Popular Kitchen Paint Colors
A fresh coat of paint can really brighten up an old kitchen. But picking the best colors for your kitchen is a big decision.
Go on! Use a Favorite Color
It's not unusual to show off a favorite hue in the living room, but for some reason, kitchens rarely get that special treatment. Deepthi Brown, however, wasn't about to do a neutral or white cook space in her light-filled Los Angeles home. For her it was bright green or bust! Designed by: Michele Trout and Heidi Bonesteel, Bonesteel Trout Hall, Los Angeles, 310-454-8762, bonesteeltrouthall.com
"My backsplash isn't at all bashful," says Deepthi. For the tile, she considered dozens of styles and shades of green but landed on Vibe-Ashbury in key lime by Walker Zanger. She describes the color as "paddy field green," a fresh, grassy hue that reminds her of the rice fields in her native India. "We love the curved shape of the tiles because they match the Mediterranean style of the house," she says. Vibe-Ashbury Mosaic in key lime, $21 per square foot, walkerzanger.com for stores.
"Okay, all green would have been too much," says Deepthi. As a concession to her husband, Patrick, whose style is more traditional and less colorful than Deepthi's, Designers Heidi Bonesteel and Michele Trout calmed down the kicky palette with two tones of natural wood: light oak cabinets, and a dark walnut countertop on the island. The floor tiles, in terra-cotta, were another compromise.
Practical, Stylish Cooking Space
The double ovens and eight gas burners are great for preparing multiple dishes at once. "The stove used to be in the island, which didn't make sense because it caused traffic jams, and I thought cooking smells lingered forever," says Deepthi. Now the range has plenty of space surrounding it, plus an odor-eliminating, eye-catching zinc hood.
Dishes on Display
"Glass-front cabinets mean I put a lot of pretty pieces on display," says Deepthi. Not only are the doors clear glass, but the shelves are, too (they're held in place with shallow wood ledges). All that glass gives the oak cabinets an airy feel, almost like the contents are floating. Deepthi arranges her dishes in tidy stacks and rows.
"These pendants were a pleasant surprise, says Deepthi. "I love turning these on while everything else is off at night," says Deepthi. "They have the best soft, warm glow, almost like candlelight." Made of weathered zinc, the generously sized pendant lamps (32 inches by 20 inches) over the island add a rustic touch to the new room. For a similar look: Uttermost Albiano 1-light pendant, $216, lampsplus.com.
There's no getting around it: The Calacatta Gold marble counters and black walnut wood island top require extra diligence to prevent marks and stains. And that means a single kitchen credo: No drink goes down without a coaster. "It's a simple precaution I'm willing to take to keep the counters looking beautiful," she says. The island features a dark walnut countertop with painted cabinets in Cooking Apple Green by Farrow & Ball. The Faucet: Talo single handle pull-down bar/prep faucet, $920, brizo.com for stores.
Visible Food Storage
"Everyone knows what's in my fridge, says Deepthi. The glass-front fridge by Sub-Zero makes it easy to monitor the contents. "I can always see what's in the fridge, even from across the room," Deepthi says. Word to the wise: Extra cleaning is required to banish smudges." I do have to wipe the outside with glass cleaner every couple of days," she says. The pantry lives behind closed doors to the right of the fridge.
If you're having trouble finding the perfect hue, play it safe by choosing shades that are favored by designers and the majority of homeowners.
White, ivory, yellow, red, green, blue and gray are all popular paint colors, both for walls and as accents. But it's important to understand how to use them if you want to brighten up the most important room in your home.
Since kitchens tend to be one of the busiest areas in a home, it's wise to pick a calming color such as white or ivory for your walls. Light and airy, the color will instantly brighten up your kitchen and it'll be easy to add in pops of color here and there.
If you prefer a more playful color palette right off the bat, consider yellow. Energizing and eye-catching, it works well on the walls, as a backsplash or on the inside of cabinets.
Red is believed to stimulate the appetite, so it's a color that's often used in kitchens. But be careful with this bold color; it can overpower the room and make it feel too dark if not used sparingly. Reds that have hints of pink can really work wonders in a kitchen. You wouldn't want to paint your entire walls with them, but raspberry-colored tiles would look striking as a backsplash, or you could consider cranberry-red cabinets paired with neutral countertops.
Green is a soothing color that can lend an earthy, organic vibe to a kitchen when paired with wooden accents. Mint and apple green are other options that can add even more character to your kitchen and look good with white cabinets and countertops.
Many shades of blue can work in a kitchen. Crips blues paired with white can create a beachy vibe, while robin's egg blue really pops when paired with wood accents. Navy blue is showing up in kitchens more and more, most often on kitchen cabinets or islands. A striking color, it feels modern and sophisticated when paired with white walls and stainless steel appliances. Pops of blue paired with ivory accents can add a vintage charm.
Gray is being touted as the new neutral, and it can work wonders in kitchens as well. A soft, soothing gray can ground a kitchen space and create calm in one of the busiest rooms in the house. Gray countertops would pair nicely with navy blue cabinets and help create a sophisticated space. If you're open to more bold colors, gray can complement an array of other shades including raspberry, pumpkin and yellow.
If you're still unsure which color to use, flip through some magazines or scroll through online kitchen galleries. Notice which kitchens you gravitate toward and consider incorporating their color schemes into your own.
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