When we moved into this house, almost four years ago, there was wallpaper in the kitchen and breakfast area. It was not the worst wallpaper I've ever seen, and was not giving me nightmares or anything, but in general, we're not fans of wallpaper and it really wasn't us. We planned on having the walls textured and painted but we weren't entirely sure what color we wanted. We thought, we got a couple of colors and tried them out, but we hadn't found the right color yet. We just ignored the wallpaper and lived with it and let the paint color idea bounce around in our heads. Finally, it hit me - a robin's egg blue! It would work with the rich browns of the cabinets, it would work with the colors in the granite countertops, and it would work with the chickens and red accessories I use in the kitchen. I picked out a color, got a sample, painted some of it on the wall and knew I had the color. (If you look at the large wall space to the right of the windows, by the cabinets, you can see our patches of different colors - the one we chose is the bright one.) Mickael and Caleb gave it the OK so last week we had the wallpaper sealed (it was applied by the builder - napalm isn't taking this stuff off, but if you don't seal it, it could be a problem later), the walls were textured and the new paint was applied. The color is a pale robin's egg blue, with a hint of green, that walked by the color gray. Valspar calls it Harbor Mist.
I love how much brighter and happier the kitchen is now. I want to get a teacup rack
or two (maybe three?) for the wall space by the windows and put my teacups in it and I'm thinking about sewing some valences for the windows - something with some red in it. Max is happily running along the cabinet tops again and doesn't seem to miss the grapes at all. Logan's cave has a bright, happy back wall now (his cave is actually a knee hole for my workspace, but good luck getting your knees in there - Logan takes up all the space). I love the new color - it just makes the kitchen so much more us!