Neutral Paint Colors for Kitchens

Discover the best neutral paint colors for kitchens.
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Bold colors are popular in both the fashion and design world these days, but neutral paint colors will never go out of style.

Renovate Your Kitchen for Under $1,000

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Get the Look for Less

Want to redo your kitchen without breaking the bank? "It is possible to give your kitchen a whole new look for much less money," says Nikki Trivisonno, president of the Ohio State Chapter of the National Kitchen & Bath Association. "But you have to be willing to make some compromises."

Start by updating the color and reducing clutter then add new hardware, fixtures and a backsplash. You'll go a long way toward stealing the high-end look you crave.

Replace the Hardware

"Hardware has a really big impact on a kitchen's style, so changing it is a great way to freshen up the look of your kitchen," says Trivisonno.

For less than a couple hundred dollars and just a few hours of work, a homeowner can swap out every handle and knob in the kitchen. Styles range from contemporary to rustic to traditional. Finishes come in ultra-popular oil-rubbed bronze or easy-to-clean polished chrome. To make installation a breeze, Trivisonno suggests that homeowners bring along an old drawer pull when shopping to make sure the new hardware matches the holes of the previous set.

Depending on the style and finish of the hardware and the number of drawers and cabinets, the average kitchen can be completed for as little as $150.

Replace the Faucet

Fixtures are the jewelry of the kitchen, and the kitchen sink is often the focal point of the room. Investing in a new faucet is a simple and cost-effective way of giving the whole room an updated look. Like cabinet hardware, faucets come in a wide range of shapes, styles and finishes, making it easy to match the decor of the room.

Kitchen faucets come in single- and double-handled models and can include a separate pull-out sprayer, requiring an additional slot. Match the new faucet footprint to the old to save hours of frustration and quite possibly the cost of a brand new sink.

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Install a Stainless Steel Laminate Backsplash

"For a really clean, contemporary look, a homeowner can easily install a stainless steel laminate backsplash," says Trivisonno.

Capped with a thin layer of stainless steel, copper or aluminum, metallic laminate sheets can be used as countertop backsplashes, as appliance covers and for the wall area behind the cooking range. And because they install with little more than a few dabs of panel adhesive, the job is easy enough for any do-it-yourselfer.

A properly sized metallic laminate panel affixed to the face of a refrigerator or dishwasher can modernize its look for a tiny fraction of what a new appliance would cost.

Add a Ceiling Fan

When shopping for a fan, look for the Energy Star Label, which means the product has met the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's energy-savings standards. Experts say an energy-efficient fan can save up to 40 percent on summer cooling costs and up to 10 percent in the winter. In other words, they're well worth the effort to install. They'll keep your kitchen cool and provide a new visual element to your space.

When it comes to the kitchen, neutral paint colors create a strong foundation to which you can add more daring colors.

Neutral kitchens are also easy and inexpensive to update since you'll just need to swap in some new accessories. They also don't compete with the light in your room and can make your kitchen feel brighter and bigger. Some popular neutral paint colors for the kitchen include white, beige, gray and sage.

White is a classic kitchen color. It's crisp and clean, and it goes hand-in-hand with the part of the house where food is prepared. White kitchens can feel stark and cold if they're not decorated properly, but when done right, they're the perfect foundation for bolder colors, different textures and interesting accents. White works especially well in small kitchens since it can help brighten the space and help it feel larger. Linen White, Cream Fleece, Atrium White and Swiss Coffee (all by Benjamin Moore) are good white paint colors to try in a kitchen.

There's nothing boring about beige when it comes to kitchens. A color that will instantly warm up a room, it's a great base for stronger colors or accents, such as deep blues, bright yellows and brass hardware. Many beige paint colors also have a hint of gray and are often referred to as "greige." Popular beige paint colors include November Rain, Early Morning Mist, Revere Pewter and Greige—all by Benjamin Moore.

The latest go-to neutral, gray works wonders in kitchens since bold colors really pop against it and lighter shades shine next to it as well. A smart neutral for someone who wants to make a statement without going overboard, there are tons of grays to choose from. Some popular ones include Horizon, Classic Gray and Dior Gray, all by Benjamin Moore.

If you want to use a neutral shade that has a bit of color, give sage a go. Low-key and soothing, sage can create a calm cooking space. Restoration Hardware's Silver Sage has a hint of gray and would look sophisticated and serene in a kitchen while Benjamin Moore's Saybrook Sage is another soothing option.

Whichever neutral color you choose, the options for accents are endless. If you prefer to keep the whole room neutral for a uniform and uncluttered look, choose light-colored cabinetry, pale countertops and a subtle backsplash. If you want to build upon your neutral base and have some fun, paint your cabinets a bold color and choose a bright backsplash.

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