I spent the last couple of days priming the walls for paint. Over the weekend, my husband plans to do the ceiling and "poria-proof" the floor. The dreaded mushroom really seems to love new wood, as it spread all the subfloor in our home and didn't venture into the walls. This was a good thing, as we didn't incur any structural damage to the house. But now, we're about to install several thousand dollars' worth of nice, fresh wooden cabinets and we want to do all we can to protect them. So now that we have removed the old kitchen tiles, we need to grind down what's left of the grout that was holding them in place so we can see the rest of the cracks in the foundation. Then, we need to fill those with epoxy and as further protection, we will be laying down some bitumen (the tar-papery stuff that roofers use to protect against water damage).
So most of the repair part of the project is done and we are moving on to the stuff that most people would find fun: selecting colors and materials.
Most people but me. I am absolutely bewildered.
I know a lot of people who seem to have been born with a sense of style. I admire them and try to learn from them -- but so far, very little of their flair has rubbed off on me.
When it came time to furnish our home, I basically pointed to a page in a Pottery Barn catalog and said "I'll take that." So I guess I do know what I like -- when I see it.
"What color are we doing the walls?" my husband asked.
Damned if I know.
I have this vague idea that I'd like to paint our new kitchen yellow. For one thing, it's a cheery color and after the year we've had, I want to feel optimistic about life again. At the very least, I can feel happy while I'm cooking my boring, low-calorie meals.
But I think I'm also drawn to yellow because that was the color of my grandmother's kitchen. I know it had some impact on me, because all my life, I've had a recurring dream where I am walking down a long hallway that is painted the exact same color. I have no idea if that means anything, but I have been thinking about that a lot.
But I'm not sure if yellow is going to look good with the rest of the walls, which were painted in a neutral palette picked out to go with the (now removed) cherry wood floors.
So I am putting it out to you: Here are the colors I am considering painting the kitchen walls:
1. Sandstone Cove - This is the current color of our living room/dining room. We could simply extend this color to the kitchen and use tiling on the backsplash to create some color accents. Whichever color we choose will end up being right next to this color where the kitchen blends into the dining room.
2. Daffodil Yellow - This was my daughter's pick, and it's the closest to the shade my grandmother used. I think it might be a little TOO yellow.
3. Cream Yellow - I think this color is a little more sophisticated. But it may be too light - perhaps I should try something bolder?
4. Honey Butter - This is as bold as I am able to go. But does it look good?
I honestly don't know! So I'm putting it out to you - which do you prefer? Or should I just give it up and try another hue?