Eight tips for adding color to kitchen cab­i­nets

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When pick­ing a color for cab­i­netry, per­son­al­ity and lifestyle are es­sen­tial con­sid­er­a­tions. Gray and white cab­i­nets are op­tions for the mod­ern ac­tive liv­ing lifestyle, whereas green and blue tones may work bet­ter for a more eclec­tic ex­is­tence.

Whichever way you go, col­ored cab­i­netry is more than just a trend: it’s a de­sign ap­proach that is here to stay. That’s why care­ful plan­ning is nec­es­sary when you set out to re­design the kitchen. Af­ter all, this es­sen­tial liv­ing space is an area where you spend plenty of time, so it should fea­ture vis­ual el­e­ments and col­ors you find ap­peal­ing.

White kitchen cab­i­nets have dom­i­nated the mar­ket for many years. White cab­i­netry is con­stant, safe and clas­sic. How­ever, re­ports from de­sign­ers and data on mar­ket buy­ing trends are show­ing a slight shift in painted cab­i­netry de­sign from clas­sic white to pops of color.

“We know kitchen cab­i­netry is an ever-evolv­ing dy­namic, but we also be­lieve cer­tain trends are more con­stant and ev­er­last­ing,” said An­gela O’Neill, di­rec­tor of mar- ket­ing and ad­ver­tis­ing at Well­born Cab­i­net. “We trust con­sumers and we be­lieve they have spo­ken and have spo­ken very loudly in re­gard to painted cab­i­netry.”

The cur­rent styling trend, re­flected in Well­born Cab­i­net’s lat­est col­ors, is a mar­riage of tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary fin­ishes, ma­te­ri­als and fabrics equat­ing to a clas­sic, time­less de­sign. Beloved white is now mak­ing way for trend­ing warmer tones fea­tur­ing shades of gray, green and blue.

A Calm­ing Ef­fect

Let­ting your per­son­al­ity show through with color in the kitchen doesn’t have to mean go­ing out­landishly bold. Paint hues like aqua, mint and olive can all set the stage for a calm, invit­ing at­mos­phere. Each of these shades pro­vides a mild taste of col­ored cab­i­netry, im­part­ing an ef­fect that is sub­tle but bold enough to make its pres­ence known.

Mink Gray

Ex­plor­ing shades of gray is an­other way to de- velop a unique look. Some shades re­sult in a calm, tran­quil ef­fect. How­ever, if you’re look­ing for a more dom­i­nant color, an op­tion like Mink Gray from Well­born Cab­i­net gives the feel of a much warmer space. Min­i­mal­ists swoon over this clas­sic yet clean gray be­cause it isn’t over­pow­er­ing, and the time­less color adds to the tran­si­tional styling of cab­i­netry.

It All Started with White

It’s true that white cab­i­netry set the pace for painted cab­i­netry, and it’s likely to re­main a pop­u­lar op­tion for home­own­ers. Re­mem­ber, though, that not all whites are the same and dif­fer­ent shades can elicit a dif­fer­ent de­sign mo­tif en­tirely. Cab­i­nets in shades of white are en­dur­ing and ver­sa­tile, ap­pear­ing in cot­tage, tra­di­tional and even mod­ern kitchens.

Also re­mem­ber that al­though it’s sim­ple, there’s noth­ing dull about white cab­i­netry. Em­brace the clas­sic white spa­cious kitchen in your home but take it up a notch with brass lanterns, a round din­ing ta­ble and fab­ric­cov­ered chairs.

Find more in­spi­ra­tion and plan­ning tools to cre­ate the con­tem­po­rary kitchen of your dreams at well­born.com.

Choose the Right Cab­i­net Color

Once you’ve made the de­ci­sion to add col­ored cab­i­nets to the kitchen, there’s an ob­vi­ous next ques­tion: which color? With so many op­tions to choose from, you may need to an­swer some ba­sic ques­tions to nar­row down the field.

Bold vs. Sub­tle

If you’re look­ing for a dra­matic change, a bold ap­proach may be the per­fect so­lu­tion. Just re­mem­ber that a bold space can bor­der on overly bold. It needs to be a color and shade that you will con­tinue to en­joy over time. On the other hand, if you’re set on adding color but not sure some­thing so vi­brant will do, a softer shade of that color may of­fer a more sub­tle so­lu­tion.

All Over vs. Ac­cent

Con­sider whether your vi­sion calls for paint on all of your kitchen cab­i­netry, or if you’re sim­ply look­ing to cre­ate a stand­out fea­ture. A color that looks ter­rific as a fo­cal point may over­whelm if it’s ap­plied through­out the room, so eval­u­ate which of the op­tions you’re weigh­ing is best suited to the use you have in mind.

Fit Within the Home

In many homes, the de­sign style flows from one room to the next. It’s im­por­tant when mak­ing a ma­jor change like col­ored cab­i­nets to un­der­stand how the new style will fit with the rest of the house. For ex­am­ple, whether it will com­ple­ment or con­trast, and if it con­trasts, en­sure that’s the look you’re truly go­ing for.

Com­plet­ing the De­sign

An­other of­ten-over­looked con­sid­er­a­tion is how you’ll com­plete the room once the cab­i­netry is in­stalled. Think about the rest of the wood­work, other fin­ishes like back­splash and floor­ing, and din­ing fur­ni­ture in the space. Also con­sider your ap­pli­ances and any dec­o­ra­tive items you may wish to add. En­sure the color you’re con­sid­er­ing will fit with the other el­e­ments. If it doesn’t, you may have to con­sider up­grad­ing those fea­tures to achieve a co­he­sive look.

If you’re still hav­ing trou­ble nar­row­ing down your se­lec­tion, many de­sign­ers rec­om­mend selecting an in­spi­ra­tion piece and de­sign­ing the rest of the room, in­clud­ing the cab­i­netry, to com­ple­ment it.

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