Monday, April 23, 2007
When it comes to finding a color pallet that speaks to you for your kitchen, step out of the kitchen and look to furniture and textile manufacturers for inspiring color pallets. Scroll the images that follow and see what inspires you.
Kitchen cabinetry finishes that complement this classic design pallet shown above: You can't go wrong with cabinetry in White or Black paint, Cherry Woods, Knotty Alder, Distressed finishes, Glazed Finishes. Classic raised panel doors, or recessed doors, less ornate detail, simple clean lines.
We all dream about great antique finds. Take a closer look, could be these pairings are old pieces being rescued... at estate sales, in attics, and from old barns. We thrill at the discovery of found treasures and look forward with anticipation to the special place these pieces will have within our hearts and homes.
Go for kitchen cabinetry finishes that have a sense of history. Cabinetry that starts off with an aged appearance. Distressed finishes. Matte finishes. Aged ivory, walnut stain, amaretto stain, dusty sage, English pine.
People will ask where you made these wonderful finds, so tell them... at an estate sale, in your grandmother's attic, out in a barn. Only you and your furniture will know the truth.
Contemporary decor requires sleek, unbroken expanses of space and surfaces bare of distracting clutter.
Go for kitchen cabinetry that carries through with this theme with spare details. Deep truffle stain on Cherry, Exotic woods such as Wenge, Pomele sapele, Honduran Crotch Mahogany or Lace wood. Or go for reverse color scheme with blond wood tones with satin sheens. Anigre, Quilted Maple, or Curly Maple Veneers.
Warm, modern comfort.
Smooth, sleek, dark glossy wood provides a rich backdrop for brighter notes: an accent of gleaming brushed nickel...or a snowy expanse of white cushions. Curious, isn't it, how modern design can be so welcoming?
Picture your kitchen in complementary maple wood stained a straw or honey color. Notice the accent chair in a straw tone next to the dark armoire? See how they complement each other.
My choice for the kitchen in this home, I would keep the dark wood limited to accent pieces in a dining table, or a smaller element in the kitchen, to prevent the dark wood from overpowering the cheeriness of this warm modern palette.
Modernity: take the chill off. Warm up a modern pallet with wood and glass. Select simple slab style doors. In a large kitchen, a bold use of dark wood would be a handsome fit. Accent with a a cool back painted glass back splash and light color counter surfaces. Accent the monochromatic color scheme with a flash of color. It could be a single wall painted a bold color, or the color could be from a subtler source such as the dinnerware on display all in one color.
Or, once again, white Shaker style doors would suit the kitchen in this monochromatic home. I see three colors here: shades of white, deep wood tones, green in the foliage. Well, actually four: the shiny surface of glass and brushed nickel serve as a useful hard surface counterpoint.
A great room gets a room divider.
The simplicity of the panels and it's deep rich tones on the mahogany room divider with clear glass panels is what anchors this bright and light open space. The kitchen that will relate to this space may have a very similar pallet. Choose cabinetry in bright white with wall cabinets routed for clear glass to show off a collection of bright glazed dinnerware. Anchor the kitchen cabinets with a Mahogany stained wood island.
Sophistication Meets Warmth.
The curvy credenza dressed in a rich, aged, hand-decorated ivory finish, brings wonderfully inviting warmth to even the loneliest alcove or corner. For the kitchen palette, select handed wiped glaze finishes on paint. A romantic painted color palette is required here. Colors such as Cappuccino Glaze, Amaretto Glaze will provide the softness this design requires. Cabinet details with curves, decorative elements, mitered raised panel doors suit this design style.
Cozy isn't always small and quaint. As you can see, a spacious room with lots of light can also fit the bill. Arrange plush, cushiony upholstery (dressed in warm spicy colors) around a big, bold statement-making cocktail table. Build a roaring fire, sip an apple brandy cocktail, and settle in for a ...yes, cozy evening.
Take this theme and make it work for your large kitchen. Warm up the walls with muted plaster colors. Warm wood tones of alder, oak, hickory or medium toned maple sets the stage. Crown the whole room with matching moldings stained to match the cabinets. Do add textural elements of stone floors or back splashes, pewter or wrought iron cabinet hardware, paneled appliance doors for the dishwasher or refrigerator. Add a comfortable seating arrangement with upholstered chairs around a table or a banquet in the kitchen and this room will be where you will want to start and end your day.
Photos courtesy of Ethan Allen and Century Furniture.