Kitchen Island Paint Colors

I blame Erika’s Instagram feed.

Especially these two pictures:


(ErikaMPowell on Instagram)


That’s Martha Stewart’s “Gabardine” on the trim and cabinetry in her bathroom, and Sherwin-William’s “Rosemary” on the cabinets in her kitchen. (And those are her adorable (and clearly very talented) kiddos!)

Seeing those insta-pics triggered a spontaneous run to Home Depot for paint samples yesterday. I just had to see what her colors would look like on our (currently mustard-colored) kitchen island! Β (Even though we’re not exactly ready to make over the rest of the island yet because, technically, it would be smarter to replace the countertop first). #ButHey #AtLeastIDidn’tPrematurelyStartTearingApartAWallAgain πŸ˜‰

Gabardine by Martha Stewart at Home Depot | Rosemary by Sherwin Williams

And of course, I had to try out a few other samples too:

Gabardine | Grays Harbor | Dutch Tile Blue | Classic French Gray | Gallery Green | Needlepoint Navy | Rosemary

Visitors you’ve been warned, the back side of our kitchen island is reeeeally colorful right now- LOL! πŸ˜€

I laid some of my favorite countertop/backsplash tile samples on the counter above each paint sample- just to get a feel for how each color would look in the future:

Grays Harbor | Rosemary

I kind of keep flip-flopping from minute to minute, but as of this minute, and out of these colors, I *think* I’m leaning Rosemary, and Kevin’s *thinks* he’s leaning Gray’s Harbor.


Rosemary by Sherwin Williams

Gray’s Harbor:

Grays Harbor by Sherwin Williams

Do you have a favorite?

I’m sort of leaning Gray’s Harbor right now. πŸ˜‰

Keep in mind, we’d like to paint the cabinets on the other side of the kitchen Simply White. Here’s a link to post that shows how our kitchen is set up, if you’d like to take a gander: Our Kitchen.

I’m thinking once we choose a color, I’ll just go ahead and paint that one color on top of all of those other colors and we’ll just live with a two-toned island for a while.

Hey! It’s better than an 8-toned island, right?

Like I said, I blame Erika’s Instagram feed. πŸ˜‰

PS- Just in case anybody’s curious: the countertop sample is Frosty Carrina by Caesarstone, and the backsplash tile is available at Home Depot.

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  1. Lisa says

    Layla, I think both of those colors are beautiful, but I really like the Rosemary, and I think it just looks like you. (But really, you can’t go wrong with either one.)

    – Also wanted to send you some encouragement during your “waiting” process. We adopted our son from Japan. He was born 7 years ago and we knew about him from the day he was born. We expected to wait 3 months from the time we knew he was ours, but the US changed some procedures for immigrant Visa’s during that time, so we had to file a whole bunch of paperwork all over again, and basically start from square one. It wound up being a 6 month wait, which was so hard…I did plenty of flea-ing myself! Hang in there! Soon that sweet boy will be in your arms and this part will all be a memory. I love hearing about your process, and I often feel called to adopt again. I would do it in a heart beat!!!

    I found out I had cancer when our son was just 2 and a half, so I went through surgery and chemo, and am coming up on my 5 year mark in May. (Thanks to God!) We would have at least one more by now if not for that unplanned life event, but we are a very content family of three! Honestly, the BEST thing we ever did was travel half way around the world to bring our boy home! He is the light of our lives!!!

    I KNOW that you and Kevin will feel exactly the same, and I’m so excited for you to be parents to your little one! God knows what he is doing, and he makes perfect matches for these amazing kids and their parents!

    -My son has been asking lately why we chose him, and I always say, “We didn’t chose you, God chose for us to be your parents, and for you to be our boy, and we are the luckiest Mommy and Daddy in the world, because we have the BEST boy!” He usually ends this conversation with “I love you for my mom! You are the best mommy in the world! And I love that my Dad is my Dad too!”… With that, I am putty in his hands! πŸ˜‰

    I will have been praying for you all along the way, and will continue to do so! Good news is coming soon! Sorry about the long rambling comment, but I’m so excited for you!


  2. Sharon says

    I love the rosemary! Haven’t seen that color. Need to check it out for a sideboard project I’m planning. Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. Mary says

    I like them both too but each one has it’s own feel. The Gray’s Harbor has a cool “beachy” feel, while the Rosemary has a warm “country” feel. Both go with the rug too! I happen to like the Rosemary :)

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