Within minutes of closing on our house, I dragged my husband across the street from the title company, and we were standing in our local Sherwin-Williams store, picking out paint colors. I had talked him into a white kitchen, and I wasn’t giving him time to change his mind. He comes from generations of cabinet makers and a great love of wood, and it was a hard fought battle to get the go ahead to paint over perfectly good oak. I know some people absolutely love oak, and even have a mom who worked hard to get her oak kitchen, but oak is not for me. We came home with the Sherwin-Williams color, Alabaster, and set to work taking off doors and prepping them for paint.
I was so excited to watch the transformation, and crossing my fingers that I would love it as much has I had built it up to be.
After the last door was hung, the kitchen sang to me–I LOVED IT!! Except it kind of seemed like it was floating. With so much white, there wasn’t anything to ground it. I decided to live with it for a while, and see how I felt later (we had plenty of other projects going on at the same time to worry about). Well, fast forward 1.5 years and I still feel like the kitchen is floating, and needs a dark color on this backside of the bar to anchor it down. But what color? Sherwin-Williams has this awesome color selection tool called, Color Visualizer, that lets you upload your own photo (or use one of theirs) and virtually try out colors before you buy the paint! I uploaded my photo and set to work trying out colors. I used the little square to color in the area I was testing out. After I had the first one color colored in, from then on I just dragged and dropped and the color changed. So easy I tried out a lot of colors!
This orangey-red was nice. But not for my house.
Really Teal made me happy. But no.
To tone down the green undertones in the wall paint (which is Techno Gray) I tried a hue with a little more green. But, again, not for this area. Picking a paint color is hard. I spend a lot of time second guessing myself and inspecting all the undertones a color has, but Color Visualizer from Sherwin-Williams makes it a lot less stressful.
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