Color Love: Neutral Kitchens
Aug 01, 2010
There's a real movement toward neutral color palettes right now. After years of hearing TV designers talk over and over about making things "pop," perhaps we're craving a little calm. Inspired by the first image below, I went hunting for more gorgeous examples of kitchens that pull off a warm, interesting look without using intense color to do it.
Be inspired, then read my tips for keeping a neutral kitchen interesting. —Diane
This kitchen may not have juicy color, but it has tons of texture: the stone wall, corrugated metal ceiling (love!), thick butcher block, wicker chairs, and polished concrete floors. Photo: Better Homes & Gardens.
Look at the beautiful proportion here. Tall ceilings are done right with custom to-the-ceiling cabinets, extra-tall doorways, slim fixtures and furniture. Several neutrals plus green accents and a mixture of metal finishes create a layered and interesting color story. Photo: Canadian House & Home.
This is a look anyone with a modest budget could pull off. Dark floors, white cabinetry, black and chrome accents. Simple stock cabinetry is given a custom look with serious mouldings to the ceiling. Industrial accents add interest, and a large, unadorned window gives the impression of spaciousness in a smallish kitchen. Photo: Canadian House & Home.
Gray and white get warmed up with a pale but taosty neutral on the walls. This looks a lot like the color on my kitchen walls: Sherwin-Williams Ramie. Photo: Canadian House & Home.
Rustic elements shine amid a mostly white kitchen: brick floors and a pine harvest table. The black door adds a nice bit of "punctuation." Photo: Lonny Magazine.
- Choose several neutrals. Don't forget that elements like appliances and fixtures have color, too.
- Play up texture. Without it, the room will look boring. Add it with rough tile, cork flooring, slubby fabrics, a butcher-block top, or a tin ceiling.
- Add an element of interest or two, but don't overdo it. Easy places to express your style: light fixtures, quirky barstools, cabinet hardware, accessories.
- Invest in lighting. Neutral or not, any color scheme can fail if its not lit in an effective and appealing way.
- Keep surrounding spaces neutral, as well. Now that open kitchens have become the standard, it's important to integrate the look of your kitchen with its surrounding spaces.
- Cook! Nothing makes a kitchen more interesting than what's created within it. Let your colorful food take center stage.
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