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Tuesday

17

January 2017

Inspired By | 20 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

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Best known as a leader of the Civil Rights Movement and his pro-peace views, Martin Luther King Jr. will always be remembered as an eloquent and well-spoken man (arguably one of the most influential in American history).

In recognition of MLK Jr. Day, which was celebrated January 16 across America, here are 20 inspiring Martin Luther King Jr. quotes:

  • “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”
  • “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
  • “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole stair case.”
  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
  • “To serve. You only need a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.”
  • “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
  • “Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.”
  • “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
  • “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
  • “If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving.”
  • “The time is always right to do what is right.”
  • “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
  • “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
  • “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
  • “The surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”
  • “You don’t have to see the whole staircase; just take the first step.”
  • “I have learned this art: When I have nothing more to say, I stop talking.”
  • “Education without morals is like a ship without a compass, merely wandering nowhere.”
  • “Love is the most durable power in the world.”
  • “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

 

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Monday

16

January 2017

Encouragement | Psalm 145:8 | Attributes of God

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“The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.” Psalm 145:8

If you’re looking for encouragement this week, turn your Bible open to Psalm 145 and read about some of the incredible attributes of God. In verse 8 alone, we are told about four great attributes of God.

  • The LORD is gracious — Defined as the unmerited favour of God, grace is a bestowal of blessings that we do not deserve.
  • The LORD is full of compassion — God is not just compassionate, He is FULL of compassion. Defined as sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings of others, compassion is something of which the Lord has no shortage. If you’re suffering, or in a valley, trust God to show you compassion. He will lead you through.
  • The LORD is slow to anger — As you face the emotions of others (and even yourself), who are often quick-tempered, bitter, or irritable, remember that one of God’s attributes is that He is slow to anger. Have patience with yourself and those around you.
  • The LORD is of great mercy — As grace is the unmerited favour of God, mercy is not giving us what we deserve. When someone does you wrong, or offends you, instead of reacting with like, try compassion on for size.

“The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.” Psalm 145:8

 

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Friday

13

January 2017

Hope Reflected | The Blessing in Obedience

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The Blessing in Obedience

Piano lessons. Talk to any adult, and they’ll tell you stories from their child hood about piano lessons. The difference in how the stories end is always related to obedience – some individuals demonstrated obedience in practicing piano, while others gave up and moved on to something else. In the long term, the benefits of demonstrating obedience in practicing piano means more than likely those individuals can still play today! It’s a great feeling of satisfaction as an adult to reap the benefits of obedience when you were a child.

The Bible talks a lot about obedience, and the book of Hebrews specifically recognizes great men and women from the Bible who were obedient and faithful: Abraham, Moses, and Sarah just to name a few.

Obedience plays a part in every believer’s life, and the Bible has much to say on the topic of obedience:

Obedience shows that we believe in and love God. Abraham, Moses, Sarah, and other men and women of faith in the Bible, demonstrated their belief and faith in God through their obedience. Jesus said in John 15:14, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” Similarly, 1 John 2: 4-5 says, “He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.”

Obedience brings glory to God. As Christians, we have a responsibility to be obedient to God’s Word. Though it’s not always easy – especially when popular opinion contradicts much of the Bible’s truths – obedience brings glory to God. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Obedience brings blessing. Psalm 1:1-2 tells us, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.” We’re also told in Proverbs 13:13, “Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.” Jesus even said in Luke 11:28, “Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”

Obedience brings freedom. Jesus said in John 8:31-32, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” And with freedom, comes peace. D.L. Moody was famously quoted as saying, “There will be no peace in any soul until it is willing to obey the voice of God.”

What are you waiting for? If you want to see God do extraordinary things in your life, start taking steps of ordinary obedience.

Originally published as “The Blessing in Obedience.” Minto Express, Independent Plus. December 7, 2016: 5. Print.

