Kitchen Color Conundrum

How is that for alliteration?  I guess I’m just excited that it’s March because this is the month that we have family coming to visit.  Translation – I have approximately 24 days to tackle any outstanding organization/cleaning projects and make some interior updates as well.  So expect to see more of that in the coming weeks.

Let’s start with the kitchen…it’s not a bad space in terms of size and it does have a gas range and a dishwasher so I can’t complain too much.  But the color is, well, interesting.  I’m not quite sure how to describe it other than a green teal, but whatever you’re picturing – make it brighter!  To me it looks like a cartoon iguana!?  It’s crazy to say the least.  We’ve talked about painting it a more subdued and relaxed color, but it’s just a rental (i.e. don’t put your own money into it).  So lately, I’ve been trying to think about how to embrace the craziness (we are in New Orleans after all!) and figure out a way to make it work.

I’m starting today with some inspiration from around the web in hopes of discovering complementary accent colors…

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These palettes are both a bit too soft for the actual color of our kitchen.  The green on the far right of the color strip (Sherwin Williams’ Julep) is the closest I could find.  I do like the idea of pairing it with another cool color like blue (chair above or the sitting area below). It’s reminds me of a peacock.

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But I was also very intrigued by the vibrant oranges paired with blue and teal…

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In both the outfit above and the playroom below, the charcoal gray seems important in balancing the two very bold colors.  That would be a must if we go with an accent color like orange.

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Or we could just embrace all things bright and do a splash of several colors, like this eclectic mix of dining chairs.

{http://www.thedesignophile.com}

I plan on getting started this weekend with one of these ideas.  I’ll let you know how it’s going!

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