Choosing colorful cabinetry personalizes your kitchen and makes it a more enjoyable space.
Although the latest trends point toward painting wooden cabinets, some species are naturally colorful. One example is purpleheart, the dense, durable wood used to make these cabinets. A clear-coat finish brings out the purpleheart's reddish undertones, which work well with the stone countertops and stainless-steel appliances.
Worried that natural wood-tone cabinetry would be too dark for their kitchen -- especially during the minimal daylight of Midwestern winters -- these homeowners chose cherrywood cabinets with a golden-yellow painted and glazed finish. Now, no matter what the time of day or year, stepping into this kitchen is like walking on sunshine.
Looking for a quick and easy way to enliven an all-white kitchen? Take a cue from this one and paint the cabinets with an eye-catching hue. The bold chartreuse color of these cabinets personalizes the standard builder-style cabinetry and complements the whimsical butterfly prints and wall decals sprinkled throughout the kitchen.
It's no secret that using your home's location is an easy way to cultivate a color palette. These robin's-egg blue cabinets give a nod to the stunning views of the land and sky just beyond the kitchen windows. The cabinets were also treated with a glaze, which gives the cabinets an aged look and the kitchen a casual, lived-in vibe.
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Cabinetry color doesn't have to come in big doses to be effective. Often, giving just a few units a distinctive hue has more impact than coloring all of them. Here, sections of red-dyed cabinets stand out in a contemporary kitchen where the rest of the cabinetry and shelving wears a natural wood finish.
Yellow cabinetry gives even the darkest kitchen a sunnier disposition. But yellow comes in a surprising variety of shades, from pale buttermilk and zesty lemon to subdued gold. This kitchen's cabinetry is a buttery yellow, warming the cottage-style space without overwhelming it. The white ceiling and the hardwood floor tone down the brightness.
Using painted cabinetry doesn't mean forsaking natural wood finishes elsewhere in your kitchen. In fact, some colors and woods work especially well together, with one surface reinforcing the other. For example, the rich hue of this island adds dramatic contrast to white-painted cabinetry and a thick marble countertop. The dark finish of the island blends in with the flooring, which helps anchor the piece in the center of the kitchen.
White is a color, too, and going with more vibrant cabinetry in your kitchen doesn't mean you have to exclude white. Mixing colors lets you enjoy the best of both worlds -- and ensures a visually interesting result. In this kitchen, teal cabinetry along one wall is lightened by a white tiled backsplash and center island.
Colorful cabinetry is often found in contemporary-style kitchens, but it can also be effective in energizing a more traditional setting. Bold yellow paint graces the lower cabinets and an island in this cottage-style kitchen. The energetic hue adds a splash of needed color to the neutral space and contrasts the dark-stained countertops.
Afraid of going too far with colorful cabinetry? Then concentrate it where it will count. In this kitchen, the hutch-inspired unit along one wall was painted an eye-catching red color. The rest of the cabinets were painted white or stained with a dark, rich color. Although the splash of red is anything but subtle, it doesn't overwhelm the kitchen with color.
High contrast between cabinet colors can create a dramatic effect. In the kitchen of this contemporary-style home, a black-and-white color scheme carries over to the cabinets, creating a sleek and modern aesthetic. Stainless-steel appliances and a polished island countertop also contribute to the contemporary look.
Color has the power to transform ordinary cabinetry into a true focal point. In this kitchen, vibrant yellow cabinetry adds warmth and energy to the otherwise neutral space. The look-at-me hue conveys the homeowners' personality and makes the utilitarian space a fun and spirited area for preparing meals and entertaining guests.