When my sister Elizabeth and her husband Bill first took possession of their house she asked if she could paint the walls in her kitchen blue (they were brown at the time). I said unfortunately no, because it would look like she was ignoring her countertops and her backsplash.
At the time we had to go with HC-45 Shaker Beige because it related to her countertops and very busy backsplash (until she replaced it here), but after the painter replaced the brown wall colour with the new one, she was still left with the old connecting colour (something close to Ranchwood) that went all the way up the stairs.
When we were freshening up her family room for her birthday, I said, "Why don't we paint that wall a blue shade to relate to the painting in the living room, then you'll get the hit of blue you've wanted in your kitchen all this time.
Well she loved that plan and this morning I arrived with my paint brush and roller. I said "How long could this take? I am tired of looking at the patch created by my Mom's head after she fell while running after one of the kids!" Eeeek, it's a good thing her head just went through the drywall and did not hit a stud. It's been patched–below–but has looked like this for a while.
Markus totally got into it. I told him I needed some newspaper to protect the carpet on the stairs while I was painting and he ran out and brought in every single flyer and newspaper in the mailbox!
P&L 27-22 Lovebird
And here is the lovely and fresh result. This took maybe one hour for me to paint. And another 20 minutes for the second coat. The colour, was totally inspired by the art she looks at every day from her kitchen.
The yellow in the adjoining living room is existing, that room needs to be decorated too. It's currently filled with black leather furniture. Elizabeth uses this room to fold laundry now that her family room has a fresh and happy new colour scheme.
I decided the kitchen needed a new piece of art to complete the colour scheme so I dropped into HomeSense in the afternoon, $119 later, we have a hit of fresh in my sisters kitchen.
I am not a snob about placeholder art. Until your house is decorated and looks the way you want, this is one way to get fresh and fun artwork until you have the budget for real art, after all, there are so many creative ways to fill your walls, I've written some posts here, here and here.
Here's the before again.
My sister inherited hardwood floors that run through her kitchen and family room which are great, it's unfortunate they are so red! A medium brown would have been perfect. But, as I told her today, hardwood is better than tile any day. If this kitchen had an existing, bossy tile that related to her already bossy countertops, this blue would not have been possible.
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