Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The many shades of yellow

My birthday is fast approaching. As a present, I have requested to have the kitchen painted professionally. John promised to get some quotes, but of course, he has failed to call anyone yet. And my birthday is less than 2 weeks away. He really needs to get snappy, or I am going to be one angry mama.

When I decided to paint the kitchen, I also decided that I wanted to do a sunflower motif. We have a bright yellow tile backsplash (circa 1974), and I thought the sunflowers would match the existing colors. However, my cousin informed me that "sunflowers are white trash." What? Sunflowers are trashy? I had no idea.

Since I am now doubting my original plans, but still want to stick with something yellow, I have decided that perhaps I should go with a banana motif. Except I have looked everywhere for banana artwork, and have failed to find anything promising. DARN! There are lots of apple, grape, and pear pictures, but not so many bananas.

So I am turning to the internet for sage advice and wisdom. Are sunflowers trashy? If so, where would one find banana pictures? Or are bananas trashy too?

16 comments:

kristi said...

I guess I am trashy too because I love sunflowers!

iMommy said...

Sunflowers are not trashy. I even asked the all-knowing Google -- the only thing that comes up about trashy sunflowers is your post, actually :)

So go - be free! Rejoice in your sunflower kitchen!

(I am so sorry for this comment. I haven't had coffee or breakfast yet.)

jen said...

sunflowers aren't trashy. i'm thinking she meant that anything can be trashy if it's too over the top and in your face.
go to etsy and do searches for sunflower art or banana art ...
i love buying artwork and stuff on there. it's handmade ... often beautiful ... and you can find art inexpensively!

Eva said...

It's all in the execution!

Jenn said...

Well that's a new one to me! I have seen lots of homes nice homes with them in their kitchens and the people that own them are far from trashy!

If she doesnt like them she doesnt have to be in your house is what I'd say !

Becks said...

If done not over the top Sunflowers could be great! I agree check out Etsy for some ideas..they have fabulous stuff, but be prepared to be addicted!

amanda said...

if sunflowers are trashy then bc i come from the sunflower state, am i trashy by default?

i had the same issue before only about lemons and limes. i wanted a kitchen full and no one had anything lemony or limey - now it's everywhere!

but of course i no longer want a lemon and lime kitchen. go figure.

Midwest Mommy said...

My b-day is Sunday, what's yours?

dani said...

i don't think sunflowers are trashy per se; however, they were the "in" thing about 10 years ago and were WAY over-done (at least in our area)... maybe that's what your cousin was saying.
try googling, "yellow kitchen decor corbis". corbis should give you some great ideas:)
love,
dani

Danielle said...

I didn't know they were trashy. I love yellow and it is your house- do whatever you want

Tabitha said...

I love sunflowers!!
and yellow is a great colour for the kitchen ~ I love it!
No idea about the banana motif!
Good luck!
love and hugs Tabitha XXX

Dana said...

i LOVE yellow kitchens....I think they are sooo pretty - Love it..


Please stop by my blog - hopefully spreading the word will help!!!

Heather @ boy, girl, and a pug said...

I don't think sunflowers are trashy, but then again, I live in KS:)

All these B's and Me! said...

My kitchen walls are painted a light butter yellow and I LOVE IT! What a great color choice and I think Sunflowers would brighten up a room so much.

pitapocketmom said...

if you do decided to do the sunflower yellow theme, you should pair it with a country blue accent. such as kitchen towels, or even get those cool old looking bottles that are dyed blue. i have seen this done and it looks great with the sunflowers!

Carrie said...

I hate to say it, but I agree with your cousin. The only houses I have seen with the sunflower theme have been trailers and very low class---everything in the house of poor quality and at least 15 years old.

That being said, I'm sure you can do a modern, classy sunflower theme. It's your house, who are you trying to impress, do what ever makes you happy.

I'm dreaming of someday having a yellow and cobalt blue kitchen....a Tuscany theme. Of course, I have to buy a house instead of renting....