Thursday, April 11, 2013

Innovative Kitchen Color Ideas

article by Jennifer Adams

Few remodeling projects change a house as much as an updated kitchen. New, old or who cares what shape it’s in, the heart of any home is usually the kitchen. I get asked all the time about what colors work in kitchens, so I’m going to share a few of my favorite ideas.

Neutrals are always a safe bet for modern kitchens, old fashioned ones or anything in between. Gray is a very trendy color right now and I love combining it with off white for a very warm, modern take on classic black and white. Pure whites, pale tan and yellows, soft blacks and wood tones also look great.

This kitchen, pictured above and designed by Jason Urrutia and photographed by Matt Sartain Photography demonstrates the magic of gray, white and black. I love how clean the white cabinets feel. Mixing the gray walls and soft black island keeps this kitchen looking ultra modern yet warm.

If you want a little more color, think of your favorite foods. Deep reds, oranges, brownish yellows, and earthy green colors also work well in many houses, modern and traditional. Paprika, curry, cumin, dried chilis, pumpkin, pomegranate and kale provide an appetizing inspiration for color as well as your dinner menu! 

Balance with warm whites, wood tones or buttery yellows for a clean, warm look. The floor tile colors in this kitchen designed by Jane Ellison seem pulled right out of the spice drawer!

Pastels are hot, too, if you love vintage charm. I recently saw a cute cottage style kitchen with amazing sky blue cabinets. Bright colors work best with old-fashioned, rustic or farmhouse styles. To keep pale blues, pinks, greens and other pastels fresh and modern, mix with warm whites and gray colors or new materials such as quartz, stainless and wood. Or use a complementary color like the deep red accents in this green kitchen by TimothyMcNamura.


The lower cabinets don’t need to match the uppers, and islands don’t need to match everything else. I love using two shades of the same color, with the darker tone on the bottom. If you have an island, paint or stain it a different color for contrast. Dark islands with lighter cabinets usually look wonderful in new or old styles.

What color is your kitchen? Please share your photos, I’d love to see!

Photos courtesy of Cultivate's website.

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