As soon as we laid eyes on Kim’s adorable adobe kitchen, we knew we could reinvent the space with a few perfect paint color pairings. Here’s her letter:
We live in an adobe house in Santa Fe and need some color help in our kitchen. We can paint the walls of the kitchen as well as the crazy blue kitchen cabinets (which look like they were done in a hurry). I’d love for the new color palette to work with the existing floor, backsplash tile, and the counter. I LOVE taupe, chocolate, lime, and turquoise but would like to stay away from orange, red, purple, pink, gray, and white in the kitchen. We love earthy colors since we live in an adobe but we have a pop of color in every room. Thanks so much for your help! – Kim
We’re seriously loving Kim’s warm tile floors, stainless appliances, and that sweet patterned backsplash. So we put our heads together to find a few fabulous wall colors & cabinet hues to flaunt all of her adobe kitchen’s fantastic features:
Here’s the color scheme breakdown.
1.The first color palette option is earthy and neutral with a dash of color. We’d suggest painting the base cabinets a rich chocolate brown (try Glidden’s Le Chateau) while painting the upper cabinets a nice taupey-tan tone (try Glidden’s Sand White). After priming the cabinets with oil based primer, painting the cabinets in semi-gloss latex paint should do the trick, and before you know it the whole kitchen will be transformed. And to inject a bit of the fresh lime green tone that Kim adores, we hunted down the palest, most subtle lime color with a bit of yellow and gray to ensure that it works seamlessly with the yummy cabinet colors (try Glidden’s Celadon Green).
2. This second palette is cozy and neutral with a splash of the turquoise color that Kim also adores. She can’t go wrong by painting all the cabinets a tan-taupe tone (try Glidden’s Sand White) while adding a bit of blue dazzle to the walls in the form of a light and happy turquoise color (try Gentle Breezes by Glidden, which has just enough green and blue to create the perfect light turquoise hue).
3. Our third palette is a bit more adventurous, but we love the idea that even a rich vibrant tone can be tempered with a neutral hue to strike a delicate yet dramatic balance. For the base cabinets we’d suggest an oh-so-chic deep greeny-blue (try Glidden’s Estes Park- it’s like a glittering turquoise sea after sunset). Then for the upper cabinets we’d recommend the palest turquoise tone we could find (try Autumn Mist by Glidden). To temper the dark toned base cabinets and ground the light and airy top cabinets, we think the perfect tan tone on the walls (Glidden’s Sand White) will finish the whole look with polish and earthy adobe style to spare.
And for even more pops of color, Kim can introduce fun accessories like a bright lime pitcher or a cheerful turquoise tea-kettle, depending on the palette that she selects. We can’t wait to hear what you guys think- and of course get Kim’s read on all of our suggestions. Happy painting…
Update: Kim sent us her amazing kitchen after pictures and they’re nothing short of spectacular! Follow this link to check out her space after a simple paint makeover- it doesn’t even look like the same room!