Peeps, I Need Your Help

9.22.2010

I have been thinking about painting the back of my cabinet with the glass doors a color so the dishes would really stand out. I can do black like the bottom cabinets or green like the walls or yellow like the dining room or red. What do you think? 

Here are some photos to help you decide.


Kind of boring.



So tell me your thoughts.


Thanks for you input.

KIM

70 comments:

  1. I don't think I'd like yellow or red. What about doing a darker shade of the green that's on the walls? You know a couple of shades darker on the color swatch? That way it flows, but the things in the cabinet will stand out. Just my 2 cents! :)

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  2. I think red would look really great. The wall color would make the red stand out, which would make the white dishes stand out.

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  3. Just off the top of my head I would like either the green idea or black.
    Love your dishes. My mother had that same set.
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  4. I think I'd go with the green along with the wall.

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  5. Honestly, I think I would either go with the Black, or the green....I think if you have red or yellow it just would stand out tooo much and not really flow in the kitchen...seeing you have the black on the bottom, green on the walls, I think one or the other:) And that is my two cents.

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  6. Red sounds wonderful Kim. I know how you like red;-). You might try a sheet or two of scrapbook paper in the colors you are thinking about, to give you an idea of the color before you paint.

    I've been wanting to so something with the back of the small black cabinet in our breakfast room.

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  7. I love Courtney's idea. Red would really POP! And I'm always looking for ways to add new touches of red to MY kitchen. Wish I had glass-front cabinets!

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  8. I'm conservative, I would go with the black since it ties into the black below. That way it looks coordinated. Red will pop nicely, and I love red, but it's dictating a color and if you change your colors then you have to change that too.

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  9. Hello Kim. I would do either the green, black or as one suggested, darker shade of green. While I love yellow it would look out of balance with the room. Red would be nice.... for about a week and then you would not like it. You like orderly things with a certain flow to it and a red back wouldn't lend to a nice flow with the green and black, it would be a pop, but in a concentrated area, I think it'd drive you crazy.(Not like your sofa, there is openenss and lots of other things to draw your eye, plus the red sofa is an anchor, where as this would feel disjointed), but hey, these are my opinions and whatever you do will be gorgeous:)

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  10. I was going to say get some construction paper in differnt colors leave it up a few days to see how you react to it....but then I thought about wall paper to really step out of the box..I know they have beadboard wallpaper too. I am waiting to see what you do then I'll probably copy lol! Love those dishes

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  11. Kim, I can't believe YOU are asking US for advice on painting! You are the painting queen! But if I had to add my two cents, I say go for RED!!!!!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  12. I would probaby go with black. Or what about using a patterned paper? That way you could change it without all the extra work of re-painting.

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  13. The good thing about paint is this ... if you paint and you don't like the result, you can paint it again. No harm, no foul.

    My choice, since you asked, would be to paint the back of the cupboard the same color as your walls. You want the dishes to stand out more, and a contrasting color may call more attention to the cupboard itself, not the contents.

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  14. I think black would look best!

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  15. Ooh Kim nice idea! Green i like the most! but hou you thing abouth some wallpaper in a verry nice classic fabric insite of it?
    Wishing you a nice evening
    Yolanda

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  16. I went stalking and found the "The Red is Back" post. Looks like beautiful drapes in the breakfast area with "red" as primary color and I thought I saw some more "red" accessories in your kitchen area as well as your living area.
    MY CHOICE ~ RED
    Have fun with it!
    Karen

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  17. Bom Dia Kim!!! Realmente uma cor contrastante ficara bem melhor. A peça é maravilhosa. A mudança de cor estará valorizando muito. Querida tenha um bom dia. Beijinho

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  18. RED would be about eight kinds of awesome against all that white! Now let me tell you what I really think...too much coffee today for me. hugs♥olive

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  19. Not yellow. I would say red but with a glaze so it is not so in your face but subtle. I need to go back and look at your kitchen again. I think black may be too much black.

