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21 Beautiful Kitchen Color Ideas to Find the Perfect Look

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July 25, 2022
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Kallista Design

An easy way to update your kitchen is to add thoughtful, colorful elements to the interior design. Whether you use paint, tile, or updated fixtures and hardware, there are varying options to find the best kitchen colors to fit your personal needs and style preferences. You can do a full color change or add some subtle touches that make a big impact. 

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Kitchen design inspiration can come from within. Perhaps when you traveled, a restaurant had striking tile on the walls. You remember thinking, “I wish there were a way to have this in my home.” Look back at the pictures you took, head to your local showroom, and show them to the designer to get more inspiration.

For more ideas on how to design your culinary oasis, explore this kitchen color photo gallery comprised of luxurious arrangements from KALLISTA friends and partners.

Find Comfort in This Vintage White Kitchen Color Scheme Idea

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A white kitchen needn’t be monochromatic. Express your creativity with kitchen paint ideas, like this antique white color that is not as stark as you may see in modern applications. Adding vintage-inspired hardware and classic touches like cookie jars and a golden-hued faucet makes this kitchen feel like the real heart of a home. 

Create a Peaceful Environment With Light Blue Kitchen Cabinets

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Paint is an easy way to change the atmosphere of a room. The array of kitchen interior paint colors can be overwhelming, but a good place to start is to ponder what makes you happy in the kitchen. If you start your breakfast with blueberries, a splash of blue paint might serve as the perfect reflection of your personality.

Blue has always been a popular color for kitchens with its impactful yet comforting allure. Shades of pastel blue feel tranquil, while a blue that veers on gray creates a nautical ambiance. Consider making an even bigger statement by using deeper blues with a glossy paint.

Charming Red Kitchen Color Scheme Idea

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A kitchen with red accents is unexpected and chic. As an inspirational kitchen color trend, red adds warmth and depth. Work with existing elements of your kitchen like a red stove or microwave to create the perfect kitchen color palette. These can range from a deep crimson to an apple-like shade. Added color can also be achieved with a recessed accent wall in red or a backsplash that has flecks of red sparkle.

Contrast a Brilliant Gold Kitchen Faucet With Black and White Tile

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A striking choice in a kitchen color palette is the brilliant golden shade of Unlacquered Brass against black and white tile. The contrast of black and white is broken up by the luster of gold in this Art Deco-inspired display. Add a bold statement piece like a sideboard or bar cabinet to make the kitchen look like a roaring 20's lounge.

Dark and Sultry Kitchen Color Trends

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An intriguing kitchen color theme is to create drama and warmth using dark tones. Navy, maroon, dark brown, or even black creates a space that evokes a fine dining experience. Luxury kitchen faucets made from solid brass combined with cabinet hardware add to this glamorous look. Pendant lights above and under cabinets add a muted, exquisite glow.

Distinct Mosaic Backsplash for a Unique Kitchen Wall Color

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To display kitchen wall colors without a fresh coat of paint, consider a mosaic tile wall. This upscale look has a lot of impact with minimal effort. Working with your kitchen color theme, you can choose a subtle option, like all white, or a dazzling, multi-colored backsplash with a reflective surface.

Enhance Your Kitchen Color Theme With Flora and Fauna

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A modern white kitchen feels clean and composed. To add color without overwhelming the peaceful environment, use fresh flowers, herbs, and colorful fruit to bring life into the kitchen. Timeless ideas like storing lemons and limes in a decorative bowl or placing flowers in a crystal-clear vase will add natural color to your kitchen’s interior with minimal effort or expense.

Consider visiting the local farmers market to buy the freshest produce and flowers based on your mood of the week. This routine will add an extra layer of personification to your kitchen color ideas.

Find Delight in Pastel Kitchen Colors

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Light kitchen colors bring a joyous feeling to a home. Pastels of green or blue will make a kitchen cheerful in an effortless way. The availability of kitchen interior paint colors can even include pinks and purples in a subtle burst of delightful hues.

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Add a Wallpaper Accent for a Splash of Kitchen Color

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Patterned wallpaper is a beloved kitchen color trend. With various colors, patterns, and textures to choose from, you can add a touch of unique personality to your kitchen walls. Technological advancements have made wallpapers durable enough to withstand the humidity and heat of a steaming kitchen. Pick rich and elegant colors to achieve the appeal of a high-end designer wall.

Test a New Kitchen Color Scheme Idea With a Colorful Rug

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If you’re undecided on transforming your kitchen color palette, a bright runner rug allows you to see how you feel about adding a particular color. A washable rug makes for a fast change and can enliven a kitchen immediately without making a big commitment to a full kitchen color scheme. The ability to change rugs seasonally allows you to match the weather and your mood.

Contrast Matte Black Kitchen Fixtures and Dark Cabinetry With Bright Surfaces

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Dark Jacobean-stained wood cabinetry sets the tone for this entire kitchen, while the matte black faucet and bar stool legs add a tone of refinement to the transitional design approach. The warm accents of the gold chandelier, bright wood floors, and deep bronze cabinet hardware provide a beautifully divergent kitchen color theme. Spending time in this kitchen invites the feeling of dining at a cozy steakhouse bar.

Sleek Modern Kitchen With Colorful Accents

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Modern kitchen colors favor black and white with streamlined hardware and faucet designs. Matte black faucets and cabinet pulls add minimal yet eye-catching pops of color to this bright kitchen design. The stainless steel appliances provide an engaging yet subtle sheen.

