Decorating gurus: paint my kitchen! (I give up!)

You could glaze a couple of those tuscan-y colors on your walls...and have that mottled-aged look.
I had thought of doing some sponging or other faux technique, but I'm not sure if it would be too much. And I think you have to mix with a glaze, too much work maybe. ?
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
I would steer clear of a faux finish in the kitchen. Painting around cabinets and appliances is hard enough, but doing a faux finish will be very difficult. I especially dislike sponging because, unless you are VERY good at sponging, you get these funky corners that don't blend or don't have as much paint on them as the walls. A glaze wouldn't be as bad, but I'm just thinking about the inconvenience.

As for the color, yes -- that color around her name is perfect! Now -- stop thinking about it until you go to the paint store and buy it! "Please, step away from the paint swatches!"

Believe me, though -- you will be so glad that you didn't go with a neutral in the end!
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I like the Tuscan Sun color for a wall. It may work very well with your counter top.

I just don't like all the walls being the same color yellow, like in the first HGTV video. It seemed overbearing to me. Perhaps a large accent wall instead. And the other walls could be a lighter shade of the same yellow.

ETA: I like the idea of glazing!

Or you could always go for the beige-ish yellow hubby & I love to call "Air Force eggshell." Sorry, I'm just kidding on that color.

I loved the tiles above the arch, for accent pieces, in the same video! The ones you showed are Italian-esque? At first glimpse I thought "Southwestern".

I don't know about the anjou pear color, maybe because I've never been fond of light green. And dark green (think Grape Leaf) may be too dark for a large wall.

I'm also not a purple person either. For anything; walls, trim, etc.

And I don't like reds & oranges much either. I think they're too hard to match to & might clash with your cabinets & back splash tiles.

For the patio door, why not go for white vertical blinds (the same shade of white as on your window curtain)?

I doubt I was any help, probably more a hindrance.

I'm so not looking forward to this sort of thing!
We'll probably end up with verticals on the slider, or put the old cream drape back up. I might call JCPenneys or a local company for a free consult on the windows.

I just had to post this picture I found during my searches-- beatiful arch! I love the elegant tuscan look here:



We have the large opening to the living room, we might turn it into an arch. Now that we have the beautiful new kitchen, we may actually open up the whole wall there and just leave a small 2-3 ft wall for support, and make 2 big arches there. I wouldn't go as elaborate on the top but I like the side details and the keyhole top notch.

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As for the color, yes -- that color around her name is perfect! Now -- stop thinking about it until you go to the paint store and buy it! "Please, step away from the paint swatches!"
Originally Posted by CurlOnWheels
I was prepared to do that. We were busy with Spring Break and didn't get a chance to purchase. However, I've been working off my laptop and just got onto the desktop, and I see that my colors are all off! :x Oh crap! Now I'm glad I didn't buy it, it would have been peachy.

So the colors now look closer to the swatches I have, which means I've been looking for the wrong colors! Everything looked peachier than it NOW appears, so I was leaning toward a peachy-orange-yellow. AAAAAAAAAaaaahhhhh! So I need to start over, I guess.

I still feel that the Anjou Pear is a bit too green (the actual swatch greens up in the kitchen/dining). It looks so much brighter onscreen too. The Humble Gold is better, but now I see that the Sociable is way too peachy/fleshy. The Afterglow is very close to Anjou Pear without so much green. If I "paint" that first bathroom with a wall of each, it's hard to tell the difference. Would you agree? I can't trust my screens now.

The Afterglow also seems to match the Tuscan Sun colors now, especially the upper left corner now.

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What about the colors used in the websites for Italian restaurant chains for inspiration (use your print screen?)?

http://www.olivegarden.com/default_f.asp

http://www.macaronigrill.com/Home/Default.aspx

http://www.bucadibeppo.com/

http://www.carrabbas.com/

http://www.fazolis.com/

http://www.carinos.com/

http://www.ilfornaio.com/

http://www.maggianos.com/index.htm

http://www.osf.com/

Another idea I just thought about, if you like the wine & eggplant colors, can you do a border in one of these around doors or windows on top the yellow or whatever color you decide to use?
Liz, thanks for all the links to nice pics. Of course, you've made me hungry for Italian!