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  20. I would definitely do black! You know I love me some black.

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  21. Hi Kim!
    Well, the green would blend nicely, however, if you want your dishes to POP and stand out, I would go with black. I think the black backing would tie in very nicely with you lower cabinets, it would bring the two together, so to speak. My vote is for black!! I can't wait to see what you do with it! ~Liz

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  22. I vote for the green! I think it would just make more sense with your green walls. And it would make your white dishes pop. Can't wait to see what you decide and how it turns out!

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  23. A deep red. See the colors in the rooster? More of that accent would look awesome. or a small patterned red/cream fabric!

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  24. I would go with the color that you're using as your largest accent color next to the green in your kitchen. For example, in my kitchen I have similar green walls as you, but my next most used color in the kitchen is red. It is on my rug, bar stools, accent tables, and lamp shade. So I painted some of my cabinets red because it flowed better and made logical sense. Even my dining room (off the kitchen) is red. I'm not sure which color in your kitchen is the most dominant next to the green. I would say it is either red or yellow most likely. Remember you'll want to balance that color in the kitchen too. Example, if you have alot of red in your breakfast area but not in your cooking area, then red would be a good solution. If you need more yellow, then yellow would be the choice. You could certainly do black too if you want to pull that color "up" from your island too. The white would stand out nicely. Green wouldn't make too much of a statement to me since you've already got it on the walls.

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  25. Hi Kim, After looking at your pictures again and again, I agree with others. It seems it must be a shade of green to blend with your walls. I know what you mean about want the dishes to stand out. Such a pretty house you have.

    You seem to have much in common with me. I am signing up to become a follower. :)
    Donna

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  26. Kim, All of your ideas sound wonderful in that beautiful well appointed kitchen!

    It's just my opinion, but I'd go with black. I think it would really tie in the bottom cabinets so well. And anything you would use in the cabinet would look great on a black background. I also love black and green together... and the wall color would look so nice with the inside of the cabinet.

    Isn't it wonderful to have such a great dilema? Please show us when you have decided.
    xo YVonne

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  27. Someone beat me to it, I was going to say to use scrapbook paper as well. My friend uses scrapbook paper and hers look darling. She changes it out too.

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  28. Hi Kim,
    I love your decorating style and follow your blog. My husband and I just finished our kitchen redo a few weeks ago. We put glass in one cabinet and also added bead board before painting. You mighr consider this. As for paint--black would be very dramatic and make your dishes really pop. For a more suttle look you might go with your wall color. What ever you do I know it will look great. I would be honored it you would check out my blog post about my kitchen redo.
    Thanks-Brenda http://barnscrapper.blogspot.com/2010/07/kitchen-redo-is-done.

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  29. I say a little darker shade of green. Because you want your dishes to stand out - not the color of the wall, right? And if you used black, red or yellow the wall would stand out, not the dishes.
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  30. Kim, you are a master with paint colors. I should think that anything you pick will look perfect. A dark color would obviously be the best. I'd go with black or dark green. ~ Sarah

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  31. I'm thinking black or green. I love red but I don't think it would look right with the other colors. I'm really leaning towards black though. I can't wait to see what you decide.

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  32. You guys are the best. Thanks for all the great suggestions. Now I still have to make a decision.

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  33. Well, I have read all the comments but I don't agree with the green or red. I think it should be yellow with a glaze to tone it to a more golden yellow. You have a lot of red and green already. Your accents in the room are yellow. I think the dishes would look awesome with it as a background. You have great taste and I am sure there is one color you are leaning to more than any other!! Go for what your instinct is telling you!!

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  34. If I were consulting you, I'd tell you: green to match the wall or a patterned paper or fabric of some sort.
    Something ideas (sort through them):
    http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&safe=active&q=wrapping%20paper%20damask&psj=1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&biw=1920&bih=935
    The solid black would make you look beyond the dishes and focus on the dark color.
    A shade that is similar to the wall or mimics some black, accentuates the ironstone and china dishes you have.
    That's all I've got ;)
    Hugs,
    ~me

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  35. i think red because of the white dishes you have touches of yellows and i just love red and yellow .Its jst so french country.what you could do is get large scrap book paper in colors you like and see what color would look good before you paint it :)

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  36. I would get some paper in the various colors and try which one you like best...that way you won't have to repaint!!

