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Kelly's "Fire+Ice" Kitchen





San Francisco, California



Colors Used

Botanical Tint (Behr), Firecracker (Behr), Chalkboard Paint (Rust-Oleum)

Color Inspiration

Everyone who comes into my kitchen assumes it was my Kitchen-Aid Mixer (color: Ice), which happens to perfectly match the Botanical Tint walls. But it was a complete coincidence! I just really, really like bright aquas. I thought a similarly bright reddish-pink would really help the pantry to pop, and I chose to go with the black chalkboard paint on our kitchen door in order to pick up the black on our appliances and to balance the bright colors.

Color Tips

Just play around and try different colors--you'll eventually land on a combination that looks good and better yet, makes you happy. And getting there will be fun! At the end of the day, as long as you like it, nothing else matters.

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Comments (15)

I love the shades.. Can you share the source, pls?

posted by New York Muhtari on October 8, 2010 at 11:51am
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Thanks! They're both panels from IKEA. We modified the shade with the 2s on it to fit the window over the sink.

posted by betony9 on October 8, 2010 at 12:12pm
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Love the rabbit and fox art, as well as the whole vibe.

posted by dkallas on October 8, 2010 at 12:13pm
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I love when people are brave enough to put such a fun and vibrant color in their kitchen. I feel like it is an appropriate place for a bright color like this, and I love the red and black with the ice walls. This gets a favorite from me!

posted by maattt on October 8, 2010 at 4:03pm
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Really like the red and white fabrics in and of themselves and as a contrast to the blue walls.

posted by susan1741 on October 8, 2010 at 10:13pm
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I'm in love with the red and blue! absolutely gorgeous

posted by narjaloves on October 9, 2010 at 1:23am
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Love it. At first I thought the window in Picture 2 could use a red-and-white curtain or blind, but then I see in Picture 4 it has one, and it looks perfect (not quite sure how it disappeared in Picture 2). And the blackboard paint in the panels of the kitchen door (mentioned in the text but not easy to see in the pictures) is genius. My favourite so far!

posted by stationeryfiend on October 9, 2010 at 6:48am
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I have these colors in my kitchen, too, and I love it. I really like the red in your pantry.

posted by verily on October 10, 2010 at 10:09am
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Love this color combo! And also the mouse-shaped cheese board...where did you get that??

posted by CarrboroGirl on October 11, 2010 at 8:45pm
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One of my favorite color combos, we had something similar in our old house. You are making me nostalgic!

posted by TowerGirl on October 11, 2010 at 9:57pm
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The mouse-shaped cutting board is from the Macy's Martha Stewart line from a few years ago. I think they also had a rooster and a pig.

Thanks for all the kind words!

posted by betony9 on October 12, 2010 at 11:29am
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Thinking I should add some "Firecracker" to my blue kitchen...

posted by ccahillmn on October 13, 2010 at 6:40pm
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Beautiful kitchen! I love the vibrant colors, seems like it would be a fun kitchen to cook in! Let's see a tour of the whole place!

posted by nursekarie on October 14, 2010 at 12:37pm
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you & i have allot of the same stuff!

posted by mariegaelgreen on October 15, 2010 at 3:24pm
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So vintage-y and cute. What a great colour combination!

posted by Butter chicken on October 16, 2010 at 9:18pm
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