Colonial Kitchens

Taking cues from 17th and 18th century designs, colonial kitchens are considered a classic style for many cooking spaces.

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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Tapping into styles from the 17th and 18th centuries, a colonial kitchen is an example of early American classic kitchen design. These kitchens use white cabinetry, understated paint colors, exposed brick walls and natural wood flooring.

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When choosing paint colors for a colonial kitchen, it is important to first consider what color you will be using on the cabinets. Light wood cabinets work in a colonial kitchen, but many designs are complete with cabinets painted in neutral colors, like white, beige and pale yellow. Once you have established your cabinet style, you can begin to determine the color that will be used on the walls. Light green, red, and antique blue are all suitable colors for walls in a colonial kitchen.

If you have the ability to incorporate an exposed brick wall in your design, then this can certainly lend a rustic focal point to your kitchen. Consider using exposed brick behind an oven or sink area. Choose appliances and sink fixtures that are somewhat understated. The original colonial kitchens did not have modern appliances, so these should not be the centerpiece of your kitchen.

Final design elements include chairs with all-American patterns, like red and white gingham, handmade dishes and mugs, and vintage kitchen utensils that can easily be discovered at a flea market or garage sale.

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