Thursday, January 15, 2009

OK. Here we go. The Kitchen.

So, my starting point with my kitchen is the big blank wall. It is parallel to you when you walk in the door. It is big and blank. see? (Please ignore giant dog butt.)

So, on this wall I wanted to put a new pretty paper.
These are my top choices..Anzio From Ballard Designs

and from Linda Barker: Tempting-Celadon

And from Design Your Wall are these choices

Once I pick the paper I can choose the paints. I'm leaning toward 2, 3, and 5. I like the muted cool tones of the celadon. I think that has a lot to do with the fact that my entire house wall to ceiling is painted yellow. It's a nice, soothing yellow. But I'm done with all the warmth already! But, at the same time I like the bam! of the red. I've ordered samples so we have to see what they really look like once I get them.

The big, blank wall will also be getting some shelving. Something along the lines of Elfa.

I'll paint the island thingy some sort of complimentary color to whatever scheme I come up with. Then I'll throw in a couple of rugs and some new canisters, tea kettle, trash can and such. And then, as the kids like to say, "Bwalla!" (you know, Voila!)


Denise said...

Ooooo! I like #3, #5 & #6. The shelving looks really nice, I think that may be what I need in my kitchen.

I've had the paint & wallpaper to redo my kitchen for a year & you may just finally give me the motivation I need to get mine done!

gem said...

I'm a fine one to talk because the colours in my kitchen are mad, but I really like the celadon. I think the last one is too blue and I think the red, while I agree it has great impact, might be a bit tying in terms of accessorising. There is so much "stuff" in kitchen I think the background needs to be a bit quiter. In my defence, while the colours are mad in my kitchen, there is no pattern so I am not completely contradicting myself. I love the shelves and I think painting the island would be great. Sounds very exciting, can't wait for updates

Melanie said...

Forgive me, but I must get it out of my system and say I hate wallpaper, but that stems from having to remove it from walls in 2 houses. That said, I do like #3 the best. We painted the bottom half of our kitchen a similar red color this summer. However, with all the shelving you plan to put up, I agree with gem that you might want a "quieter" pattern ... maybe #2 or #5. If you went with #3, I think it would look awesome to paint the island red. With #2 or #5, I think I'd just leave the island white, or if the white in the paper isn't true white, paint it a white to match.

AJ said...

Cakes, I am leaning towards #1 from Ballard Designs. I like the depth of it along with it's simplicity. Glad you did the before pictures and I cannot wait to see the after! I am sure it will be beautiful no matter which you choose and do... I love all your ideas : )


Sophie said...

They all look gorgeous! What luxury to have the possibility of such beautiful walls!

Paula said...

I like 1 and 5, love 3! I'm an anti-wallpaper girl, too, but those are pretty nice (for wallpaper!)

stickgirl said...

Love #1. I find the others too busy but I prefer simple designs altogether. Can't wait to see the afters.

Asha said...

also love #1 for all of the reasons already given above!

Beth said...

I like 1, 3 and 5.. in that order =) You have great taste! They're all beautiful!