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Kitchen Color Schemes

POSTED ON Friday, August 3, 2018 IN Kitchen

All-white Kitchen

Looking to modern design trends to plan the perfect color palette for your kitchen

Color sets the tone and style for a room, and the kitchen can be a base for an entire home's look and feel. Kitchens today are often the center of the home, used in a much different way than the utilitarian workhorse of the past. With so many different colors to choose from, how do you determine the perfect palette for your kitchen? You might be partial to a more neutral base color, one that could be complemented by a wide array of other colors. Maybe you favor a bigger and bolder choice, coating your kitchen with rich colors that create a warm and welcoming space.

Bertch has long partnered with leading paint and coating manufacturing companies to ensure our products reflect the evolving styles and trends of paint and stain colors. All Bertch lines are available factory pre-finished in any Sherwin-Williams® solid color. 

If you're not sure where to begin, some inspiration may be all you need.

Popular Kitchen Color Schemes This Year

Current trends encompass a great variation in styles, from natural woods to dark, moody colors and of course, the timeless white kitchen. This beautiful white kitchen features Colony 3 doors in birch with a white finish. Two-toned kitchens are becoming increasingly popular as homeowners realize the depth of space created with contrasting or complementary colors. Using two different colors for overhead cabinets and base cabinets can add depth and dimension to your kitchen. This trendy kitchen features Clairmont base cabinets in oak with a brindle stain.

Light and breezy can be classic

The all-white kitchen has dominated popular design for quite some time, and we don't see an end to the popularity of white cabinets in the foreseeable future. However, modern design is pairing white cabinets with more layered colors and natural textures to break up what can otherwise look cold or sterile. To get a modern look with a white kitchen consider variations of shades, including lighter shades like lighthouse, eggshell, oyster bay, and polar, which are among the most popular paint colors for cabinets. Statement floors—dark or grain-forward woods or vibrant patterned tile—can add texture, depth, and color. Appliances and hardware can add metallic accents for a complementary yet eye-catching look.

If you're interested in more of a single neutral color, gray has blossomed into a strong alternative to simple white. For a look that stands out from standard white, consider gray undertones for all cabinets or potentially just base cabinets. It's important to consider the color of your appliances, and a warm gray kitchen cabinet creates a balanced look when mixed with hardware or appliances that are sleek metal, stainless steel, or matte black.

Dark, intense tones for a modern look

Solid black stands out among the top trends for kitchen colors this year. Homeowners and designers both are looking for ways to incorporate contrast into their designs to create a striking aesthetic.

Metals like gold and copper can help lighten up dramatic darker color palates and stained wood while other natural textures can bring warmth.

Industrial style and accents add a dramatic appeal. Both industrial and modern rustic style kitchens have begun to incorporate materials like stainless and galvanized steel, scraped or distressed wood and natural stone. Both styles can also include industrial modern drop pendant lighting and rubbed or brushed metal finishes in hardware.

Dark Tone Kitchen

This modern example showcases base cabinets crafted from quarter sawn oak with a brindle stain, in District door style paired with matte black upper cabinets in Clairmont. The final product blends the subtleties of a contemporary look with the timelessness of quarter sawn oak.

Trend forecast: Scandinavian influence and natural wood

A departure from the recent trend of painted cabinets dominating the design space, the rise in popularity of Scandinavian design brings back light stained woods in "Dutch Modern" colors. This look can also include stains that incorporate some amount of color, like slate or shale, adding a subdued touch of color to your kitchen cabinets. Navy blue, in general, has emerged as a trendy color for kitchens, but slate and shale represent a trend toward lighter colors that are not quite as overwhelming. A hallmark of Scandinavian style is the combination of light woods, subdued colors, and bright white to create a calming aesthetic and simple design, often featuring integrated handles for a minimalistic look.

Scandinavian Influence

Winning color combinations

Some of our favorite looks from this season are those that combine the grounding impact of a stained wood with bold or neutral colors. Traditional stained wood—especially woods with grain pattern and movement—can add visual interest and depth to a space. When combined with white or neutral palettes, it creates a calming atmosphere and a modern look that is also somehow timeless. When combined with bold hues, the result can be modern, contemporary, and unique.

Kitchen Design

To find the perfect color scheme for your kitchen without having to wander down the paint aisle, visit our nearest showroom to talk to a designer and see our cabinets up close and in person.


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