With a sleek spout and soft curves, the One deck-mount bridge faucet in a powder-coated matte black color adds graceful sophistication to modern kitchen spaces.

Define Your Kitchen Color Palette With Cookware

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Copper pots, brass candlesticks, dish towels— all of these items have purpose and can define your kitchen color scheme. Start by choosing the most prominent item and continue to build your kitchen color around it.

If your culinary tools feature gold and bronze hues, select your hardware and faucets to continue with this kitchen color theme. Unlacquered Brass faucets coordinate effortlessly with the gold salt and pepper shakers stored above the sink on an open shelf in this design. This eclectic approach shows off personal design style and creates a comforting place to cook and linger with guests.

Unconventional Colors and Patterns for Your Luxury Kitchen Design

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Create a designer kitchen by using prominent colors in an unexpected way. A dark teal green backsplash against patterned marble creates an exquisite visual display. The hammered stainless steel luxury kitchen sink pulls together an unpredictable look for this transitional interior.

Charming Tile for Your Traditional Kitchen Bar

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A patterned backsplash can add personality to your kitchen bar, allowing you to be subtle or choose something conversation-starting. In this classic bar setting, the warm, flower-like tile pattern complements the wood cabinetry. Coordinating tiles can also be installed on the floors or kitchen island.

Colorful Kitchen Appliance Ideas

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When you think about a color for your appliances, it’s typically either white or silver. A daring choice used to be a black refrigerator. A newer trend is to get bright modern kitchen colors from your stove. The colored appliance becomes the center of the kitchen and adds a level of sophistication that heralds the space as a culinary oasis.

When a Monochromatic Kitchen Theme Meets an Unexpected Accent Color

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A trend in modern design is using monochrome throughout and then adding a surprise of color. Dark charcoal grey, although a muted hue, is taking a forefront in modernity as a neutral that makes a statement without overtaking a room. Continue building on the monochromatic theme with like-colored furniture, lighting, faucets and hardware.

Use a Colorful Kitchen Island as a Focal Point

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Since the island is usually the heart of the kitchen, let it define your kitchen color palette. In a mostly white design, this blue kitchen island stands out and brightens the whole space.

Another kitchen color idea for your island is to have a distinctive countertop, such as a stark black or white marble with streaks of natural patterns.

Offset a Black and White Kitchen Design With Warm Tones

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This vibrant black and white kitchen design defies expectations, with bright-wood cabinet doors outlined with black accents instead of the conventional approach of all-black cabinetry. The bright wooden cabinets with flush, recessed lighting give this room a contemporary edge.

Matte black finishing touches are dispersed throughout. The faucet, sidespray, and soap dispenser match the cabinet pulls and tableware for a refined presentation of functional, modern elegance.

Make a Small Bar Space Pop With Bright Kitchen Colors

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As you review kitchen paint designs, use these blue cabinets as inspiration to take a bold leap. The white overhead cabinets prevent the blue hues from overpowering the room, while the patterned backsplash ensures the space remains distinct. Finally, a subtle faucet and matching hardware completes this bright kitchen bar.

Upscale Two-Tone Kitchen Color Idea

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Be bold and create a luxurious and space using modern kitchen colors. This kitchen design pairs bold green cabinets with gold accents, including the faucet, barstool chairs, and lighting fixtures. The hood, a typical utilitarian item in the kitchen, becomes elevated in a gold hue that brings a level of designer style into this space.

FAQs About Kitchen Color Ideas

Since you spend so much time in the kitchen, changing just one wall or getting creative with your faucets and hardware is a way to ease into a potential redesign. How can you decide what the best kitchen colors are for your space? We’re here to help you design the kitchen of your dreams.

Which colors are best for kitchens?

Some people enjoy spending time in bright, open spaces. Others like the comfort and warmth of darker rooms. Pastels and whites create a bright and airy space with a lot of light. Darker shades of grey and blue can make a room feel intimate, creating a warm environment to cook and spend time with friends. No matter your preferences, you can create a quintessential kitchen to your liking.

Should kitchen cabinets be darker or lighter than walls?

Kitchen color schemes can be adapted in multiple ways. Dark cabinets and light walls offer an unexpected look. Light cabinets and one dark accent wall suggests a hint of color but not an entire commitment to a more encompassing approach.

What kitchen color designs are most popular in 2022?

The best kitchen colors are the ones that inspire you to create meals and entertain in your personal space. Grey continues to be a widely-used choice, as it pairs with any other design and style choices you make and goes with an array of faucet and sink choices. Other kitchen color trends are varying shades of green and blue.

Should kitchen countertops be darker or lighter than cabinets?

A newer kitchen color trend is to have light-colored cabinets contrasted by darker countertops. Rich, black marble opposite bright white cabinets gives the kitchen a clean and modern look. Accent the design with complementing luxury faucets in chrome or brushed nickel.

What kitchen colors are warm and inviting?

The best kitchen colors are those that seem warm and cozy to you. Various shades of the same kitchen color palette exude warmth. A splash of color from flowers and a kitchen island to sit at and visit completes a homey kitchen.

What color should my kitchen floor be?

Kitchen interior paint colors can team up with an array of floor colors. Light or dark woods can contrast with the wall and backsplash colors. A light grey-colored wood serves as a neutral kitchen color palette, a choice favored in modern designs.

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