Yesterday while tidying up the kitchen, I was looking at the color of some apple green/ lime green plates, cups, and saucers that I picked up recently at Goodwill. These dishes sat on the same shelf at Goodwill for a couple of weeks. I always oohed and ahhed over them, but because I had decided that I would paint my kitchen a softer, muted sage green, I knew the dishes really wouldn't match. When they sat at Goodwill for a while, I finally snagged them thinking I could use them somehow somewhere. They were very cheap and brand new - if I couldn't use them, I could find someone that could. But it was yesterday that I realized that this pretty lime green could possibly work as a wall color in our kitchen. Our cabinets are painted a shade by Waverly called "Cherry" and the colors really seem to work together.
I set up a few of the green dishes and some other cherry colored accessories I had to see how well they meshed together. For some reason, Sweet Pea the Cottage Cat thinks she's the only reason we ever pull the camera out, lol. I didn't have the heart to move her as she started drifting off to dreamland shortly after settling herself next to my color scheme. Maybe she's trying to convince me that black is the new white? Anyway, I'm thinking that the color looks great with my plaid curtain fabric and my red cabinets - not "minty" like the previous sage color I picked out. The yellow paint swatch pictured is my living room color, which is also in the plaid curtains.
So now I have to decide whether I want to go with a muted sage green, a darker browner/olive green, or a fresh apple/lime green. I'll probably be buying a quart or two of sample paints when we finish up the ceiling, much to my husband's chagrin (we have so many from past projects!).
Here are the dishes against a red backdrop. I got all those dishes, plus three other green cups that I didn't stack, for about $5!