorite also. 🙂
And as I’ve stated many times before, I’m not exactly known for doing things (in my own house) in an orderly fashion that makes sense to anyone else. And I’m okay with that. It’s just all part of my crazy process. 😀