Painting Kitchen a Sage Green

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What do I do with that horrible wallpaper in my kitchen? What color do I paint my kitchen? Here is another “cry for help” and my solution:

I have a terrible dilemna in my kitchen. I want to strip the wallpaper and paint the walls.  My cabinets are medium oak, the counter top is gray/sage and the vinyl flooring is gray. Do I have any options that would not require repainting or restaining my cabinets? Thanks so much!!!

I of course asked for pictures and this is what she sent:

Painting Kitchen a Sage Green

Oak Kitchen Cabinet Color Choices

Kitchen and Living Room Paint Colors

She also sent along another note:

Here are photos of my kitchen as well as the LR.  I want to repaint my LR as
well.  I tried some butter yellow on the one LR wall which as a huge
mistake.  Have to stay away from the yellows.  I want to lighten up the
walls in the LR, remove the dark border, and paint the ceiling an off white.
My house is small so the rooms are small.  I’m realizing my furniture is over
sized for the LR, so I want to find a color for the LR wall that will help
“absorb” the furniture.  Does that make sense?   Any help you can give will
be greatly appreciated.  Thank you again.

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The wallpaper and furniture pattern are both what I would call “shabby chic” in flavor. Or maybe a bit country. What you seem to be striving for is a cleaner look in the kitchen and a less overwhelming look in the living room.

Because your home is small and has small rooms… use the same color in both. Really, you will be much happier with the results.

The butter yellow was defiantly the wrong color choice.  Plus… yellow and oak cabinets are not a good mix for the kitchen. Trust me… I know this from experience.

Green always makes oak cabinets look richer and newer. Really.

I would stick with a green that is in the sofa pattern. You seem to have a nice sage green in the pattern. You would want to match the medium green color. Not to light/pale and not to strong/dark.

Get yourself to the paint store and pick up lots of paint chips that you think might match the color… or take a pillow and have the paint computer try to come up with a match.

You will end up with a nice custom look in the living room… you won’t ever get that large furniture to “blend” or “absorb” into the walls… it’s just to big. But… the green will be soft and the furniture will feel comfortable in the room. Your carpet color should be perfect. You won’t believe how pretty your shades will look with a soft sage green on the walls.

Be careful in the kitchen… if you need to change the shade of the green a bit to “co-ordinate” with the counters and floor… this is not a problem. It’s best to try the wall color you used in the living room on the kitchen walls in patch – paint samples.

See if the color looks a bit too blue or too yellow and correct accordingly.

Good Luck and have fun!

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