How to Choose Your Kitchen Color SchemeSelecting the right color scheme for your kitchen can be difficult when you’re not sure what specific feel, theme or design you have in mind. The range of styles and colors may leave you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. The good news is that certain colors work best in specific rooms – especially for the kitchen. Here are some ideas on how to choose the best kitchen color palettes to suit your taste.

Choose Great Kitchen Color Combinations

You can make your kitchen an expression of your own personal style by immersing it in colors you love. For a no-regrets approach, choose neutral tones for the expensive foundation elements such as cabinets, floors, countertops, and appliances. Introduce color on the walls, backsplash, window treatments, lighting, and other accents. With this strategy, you can easily and affordably swap out the color scheme. Use a color chart to determine which colors complement one another and pick two dominant colors and one accent color. It is best to keep both dominant colors simple, yet complementary, and using the third color, you are able to accent and bring an attitude to tie the three together. The following combinations are bright and beautiful together – blue and orange, red and yellow, gray and purple, black and white, blue and brown, gray and yellow, black and red, brown and green, and pink and white.

“It is best to keep both dominant colors simple, yet complementary, and using the third color, you are able to accent and bring an attitude to tie the three together.“


For more contemporary or modern designs, bright colors and contrasting tones are much more common; vibrant reds, gentle greens and yellow give a retro-feel for the kitchen. Whether your kitchen style is modern, traditional or in between, some classic paint colors will work great. Black can be a great choice if you’re looking to create a contrast with a primarily light-colored design. Grays and dark browns for cabinets can help create a visual contrast with light-colored kitchen designs.

Most Recommended Colors

Choosing paint colors can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. If you’re looking to create a warm and welcoming space, red, yellow, and green are a great option. Warmer colors such as red are believed to stimulate appetite and are an excellent option for the kitchen. Red is very versatile and can really make a kitchen pop. Yellow can instantly brighten up a room – it has a soothing quality that makes people feel calm and happy in the kitchen. For smaller spaces, yellow can make rooms feel bigger and brighter, and it pairs well with white and gray accents. Green is also a smart shade to use in the kitchen; different shades of green can leave your kitchen feeling calm and soothing or adventurous and striking.

“Have more fun with your countertops and backsplash in an all-white kitchen and choose brighter colors or designs for those.”

Wanting more of a crisp clean space? Look to a white, gray or blue paint colors for this look and feel. White can really energize a room and give a fresh, and clean feel the moment you step in it. You can also have more fun with your countertops and backsplash in an all-white kitchen and choose brighter colors or designs for those. Gray is a neutral color that can work wonders; it pairs beautifully with a wide array of other colors and is the perfect base to build upon in a kitchen. Blue can create a crisp, clean look and is recommended for walls, cabinets, or even the ceiling. It’s an invigorating color and can sometimes overpower a room so use sparingly.

Finding paint colors overwhelming? Tried a color you thought would be perfect only to realize it was scary? Call us to schedule a consultation. We can help get you back on track and rocking the colors that speak to you.

Standing the Test of Time

Kitchens can range from flashy to classic, but how do you know if their colors will outlast trends? A great way to beat the trends is choosing a color you love and go back to again and again. Many people find that her the last 10-20 years they LOVE the same shade of teal, blue, green, yellow, etc. These are safe choices because no matter what the trends do, you will love your space. Wait long enough, everything comes back again. Choosing colors that will stand the test of time doesn’t mean sacrificing style. Neutrals and rich colors can create interest in a timeless design. Try taking color inspiration from a rug or fabric and using intense colors in small, replaceable amounts. For countertops, look for classic color trios or lean toward white, neutral or black for lasting colors. These classic colors in solid surface materials like the quartz based materials, will stand the test of time. Most times, it is recommended to start with the countertops first, since they are the most expensive, and depending on the style you can create a theme surrounding it. You can coordinate the countertop color with the floor color and keep the secondary dominant color of the cabinets separating the two.

“Choosing colors that will stand the test of time doesn’t mean sacrificing style.”


Materials such as granite, quartz, ceramic tile and butcher-block-style wood come in naturally enduring colors. When considering the look for your backsplash, you can try one that gives an intense splash of color in the room or white subway tiles as a go-to classic backsplash. Custom-made mosaic reflecting other colors in the room, and organic, natural choices such as the muted, neutral colors in marble or limestone. Bold colors work great for walls, small decorative accessories, and smaller kitchen appliances. Metallic colors can be used to highlight and brighten your space. You can get this look with satin nickel/stainless finishes on fixtures and appliances, brass knobs and accessories or picking a countertop or floor that already has gold or silver accents.

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