Online Design Direction, Updating a Kitchen with Paint

Do-it-Yourself design clients can purchase online interior Design Direction through  The following dialogue is between Design Director: Samuel Fleming Lewis and Client:  Maureen who was looking for that perfect gray for her kitchen walls.

Maureen: I need help finding the correct grey wall color for my kitchen. I have cherry wood cabinets, small stone tile backsplash, a solid surface counter-top (has taupe in it) and a grey tile floor. I was thinking of Benjamin Moore’s Soneington Grey. The walls in the living room are a light beige color; we have grey color tones on our upstairs carpet and downstairs bathroom. I also love the new grey paint colors, so I want to use one in the kitchen. Please help.

Samuel: I would try a warm gray like Revere Pewter HC-172 or Edgecomb Gray HC-173 to continue the warmth of your wood cabinets and stone backsplash. The warm grays will make your kitchen seem larger and blend well with your other finishes.

Maureen: Thank you for your great advice. I had actually forgotten to consider the cherry cabinets. Do you think I should paint the pine free standing cabinet a grey color? Which color would you suggest?

Samuel: I would paint the cabinet to match the wall then the cabinet becomes part of the interior architecture and visually takes less space. I would stain or paint the inside back of the glass display case to match your cherry cabinets or use an interesting accent color from your adjacent room to make your white china display stand out.

Maureen: The kitchen has been painted Revere Pewter. We absolutely love it. We also painted the cabinet Revere Pewter. We painted the back of the cabinet Revere Pewter as well. Do you think we should use a different color for the cabinet back? Do you have suggestions for color choices for the back of the cabinet?

Samuel: Your kitchen looks great! My color suggestion for the inside of the display cabinet takes clues from your art, cabinets and new wall color. Any of the three colors directions will add life to the kitchen and will contrast with your china which adds visual interest to the display. Take a look at the following colors.

GREENS: Split Pea 2146-30 or Dill Pickle 2147-40
ORANGE BROWNS: Etruscan AF-335, Warmed Cognac AF-235 or Buttered Yam AF-230
GRAYS: Kingsport Gray HC-86, Gettysburg Gray HC-107 or Cromwell Gray HC-103

I noticed that you have some art with green mats; you might consider the greens first.

Maureen: Thanks again for the color suggestions. I cannot wait to pick up the color samples.

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