How to Choose a Color Scheme for the Kitchen

Perhaps you have decided to remodel your kitchen, and you need to choose colors.

 Light colors make a space seem larger and dark colors provide drama. Here we see a good contrast; most of the spaces are white, but the black backspash offers contrast.

Light colors make a space seem larger and dark colors provide drama. Here we see a good contrast; most of the spaces are white, but the black backspash offers contrast.

There is the tile, the cabinetry, the countertops and wall colors. The back splash, the range hood--well, it can all get a bit overwhelming. Even the color of the appliances will also come into play, to a certain degree. But, a little understanding of design principles will make choosing a color scheme for a kitchen simpler. 

Before you look at anything, go to your kitchen and give the lighting a critical eye. When it comes to kitchens, lighting is king. Light colors, whether it’s cabinets, counters, or tile, reflect light. Dark colors absorb light. If you have a small kitchen and don’t have any natural light, those dark-toned cabinets and countertops are going to absorb all the light in the room, and you’re going to feel like you’re standing in a crowded elevator. 

So, light colors are best, right? No, not exactly. Dark colors have come back in a big way because they’re rich-looking and make a powerful statement. So, if you have a small kitchen, but lots of light, some dark wood is going to give it a lush look. Bigger kitchens can handle darker colors, as long as you’re careful not to make everything dark.

Let's look at some other options. Dark cabinets with a light countertop, or light cabinets with a dark countertop offer a dramatic contrast. Soft, light natural colors will make the whole kitchen easy on the eyes without dramatics.

 Some people love color. This eye-pleasing blue is contrasted by the neutral cabinets and flooring, which really makes i pop.

Some people love color. This eye-pleasing blue is contrasted by the neutral cabinets and flooring, which really makes i pop.

One of the things which will move the decision-making process along is the type of stone you choose for your countertop. Granite is strong, heat-resistant, and low-maintenance. If you’re a busy cook or have small children, this might be your go-to choice. If you don’t cook as often and want a more measured look, you might choose something like quartz. 

What about the wilder colors? 

If this is your forever home, and what you really like and want is something bold, then, by all means, you should live your dream. However, if this isn’t your forever home, and, especially if the rest of the house is a sedate Sante Fe style of natural, you may not want your kitchen to look like a box of Crayolas exploded in it. 

 Some people love earth tones and textures.

Some people love earth tones and textures.

The bottom line is that the colors you choose for the tile, cabinets, and countertops should work well together and be suited to the rest of the house, If you want to stick to neutral colors, but are afraid it will be boring, you can use a dramatic stone backsplash or range hood to make a satisfyingly bold statement in an otherwise neutral kitchen.

Now that you have some basic tools, it might be time to talk to us about how to make the kitchen of your dreams into reality. 

If you're thinking of remodeling your kitchen or any other part of your Phoenix area home, call us at Arizona Certified Remodeling 602-478-9492 for a free estimate.

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