powered by
Design Dilemma
Design Dilemma

Need help choosing paint colour

11diamond11January 4, 2013
I need help choosing a paint colour for my kitchen, my cupboards are a bit unique. The colour is called olive oak. In the picture they look a bit more brown then olive, but they do have the olive undertones. I have black granite with specs of tan at different shades. My living room is open to the kitchen and I"m planning to paint that area Honey Dew.

Please help!
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Cynthia Taylor-Luce
I looked up Honey Dew paint and it ranges from screaming yellowy orange to screaming green to pale green depending on the manufacturer. Whose Honey Dew are you using? Hopefully a quieter one!

I think because this is open concept, your living room paint could slide into your kitchen, as there's likely not too much wall space there anyway, especially if you were to do a nice backsplash.
    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 9:15PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
This is the colour for the living room.
    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 9:18PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Cynthia Taylor-Luce
Gosh, sorry but I find it a "screamer". Does it relate to something and is that why you picked it? Your kitchen is so subtle and elegant and your dining furniture is neutral. Would you consided toning that one down or is your heart set on it?
1 Like    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 9:30PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
I have a grey sectional in the living room now, and I have dark grey/black hardwood floors so I wanted something to add colour as I didnt want my whole house to be all shades of grey, Could you suggested a different colour?
    Bookmark   January 4, 2013 at 9:41PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Maybe a light blue with navy accents?
    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 9:16AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Please consider the exposure of this area. The exposure will change the honey dew to a honey don't. An Eastern exposure can make greens seem Khaki. A western will brighten up this colour. Here is the thing, all colours in this room are monochromatic. That's why this colour will be a lot of contrast. If you do use this colour in the dining room, please add some other items that add this colour. MAybe cushions, area rug, art. Kitchen can't handle this colour. Sometimes, I like to use a shock of colour in a central location. Then the rooms that feed off it will be more calm. Maybe neutral.
    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 9:33AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Color Zen
This is a color you love or hate. I happen to love :) Here is my advice, tone down the shade. Take a peak at Benjamin Moore pale sea mist or pale avocado. Use it in just one small area, for example the kitchen. This color coordinates really well with grays, taupes, and whites. Paint all other walls neutral and incorporate this bright chartreuse with the use of area rugs and accents. Less is more, but a little will bring you the vitality you crave. Good luck! I like your cabinetry, etc. Blank slate to build upon.. have fun.
    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 9:46AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Cynthia Taylor-Luce
I totally agree with you about shades of gray. I'm getting pretty tired of gray and everyone is asking for it for every room of the house, for paint, for finishes, for fabrics, the works!

Since you settled on a yellow-green, I can see that the palette of pinks/purples/blues is to be ruled out, and I agree with that. It would be too cold to use all over the walls, especially with your kitchen. The yellow/green side of the colour wheel is much more cheerful to live with.

Now I want to be clear on your layout. You have this kitchen that's open to the dining room, and the living room is open to the other areas? Is the living room the room I can barely see that has the fireplace in it?

There are so many options when you start looking at paint. I decided to look at the shading of the stain in your cabinetry. If you did Pittsburgh Paints 412-1 WITCH HAZEL in the kitchen, shaded out to 412-2 VAGABOND in the dining room and all the walls of the living room except the fireplace wall which would be 412-4 WOOLEN VEST, your colours would flow and the intensities would vary nicely. The darkest colour being on the fireplace wall would reinforce it as a focal point.

I would play up black and white in window treatments for a bold, yet non-coloured accent, and then pop in fuschia and teal and lemon in solid colour pillows for the sectional and linens and/or candles and/or accessories on the dining table. If there's room for a fantastic rug in the fireplace room, that would look great too.

You can see that it's the beautiful things that you add to your space that are going to form the character and the interest in your decor, and the wall colour will add personality in a quieter way, warming up the space softly and not in a way that will overpower the space.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 10:09AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Cynthia Taylor-Luce
If you choose a rug first, then please post a photo of it, and we can tweak the colours to work with it. Normally, the paint colour is chosen last, after the furnishings are selected...
    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 10:11AM
Sign Up to comment
Related Discussions
Need help choosing paint colour.
Recently bought a new shag rug (sage green, teal/turquoise...
Sherri Remillard
Need help in choosing paint colour for north facing kitchen please
We are currently remodelling our kitchen and I am finding...
Need help with a paint colour for kitchen!
I need help choosing a paint colour for my kitchen...
Need help in choosing paint colour for our fireplace
Can you give us some ideas as to how we can revive...
Need help with choosing paint colour.
We recently installed a new faux mahogany wood garage...
More Discussions
kitchen layout help
Bought a 1950s cottage and have to gut the kitchen....
Gable Detail Inquiry
Hello, We are working to complete our new house. One...
Saarinen Marble Arabescatto Table - Glossy (shiny) or Satin finish?
I am looking to get a Saarinen Marble Table. The Arabescatto...
What color to paint orange kitchen cabinets
Hi everyone, I need to paint my kitchen cabinets as...
Which headboard when my bed is against a brick wall in my new bedroom?
I am moving into a new apartment and I want to get...
People viewed this after searching for:
The content on this page is provided by Houzz and is subject to the Houzz terms of use, copyright and privacy policy.
Copyright claims: contact the Houzz designated agent.