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  37. Oh.. Im sure you will be able to decide yourself.. but Im inclined towards.. red, orange or black!! :-) Cant wait to see when its done..

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  38. I have to laugh after reading all these comments because now I wouldn't know who to follow since everyone seems to have a different opinion. You probably can't go wrong with any of them, but now you may have a tougher time making a decision because almost all of your choices have been validated in some way! Ha! It will be fun to see what you finally choose.

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  39. Wow, lots of different ideas. If you are always going to use the white dishes in this cabinet, then I would use a dark color, if you are going to use other dishes with color from time to time, then I would use a light color. I also think to have the backs mirrored is a fabulous idea. It really makes everything show up. Do you have lights inside this cabinet. That makes a huge difference too. I can't wait to see what you decide. Hugs, Marty

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  40. I like the idea of black, but I am not a good one to ask. I am really bad about not being able to make paint color decisions. :D

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  41. I think painting the back is a great idea. You are right it will make the dishes pop. I think I would go with the black. I kinda like the idea of a grey also it has tons of green without saying grey. It also will ad a calming effect.

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  42. I love your kitchen; you've done a great job decorating it. As for the back of the cupboard, why not use a dark color from your beautiful counter? You have a lot of black and wall green, and the red and yellow would be too eye-stopping and busy. Taking a dark green or even a khaki brown from your counter top would make everything flow and make your dishes pop. Good luck with your decision! ~Amanda~

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  43. Green would be nice, and I won't be the first to suggest trying a scrapbook or wrapping paper in a solid or pattern. Easy to change too. Black sounds interesting too.

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  44. I'm such a pattern girl...have you thought about some wallpaper, maybe a toile?

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  45. What's that color in those specks in the in the granite and on the backsplash. Looks kind of like a taupe to me. How about a darker taupe with one of your beautiful chocolate glaze treatments. I'm thinking not quite as dark as your cabinet knobs but close. Well heck, why not even a bronze! That was it will have a deep richness without being to stark. I am sure whatever you do will be fantastic and I was thinking the same as the others put a few pieces of construction paper up in different colors this may help.

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  46. Hi Kim- How about something not quite black but coordinating...like a warm gray, charcoal, or dark taupe that may be in the granite countertop. I love the way white dishes pop against a gray background. Just make sure it's the right gray for your kitchen. Beautiful home by the way!!

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  47. Hi Kim- I think a soft charcoal or dark taupe would be a beautiful backdrop to those white dishes. Try to find on of those colors in the granite countertop to tie the colors together. You have a beautiful home!

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  48. I Think red would be nice. Or also a soft yellow. Have fun whatever you decide....Julian

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  49. This is kind of hard to answer. :) I think either black or red would look great. I kind of like red because it complements the green. But black would also make those dishes "pop". I can't wait to see what you decide on!
    Blessings,
    Sandra

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  50. I'd be choosing red or black. Why not cut pieces of stiff card to fit and paint in the different colours to see which looks best?
    (Sorry if this has been suggested as I didn't read all the comments)

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  51. I love rich fabrics. Don't know if you already have some stand out fabrics in the area but if you don't it sure would make the cabinets pop. I know it would take a little more time taking the shelves out and securing, etc. but hopefully worth it.

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  52. Wow! What a lot of opinions! I think I would go with the black to kind of relate back to your cabinets but I think any of the colors you mentioned would look great! I just finished a post about a blogging buddy who is so bold with her color choices...she is an inspiration! I tend to play it safe;)!

    Can't wait to see what you decide!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

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  53. Although I love red...I am leaning toward a darker green than the wall color, so your dishes still pop but the color inside the cabinet will not be the first thing you notice. But, anything you do will look great!