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Thursday

12

January 2017

5 Ways to Lighten Up Your Home this Year

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If you follow me on Pinterest, you know I’m a huge fan of white. I love white. White kitchens, white bathrooms, white furniture; you name it, I love all things neutral. Creating a home filled with neutrals can be difficult, — especially if you have animals or small children, — so today I’m sharing 5 ways to lighten up your home this year. There are many ways to lighten up and brighten up your home!

1. Brighten up with some flowers. I love flowers, and as tradition would have it, Wes brings me home a beautiful, fresh bouquet each Friday. Even if you don’t have a whole bouquet of flowers, a single flower can add a pop of colour and brighten up your space.

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2. Let the light in. Lightening up your home can be as simple as opening the blinds and letting some natural light in. Fan of heavy drapery? During the daylight hours, opening blinds or drapes can go a long way in letting light in and brightening up your space. Looking to hang drapery in your home this year? Here’s a tip: To make the room seem taller and more spacious, hang the curtain rods well above the window frame, right below ceiling level. You’ll add a whole lot of height to the room! This also helps let more light in when the drapes are open.

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3. Clean off your kitchen counters. I don’t care what colour palate your kitchen is, cleaning off your kitchen counters is a great way to lighten up your home. Not only does de-cluttering make you feel good (great!), de-cluttering and cleaning off your countertops gives the illusion of more space and a clean space.

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4. Incorporate some coloured cushions into your living space. You don’t have to spend a lot to lighten up your home; purchasing some coloured cushions (or cushion covers) to add to your living space is an easy way to brighten and lighten up your home! New to colour? A good rule of thumb is to start with a single hue. If you’re someone who’s comfortable with colour, select some pieces with contrast for a real burst of colour.

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5. Refresh your bedroom with new sheets. While Wes and I are big fans of white, pick your favourite colour and get some new sheets! New sheets can make a huge difference in lightening up your home. Since you sleep on them every night, I’d suggest investing in sheets that are high quality cotton (check out Gluckstein Home; Brian’s namesake brand makes theee most amazing sheets of life).

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It doesn’t have to be difficult to lighten up your home; whatever your colour scheme, whatever your style preference, following the suggestions above can kick start your year and brighten and lighten up your space! Be sure to follow me on Pinterest for more home and interior design inspiration!

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Wednesday

11

January 2017

Wednesday Wisdom | Listen to Your Heart

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“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.” Eleanor Roosevelt

In her book, You Learn by Living, Eleanor Roosevelt provided many nuggets of wisdom, including the wise words to listen to your heart. A politician, diplomat, and activist, Eleanor Roosevelt was a great example of a strong woman.

When I was a child, my Mum always used to tell me to be myself, to do what I felt was right, regardless of what everyone else was doing. As a child, that’s hard advice to take, especially when you want to ‘fit in’. Looking back, I am so glad that I heeded her wisdom to listen to my heart and stay true to myself, even if it wasn’t ‘cool’.

No matter what you do, there is going to be someone out there who criticizes you, or thinks they know better, so why bother trying to be a people-pleaser when you can be the unique creation God intended you to be? Be yourself; there is no one else better suited. God created you with a unique purpose that only you can fulfill, so trust Him and listen to His leading.

There are several verses throughout Scripture that talk about the importance of what’s in your heart:

  • “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
  • “Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
  • “Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23
  • A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45

Don’t be afraid of what other people will think of you, just be yourself and listen to your heart; the only opinion of you that matters is God’s.

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized anyway.” Eleanor Roosevelt

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Tuesday

10

January 2017

Gardening: 5 Benefits of Evergreen Trees

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By definition, an evergreen is a plant or tree that maintains its leaves throughout the year. Whatever the season, the leaves of an evergreen are always green (hence the name, ‘evergreen’). The opposite of an evergreen plant or tree is a deciduous plant or tree, which by definition is a plant that loses its foliage during the fall, winter, or dry months.

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Did you know that there are more than 100 species of evergreen conifers throughout North America? It’s true! While Wes and I only have four species in our yard, the possibilities and styles are endless if you’re looking to incorporate evergreens into your property landscape.

