Colors for Kitchen Cabinets: Vibrant Ideas
The current trend today in kitchen colors is yellow, blue, green & red. If you’re hesitant about these hues as suitable colors for your kitchen cabinets, read our brief background about the Shaker style when it comes to color trends & view the images.
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Kitchen cabinets are getting the most attention in today’s color trending ideas. In choosing colors for kitchen cabinets, being suitable doesn’t necessarily mean committing to the vintage and shabby chic tones of brown, white, and cream.
Veering away from traditional colors is not new, since this is known in the world of decorating as the “shaker style”. The turn-of-the-20th-century English architects spearheaded this concept, through their “Garden City Movement” in Cleveland, Ohio. Natural landscape and garden colors provided the inspiration for the homeowners’ house colors.
The suburban community of Shaker Heights was the most notable and prominent adherent— as other communities followed suit, they came to refer to this color trend as “shaker”. In time, the concept denoted the freedom to choose your color but to use it sparingly to avoid looking cheap and garish.
So if you’re looking for suitable colors for kitchen cabinets, why not delve into your own color preferences? Nonetheless, yellow, blue, red, and green are still the favorites among interior designers. Cheerful variations of these paint colors abound; hence, you can add more zest in a minimalist setting.
To give you a guide on how to take on these bright ideas as colors for your kitchen cabinets, the following sections present the different ways these color trends could be used.
Blue Kitchen Cabinets
For some, blue would be something off-beat for kitchen cabinets but not for those who are familiar with the typical shaker combinations of blue and brown.
To avoid looking garish, the rest of the room was toned down with a lighter shade of the same tone and was enhanced with a backsplash of golden oat color. To complete the blue and brown color combination, the countertops were treated with brown finishing.
Paint Colors: Valspar’s Enchanted Evening (cabinets), Morning Chill (walls), Royal Gray (trims), Oatlands Gold Buff (backsplash), and Molasses (countertops and floor accents).
Yellow Kitchen Cabinets
This time, we made use of the more popular yellow for the same galley kitchen cabinets. Yellow is said to be perfect, especially if the room on the north side has darker hues. Yellow can combine with almost any color.
However, we decided to be more subdued in our kitchen palette combination, by sticking to a garden theme in which canary yellow was paired-off with avocado green.
Paint Colors: Valspar’s Canary (cabinets), New Avocado (walls and floor accents), Hanging Vine (countertop), and Emerald Isle ( backsplash, trim, and ceiling)
Red Kitchen Cabinets
In considering the red hue, we chose a kitchen with a larger area, since dark colors work best if used in this aspect.
The red kitchen cabinets were set against a backdrop of silver gray tone instead of using white on the walls. The effect, of course, is less stark, since we took our inspiration from the colors of a ruby red heirloom cast in a silver setting.
The countertops made use of natural color to offset some of the glare but still decided to add more pizazz by using apricot-colored accents. In addition, the red contrast clearly separates the kitchen from the dining area.
Paint Colors: Valspar’s Heirloom Red (cabinet and cupboard), Polished Silver (walls, trims ceilings, range hood), Churchill Hotel Maple (backsplash and countertop), and Whipped Apricot (accents).
Green Kitchen Cabinets
Garden colors are naturally inviting and using these colors for kitchen cabinets would have the same effect. This is especially true if the room has cabinets occupying most of the space, inasmuch as dark or natural wood tones would look too somber and bland.
Take a look at this country kitchen and how the shabby chic style could have a brighter and more cheerful appeal. Since this kitchen has a drab and dreary closed-in look, the cabinets were virtually painted with a bolder hue of green.
This was paired off with a crimson backsplash to give the green coloring a break; actually, red is a defiant color for the shabby chic concept. A darker shade of vine green can give contrast, to lessen some of the brightening effects.
Paint Colors: Valspar’s Lawn Green ( cabinets), Hanging Vine ( trims and countertop), Sweet Mint (walls), and Whipped Strawberry (backsplash).
Reference Materials and Image Credit Section:
- Kitchen Color Schemes
- Images of Shakertown and boxes are all courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.