With the entire color wheel at your disposal, why choose a boring one? Gorgeous kitchen colors come to life when you open yourself to the possibilities. Neutrals, whites, and grays reign as popular colors, but remember that these have a multitude of different gradations. Plus, you can use other colors outside of those ranges.
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This 100-acre farm and Federal-style house, Clay Hill, home to jewelry designer Elizabeth Locke and husband John, deserved the very best color for its spacious kitchen. Working with designer Alison Martin, she settled on a very light patrician gray that complements the Victorian-age tiles and lyre backed chairs.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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White With Gray and Black Accents
Gray and white are the preferred kitchen paint colors for design blogger Katie. Previous to that, her kitchen was a ponderously designed affair, complete with thickly grained wood cabinets and a large kitchen island made of manufactured veneer stone.
She stripped away the heavier elements, turning it into a light, clean and airy space with white as the main color, offset by touches of gray along the upper regions.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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KariAnne and her husband were living the fast-track life in a major metroplex, and they were deeply unhappy. The remedy was to buy a house in the country, which they christened Thistlewood Farms. Because KariAnne loves the style of gracious country estates, she went for a shabby chic look. This style extends to the kitchen's warm and creamy color, the perfect complement to her pure white bone china.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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When Essex, Vermont's Michael Minadeo + Partners was tasked with the job of designing a structure in Stowe, part of that project involved a kitchen that would be an aesthetic counterpoint to the building's natural wood. The light golden-brown of the ceiling and window trim is well balanced by the matte black of the walls and kitchen cabinets.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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As a trendsetting interior designer, Susan Greenleaf is no stranger to bold moves. That's why, for her family's San Francisco home, she used a deep, rich gray (Plummet, by Farrow & Ball) for her go-to kitchen paint color. This moody gray plays well with the generous light that cascades through the large glass doors.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Gray and White
With her kitchen's salmon-pink walls and dated Tuscan tiles, Kate knew it was time for a major transformation. She easily could have spent tens of thousands on new cabinets, backsplashes, and countertops. Instead, she spent less than $200 on this fantastic kitchen style remodel. And what was that miracle material? Paint, pure and simple.
Everything (except counters) was painted. Cabinets were painted with about one gallon of white Cabinet Coat. Even the backsplashes received two coats of oil-based enamel satin paint. The results are nothing less than stunning.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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For a fantastic splash of kitchen color, design blogger Kristi over at Addicted 2 Decorating chose a tasty, palatable teal for cabinets and white for the rest of the area. Feeling boxed-in with her previous "cave-like" heavy Kelly green, she was elated to change colors and pull her house together and make it more cohesive. Even though she had chosen that previous green–and she did like it for awhile–she says that the new teal completely has her heart.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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"Changeling" is the word you might use to describe decorating blogger Beth Bryan's new kitchen color. Not only was the kitchen changed from an unappealing yellow to a gorgeous light-blue (Silver Sage, by Restoration Hardware), Beth reports that the blue itself transforms throughout the day. When it's cloudy outside, the paint becomes a warm green/gray color. When it's dark outside, the paint becomes "a cool silvery gray color."Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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White and WoodContinue to 10 of 10 below.
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Aqua and White
Jen didn't want white to be her kitchen's only color, so she tweaked the style with a barely-there gray for the walls, and aqua for the cabinets. This was her kitchen's third iteration. The first change was from brass and Corian to granite counters and rustic backsplashes. In the third remodel, she wanted "something a little lighter and brighter," so she settled on this gloriously colorful palette.