Charleston Paint Colors for Kitchens

Discover the best Charleston paint colors for your kitchen.


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Aside from being one of the friendliest and most polite cities in the country, Charleston is famous for its beautiful architecture and colorful homes.

9 Splurge-Worthy Kitchens

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Add Character With Vintage Lights

Designer Joel Snayd gave this newly-built beach house old-house charm by swapping the ubiquitous pendants over the peninsula for flush-mounted milk glass orbs — killer antique finds worth every penny. Over the dining table, a large lantern is a stylish focal point while a trio of salvaged copper marine lights, one above each window, illuminate the sink. Reevaluate your kitchen budget to spend less on the generic and more on what will give your kitchen the personality it needs.

Vintage Revamp

For designer Rob Stuart, inspiration for this kitchen's period-perfect design struck at the sight of the Art Deco range. The rare find was worth the splurge to anchor the kitchen's Deco feel. Rob then added period-appropriate custom cabinets in a modern color palette to create a kitchen that is both timeless and of the moment. Photo by Neil A. Landino, Jr.

Out With the Old, In With the (Less) Old

Traditional kitchens don't have to ring historic to have character. Designer Joel Snayd brought this kitchen up to date with charcoal-gray painted cabinets and hip, mid-century furnishings for a look to last generations. The massive custom island acts more as a piece of furniture than an extension of the kitchen's cabinets. Although a splurge, it was worth the added expense to provide a convenient spot for kids to do homework or grab a quick bite.

Fine-Tune the Focus

Gone are the days when a kitchen range hood stood out like a sore thumb. Designer Rebekah Zaveloff incorporated it into the design by covering the custom-made range hood with the same porcelain subway tile as the walls, causing it to virtually disappear, allowing the kitchen's architectural elements to take center stage.

Upgrade for Entertaining

You have that special place in your closet for shoes, but what about your next favorite collection — wine? Designer Lori Dennis added a built-in wine chiller and surrounding bar area as an extension of this high-end kitchen, allowing guests to relax with a Chardonnay or Merlot only feet away from where the hostess is cooking.

Marble: More is More

Designer Joel Snayd relied on the sophisticated look of marble to create a kitchen that's classic, grounded and beautiful. White traditional-style cabinets, a full-wall marble backsplash and matching marble countertops contrast perfectly with the kitchen's dark-stained floor.

Focus on the Floor

Are you debating whether to choose a hardwood or tile floor for your kitchen? Why not use both — designer Rebekah Zaveloff chose the best of both worlds with oversized marble tiles criss-crossed by dark-stained hardwood to create a kitchen floor that's bold and dramatic.

Coastal and Country

Sometimes one key element is all you need to change the look of a kitchen. Designer Anissa Swanzy knew the long lead-time on this stunning Vapor Green farm sink would be well worth the wait. The vibrant pop of color creates an eye-catching focal point while the happy hue may make doing dishes less of a chore. Anissa pairs this unique sink with marble countertops for a kitchen with a sophisticated yet laid-back coastal style.

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One-Wall Show

Upper cabinets weren't necessary in this galley kitchen so rather than leave the wall plain, designer Rebekah Zaveloff decided to jazz it up with glowing tile in the same warm, neutral tones as the rest of the open-concept space.

Charleston, with its peach, pink, coral and other rosy hues to its rich blues and browns, is not a city that's afraid to use color.

If you'd like to use Charleston paint colors for your kitchen, Duron has a collection of more than 100 shades replicated from historic preservation works and developed with the help of the Historic Charleston Foundation.

There are many pastel Charleston paint colors such as creamy yellows, powdery blues, soft peaches and pale oranges that would look beautiful on your kitchen walls. These lighter pastel shades will create a cheerful, inviting space and would look great with white or neutral accents. Some colors to consider include Yellow Jessamine, Blue Heron, Carolina Peach and Rhett Pumpkin.

If you prefer a more neutral color, there are some gorgeous grays that would add some depth to your kitchen without taking center stage. Gray pairs well with many other colors and can serve as a good base in your kitchen. Some grays from Duron's collection include Confederate Flannel and Garden Fountain.

Darker Charleston colors would also work in the kitchen, but it's important to balance more intense shades with lighter accents to keep them from feeling too heavy or overpowering the room. Some darker blues from Duron's collection include Evening Harbor, a soothing shade; Canton China Blue, a bolder tone; and Peacock Blue, a greenish blue. Bolder greens that would also work in the kitchen include Salt Marsh, a sage-colored shade, and Boxwood Hedge, a fresh and bright color.

If you already have a fairly neutral kitchen and are looking for an inexpensive way to dress it up, try painting your cabinets. Gone are the days when cabinets were only painted white or a warmer neutral. Now, plenty of cabinets are painted in pretty pastel shades and even deeper, more sophisticated colors. Some fun colors to consider from Duron's Colors of Historic Charleston collection include Snapdragon, a reddish coral color; Caribbean waters, a turquoise shade; and Alicia's Bedchamber, a minty tone. If you choose to paint your cabinets a "statement shade," remember to balance them out with neutrals so they don't overpower the room. If you're not ready to commit to painting all your cabinets this color, consider painting just your top or bottom ones or the insides of the cabinets.

Charleston kitchen paint colors can also be used on floors, doors, chairs, and tables. Before setting on your favorite shades, look at what you currently have in the space or what you plan to put in and find a complementary color.

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