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While some prefer more challenging trees with which to landscape their property, Wes and I both are fans of easy-maintenance evergreen trees for several reasons:

  1. Evergreen trees provide colour and character year-round. While deciduous trees lose their leaves, evergreens maintain their green colour all year long. In the middle of winter, when everything else is looking dull, evergreens bring some much-needed colour and character to your property.
  2. Evergreen trees provide an excellent wind-break. While this fact may be of more interest if you live in an area of the country that experiences harsh winters, wind-breaks are not only effective in protecting your home from wind and snow, they can also help conserve energy. Alternatively, evergreens also provide shade in the summer, which again, can help conserve energy.
  3. Evergreen trees provide a home for birds and other wildlife. You may not be an avid birder, however there’s something so special about watching birds flit about your yard. If you’re looking to attract birds to your yard, evergreen trees are certainly a suggestion, and you should also have a feeder equipped with food for whatever variety of bird you’re looking to attract.
  4. Evergreen trees are low maintenance. I’m all about plants that look good but that don’t require a whole lot of maintenance. Wes and I have a few different varieties of cedars in our yard, and we love them. We love them not just because they look good, but because they don’t require a lot of maintenance.
  5. Evergreen trees are great for the environment. Not only does one acre of trees provide enough oxygen for up to 18 people, trees also clean the air, save water, and even prevent soil erosion.

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Monday

9

January 2017

Encouragement | You’re Not Alone | Joshua 1:9

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“The LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9b

When God told Joshua to be strong and of a good courage, He also reminded Joshua of one very important fact: “The LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9b)

Whatever you’re facing this week, remember that you’re not alone. God is with you. He is accessible to you at any time, any where. There is no where you can go that would be out of reach for God.

I’m reminded of David’s Psalm 139: “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,’ even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.” (Psalm 139:7-12)

Take heart, and have confidence! You’re not alone! The LORD your God is with you wherever you go!

“The LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9b

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Saturday

31

December 2016

20 Life Lessons I Learned in 2016

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It’s that time of year again! One thing I always love to do at the end of the year is to take time to reflect back on the time that’s just passed, and to look forward to applying what I learned in the New Year ahead. 2016 was a year filled with many answered prayers, challenges, encouragement, and also some important life hacks learned (and re-learned). With this in mind, I’m happy to share with you 20 Life Lessons I Learned in 2016:

