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I think color for kitchens should be delicious, whether you're drawn to a
crunchy green, buttery yellow, or rich mocha. A kitchen is a complicated
room with many surfaces, and color looks different on different textures.
You'll be considering the cabinets, the countertop, the floor, the
backsplash, and the appliances in your color plan. Or maybe you're not
looking for a major kitchen renovation, but you want a little color on the
walls. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Yellow is a traditional
choice for kitchens, and will make yours feel sunny, even if it has a
northern exposure. Benjamin Moore's #190 (Pearly Gates) is a warm, light
yellow that would be a pleasure to look at every day. I saw it with dark
red cabinets, and the combination was gorgeous, though oak would also look
great. Picture Old Blue Jeans (I mean the paint color, Benjamin Moore #839)
and golden yellow Mushroom Cap (Benjamin Moore # 177) in adjoining rooms or
on the trim for a Scandinavian-flavored color scheme. Or use the palest
yellow-green to create a kitchen with a vineyard theme. Start with Benjamin
Moore #247, Cosentino Chardonnay, on the walls, and use accessories and a
wall border decorated with grapes. Then, add accents the color of red wine.
Red makes your cooking look
even more delectable, which might not be ideal if you're trying to lose
some weight. But it is a wonderful kitchen color. A friend told me that her
mother used to paint the kitchen ceiling red, another way to make the
kitchen the heart of the home. Ralph Lauren Rodeo Red (SF18A) is a dramatic
choice, especially with dark wood cabinets, stainless appliances and modern
If red is too much for you,
consider terra cotta or peach. Painting your kitchen in Mexican Tile
(Benjamin Moore #1194) will provide a lot of warmth. I'm in love with C2
Paints Sweet Potato (C2-2281), which I used in one customer's kitchen. All
the C2 paints are very saturated in color and often go on in one coat.
Ansonia Peach (#HC-52 from Benjamin Moore) is another deep peach to try. A
friend used Benjamin Moore #907 (called Evening White, but really a subtle
apricot) in his modern kitchen, beautiful with his light maple cabinets and
black granite counters. And donít dismiss that other member of the red
family, pink, which could be a fun color for a retro-look kitchen. Pamela
Powellís book Bungalow Kitchens (Layton, Utah, Gibbs-Smith Publisher, 2000)
mentions that pink was popular for kitchens in the 1920s and again in the
1950ís. If you havenít seen this book, I strongly recommend picking it up
for its classic design inspirations.
Green gives you a
refreshing and sophisticated kitchen and always brings the outdoors in. My
sister-in-law painted her kitchen in Kennebunkport Green (Benjamin Moore
#HC-123). Itís is a deep, soft green and it looks even more elegant at
night. Herbal greens are appealing in a kitchen. Picture sage in a country
kitchen. I really like the bright green of Rosemary Sprig (Benjamin Moore
#2144-30) in a contemporary kitchen. A designer I know chose it to bring
out the green tones in a clientís stone countertop.
Have you thought about
using violet in your kitchen? A lavender with cloud-white trim and white
cabinets will provide atmosphere. C2ís Iris (C2-6047) would be pretty with
accents in deep berry colors.
Neutrals are part of almost
any kitchen. They show up in countertops, cabinets, ceramic tiles, wood
floors. Pale, warm brown kitchen walls invite lingering over a cup of
coffee. Try a few mochas from Benjamin Moore-- #1152 (Puppy Paws), #2162-60
(Mystic Beige) or go deeper and more golden with #2162-40 (Peanut Shell),
for a very rich look.
Since you spend so much
time in the kitchen, it's important to pick colors you love, that inspire
you, and that welcome friends and family members. Whether you're tackling a
total kitchen re-do or a putting a coat of paint on the walls, you can
create a more delicious kitchen, with color.