So, I’m not exactly starting out 2014 with a bang. Pretty much everything I’ve done for the last two weeks I’ve screwed up – especially in the kitchen.
We got a super cool Qlocktwo for above the breakfast nook and I hung it too high. Like way too high. And since it’s hardwired into the wall, it’s a lot more complicated to move than just lowering a nail. We built a bench for in that same nook. But we built it much too tall. It sits about 21″ from the ground. It’s comfortable to sit on, until you pull up the the not-much-higher breakfast table and try to eat something. Ugh. Then I continued my recklessness and painted the kitchen. At that point – the wheels started flying off…
I initially painted the kitchen Benjamin Moore Cedar Key to match the rest of the downstairs. Unavoidably, the flooring is different in the kitchen than the rest of the first floor. Since these rooms all flow together via open doorways, I wanted some common factor to exist between the rooms and because it couldn’t be a continuous floor, I opted for matching walls.
My issue with the color is that it’s too warm. The whitewashed floors, stark white cabinets and black countertops make for a very cool color pallet in the room. The light tan of the Cedar Key is just too warm against the cool white and black of everything else. Part of the problem is that the white cabinets make the Cedar Key come across as very dark, thus emphasizing the heavy warm hue.
That said, I still really like the color (I mean, I love it in all of the other rooms). And I like that it ties the kitchen in with the rest of the house. The Cedar Key works well with my blue and white dishes and the color of stain I want to use on the pantry doors. I need to remember that when I’m done with the kitchen I will have added open shelving (with stuff on them), artwork on the walls, a backsplash, pantry doors, new lighting, etc. Never again will my kitchen be made up of white (cabinets), black (counters) and light tan walls only.
After revisiting my Pinterest page, I’ve noticed that a lot of the kitchens I really like have white or light gray walls. I don’t want to paint my walls white. This will essentially make my kitchen a black and white kitchen and that is not a look I love for my house. I definitely want some color on the walls. Plus, I’m doing an all-white room on the third floor, so my white-on-white-on-white moment will happen.
So, the only other color that I’ve considered is gray. I love gray and white kitchens, I really do. But I have three major issues with painting my kitchen gray. First, I live in Pittsburgh. Although I love my city, it’s not the sunniest. In fact even Buffalo, New York, Portland, Oregon and Cleveland, Ohio all get more sun per year than Pittsburgh. Gray walls in a gray city is a bit depressing. Second, painting my walls gray doesn’t tie my kitchen into the rest of my house at all. And the transition between kitchen and entry hallway will be awkward, as the small arched door doesn’t have any trim around it and the color change will be very obvious. Third, gray is super trendy right now, especially in kitchens. As a rule, I try not to jump on decor bandwagons – as I see myself redecorating, repainting, reorganizing, etc. three years down the line. Plus – no design statement is made aside from, “Look, I did what everyone else did!”
That said…I still love white/gray kitchens. Almost every kitchen I ‘pinned’ or liked on Pinterest and Houzz is gray and white. It only makes sense that I would continue the trend into my own home. Right?!
After three more trips to the paint store for even more samples then totally convincing myself I was going to use another color entirely and buying two gallons of it – I’m still lost. Currently my kitchen is tri-color. I own a lot of paint. And my husband wants to kill me. Even of the six new samples of gray I tested, I didn’t love any of them. I finally settled on one that I could tolerate the most and painted a whole wall in it. Below is a picture of my kitchen with Benjamin Moore Cedar Key on the left and Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray on the right.
I’m giving myself one more day and no more trips to the paint store to figure this out. I’m just going to stare at this wall for the next 24 hours, then eeny-meenie-moe the final selection, then paint my kitchen, then hate it, then love it, then never think about it again…
I guarantee that’s how this goes.