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Andrea's "Warm and Happy" Kitchen

Warm and Happy




Baltimore, Maryland



Colors Used

Saturated green, Behr California Dreaming (yellow-gold), Gray, Bright White

Color Inspiration

This summer I gut-renovated the kitchen in my 1920's condo. Green is my favorite color, and I spent a long time looking for a shade that would set off the newly-white antique cupboard and sleek gray cabinets, and be friendly and inviting, too. I actually used three closely related greens, hoping to create subtle differences in color and depth. The interior of the cupboard is a yellow-gold to set off my favorite china, with a bright orange horizontal stripe just for fun.

Color Tips

Notice the colors that attract you -- not just in rooms but in nature, fashion, even food -- and let them inspire you. I kept the hard-to-change elements -- cabinets, counter, and newly uncovered heart-pine floor -- neutral; then I added a ton of color with wall paint and dishes and so forth.

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Comments (23)

My paternal grandma had the same (Mikasa?) stoneware. I love that you've made it look fun and modern against your cute wall color.

posted by kschaff on October 14, 2010 at 10:34am
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Wonderful kitchen! Well done

posted by Judaii on October 14, 2010 at 10:09am
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Love it.

posted by Rinkadink on October 14, 2010 at 10:18am
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Dream kitchen, beautiful colour. A winner!

posted by k2yhe on October 14, 2010 at 10:20am
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Absolutely gorgeous. I love the effect that has been created by bridging old with new. Perfect.

posted by ingridR on October 14, 2010 at 12:16pm
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Great green walls, perfect grey cabinets and wonderful floor - my fav.

posted by HiCow on October 14, 2010 at 2:06pm
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I'm not a fan of bright green but this works beautifully....

posted by Bridget212323 on October 14, 2010 at 7:43pm
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It's even more beautiful in person!

posted by ebardelli on October 14, 2010 at 10:04pm
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Great colors!

posted by t3d on October 14, 2010 at 11:17pm
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I definitely love it!

posted by skarpetka on October 15, 2010 at 5:21am
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Love it

posted by AjaMarie on October 15, 2010 at 11:48am
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this is my favorite of all my favorites!

posted by zcbeasle on October 15, 2010 at 2:00pm
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I'm not a fan of door-less kitchen cabinets but this really works well. Love it!

posted by jddphilly on October 15, 2010 at 2:48pm
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Who cares about the color -
It's the shelves that I love!

posted by bepsf on October 15, 2010 at 3:35pm
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soooo nice!

posted by babet on October 16, 2010 at 2:31pm
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Very warm and inviting. The cabinet lights are a nice touch.

posted by designink on October 16, 2010 at 10:57pm
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Very sleek, yet also charming. I especially like the chandelier! Colors are outstanding.

posted by sharmandavis on October 16, 2010 at 11:56pm
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A sing-while-you-work kitchen! Happy and inviting !

posted by vbraun1 on October 17, 2010 at 9:58am
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It's charming! Fresh and inviting. I love the view of the entry also.

posted by janetalix on October 18, 2010 at 10:54pm
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Nicely done. Not my style but I think it works. The green and orange play off each other nicely. I especially like the display composition in your glass cabinets.

posted by CrispyFry5 on October 20, 2010 at 4:29pm
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That is probably the most perfect shade of green I've ever seen. I got here on the suggestion of a friend because I'm getting ready to fix up my apartment. I'll have to check out this paint.

posted by milo_mass on October 29, 2010 at 5:21pm
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The shelves are so lovely! Can you please tell me where I can get them?

posted by shabbychic2011 on January 6, 2011 at 1:38pm
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Thanks to all for your kind words! shabbychic2011, the shelves are custom made, but very simple -- could be easily reproduced.

posted by mynylife on February 21, 2011 at 3:25pm
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