I am intending on redecorating my kitchen and would like some colour ideas?

@ellie333 (21018)
April 19, 2008 5:23pm CST
For years I have always had a bright yellow kitchen as it is a happy cheerful colour but feel like a complete change but don't know what colour to go for. It is a very large space with a large pine table and chairs at the patio door section and the work surfaces are a very pale grey mottley colour. Any ideas would be appreciated or please share the colour of your kitchen and the reasons for choosing that colour scheme. Thank you. Ellie :D
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@littleowl (7157)
20 Apr 08
hi ellie-my kitchen is yellow it is a bright colour that uplifts me in the morning as it is a happy colour and a reminds me of a sunny day even if it is cloudy-your friend littleowl
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@ellie333 (21018)
20 Apr 08
Oh I love yellow too for a kitchen for that reason but every house I have lived in for so many years has been yellow so I was looking for a change. Still don't know what colour to go with, thats if I do change eh! Ellie :D
@littleowl (7157)
20 Apr 08
hi ellie-i'm thinking of changing the colour in mine too-have thought of a lime green but take ages to decide so will see if thee is another earthy colour that takes my eye-bad isn't it all the deciding that we do to make our houses look nice--have been thinking of doing my living room a pecan (light beigey brown with one or two walls a bit darker and then i can have purple wall in my bedroom--blessings littleowl
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@ellie333 (21018)
21 Apr 08
Hi Littleowl, Lilac is lovely in a bedroom but be careful how you use purple as it can be a depressing even though I love purple as a colour just not too much. One of my daughters had just one wall with a purple background to represent night sky and had a mural of the moon and stars at night on it and that looked fantanstic and the moon and stars were done in a flourescent paint so it lit up at night, beautiful. The lounge colour sounds glorious, still not sure what to do with kitchen though. Ellie :D
@Bijou1 (160)
• Australia
19 Apr 08
I just went neutral with my kitchen, so i didnt clash colours with the cupboards and bench top. I use accessories to funk up my kitchen. I have a retro pink kettle & toaster. My telephone is a pair of big red lips and i have a bar with retro style white bar stools. I couldn't really have a feature wall in my kitchen, just due to the layout. So i have gone with the retro 60's diner theme. It's cute. What colour are your cupboards. I do like reds & khaki / olive type green feature walls for kitchens though, but it depends on what style of house you have.
@ellie333 (21018)
19 Apr 08
My daughter wanted me to paint the whole kitchen pink but I rather like your idea of neutral and adding colour with the accessories. My cupboards are a pale beige colour but they can always be painted over or new doors fitted. Thank you for sharing. Ellie :D
@Bijou1 (160)
• Australia
19 Apr 08
My cupboards are a nice creamy colour and i replaced all the old handles with new ones. Originally they were white (age stained to yellow) plastic buly squarish type handles. I brought new round chrome handles. It made such a huge difference. It gave my kitchen a instant lift, so maybe you could try something like that too. There are lots of great door knobs on ebay. They have so many different unique styles, which could give a lot of character to your kitchen.
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@ellie333 (21018)
20 Apr 08
Hi Thanks for your help and advice on this, yes I agree different handles can make a big impact in the kitchen. Ellie :D
@winterose (39897)
• Canada
21 Apr 08
the walls in my kitchen are lilac, and the cupboard doors and back door is green it is really nice. It is very different. Most people here in Montreal just leave their whole house white, but I like color on my walls.
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@ellie333 (21018)
21 Apr 08
I like colour too, I have lilac in one of the bedrooms and have never thought to use in a kitchen but with the green I should imagine it looks very pretty. You see so many lilac flowers in nature with the green leaves and stems I can imagine they go together really well. Thanks for sharing. Ellie :D
@palonghorn (5483)
• United States
20 Apr 08
I always liked a bright kitchen, I did one kitchen in white, it had open cabinets, so I brought in a medium yellow on the back walls of the cabinets. I have a kitchen now that I would love to take a sledge hammer too lol. But we are only renting, it has blue and yellow tiles the entire walls, top half yellow, bottom half blue, and dark wood cabinets, the counter top dates back I'm sure to the '60's. We have talked about making an offer to buy and he agrees the first thing to go would be the kitchen! lol So have fun My daughter has red counter tops in her kitchen, and did two small walls in the adjoining dining room in red too, it looks really cute and inviting.
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@ellie333 (21018)
20 Apr 08
That is the reason why I have always have a bright yellow kitchen as I find it cheerful and uplifting but really do need a change now. Good luck for buying your place and enjoy redoing the kitchen. I think what I will probably do is paint the wall by the dining section one colour and use same colour in a different paint for the cupboard doors and then do a much paler shade of the colour on the rest of the walls. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Ellie :D
20 Apr 08
hello elie if your kitchen is large u can have two or three colours when u are cookinh u can have buttercream colour and the place u are siting and having dinnet better to use yellow and behind the pantry use light green or sky blue.
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@ellie333 (21018)
20 Apr 08
Hello Allendavid, I am now thinking of doing the wall by the table in a different brighter colour and maybe painting the cupboard doors in the same shade with special paint and a paler cream rather than yellow on the rest so these colours are really good ides, thank you. Ellie :D
20 Apr 08
try blue or a creamy colour or you could tile it
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@ellie333 (21018)
20 Apr 08
I already have white tiles around the works surfaces so will probably stick with them, blue I love but kitchen very cold so a neutral creamy shade would work. Thank you for sharing. Ellie :D
• United States
20 Apr 08
Go with Earth tones, those always work with a kitchen, do not go pink, especially if you have men in your house. Men do not like pink very much. If I ever have my own house and kitchen, my boyfriend and I love comic books and Anime, everything will be in comic book and Anime colors.
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@ellie333 (21018)
20 Apr 08
As my kitchen is the coldest room in the house I was looking to add warmth with the colour so earth tones sound wonderful, thank you. I have just stuck with the yellow walls so long I am bored with it. Enjoy your cartoon theme when you get a kithen, sounds like fun. Thank you for sharing. Ellie :D
@p1kef1sh (45638)
19 Apr 08
We had a bright yellow kitchen until we had the whole lot redone before Christmas. I said to the decorator to just stick a coat or two of magnolia around. We thought that if we got bored at least it would be a neutral colour to over paint. But we love it. It sounds boring. But the kitchen is cheerful and welcoming. We also know that if we get bored with it. Wecan paint it very quickly and easily. We have large mosaic tiles about 2.5" square in a washed terracotta, green and yellow around the splash backs, work surfaces etc. Looked very worrying when it went up, but has settled down beautifully. We have a sandstone rough cut floor tile and beech trimmed units. You have to see it to believe it. But it does seem to work very well.
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@ellie333 (21018)
19 Apr 08
No it doesn't sound boring it sounds warm and inviting and I should imagine the terrcotta colour brings extra warmth and depth to the room anyway and goes so well with magnolia. Thank you for sharing with me on this one. Ellie :D
19 Apr 08
My partner and I have decided to go with a shade of blue for our kitchen. We have blue accessories and I would like to go for sappphire blue tiling against an eggshell blue for the walls. The worktops we have are a blue/slategrey shade and the units are all plain white. I have always felt that blue is a lovely colour for a kitchen, bright and cheerful, and almost any colour will accesorise.
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@ellie333 (21018)
19 Apr 08
Sounds wonderful, I love blue but my kitchen is the coldest room in the house when not in use and I worry blue may make it feel colder which is probably why I went for a yellow originally to warm it up a bit. Thank you for sharing with me. The sapphire blue tile will look wonderful against the blue/grey worktops and white always has a clean bright look. Ellie :D