20 Jul 2016

4 Factors to Consider When Choosing Your Kitchen Cabinet Color

You and your family spend a lot of time in the kitchen, whether you’re grabbing breakfast or cooking for a dinner party. When you renovate your kitchen, you prioritize functionality and flow.

But in addition to optimizing the space you have in your kitchen, you must also think about the atmosphere, impression, and upkeep your upgrades create. One of the most important decisions you make to help pin down these elements is cabinet color.

Currently, homeowners can choose cabinets in a wider variety of styles and colors than ever before. So you may feel intimidated or overwhelmed by the prospect of sorting through so many options.

In this blog, we list four factors that your kitchen already has to help you narrow down your color options.

1. Appliance Finishes

Unless you plan to replace your refrigerator, oven range, and dishwasher, you want to settle on cabinets that complement the appliances you already have. If you have white appliances, match them to create a sleek look or opt for a softer, pastel shade for a cozy feeling.

For stainless steel appliances, feel free to go wherever your vision takes you. Stainless steel can complement white, gray, natural wood, and boldly colored cabinets.

When you work with black appliances, create contrast. For an elegant air, choose reddish or light natural wood cabinets. For a homey comfort, choose a beautiful, but not overpowering, cool color like olive green.

2. Backsplash and Wall Appearance

Think about your backsplash and wall paint as you pick your cabinet color. Specifically, consider whether you want the backsplash, the walls, or the cabinets to stand out more in the finished room. If you have a unique mosaic or chic glass backsplash, match your cabinets to its color palette. This trick makes your backsplash the star of the show. Same goes for a bold wall color.

If you have a simple backsplash or wall color, feel free to play up your cabinets by opting for a bright accent color not found on the walls, appliances, or backsplash.

3. Kitchen Atmosphere

Perhaps the most important consideration when expanding a kitchen color palette is the feeling you want to evoke. Do you envision a rustic country kitchen, minimalist industrial room, or sophisticated space? Or something else entirely?

To achieve a downhome country look, consider distressed white or blue, off-white or beige, or earthy colors like barn red and mustard yellow. Natural wood also works well with homey kitchens, but steer clear of lacquered finishes.

For a sleeker, more streamlined look, choose a matte statement color. Gray, silver, black, and dark colors like navy easily accommodate the geometric design aesthetic.

To create a luxurious space, choose deep, rich colors, from dark wood to plum.

4. Overall Room Size

As you consider other elements in your kitchen, never forget the overall size of the room. The colors you choose directly impact how the eye perceives the space. If you have a closed up or small kitchen, stick with lighter shades. You can still use strong colors, simply go for light green instead of olive, robin’s egg instead of navy, and so on.

In a larger kitchen, use color to direct the eye. In a big, open kitchen, you may want to choose two cabinet colors to create focal points. For example, choose a fetching wood finish for most of your cabinets and choose a pop of color for your island and sink cabinets.

Keep all of these kitchen elements in mind to ensure you choose a cabinet color which perfectly complements the size, architectural style, and atmosphere of your kitchen.

Want to achieve a specific effect with your cabinetry? Consult with the experts at Luxcucina. We can help you decide on your cabinet color, as well as cupboard design, style, and placement.