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  54. southernbelle9/22/10, 2:13 PM

    Black for sure...will blend well
    with bottom cabinets. Do you have
    any lighting inside the cabinets ?
    Whatever you decide I know it will
    be beautiful. Love your style...so
    warm and inviting.

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  55. Hey Kim! I can't believe you're asking for advice! But, here's my $.02 for what it's worth ... I'd go with either wallpaper or scrapbook paper in a soft brown color/cream color ... perhaps with a soft pattern (fleur-de-lis or?). OR, even lining the back with poster covered burlap (didn't you do your bookcases like this, too)? I think the soft brown of the burlap would bring out the browns in your granite countertop and backsplash, as well as serve as a fun almost "shabby chic" backdrop to your beautiful new dishes, pairing nicely with your french country theme. Plus, you can change it out easily, too! Are you going to remove the glass fronts to expose your shelves? Just rambling thoughts .... Can't wait to see what you do! Take care, Becca

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  56. I'm thinking green or black. Black might be very striking but it might be too dark too. I'd paint some foam core boards in the colors and put them inside to test out the color.

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  57. I have one word for you ....

    BLACK!

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  58. I like the idea of black, but I would definitely try some paper in there first to get an idea of how it will look. Good luck and I can't wait to see what you decide.

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  59. The safe side of me would say, "Go for a darker shade of your wall green." The rebel in me is saying to go for the black or a dark dark charcoal/grey! Talk about different and unique! It would really make that dishware pop!

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  60. I'm new to your blog and love seeing your real-life southern home!

    Speaking from experience, unless you have some lighting inside your cabinets, black will not work. It creates a cavern even with all white accessories. Have you considered fabric for the back of your cabinets?

    On a totally different note (not sure if this is the forum to ask questions), can you tell me where the rug in your family room is from? I'm looking for a seagrass or sisal rug and also have dark colors such as red, black, brown and gold that I'm trying to balance it with. The color of your rug is very neutral and calming.

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  61. Anonymous, the rug is from Overstock.com

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  62. I'm with Tallulah, red is my pick. You have red accents in every room already and it would be a nice way to tie it together. The white dishes would stand out. I don't think introducing another color would be good.

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  63. I'm liking yellow in the pot below the cabinet, but black against all that white would look fab.

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  64. I guess I am going to be the odd ball and say to paint it the same color as the diamond shape tile of your backsplash. In looking at the picture you have provided of the cabinet I think a dark paint is going to make the inside disappear. My own glass front cabinets are stained and I have the same issue because there is no lighting in the cabinet. I've had to stand the brighter plates up to pull in light to make the other items show up. I don't have the nerve to paint at this point because my cabinets are too new and I think Mr. Mary might faint.

    I know you will have it looking beautiful and sharp and I'll be jealous but in a good way ;) of your pretty painted cabinet.

    Mary
    From Virginia

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  65. I would try a bright red. You can always change it later.

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  66. Hi Kim, I vote for the black or green. Get a piece of artboard and a couple jars of sample paint. Put these up and live with them a couple of days before you decide.
    xo, Sherry

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  67. I love it just the way it is -all mixes well...

    Karen

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  68. Beautiful cabinets! I vote for black.

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  69. Just a thought, but I went to Hobby Lobby, bought a beautiful black/white paisley wrapping paper and used spray adhesive to attach it to the back side of my hutch. It really stands out. I think if you went with the same green on the walls, it would all just blend right in. Black would stand out.
    You can find all kinds of wrapping paper to use and its very inexpensive. To make it even better, you can change it out without the hassle of cleaning up paint. Just a thought

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  70. Girl, I don't read blogs for just a couple of days and you leave me in the dirt! LOL! I love the antlers! The table is stunning. I can't wait to see what color you paint these cabinet backs AND I love your front door! Whew! And, I am sure I had something else to say, but forgot it! LOVE your energy and your blog!

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