Picking a Kitchen Color

Picking a Kitchen Color

Since I am going to have a beautiful new room off of my kitchen…someday…maybe (do your projects seem to go on forever?), for the last several months, I have been doing a mini kitchen makeover.  Granted, the kitchen in this house was the one room that didn’t need much work.  What I have changed is simply aesthetically preferential such as switching out lighting fixtures, painting cabinets, etc.  Our latest kitchen project involves taking down a ghastly looking texture off of the walls.  And by ghastly, think about the impression a big tire leaves in the mud.  A little texture I can handle, this is just downright egregious.  So since that is going, I am thinking about paint colors.

Our bottom cabinets and island are painted Benjamin Moore’s Rockport Gray, a really pretty medium gray with a taupe-y feel to it.


I also added unlacquered brass hardware to the cabinets and drawers, and it looks sooo beautiful.  Can’t wait to show you guys!   Before the bottom cabinets were painted, I originally painted the walls of the kitchen Benjamin Moore’s Stonington Gray (yes, I have already painted this room once), a really pretty blue-gray color, but it just looked too dark with my new bottom cabinet paint.

Therefore, the decision making process began.  I guess you could say it’s a bit intense.


In case you are wondering, the bar is across the back door because I was worried the kids would open it and fall out before they built the room up in the back of the house.

I wanted the kitchen color to be an aqua-y-gray-y-blue-green-barely-there-color.  The shade I was searching for was in my mind, but I could not find it.  As you can imagine, I have an extensive paint collection, and of course, I had to try every color that *may* work.  A girl needs to save where she can!


I finally decided on Benjamin Moore’s Gray Sky until a fateful trip to Home Depot this weekend where I found Martha Stewart’s Bakery Box White.


Now I don’t know about yours, but this color reads terribly on my computer screen.  It doesn’t look aqua-y-gray-y-blue-green-barely-there-color-y at all!

I actually had a really difficult time finding photos of this color painted on walls.  Perhaps it is a recently added shade??  But I did find a couple that may help you get the idea.




kljswilson.wordpress.com (color of the dresser)




What I really like about the Bakery Box White is it really brightens the room without being overpowering, and nearly every time I look at it, I read a different color.  Is it blue?  Is it green?  It really is both!

After I get the room smoothed out and painted, I need to get the window treatment over the sink made, and then I can reveal!

Have you made any new-to-you paint color discoveries lately?

Written by Grace

  • Emily
    Posted at 13:09h, 11 February

    Lovely! I love that shade in the bathroom.

    • Grace
      Posted at 22:45h, 12 February

      Oooo, me too, Emily! I think I’m going to paint tomorrow! I will be sure to share when I’m done! Thank you so much for reading!

  • Mommy Chic
    Posted at 23:43h, 11 February

    This came at the right time….I was just telling my husband I wanted to repaint the walls and I like both colors here. Our master bath is a little darker than the Baker Box white, but its one of my favorite rooms to see.

    • Grace
      Posted at 22:48h, 12 February

      MommyChic, I think I’m painting my kitchen tomorrow! I am still loving the Bakery Box White, it is very soothing. Thanks for reading! G

  • Sarah Mayo
    Posted at 12:00h, 12 February

    I had never thought of Hobby Lobby for pulls?!? I have also found some interesting ones at World Market and combined with coupons that they always send in the paper you can get a great deal!

  • Erin
    Posted at 14:53h, 12 February

    I have been beating my head against the question of what color to paint our kitchen cabinets for months – it’s a dark little space with horrendous everything. It works just fine, but not an aesthetic glimmer in the place. But I really like the idea of the Rockport Gray, particularly as the kitchen opens up onto our living room, which has both taupe and grey in it. (And I partially grew up in a town called Rockport, too, which doesn’t hurt a thing!) Or maybe even Rockport Gray cut down 50%…wouldn’t want it to get any darker in there! Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Grace
      Posted at 22:58h, 12 February

      Hi Erin, yes! Kitchen cabinets can be so hard. It seems so permanent, right? But I think you will be really happy with Rockport Gray. It is super pretty and reads well at all different times of day. I would get a sample of the original formula and a sample of the 50% and test it out. Let me know what you decide! I’m sure it will look great! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment! G