Sunday, May 19, 2013

Operation kitchen: completed!

Well this weekend was quite busy and quite domestic on the Nattingly front! We went ahead and painted the kitchen, and it's PERFECT. The green with the hint of yellow was definitely the way to go-  it literally is exactly what I wanted and shows as a true vivid green.

Before, it was an unattractive but resoundingly "eh, fine" light greenish (the same that was in the living/dining before we painted). Like so:

See: around the window.

Dreamy fiancé. Lame walls.
Now it is simply gaaaaawgeous. People that hadn't seen the space were worried it would be too dark or feel closed in, but we have so much ecru cabinet space (plus the folding linen closet doors and pantry door) that we didn't have to worry about that. 

Warning: I took a million pictures.

Looking in from the corner of the dining area.

Straight on from the dining area.

One of the great things about this green that I didn't foresee was that the cabinets actually look slightly whiter now. Before, next to the awkward light green they just clashed, whereas now they are really nicely contrasted.

I went with off-white and black hand towels to play off the rug and mesh with the variety of colors.

You can see how the green is grassier in some lights and more emerald in others. In short: ideal.

This picture gives the truest representation of the color. So rich!

The antique Virgen painting isn't framed yet; I taped it up to show what it will look like. Now I just need to take it to the framer.

Gracias for the loterĂ­a parrot, Jessica!

And it really does hit the hispanic mark like I wanted it to, while still looking spot on with the rest of the condo.

I love how the green looks next to the dove grey of the dining/living room. Also, thanks for being a champ, step ladder!

So there you have it! My (and Joseph's) sore arms are totally worth it. It's amazing what a few hours and about a hundred dollars will do to change a room, don't you think?

Color is Behr Ultra's Deep Viridian

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

On green.

You all may remember how many grey samples I had to buy to find the right one for our living/dining/hallway area. If not, I will tell you- approximately 12. I would link back to the original post, but all of those pictures are gone, so the effect isn't as great simply reading about it. At any rate, for the kitchen I was determined to do some sort of darker color, and in the end I decided on green. But then- emerald? Jade? Peacock? Grass? Deep lime? Vivid with a hint of blue? Eff it-- flamingo pink?

My final samples were these. I started with the five at the top, then narrowed it to 2 that I painted as bigger swatches:

Obviously you can't see as well in a photo, but I think you can tell that the one on the left has a tinge more yellow and comes across as a grass green, whereas the one on the right has a tinge more blue, thus coming across as emerald.

Here they are on a different wall with slightly different lighting.

I have a couple of reasons for going with green, besides the fact that it's beautiful.

1) Our kitchen cabinets are off-white instead of white (argh, wherefore previous owner?), and since we are only going to be here for a few years I am not going to undertake painting those suckers. Dark green looks great against the slightly off-white.

2) Probably the main reason: the backsplash has these varying tiles interspersed throughout, like so:

I would never pick out these tiles for myself (they're pretty, just not my taste), but again- we aren't prepared to redo a backsplash in this condo. So I thought, if I can't beat the tiles, join them! Thus, green goes with a Mexican vibe I want to channel, that will be helped with some choice pieces of art I've been needing to hang but haven't had a place for (here's looking at you, Jessica!).

I was severely torn between the two big samples for a few days. On one hand, the emerald-y one is more "me", and it's just a prettier color. However, given the tiles the slightly yellower green works much better. It's still a lovely color, just not as glamorous. Plus Joseph likes it the best, and considering that he lets me make 99% of the decor decisions, I think it's best if we go with his preference here. Oh, and you may remember that when we first moved in there was a HUGE green/teal accent wall in the living area (of which no pictures remain), and the yellower green ensures we don't think of that wall every time we look at the kitchen...

Thoughts? Concerns? Good jokes? We're painting this weekend, so I'll have an update with pictures for you ASAP!