When Jan Romanuk and her husband moved into their condo it was only a few years old. The cabinets were white and walnut which in a modern kitchen with flat (slab) style cabinets works great! The wood adds warmth (below).
But the countertops were a creamy, yellow beige instead of white so they looked like a mistake because they didn’t relate to anything else in the kitchen (below). Since they were also basically new and there was really nothing wrong with any of it, Jan decided to have the lowers painted the same colour as the countertops to make it all look intentional.
But which colour was the right one? That was the question. Jan asked me to come over with my large paint samples so we could come up with a plan (post below).
The before picture is not good (above), it was the real estate picture. After all this, I forgot to take an overall kitchen picture.
This is the best way to test your new cabinet colour. ALWAYS place a white board behind the colours you are testing so you don’t start comparing to the old colour. The white board isolates the colour so that’s all you’re looking at.
This is not the final paint colour. We tried a few different shades of yellow beige including this green beige sample. You can see that the countertop is a little orange in camparison.
This sample is HC-81 Manchester Tan (Jan Romanuk, above)
Move your large paint sample behind your artwork too! You can see that it looks good with the art but in the end Jan didn’t want a beige so she chose BM Collingwood which is a grey with a slight purple undertone.
When you are trying to decide which paint colour is best, look at the largest elements in the room. In Jan’s living room, she had a yellow beige sofa with chairs that had a purple undertone. Those were the best two options if we wanted to pull her space together.
The way to embrace your cream kitchen is to add white if you can. In this case, the white was existing and the way to make the yellow beige countertops work was to repeat them in the lower cabinets.
Related post: How to Coordinate White or Cream (If you Made a Mistake)
AFTER (Cabinets painted by Quality Cabinet in North Vancouver)
Jan designed cabinet doors to fill in the empty space above the built-in oven (above).
You can see that the white subway tile is stacked instead of installed brick pattern which looks great in a modern kitchen.
AFTER (in the end Jan ended up with a custom colour, it was HER condo in the end, as designers we always need to turn over every stone to make sure we’ve got it right).
In the before picture, you can see that there is space for counter stools on the other side of the island. However, this is a small space and that area is also the hallway into the living and dining area, so Jan had more shelves installed and had doors made to match the kitchen for more storage.
A little 3M hook is all you need to hang a piece of art on your tiled backsplash (above).
Wood cutting boards add warmth to the white kitchen along with the hits of green.
Jan and her husband enjoy the lights of the city in this living room with floor to ceiling windows. She had millwork designed around the fireplace so because the TV needed a stand and Jan had some artsy lamps she wanted to display on either side to balance the large television.
You can see that the purple grey walls on the left relate perfectly to the chairs.
The new sheers considerably soften this room.
BM Collingwood Dining chairs CB2
Jan mentioned that her husband was not a fan of the dining chairs so I suggested she add some faux sheepskins to make them more comfortable, she loved that idea!
Now the designer wife can have the chairs she wants and the husband can have a little comfort! The best of both worlds!
Photography by Maria Killam | Interior Design by Jan Romanuk
Jan confided that she found these gorgeous green vases at her local thrift store down the street. I find the best bargains for vases at thrift stores. As I’ve said before, I probably own around 100 vases and I still haven’t stopped collecting them. A vase of flowers transforms any space.
Hope you enjoyed the tour!
Jan Romanuk an Interior Designer in Vancouver who is an expert in Kitchen and Bath Design. Follow her on Instagram here.
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