[This is part of Our Kitchen Molding Makeover series.]
This weekend we played with some paint color schemes influenced by our current infatuation with rooms designed by the great Robert Adam.
Below I primed all of the moldings — picture rail, pilasters, wainscoting and baseboard — sanded them perfectly smooth, caulked any remaining gaps and then cut-in the walls with the blue, Sherwin Williams, Cosmos paint. We wanted to see (and show you) what the moldings would look like in this clean, simple and safe color scheme.
We want more color. So here are some of the paint combinations we tried.
Above We spent the last couple of weeks saturating our brains with any picture we could find of Adam’s work. One of the color combinations we thought we liked we saw in an Osterley Park room where the baseboard flat-stock was painted medium green and the base cap molding stayed the primary molding white. It’s a nice look, but ultimately didn’t resonate with us.
It took us a while to understand that there seem to be no hard rules when it comes to Adam’s color combinations. Freedom from any color constraints allowed us to combine colors how and where we wanted.
Above We love this blue for the main portion of the wainscoting, the baseboard will remain white. Historic precedent for this combination can be seen here in the Temple of Pan at Osterly Park. We would also like the pilasters to be a slightly different white, but we’ll wait on that for now.
We’re also considering installing the picture rail molding around the rest of the kitchen so we can continue the dark blue frieze all the way around. But for now we’ll paint what we have and then live with it for a little while before we make a final decision on the picture rail.