When picking a color for cabinetry, personality and lifestyle are essential
considerations. Gray and white cabinets are options for the modern active living
lifestyle, whereas green and blue tones may work better for a more eclectic
Whichever way you go, colored cabinetry is more than just a trend: it's a design
approach that is here to stay. That's why careful planning is necessary when you
set out to redesign the kitchen. After all, this essential living space is an
area where you spend plenty of time, so it should feature visual elements and
colors you find appealing.
White kitchen cabinets have dominated the market for many years. White cabinetry
is constant, safe and classic. However, reports from designers and data on
market buying trends are showing a slight shift in painted cabinetry design from
classic white to pops of color.
"We know kitchen cabinetry is an ever-evolving dynamic, but we also believe
certain trends are more constant and everlasting," said Angela O'Neill, director
of marketing and advertising at Wellborn Cabinet. "We trust consumers and we
believe they have spoken and have spoken very loudly in regard to painted
The current styling trend, reflected in Wellborn Cabinet's latest colors, is a
marriage of traditional and contemporary finishes, materials and fabrics
equating to a classic, timeless design. Beloved white is now making way for
trending warmer tones featuring shades of gray, green and blue.
A Calming Effect
Letting your personality show through with color in the kitchen doesn't have to
mean going outlandishly bold. Paint hues like aqua, mint and olive can all set
the stage for a calm, inviting atmosphere. Each of these shades provides a mild
taste of colored cabinetry, imparting an effect that is subtle but bold enough
to make its presence known.
Exploring shades of gray is another way to develop a unique look. Some shades
result in a calm, tranquil effect. However, if you're looking for a more
dominant color, an option like Mink Gray from Wellborn Cabinet gives the feel of
a much warmer space. Minimalists swoon over this classic yet clean gray because
it isn't overpowering, and the timeless color adds to the transitional styling
It All Started with White
It's true that white cabinetry set the pace for painted cabinetry, and it's
likely to remain a popular option for homeowners. Remember, though, that not all
whites are the same and different shades can elicit a different design motif
entirely. Cabinets in shades of white are enduring and versatile, appearing in
cottage, traditional and even modern kitchens.
Also remember that although it's simple, there's nothing dull about white
cabinetry. Embrace the classic white spacious kitchen in your home but take it
up a notch with brass lanterns, a round dining table and fabric- covered chairs.
Find more inspiration and planning tools to create the contemporary kitchen of
your dreams at wellborn.com.
Choose the Right Cabinet Color
Once you've made the decision to add colored cabinets to the kitchen, there's an
obvious next question: which color? With so many options to choose from, you may
need to answer some basic questions to narrow down the field.
Bold vs. Subtle
If you're looking for a dramatic change, a bold approach may be the perfect
solution. Just remember that a bold space can border on overly bold. It needs to
be a color and shade that you will continue to enjoy over time. On the other
hand, if you're set on adding color but not sure something so vibrant will do, a
softer shade of that color may offer a more subtle solution.
All Over vs. Accent
Consider whether your vision calls for paint on all of your kitchen cabinetry,
or if you're simply looking to create a standout feature. A color that looks
terrific as a focal point may overwhelm if it's applied throughout the room, so
evaluate which of the options you're weighing is best suited to the use you have
Fit Within the Home
In many homes, the design style flows from one room to the next. It's important
when making a major change like colored cabinets to understand how the new style
will fit with the rest of the house. For example, whether it will complement or
contrast, and if it contrasts, ensure that's the look you're truly going for.
Completing the Design
Another often-overlooked consideration is how you'll complete the room once the
cabinetry is installed. Think about the rest of the woodwork, other finishes
like backsplash and flooring, and dining furniture in the space. Also consider
your appliances and any decorative items you may wish to add. Ensure the color
you're considering will fit with the other elements. If it doesn't, you may have
to consider upgrading those features to achieve a cohesive look.
If you're still having trouble narrowing down your selection, many designers
recommend selecting an inspiration piece and designing the rest of the room,
including the cabinetry, to complement it.