The biggest problem with renovations is deciding exactly what to do in any given situation. There are so many questions to resolve. Here are a few my lovely client in Dallas had when analyzing her kitchen with me in an on-line consultation.
1. Should I paint these cabinets or is the current colour okay?
A: The existing colour is definitely pink beige. I would paint them to update them but it depends on how you feel about them.
2. Should I keep this backsplash or replace it? I think it works with the french country feel of the kitchen.
A. I agree. If you don’t replace the countertop I would keep it.
3. What about the brick surround? Paint it? Plaster over it?
A. I like the brick, it suits your house. And it’s repeated in the fireplace surround.
4. Which colour is the right one?
A. If the countertop stays, the colour of your cabinets need to relate to the countertops or they could be green to relate to the backsplash. My client loved the green tones in the second living room in this post I wrote.
You can see that the yellow venetian plaster has some of the pink beige through it so the pink beige trim and yellow walls don’t create the same clean/dirty effect that usually happens when these colours are combined.
I have another client who lives in a very high end, french country style house with dark travertine tile floors with a similar wall colour and it works. But I would never have chosen it had I not seen it already painted. And travertine can have pink and yellow undertones in it together so you can pull either colour out depending on how it works with all the rest of the finishes you have chosen.
Before we had this conversation about her kitchen, my client thought she had countless colour options. After our discussion about how choosing one colour impacts the wall colour and then the adjoining rooms it became so much easier to decide. She emailed me later and said:
“Thank you so much for your time yesterday. Last night, I tried to decide to move forward and work on other areas of the house and ignore the beige woodwork in the kitchen and family room. But I cannot. I can’t make this kitchen look good to my eyes; the only redeeming quality is that it does go so well with all the beautifully color-coordinated plaster/glazed walls, but still… the ivory with a glaze is not for me.
So, do I: A. Decide between 1. Painting it all cream (in this case would I need a little more color in the cream than ivory white) like the trim (replacing countertop/backsplash – both if needed) and 2. Replacing the countertops/backsplash/cabinets entirely; or B. Paint the beige woodwork and cabinets green, and repaint ALL of the plastered/glazed walls in the living room, dining room and kitchen to get rid of the brown undertones so that the green can be fresher like the French Chic picture and work for the kitchen.
I might be able to get away with keeping it in the living/dining rooms but I’d have to repaint the kitchen as you mentioned, and also the family room (way too close and right next to the fireplace mantel). Basically deciding between a kitchen renovation and a major paint job. I feel like even if I did decide to renovate the kitchen, the glazed walls might still be in the way. Maybe it is time to part with them.
If you can spend another half hour on this with me, please let me know. Thank you. I do think ‘Sometimes it is good to know what you can’t do with what you have’ would sum up a lot of what I gained from yesterday.” In appreciation, M.H.
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