[Stonington Gray walls and White cabinets?]
My friend, Mary, a very devoted reader of Pretty Old Houses, and resident of a Pretty Old Apartment, recently emailed me with a dilemma: She was the terribly grateful recipient of a totally cool crystal chandelier and had hung it in her kitchen—two thumbs up for that choice!
But as we all know; one thing leads to another. Her keen-eyed friend, Julie, noted that now the cabinets needed to be painted.
What she really said was, “Now, we need to paint the cabinets.” translation—“YOU need to paint the cabinets.” She’s right and all parties agree the cabinets need a coat of paint. So, what color? And then what about the walls? And the ceiling?
Being a fan of white kitchens and realizing Mary loves color I’m a little torn. The first suggestion that popped into my head was white on white—White walls and white cabinets. Mary had already painted the inside of her built-in china cabinet a pretty blue and was entertaining the idea of painting the ceiling to match—”go with it”, I said.
For a fleeting moment Mary toyed with the idea of painting her walls a bright shocking green but was quickly persuaded otherwise by an artist friend –by the way he agreed with white on white.
Another idea I had after reading the latest edition of El Decor, was soft gray on the walls and white on the cabinets. The September 2012 issue of El Décor (the one with Reese Witherspoon on the cover) features a bungalow in LA with soft gray walls—Benjamin Moore’s “Stonington Gray”. The decorator, Claudia Benvenuto, says this color
“ gives you enough color without claiming too much attention. It doesn’t clash with anything you put against it, or detract from the art.”
Sounds like a winner to me. I think it would look really up-to-date, go with the blue inside the china cabinet and blue ceiling and give a nice background for Mary’s collections. Below is the photo from the article. The blue in the painting reminds me of Mary’s china cabinet.—It works.
Now with that problem solved, what about the counter tops? Don’t they need to be black?