Paint my kitchen!
January 16, 2013 10:20 AM Subscribe
Not literally. But I'm stuck on picking a color. Special snowflake details inside. (Possible triggers for mental health issues)
Hello beautiful people of AskMefi. Thank you in advance for you help.
Due to a very contentious divorce, a beloved relative with a home business and large pets needed a place to live/work with no notice. I moved in with my parents, and let relative have my home for a year. (Not really a hardship, parents and I get along well. And they were very grateful that I was in a position to help.)
My relative fell into a major depression, culminating in a week of involuntary in-patient treatment, and my home turned into a place that could have starred on "Hoarders".
I had to throw out ninety percent of everything in my home and scrub it down ceiling to floor. I had to buy a new fridge and tear out all the kitchen cabinets. This was traumatic for me. I was redoing it step by step and only when I could afford to pay cash for it.
But it's all been worth it because the relative is doing very well now, is very appreciative of the help I gave and has been helping me fix my home back up.
So, the reason for my question. We've installed a new kitchen and I seem to be having a mental block about picking a paint color and backsplash for it. I'm usually pretty decisive, but cannot seem even narrow down ideas. Also budget is limited as I was still paying mortgage/bills for that year and relative's business has (understandably) not brought in recently what it has in past years. The total for paint and backsplash will hopefully be under $1000.
On to the kitchen:
My kitchen is a galley with a tall 34" wide window at one end and a door to a laundry closet at the end. It is just off the entry and has a pass-through to the dining/living over the stainless sink.
(Dining/living is painted a deep, deep gray with large white baseboards and maple laminate floors.)
The kitchen appliances are black.
The ceiling light looks like an old school light. This, but light gray:
The floor is a black faux-marble tile.
The base cabinets are Ikea Nexxus brown black with white Ikea counter top and stainless sink. (10th from top)
The top cabinets are the Ikea horizontal uppers with frosted glass fronts, also in the Nexxus brown black.
The living room is dark for movie watching. I like things to look neutral, with minimal visual distractions, but not cold. I usually reserve colors for things that can be thrifty to change out, dishes, towels, etc.