He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters. Psalm 23:2 (NIV)
To all my friends who embrace color and apply it freely throughout their home, from one who is afraid to make a choice:
Please help! I finally ordered my new kitchen cabinets. Though it will take all of our insurance, tax return and vacation money for us this year, we are eagerly awaiting the installation of our new maple colored cabinets and tarragon corian countertops. Tarragon is a sea foam green color with flecks of brown. While I am waiting, I have been thinking that I should go ahead and paint the kitchen and the breakfast room even though we just painted them two years ago because it will be easier to paint without worrying about the cabinets and countertop getting splattered and because I am thinking such a beautiful new kitchen deserves more than antique white walls. Perhaps it is also something in the air because a lot of my coworkers told me last week that they were going to be painting their houses this weekend. In fact, today, we ran into one at Lowes while she waited for her paint to be mixed. They are all using bright vibrant colors which got me to thinking that maybe I could take a dive into the pool of richer hues. While we are going to keep the area between the kitchen countertops and cabinets the antique white color that they already are in hopes of someday adding a tile backsplash, we have a breakfast room that adjoins our kitchen that has also been antique white, but could be better in a brighter color. There is a lot of light in that room so a darker color wouldn’t be bad. The room is ten by twelve but one wall opens into the kitchen, one wall has the back door centered on it and the other two walls have large eight foot wide windows on them. One of those windows has a huge glass arch over it as well. And another small wall has the fuse box on it which I will cover with a quilted wall hanging of many bright colors in batiks. Really, there is not that much wall space to be painted. That’s why I think I could swallow my fear and chose something other than a pastel. The rest of our house, except our bedroom, is moss green and antique white with white trim and accent colors in curtains, pillows, rugs and throws of burgundy, cranberry, gold and a grey-blue. I am considering painting the breakfast room cranberry, but every time I think about it too long, I start to lose my nerve. I like the cranberry and sea foam green together in other parts of the house, but how will I feel about a whole wall? Youngest son wants me to use teal which would also go with the green countertops, but teal makes me more nervous than cranberry! So, you who love and embrace color? What do you think would look good on these walls? The room is prepped to paint. I just have to make a decision. The chicken in me says, maybe I should go with another shade of green?