Confused About Color Palettes? 5 Great Options for Any Kitchen

Although you could paint your kitchen from a wide palette, sometimes keeping it together and complimentary is best. Here, we explain some traditional schemes.

If you’re renovating your kitchen, you’ve probably already picked out new appliances, a countertop that’s sturdy and beautiful, and a sink that’ll look great and make it easier to get the dishes done without a huge mess. You’ve probably also picked out new cabinets, or you’ve decided to freshen up your old ones with a new coat of paint. The only thing that’s left, now, is to pick your color palette for your new kitchen. 


It seems like it should be simple enough, but choosing colors for your kitchen can lead to a lot of confusion and doubt. Should you go with a neutral palette that’ll go with anything but is essentially boring? Should you take a chance and go for bright colors, or will they end up being too loud? Will you be sick of your color choices in a month or a year? With these options, you’ll have a better idea of the colors and shades that’ll work best for your kitchen.


Warm Colors

Do you love bright colors? You can create a warm and welcoming effect in your kitchen by choosing a warm color palette. If you have light wood tones on your cabinets, a deep red backsplash and some bright orange accents can look incredibly inviting. Add a touch of light grey to tone down your brighter accents, and you’ll have a warm color palette that works beautifully. 


Modern red kitchen


Cool Colors

Cooler colors can help maximize the natural light in your kitchen if you go with pastels and low-saturation colors. Choose a very pale green or blue for your cabinets, white or eggshell for your walls, and black for your countertops, and you’ll have a cool, crisp look that reflects a lot of light and creates a very open, spacious feel.


Modern blue kitchen


Bold Colors

If you’re a fan of really bold colors, but you don’t know how to incorporate them into your kitchen without overdoing it, choose just one. You can go with a bright red or bold green for an accent wall, and then choose neutrals for the rest of your kitchen to set it off. If you go with green, your neutrals could lean toward grey, blue-grey, and/or tan. With red, you may want to go with slightly warmer neutrals like chocolate brown, beige, and/or a warmer grey.


Green kitchen


A Conservative Palette With a Hint of Yellow

You can also create a really interesting and fun look with a conservative palette of whites, greys, and/or tans when you add a splash of bright yellow. With this color scheme, you’ll paint the space between your counter and your cabinets yellow or you’ll reserve your yellow splash for the walls of your island counter. With this little touch of yellow, you can add a ray of sunshine to a neutral kitchen.


Bright yellow kitchen room with granite tops


Or Save Your Colors for Your Accessories

If you think that you’ll be selling your house within the next few years, you may not want to over-personalize your new kitchen’s color scheme, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play with colors. Choose neutral tones in a warm or cool color scheme that’ll work well with brightly colored accessories. Adding bright red counter stools, matching tea towels, and/or complementary carpet squares can make a huge difference and create a completely personalized and vibrant look. 


A beautiful interior of a custom kitchen


And you won’t have to repaint or redecorate your kitchen when you move out – you’ll have a blank canvas. Plus, if you love redecorating every few months or years, this is a great choice. You can completely change the look and feel of this type of kitchen without painting or changing out appliances. 

Feeling a little bit more confident about your color choices now? With any of these palettes and color options, you can create a kitchen that you’ll fall in love with for years to come.

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