I like the idea of the eggplant or wine trim or something. hmmmm.....
maybe in the window treatments?

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Liz, thanks for all the links to nice pics. Of course, you've made me hungry for Italian!

I like the idea of the eggplant or wine trim or something. hmmmm.....
maybe in the window treatments?
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
The same happened to me, especially when I was looking at Olive Garden & Macaroni Grill -- salad & bread sticks, yum, & make your own pasta bowl, yum!

Around the windows would be nice.
Ugh. Trying to decide quickly since the paint is on sale at the local store. Good incentive to hurry and decide. :P

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I'm ready to go back to neutral beige and be done with it!

I went to see the lady we're buying our backsplash tile from. She used to design also. She thinks there is too much mauvy-taupe in the counter top to go with anything yellow at all. She says it would be like wearing a yellow top with a mauve skirt. I do see the mauve/taupe tones, but there are also beigey tones as well.

She suggested SW Interface Tan, and I could do an accent wall with Socialite. I think they pink up the counter top too much.

What to do? Many of the yellow tones that look great on screen actually are too strong of a contrast against the counter top.

Are we looking for contrast? I'm about ready to find a local designer and pay for her to come out and see the actual kitchen. I think the lighting (mostly natural all day) makes a difference.

And DH is disappointed with her choices as they don't seem Tuscan. I'm thinking maybe the Sensational Sand, Familiar Beige or even Lightweight Beige (light). More like the bottom right corner of the Tuscan Sun picture, less risky.

Or I'll just paint the damn walls white and forget it all!!!!!!!

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And DH is disappointed with her choices as they don't seem Tuscan. I'm thinking maybe the Sensational Sand, Familiar Beige or even Lightweight Beige (light). More like the bottom right corner of the Tuscan Sun picture, less risky.

Or I'll just paint the damn walls white and forget it all!!!!!!!
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
Don't paint white. I didn't realize there was pink tones in the counters. I think the bottom beige color (or similar) would be fine. I just wouldn't go to close to white. Have some rich color in there.

I'm still available if you want to fly me out and decide for you!

BTW -- Behr paint is on sale right now. Can you take any samples of the counter and backsplash to Home Depot to find the right color?
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I'm ready to fly you out! This is driving me NUTS and dh won't even talk about color anymore.

Do you think the Interface Tan would go, or be too mauve?
When I throw the swatch strip on the counter and view it with the counter and cabinets, it really seems to get too mauve to me, and it all looks too much of one tone to me. And it really seems to do nothing for the cabinetry. And the tile grout we chose is Canvas, so I may have to go back and change that before we have the tile man out. Maybe go more neutral/tan with that so it goes with the walls and the counter. Although I like the mauvy/purple tones for accents, I really don't want to commit with the walls.

Do you think something like the Sensational Sand would go? Or Totally Tan or Bagel? I'm having a hard time finding something like that corner.

I've already taken my samples to Home Depot, Lowe's and Sherwin Williams. None of the sales people are good with color or willing to help so far. I guess they just sell paint.

I think we missed the Behr sale. They had a rebate going, but I think it ended yesterday. I'll have to double check.

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Forgot to ask: should I stick with white trim and ceiling? I've already painted the ceiling a flat white, but have over 1/2 gal left that I could add color to and give it another coat.

I'm having JC Penney's come out Monday for a free custom window treatment consultation. We'll see what they suggest for those. And I can get another opinion--in person-- of paint colors.

And my sis is coming out this weekend to stay with me while dh and son have a scouting overnighter. Fun time with sis!

I told her we could paint the kitchen together!

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I just wanted to say I LOVE Behr paint-I wouldn't use anything else!
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I just wanted to say I LOVE Behr paint-I wouldn't use anything else!
Originally Posted by Mar
Thanks Mar! We're going with the Behr, despite the mixed ratings. We used it for the ceiling and we're happy with it. Now that Kilz2 stuff is crappy for peeling! Dad had used it to seal the ceiling and part of the walls, and when we pulled off the blue masking tape after painting, the paint came with it! But only where the Kilz was used. And I could peel it off the stir stick, but not the Behr.

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I suggest you to choose a ivory as the color of the ceiling ,it's important that the color of the ceiling should be a light color,lighter than the wall.
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