I had been tossing around the idea of painting the paneling on our peninsula for quite some time, but choosing the right color was critical. Keep reading, because I believe I found the perfect shade of green.
It is honestly so difficult to choose interior paint colors, because of the risk of undertones. When choosing a new color, painting a sample on all four walls is important to judge how the color may change with outside light. You run the risk of blue/green, maroon/purple, or brown undertones with almost every shade.
Tips When Choosing a Paint Color
- Consider the room’s function and mood. Different colors can evoke different moods and emotions. What is the room you are painting used for? Cool colors like blues and greens can create a calming atmosphere, while warm colors like reds and yellows exude more energy in the space.
- Lighting can affect the way colors appear on the walls. How much lighting will the room you are painting get? Natural light can make colors appear brighter and more vibrant, but artificial lighting can alter the colors hue or tone.
- Test swatches before committing to a certain color. Paint samples on different walls and in different lighting conditions to see how it changes throughout the day.
- Take the room’s existing elements into consideration. Try to choose a color that will compliment the floor, furniture, and decor so you don’t end up feeling like everything needs replaced.
- Lastly, don’t forget to consider how the new color will look up against the ceiling and trim.
Here is a look at the change side by side.
Perfect Shade of Green Revealed
When choosing one for this space, I contemplated several shades of green. I had a few sample cans that I tried first, but they were all too bold. A kitchen, in general, favors a more lively atmosphere than calm, but the mood overall in mine is cozy. Pink and green is paired together consistently around our home, so it came as a natural duo in the kitchen too. I also love plants (real and faux) so that was another factor that weighed on my decision.
The perfect shade of green is SUCCULENT by Sherwin Williams. Think green with a gray undertone 😉 If you are a neutral lover, this shade of green will tickle your fancy. After using it here, I feel it would work with multiple lighting factors and compliment lots of other colors. I found the sample on Pinterest and had my local hardware store, Knapp and Steiner, contact Sherwin Williams for the formula.
Another New for Me
I have never painted the baseboard and/or trim the same color as the wall, but I love the way it looks here. Even though this is not an interior wall, I understand how incorporating this technique helps blend for a more unified look. The bedroom is getting a paint refresh next, so now I am heavily considering painting the trim and baseboards to match.
So, what do you think, do you agree that this is the perfect shade of green or disagree? Let me know what you consider to be the perfect shade of green and if your kitchen island is a different color than the rest of the cabinets.
Click here to read how easy it was to remove some upper cabinets and install open shelves.
Author and photos – Martha Knake
Chief Editor – Emily Janssen