Friday, November 22, 2013

Style a kitchen with color!

Dill Pickle Green!
This was the wall color I chose for Colleen's lovely kitchen.
I did a color consult on a kitchen this week for my favorite
painting contractor, Jason Murphy of
Murphy Brothers Painting Company of Woburn, MA.
Jason and I have worked on more than a few projects together.
 Colleen's kitchen was what most of us would dream of having~
 plenty of cabinets and loads of countertop space, all in beautiful finishes.
 But something about the space fell short.  
It needed a dose of personality and some accessories to 
create a warm and welcoming space.  The easiest way to do that
is to use the power of paint! This time it would be paint for the walls however,
 as most of you  know I blog about painting furniture quite often 
these days as my sons and I sell Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan 
at our home decor shop Maison Decor in Reading, MA.
So the color was chosen: Ben Moore Dill Pickle.
There actually wasn't a lot of wall space, so it was easy to 
go with this bright and citrusy green color.
The next part of the plan was to accessorize with 
great affordable items from HomeGoods and my shop, Maison Decor.
The accessories would pull it all together, and my plan
was to repeat this vibrant green color throughout the space.
 A chevron area rug from HomeGoods in black and white stands
 up to the green wall color and ties in the black island and stools.
The space in front of the bar area was a big empty space
waiting for an identity.  A piece of furniture with lamps and 
lots of interesting accessories created a sense of place.
This furniture vignette made the kitchen feel more homey.
The bar area before was a big empty space 
that was all tile floor and cabinetry.
The bar area after~the wall paint sets off the cabinetry 
and the rug warms up the tile floor and gives the space style.
A vintage server from Maison Decor in rustic Old White finish
gets a helping hand from HomeGoods with some great lamps
with linen shades, topiaries and some smalls.
 Its always fun to buy colored stemware for a festive party note,
and color coordinate your cocktail napkins as well. 
These HomeGoods topiaries had red velvet bows, which I 
just snipped off and replaced with a black and white striped ribbon.
Mixing up black, white, dill pickle green and natural elements
is what the plan was for decorating this kitchen. 
 Little moments in rustic naturals with the bright citrus green
 are dotted around the kitchen.
 Fruit, faux or fresh is one of the easiest accessories in kitchen decor.
I accessorized the bookcase in the other cabinet wall area too using
different shades of greens in old books, artichoke bookends and antique
style metal crowns for a european touch.
Checkerboard dishes in green and white on french style quilted place mats
over the stone counter adds softness as does a mix and match variety of 
toss pillows on the seats of the black rustic bar stools.
Too often in a kitchen there is very little softness and when you can 
add fabrics it really makes a difference in warming up the space.
So this is how a dill pickle and a decorator
 rescued this kitchen from its formerly formal self!



  1. Beautifully done,where on earth did you find those green plates? LOVE them!!

  2. WOW! Paint is so powerful. Everything just pops because of the color you chose. The cabinets look spectacular and now you can really notice their beautiful finishes. The addition of the chevron area rug and buffet completes the bar area. Well done!
    Speaking of the power of paint, I stopped into the Reading shop today to pick up Emperor's Silk Chalk Paint!! I'll send you picks of the piece I am doing once it is done--wish me luck. Your shop looked amazing Amy. All the muted grays and mossy greens had me swooning.

  3. Great job, Amy. That color really added life to that room.

  4. Fantastic job Amy!! Its so elegant and warm love the touches of green, you have so much talent!

  5. So much better! Matching chair pads on the counter stools would be lovely too!



  6. LOVE that green, just perfect for that space, and love how you used the rug and wonderful cabinet to set off this amazing bar area!

  7. That's a gorgeous kitchen all around. Love the dill pickle green and all the accessories. Do you know any information about the checkerboard dishes?

  8. I would have never thought there would be room for that cabinet. Is she going to keep the tag on it forever! LOL What a great transformation with mostly just color.

  9. Love that wall color with her cabinets. I also really really love that antique cabinet from your shop in he area. It really makes that area of the room. Love the chevron rug and all the accessories you chose. The room looks like it was totally made over but it wasn't. Just shows what good accessorizing and paint can do.

  10. it looks great Amy! Isn't it amazing what a pop of color can do? Great change! Vanna

  11. Love the transformation Amy.. what a great and happy colour! Maryann

  12. What a difference a little color makes! I love that! You've certainly given me some food for thought!

  13. You do such beautiful work, Amy. Taking the green around the room was so right. You do wonders with ASCP. Blessings Paula

  14. You do such beautiful work, Amy. Taking the green around the room was so right. You do wonders with ASCP. Blessings Paula

  15. What a fabulous color! Love it with the cabinets and the black and white! Gorgeous!!

  16. Bravo Amy! You picked the perfect color. The green is happy and unexpected and cozy all at the same time. I love the way you pulled it into the room with the accessories, and added the black with the rug, and the little ties on the topiaries... I WANT those topiaries! And the cabinet you added made all the difference in the world. Those green and white gingham dishes really add the perfect finishing touch too...


  17. Hi, I'm a french woman and this color was the same I choosed for my kitchen 9 years ago ! I still love it !


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