10 Kitchen Color Trends

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Whether you are looking to give your kitchen a big shot of color or just want to introduce a new shade to your scheme, here is a look at what's hot in kitchen design.

Shades of Gray

While white and natural wood remain the most popular choices for kitchen cabinets, gray has been gaining ground in recent years. This new neutral provides a sleek and sophisticated alternative for modern homes. When paired with white or black countertops, gray cabinetry provides an understated backdrop that allows accent colors to really pop.

Color Above

When choosing paint for your kitchen, don't forget the "fifth wall." Extending paint from floor to ceiling is a designer trick that more people are incorporating into their kitchen designs. To visually lower high ceilings and make the space cozy, paint the entire room a dark color or choose a darker shade for the ceiling complemented by lighter walls. To make a small kitchen live larger, paint the ceiling one or two shades lighter than the walls.

Surface Treatment

Breathe new life into your kitchen by painting a hutch, buffet, island, or other oversize stand-alone piece in an on-trend color, such as peacock, pumpkin, lime, or violet. Using a punchy color on just one accent item is a smart, noncommittal way to remake your space without breaking the bank.

Soft Spot

Eat-in kitchens are becoming a preferred spot for showcasing color. Replace your traditional wooden chairs or benches with upholstered chairs or settees in a patterned fabric that lets your personality shine. Using color in small doses on accent furniture is a more affordable way to inject color than replacing cabinetry or countertops. Accent pillows in coordinating patterns can bring even more color to the space.

Down to Earth

Homeowners are letting their love of nature shine in the kitchen, where soft shades of sand, sea, and air are growing in popularity. Muted tones of blues, tans, yellows, and greens look particularly great when paired with natural-wood finishes.

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Urban Oasis

City dwellers have long loved the stark contrast of black and white but the contemporary look is getting an update. Pairing dark gray with warm gold or navy blue with crisp beige is a fresh alternative for accentuating ultramodern lacquer white cabinetry.

Statement Lighting

When it comes to kitchen lighting, bigger is better. Oversize fixtures are a bold way to add a shot of color to your kitchen without spending a fortune to renovate. Make a big statement by choosing a sculptural pendant, patterned drum shade, or a chandelier with a colorful finish.

Get Glamorous

Sleek color schemes inspired by old Hollywood glamour are making their way into kitchen design. Moody shades of gray on the walls or cabinets look stunning when punctuated by hints of metallic shimmer from hardware, appliances, lighting, and iridescent glass backsplashes. For even more drama, finish the look with deep blue or hot pink accents.

New Take on a Classic

Give a traditional black-and-white kitchen an updated look by adding small pops of preppy colors. Use bright shades pulled from the rainbow in artwork, window treatments, light fixtures, or accent pieces. To really drive home the look, paint a focal-point wall black or charcoal gray, and create a vignette of colorful accents paired with bright-white furniture.

Mix and Match

Mixing and matching cabinet colors is going mainstream -- and quickly. The trend began with colorful islands and has now moved elsewhere in the kitchen, with combinations like gray and green, two-toned gray, or even natural wood tones and black. Anything is possible with this on-trend transformation!

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