Choosing the Perfect Kitchen Color Scheme

by Lutes Custom Cabinetry on 2019-11-21 19:51:55

If you're planning a kitchen remodel, you've probably had some of your favorite materials in mind for quite some time. Maybe you've always dreamed of having luxurious granite countertops, warm hardwood floors, or handcrafted custom cabinets. But when it comes to color, that can sometimes be a  different story. It can be difficult to make a color selection for one item, let alone all the other materials that need to coordinate together. It may start to seem as though colors are working against you when all you want is to move along with your kitchen plans. But a well-planned color scheme can work for you—not against you—to pull all your kitchen design elements together, set them apart, create an impression, and build the atmosphere you want your kitchen to portray. Fortunately, you don't need to be an interior designer to choose a color scheme that is perfect for your kitchen and home. In this article, we'll discuss a few of the popular color schemes for today's kitchens and why you might choose them.


Neutrals generally include variations or shades of white, black, and brown—such as beige, tan, gray, or cream—though subtle hints of other colors can also be considered neutral. Classic and timeless, neutral color schemes are by far the way to go if you're updating your kitchen for resale purposes since the colors will appeal to a broad number of potential homebuyers. Even if you're not updating your home with the intent to sell it in the near future, there are plenty of reasons to opt for a neutral color scheme. Neutral kitchens can help unite the colors in an open floor plan or allow the colors in contiguous rooms to take center stage. Neutral colors are also a smart choice if you're hesitant to commit to a certain color or group of colors for fear you might regret the decision down the road. Accent pieces with standout colors can easily be added to a neutral color palette later.

Black and White

Though technically both neutrals, black and white paired in a kitchen are anything but neutral. Black and white are the perfect combination for modern kitchens, as the high contrast can be used to create a bold, streamlined look. When paired more subtly, black and white can also be used in transitional kitchens. Like neutrals, the combination of black and white is timeless, and it serves as the perfect backdrop for a variety of accent colors.


From rich navy to soft robin's egg hues, blues are trending in today's kitchens. Blue has a calming effect and can give a kitchen a sense of comfort and tranquility. One of the best aspects of using blue in kitchen design is the versatility it offers. Blue pairs well with white or other neutrals such as gray, and the coolness of blue can help tone down the warm look of wood.


As one of the most prevalent colors in nature, there are many reason to consider green when it comes to interior colors, starting with the fact that it creates a refreshing atmosphere. In kitchens that feature natural woodworking, wood cabinets, or wood floors, subtle shades of green are the perfect complement. Brighter, more energetic greens can provide a welcome splash of color against soft neutrals.


Yellow has been a mainstay in kitchen colors for years because it makes a kitchen feel bright, warm, and cheerful. Soft, buttery yellows are the perfect complement to black or deep wood tones, while brighter yellows work well with white. Be cautions when pairing yellow with wood finishes that already tend to take on a yellow hue, since your kitchen could end up looking too warm.

Red and Orange

If you're looking for a bold kitchen that really makes a statement, red or orange hues can be perfect when done in moderation, especially when used as accents to highlight favorite aspects of your kitchen. For example, a red or orange accent wall could bring excitement to a neutral kitchen without being overbearing. A group of accent tiles that includes energetic reds or oranges could be used on the backsplash behind your range. Reds and oranges could also be used selectively on items such as kitchen islands, small appliances, artwork, pottery, or dinnerware to create a pop of color against an otherwise neutral palette.

Afraid of using too much color in your kitchen design?

You can always play it safe and stick to neutrals for the materials that are more difficult and costly to change, such as countertops, cabinets, backsplash tiles, and flooring. Just as we mentioned when using bold colors such as red and orange, any color can be used in small doses to accent a neutral palette. The best thing about going that route is that once you decide it's time for a change, it will be much easier to give your kitchen a whole new look!

If you're considering a kitchen remodel in your future, don't let color deter you from getting started. Give us a call and see how we can help!

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