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HELP NEEDED! Paint and Fabric Options in the Kitchen

Even though we’ve been stripping wallpaper in the bathroom; the kitchen has been on my mind lately since I’ve set up a little coffee bar.

Here is the current state of the space… plaid wallpaper, patterned paper and fruit wall border — all of which will need to go.

We plan to paint the kitchen cabinets white and the floors are a light, warm oak — very similar to the wood blinds shown here. Overall, this home is pretty traditional in style and since I like to collect vintage items {like the floral curtains shown above}, I want to keep the paint colors and some of our finishes fairly modern. I think that combination will keep the home from feeling too traditional.

So, I’d love to get your input on a few things. First up, the paint color in the kitchen and coffee bar area.

Option #1: Light Gray

Option #2: Gray

Option #3: Charcoal

And here they are all side-by-side.

Which option do you like best?

I’d also like your help with feedback on fabric choices. Currently, I have a basic white tablecloth over this not-so-special table that we’re using as a coffee bar. I’m considering re-finishing the top and giving it a tailored table skirt. The look of mixing fabrics has always appealed to me but I have a hard time executing on that. Soooo…. here are two fabric ‘concepts’ — though not necessarily with the final fabric choices.

Option #1

I’ve had this large scale black and white patterned fabric on hand for awhile and love it. Since the curtains are small scale and floral, a large scale modern graphic print seems like a logical mix of patterns.

Option #2

Or… I could stick to a safer and simple option with a solid skirt, similar to the current tablecloth situation.

So, what is your choice?

If you have time, I’d love to hear the “why” behind your choices in the comment section below.

Thanks so much for your input!! Erica will be back on Friday with some weekend inspiration and we should have a special weekend post coming up this Saturday. See you then!

Craftivity Designs

Tuesday 1st of April 2014

I've been thinking about emphasizing the green in the floral curtains, too!

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Tuesday 1st of April 2014

Thanks for the paint color recommendation!! I'm heading over to your blog now to look a little closer at the photos of his room and check out that color.

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Tuesday 1st of April 2014

I hadn't thought about stripes, Gretchen, but that is a good idea. They do seem to go well with florals. I love the contrast of the charcoal.

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Tuesday 1st of April 2014

The light gray has been my favorite too, but it's been interesting to see how many people have voted for charcoal. That's making me think maybe a dark solid might look nice for the fabric, if I went with a lighter wall. So many options! :)

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Tuesday 1st of April 2014

Thanks for the paint color recommendation!! I think I'm feeling similarly about the bold fabric. I've had it laying on that table for a few weeks, and it just hasn't "wow"ed me.