Bye-Bye Boring Brown Kitchens

Whet your appetite for color with this surprisingly appealing neutral.

By: Virginia Switzer

Photo By: Daniel Levin

Cafe Kitchen Design

When we think of brown in the context of drinks, javas, espressos, and cappuccinos come to mind. Using coffee cabinets and milky-white subway tiles creates an inviting combination for a modern, industrial design. Designed by Randy Weinstein

Repurposed Style

Repurpose old stools, chairs and architectural salvage – all in warm, neutral browns – to create the feeling of a custom, casual farmhouse kitchen. Photographed by Lisa Warninger; Styling by Chelsea Fuss; Designed by Orange Design and Construction

Eat-In Kitchen

Combine a shiny, sophisticated countertop with casual captain's chairs for a one-of-a-kind gathering space. Top it with a candle tray-lamp and you've got the perfect conversation starter.

Old World Charm

Rich textures of brick and wood present a sense of intimacy in this grand, Iitalian-style kitchen. Designed by Thom Oppelt

The St. John's Wort of Color

Brown calms us, which is why it's a great choice for high-traffic areas. Using different shades of wood adds architectural dimension and a contemporary flair to this kitchen. Designed by SPG Architects

Classic Color Combination

White acts as a blank canvas for rich textures without making this kitchen feel cramped and dark. Photo courtesy of IKEA

On the Open Range

In this contemporary kitchen design, earthy tones and materials flow seamlessly into the great outdoors. Designed by Ron Radziner

Oak Cabinets Withstand Trends

Custom woodwork pops against glass subway tiles, giving this narrow bungalow kitchen a vintage look. Designed by Rebekah Zaveloff

Modern Design

Design diva Candice Olson combines stainless steel and wood for an informal-yet-modern kitchen. Design tip: use cool gray and warm brown to suggest a down-to-earth sophistication.

Rustic Kitchen

Gray-browns are more casual than chocolate. Layer lighting – ambient, task and accent -- to create a family-friendly vibe. Photo courtesy of Hinkley Lighting.

Warm and Inviting

Casual and relaxed, this family gathering space is designed for a gourmet chef, yet approachable for the novice cook. Copper elements add a touch of elegance. Designed by Lori Dennis

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