Design Trend: Color in the Kitchen

This past weekend, my husband and I went to several open houses. We toured quite a few homes, both newly built and recently renovated.  We recently purchased an investment property with his parents, so we wanted to view the current market to see the finishes other custom home builders were using on their properties. One selection stood out for sure; every… single… kitchen we saw…was white!

Now, don’t get me wrong, I do love a white kitchen. It’s a classic look that will stand the test of the time, certainly in New England, but after viewing about 12 white kitchens, all with shaker style doors, I was bored. But also inspired; inspired to get back to the showroom and start designing with color!

There are many interesting ways to introduce color and texture into your kitchen, without it feeling too overwhelming or taste specific. Often, we use the power of three in our kitchen designs; utilizing three different colors to add interest throughout the space.  In the kitchen below, we used classic colors, including white to achieve just that. The island, in navy over maple, creates a focal point and contrast against the white, while the matte heartwood maple, with a pewter glaze, adds warmth.

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Textures and stains can read as neutral as white in kitchen design. The kitchen below was designed using a variety of natural elements to give the space a cohesive feel. Textured rift cut oak laminate is finished in a light stain, with the same texture on the island in a darker stain. The countertops are two different shades of granite, paired with a concrete farm sink and satin copper faucet, tying the materials together in harmony. Natural metal floating shelves complement the entire canvas; the perfect finishing touches to this gorgeous design.

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In the kitchen below, we selected colors to create a sense of balance with the natural elements coming from the gorgeous backyard garden. With all the natural light and greenery flowing into the space, we thought a pale glaze over green cabinetry – it’s vintage putty over maple – would play beautifully, and boy did it ever!

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If you’re feeling less adventurous, consider adding just one neutral color to the kitchen, perhaps on the island.  Below, we used a dark gray. It added just the right amount of pop to the otherwise white in the kitchen.

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Or you can simply go with a stain color to add color to the island.

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Another option is to go bold, opting for stain on all of the cabinetry as a contrast against a neutral white wall canvas. This allows the stainless steel and wood elements to pop throughout the design. In this kitchen, a simple plaster white hood balances the wood palette of the cabinetry.

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Other ways of introducing color in the kitchen include:

A stainless steel mosaic backsplash paired with matte black cabinetry.

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Cherry wood cabinets with slab style doors, and a stainless steel counter top below, is a modern approach.

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Color and texture can bring much-needed personality to a kitchen, so be bold, trust your designer, and don’t be afraid to design with color, even in the kitchen.



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