The kitchen is a cook’s sanctuary. This culinary room of the home, though, also is the space families gather for meals, conversation and maybe comfort, too. Homeowners may be interested in revamping their kitchen, and choosing new kitchen color schemes could provide the perfect makeover for the space.
When choosing paint hues or color schemes for a room, homeowners may consider their own décor tastes, favorite hues, or the trending colors of the moment. Homeowners eyeing to put their home up for sale, though, might want to consult with their REALTOR® to gauge what color schemes are best for maximizing buyer appeal. For homeowners who have no intention to sell anytime soon, the rainbow could be the limit when choosing kitchen color schemes.
Looking for colorful inspiration for the kitchen? Here are kitchen color schemes for every personality!
The Trend Setter: Illuminating and Ultimate Gray
For those who swap out the look of their home to fit the trends of the moment, choose the most on-trend hues for 2021. Pantone’s Colors of the Year for 2021 are Illuminating, a cheery bright sunny yellow, and Ultimate Gray, a tried and true neutral staple hue.
How to inflect these hues in the kitchen? This really depends on the homeowner’s preferences and personality. Yellow walls could create a bright and cheery backdrop. Gray could be used for seat cushions or even as the choice hue of granite or stone countertops.
Opt for silk or real sunflowers or daisies to decorate the table!
The Nature Lover: Wood and Natural Hues
Use nature as the inspiration for the kitchen. Stick with color schemes that favor neutral hues and natural materials like wood and stone.
Walls could be a sage green, white or cream or a mushroom beige. Cabinets might be chosen in rustic designs, with a natural stain to accentuate the beauty of the wood. Backsplashes could be stone or brick. Countertops also may be a natural material; this could be wood, granite, or quartz.
Just skip the wood paneling, however. This design scheme is not meant to hearken back to the kitsch of the ‘70s!
The Romantic: Pale Pinks, Ivory and Florals
Can a kitchen be romantic? Yes! Take inspiration from the French countryside and opt for a kitchen that appeals to beauty and romance.
The color schemes for this kitchen design might be pale pinks, muted peaches or corals, ivory and floral accents. Some photos of romantic kitchens also include elaborate chandeliers.
Romantic hues like pink or peach also can be found in tiles for a more toned-down romantic vibe. Think soft, barely there colors. The palest of yellows or blues also could feature beautifully. Toile patterned curtains or a soft lace curtain may add more luxe and romance to the ambiance.
A ‘romantic kitchen’ highlighted by House Beautiful featured blue patterned walls and ceiling and white cabinets and countertop. The artistic details on the walls (by Michael Duté) and ceiling really set the romantic mood for the kitchen.
For countertops, granite, marble or quartz may be ideal options. Choose stone hues that complement the color scheme. Some stone countertops even include sparkly details.
The Minimalist: Slate Blue, White or Gray
Homeowners who want a kitchen that is sleek, contemporary and minimalist in fuss and detail should choose hues that lean sedate. Think slate blue, white, gray or a combo of these hues. Some minimalist kitchens feature the same marble or stone detailing as a backsplash and counter.
Walls usually feature hues that are simplistic and sturdy, yet chic. There are no ostentatious patterns for a minimalist kitchen design. Furniture lines also may be a bit contemporary or modern.
The Eclectic: A Bit of Everything
Eclectic by definition means combining things or designs from different periods or sources. Eclectic fashion may pull different decades in the same outfit or feature color patterns that seemingly clash but include a hue in each pattern that ties it all together. In décor, the same mishmash of inspiration applies.
An eclectic kitchen could include a ‘70s kitschy clock with bold color furniture (from another period) and simple wood cabinets. Eclectic hues may be bold or seemingly tied to a specific decade of style. An eclectic kitchen could include a flamingo pink dinette set (circa ‘50s) with modern cabinets and a colorful backsplash with ‘60s florals that has bright pink to coordinate with the dinette.
Eclectic design really has no rules or boundaries. It is very much a personalized mix that pulls from many different sources, styles and design trends. The only rule is creativity!
The Goth: Black, Red, Deep Purple
A goth kitchen? Why not! Take inspiration from Gothic novels or style. Black cabinets, black everything! Or add in pops of red, perhaps red seat cushions or red or deep purple stones in a backsplash. Curtains could be velvet or brocade. Dark hues, of course. Many gothic-inspired kitchens also feature an elaborate crystal chandelier!
Ready to redesign the kitchen? Choose kitchen color schemes that match the homeowner’s style and/or personality. However, for homeowners looking to place their home on the market, talk to a REALTOR® for advice on the colors that are best for resale. Ideally, the home should appeal to a wide variety of buyers. For homeowners, though, who aren’t in the market to sell, the color wheel is filled with a rainbow of potential to perk up the kitchen!