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
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
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!
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