  1. Remember to rest. “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him:” (Psalm 37:7a) I’ve been learning the lesson of “remember to rest” for most of my adult life. Ever since Carl Honoré’s “In Praise of Slowness,” I find myself yearning more and more for the slow life. Not just “taking”, but making time to rest – to turn off my phone, to eat dinner around the table, to make eye contact, to enjoy a fulfilled life with the ones I love – rest is a constant education, one that must be studied and practiced. When I purpose to rest in the LORD, only He can give me rest from life’s trials, personal problems, and work.
  2. To be successful, you need a strategy. “The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.” (Proverbs 21:5) Part of a winning strategy involves learning to the patient, being open to change, and being prayerful in your direction and decisions. As King Solomon said in Proverbs 13:16, “Every prudent man acts with knowledge.” No war was ever won without a solid strategy.
  3. A little encouragement can go a long way. “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” (Psalm 103:2) When you’re discouraged, there are a few easy ways to bring yourself out of that rut: Count your blessings. Go for a walk. Buy someone (or yourself!) flowers. Get into God’s Word. Smile at someone. Remember, a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
  4. The emotion of anger is a fact of life; while it can’t be avoided, it can be remedied. “…be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.” (James 1:19) A moment of patience in a moment of anger saves you a hundred moments of regret.
  5. There’s a Bible verse for that. “Thy word have I hid in mine heart,” (Psalm 119:11) When you’re anxious, afraid, sad, apathetic, bitter, or impatient, God’s Word is filled with encouraging verses about peace, courage, comfort, happiness, joy, love, forgiveness, and patience. Just open it!
  6. Faithfulness is important, even in the little things. “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23) Faithfulness is a virtue that can be developed prayerfully and with good habits. Faithfulness is important in every aspect of our lives, whether relationally, professionally, or financially.
  7. Bad habits can be beat. “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” (Galatians 5:9) Just like weeds in a garden, bad habits have a tendency to spread – and stick. Bad habits can be beat when you choose to be accountable, pray specifically, and believe you can overcome your bad habits. Bad habits can be beat with God’s help!
  8. Practicing patience is worth the wait. “Be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2) Planting a seed requires patience and time (which Tolstoy said are the two most powerful warriors). Patience requires rest, the right heart, and a whole lot of humility, and in the end, it’s totally worth it. As Elisabeth Elliot said, “Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.” Patience can be accomplished, one day at a time.
  9. Don’t judge a book by its cover. “But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth, for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7) Consider an iceberg: What we see on the surface is only about 10% of the whole iceberg; the other 90%, the greater mass, lies beneath the waters. This is an important lesson to remember when we look at one another.
  10. When it comes to devotions, the important part is getting started. “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) Take the time to get into God’s Word. Just like the saying “six pack abs start in the kitchen,” a strong spiritual life starts in the Bible. Open your Bible, even if it’s just a Proverb a day, seek God, and ask Him to speak to your heart. The benefits will be eternal.
  11. Make time to pray. Everyday. “Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) There are plenty of habits you can develop throughout this life, and one that’s worth practicing is prayer. God is powerful, and we have direct access to Him, whenever, wherever, and about whatever. Carve out time each day to pray, and remember throughout the day to pray for people you encounter and to praise Him for the little victories and blessings that come your way.
  12. God created you to be you. “…even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:7) God knows the exact amount of how many (or how few) hairs are on your head, and you can rest assured that He created you for a purpose that only you can accomplish and fulfill. I need this reminder daily!
  13. God is faithful and merciful. “For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.” (Psalm 86:5) A great way to remember God’s faithfulness and mercy is to keep a prayer journal – Wes and I keep note of prayer requests and praises, and it’s nothing short of AMAZING to go back and look through all of our answered prayers. This is especially encouraging when we’re feeling down or like things aren’t going our way. God is faithful and His mercies are new every morning!
  14. God is gracious. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8) Read: God gives us what we don’t deserve. He loves to shower His people with goodness and gifts that are exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think.
  15. Put things in perspective. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom:” (Proverbs 9:10) Sometimes I get so caught up with to-do lists and being busy that I need a reality check when it comes to setting priorities and what’s truly important – don’t we all? When we have a correct understanding of the fear of the Lord, it makes it easier to remember (easier, not always easy), that whatever we’re facing in front of us is never bigger than the God inside us.
  16. There is always hope. “In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider; God also hath set one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.” (Ecclesiastes 7:14) When you face adversity, ask the Lord what He’s trying to teach you, remind yourself that God is in complete control, and remember that there is always hope. C.S. Lewis once said, “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.”
  17. Disappointments are inevitable; discouragement is a choice. “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.” (Psalm 42:11) You’re not alone if experience a day – or two, or three, or hey, maybe even an entire week, – of disappointment. Life happens to all of us! The key is in how we handle it.
  18. Choose faith over fear. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) One of the realities of life is that we will all face seasons of change. Many thoughts can run through our minds when embarking on a new journey, and it’s in those times of uncertainty that we all need to be reminded to choose faith over fear. Bob Proctor said it like this: “Faith and fear both demand you believe in something you cannot see. You choose!”
  19. We all need a firm foundation. “…remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.” (Proverbs 22:28) When we start messing around with our foundations, structures shift. And an unsteady structure is not a safe structure. Having a firm foundation for what you believe is important because when storms come and your beliefs are tested – your foundation is your core!
  20. Less is more. “Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.” (Proverbs 15:16) G.K. Chesterton said, “There are two ways to get enough. One is to accumulate more, and the other is to desire less.” Too often we look to fulfill our longings with things. Fulfillment doesn’t come from any amount of “stuff” that you accumulate; it comes from God. “It is not happy people who are thankful; it is thankful people who are happy.” Remember to practice an attitude of gratitude!

