Blues, Teals, Greens + Buttercream in the Kitchen

September 29, 2012



I’m currently working on a palette for an historic home in DC where we are using “color” on painted cabinetry.  Of course, many cabinet lines offer the option of custom color.  Crown Point Cabinetry even offers milk paint finishes and colors in the historic Farrow & Ball range. These images caught my eye. The cabinetry is classic but casual and the colors are soft and pleasing to the eye.



via Plain English Design




via Better Homes and Gardens



I’m also loving the used of “mixed” cabinetry here- saturated color on base cabinets with white and glass above.



via Better Homes and Gardens



Here, simple open shelving is combined with base cabinets painted in “butter”.



Studio Sarah Willmer via Houzz



And here, a lively combination of  Benjamin Moore ‘Stratton Blue’ on upper cabinets is paired with  ‘Pale Avocado’ below. The dark countertops, floors and ceiling make this combination sing.





via Plain English Designs



The last image of  cabinetry is from Plain English ( “bespoke” and from the UK, of course).  And the kumquats are the perfect dollop of complementary color.






3 Responses

  1. Very pretty kitchens !

  2. jeankee says:

    Thanks, Lynn… wish they were mine. Rarely have the opportunity to specify color for cabinetry… except in the “50 shades of gray” range. : )

  3. Good to see plenty of colour in the cabinets.

    These are a few examples of our own work, see plenty of similarities

    Surprising though how fixated homeowners are on “bright” (which is right) but assume you have to have cream and off white cabinets to brighten up a kitchen. So often that is not the best approach.

    I really like the quirky contrasting colours for backs of cupboards too, gotta live a bit sometimes.

    I am curious what do you think of arranging colours with darkest on plinths / base units, with lightest on top. I see that as the natural way, sort of planting a sturdy base for the rest of the space. When I see darker on top, it feels a bit top heavy. Or is that me and old age creeping in?

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