Clean classic white never goes out of style, but a shot of color can make a great kitchen to new heights
Fear not, white on white Shaker cabinets will never fall from grace but today’s white kitchens are a little less …well, white. Yes, we’re seeing a nice shot of color added to white kitchen design—just enough to shake up your Shaker style RTA cabinets a little. Whether you are planning a full kitchen remodel, building a new house, or just want to add some pizazz to a tired kitchen here are some white kitchen cabinets ideas to bring that kitchen back to life or design your new kitchen without trashing your budget.
- Wall Paint
Paint is the fastest and least expensive way to add color to any room. And there have never been so any exciting paint colors to choose from. To provide a nice contrast with white kitchen cabinets you could go warm and relaxing with one of the very popular grey hues. Or you might go with an earthy green, perfect for Shaker/Craftsman style kitchen. Or perhaps something creamy tan, a bit more muted, softer, that will let your cabinets steal the show. Paint can be used in controlled doses such as an accent wall or just above the cabinets. The only difficult thing about paint is deciding which shade.
At a loss for ways to insert color? Most kitchens today have a kitchen island with an eating counter that makes use of counter height or bar stools. Stools offer comfortable seating for visiting with friends, doing homework, reading the morning paper, and eating. Stools can also add color to your kitchen design. They could be black, red, green, blue—if you choose unfinished stools to paint or repaint your present stools the color possibilities are almost endless. If you have wood finish stools add a new look with colorful seat cushions. In fact, you may not have to buy more than new colorful cushions to help give your kitchen a pop of color.
There are few better ways of adding contrast and a shot of color than an accent cabinet. This may be a hutch, a few upper or lower cabinets or an island. Since white is neutral any color will work in the kitchen. You could go deep grey or black for drama, or paler grey for a softer lighter feel. Mossy greens are very popular. Pale blue is also a very popular color. If you have a hutch you could refinish it to make a nice contrast with new RTA cabinetry. Or create a hutch with ready to assemble cabinets. You could mix paint with wood finish. If you’re unsure look at kitchen photos on Houzz and Renovation Center to get some ideas on contrasting color cabinet design.
Art in the kitchen? Of course! Art prints can go anywhere! Art brings tons of personality, color and excitement to your kitchen. They also go a long way toward tying together a color scheme and nailing down your kitchen style. For instance, for a French County style choose chickens. For a Modern kitchen colorful abstracts. For a Contemporary style kitchen get back to nature or use a sunset.
New countertops in a beautiful new color or a gorgeous new backsplash with colorful glass tile can put your kitchen over-the-top. But even small changes can make a huge impact in your kitchen design and can turn good into outstanding!
Other ways to jazz up a white kitchen include a new backsplash, new countertops, a tile mural behind the cooktop, a farm sink—think sand, black, or grey. Even just a few colorful new rugs can shake up a kitchen and insert new life into your white kitchen!