Originally published as “20 Life Lessons I Learned in 2016 – Parts 1 & 2.” Reidt, Hope. Independent Plus, Minto Express, Arthur Enterprise-News, Fergus-Elora News Express. December 21, 2016: 5. 2 parts.

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Monday

19

December 2016

Encouragement | Giving | Luke 6:38

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“Give, and it shall be given unto you.” Luke 6:38

As we head into the season of giving, it’s important to remember the true meaning of Christmas: God sent His Son to die on the cross so that we would have eternal life.

It’s not the gift or how much we are able to give that matters; but rather how much love and the sincerity of our heart that we put into giving.

Proverbs 11:24-25 tells us, “One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

Ultimately, anything that we’ve been blessed with on this earth is a gift from God. This is an important thing to keep in mind when you consider how you’ll give this Christmas.

“Give, and it shall be given unto you.” Luke 6:38

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Thursday

15

December 2016

For the Home: 5 Kitchen Cabinet Colours that are not white

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Not to generalize, but I think that most women have an appreciation for a classic white kitchen cabinet, am I right? If you follow me on Pinterest, you know that I love white cabinets. That being said, I also think there’s something inspiring about stepping outside the box and getting adventurous with colour. A bold splash of colour, even if it’s on an island, upper cabinets, or lower cabinets, can take a room to an entirely different level. Today, I’m sharing 5 Benjamin Moore kitchen cabinet colours that are not white.

 

1. Benjamin Moore Indian River. Still classic, but definitely not white, this taupe-y, warm colour works beautifully, especially on these cabinets that climb right to the ceiling. I love how the home owner kept the black splash white, did the cabinets in Benjamin Moore’s Indian River, and married the two in the granite countertops.

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2. Benjamin Moore Philipsburg Blue. OK, can we just talk about this butler’s pantry for a second?! LOVE! It’s like an updated version of something straight out of an episode of Downton Abbey. Besides the pantry design itself, I love the cabinets done in Benjamin Moore’s Philipsburg Blue. Bold, rich, and strikingly traditional, the deep teal blue works well in this long, narrow space. Also, that backsplash. Yes.

Benjamin Moore kitchen cabinet colour Philipsburg Blue

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3. Benjamin Moore Raccoon Fur. At first glance, you may not notice much difference between the kitchen cabinet paint colour and above and the one featured here. Benjamin Moore Raccoon Fur is more blue than the Philipsburg Blue cabinets shown above. More cool, I like how the homeowners paired the cabinet paint with a cold white on their walls and ceiling leading into the wet bar area. Very masculine and strong, a little splash of Benjamin Moore’s Raccoon Fur speaks volumes (and looks fantastic).

Benjamin Moore kitchen cabinet Raccoon Fur

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4. Benjamin Moore Smoke Embers. You might say these cabinets look very close to white, but look again. The lower kitchen cabinets are a subtle, soothing shade called Smoke Embers by Benjamin Moore. Instead of looking washed out, this subdued shade adds depth to another otherwise all-white kitchen.

Benjamin Moore kitchen cabinet Smoke Embers

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5. Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron (and White Cloud). On its own, one might think that Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron paint colour is a little harsh for a kitchen cabinet, but in this space, and just on one set of cabinets (in this case the lower cabinets) works very well. The cabinet colour is softened slightly with the addition of brass hardware, and the trendy chevron backsplash pulls the eyes up to the upper cabinets, which are painted in Benjamin Moore’s White Cloud.

Benjamin Moore kitchen cabinet wrought iron white cloud

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While white is certainly more my style, I love the idea of adding an accent colour on one set of kitchen cabinets — whether upper or lower, an island or pantry, or a coffee nook/wet bar. If you’re looking for kitchen cabinet colour inspiration, be sure to check out my Kitchen board on my Pinterest!

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