Do you prefer fiery reds, buttery yellows, and zesty oranges? Or perhaps soothing blues, serene purples, and earthy greens are more to your liking? Where your color tastes lie will certainly be on display when you decorate your home, from temporary accessories like table linens and fabric valances, to more permanent choices like wall paint and cabinetry finishes. Here are a few of our favorite warm and cool color schemes to help inspire your kitchen redecorating or remodeling project.
Warm Color Schemes
Warm colors like reds, oranges or yellows pair nicely with toasty neutrals on the wall. Look for creamy hues with yellow undertones, such as Honied White or Chamomile by Sherwin Williams. Toasty neutrals look lovely against medium golden brown kitchen cabinets, such as our Oxford Cinnamon Glaze collection, and have a traditional or transitional appeal. When opting for a bolder color on the walls, such as Sunny Veranda Yellow, Osage Orange, or Real Red, stick with white cabinetry and clean lines for a crisp, contemporary look.
Warm color schemes have a cozy yet invigorating vibe, and add warmth to the home. In fact, pairing yellow with red has been show to actually help stimulate the appetite, making this couple a natural choice for the kitchen. And while warm colors often work well together, they can become quite dynamic when grouped with a touch of cool opposite the color wheel — think red and green, orange and blue, or yellow and purple tones.
Cool Color Schemes
Cool colors like blues, greens, and purples have a calming effect, and work extremely well in any kitchen, from the traditional to the contemporary, depending on which shade you choose. You may even decide to give your kitchen a unique and charming makeover with green kitchen cabinets, like Roosevelt Sage, or blue kitchen cabinets, like Society Shaker Tidewater.
When finding the perfect cool hue for your walls, the options are practically endless. Blues run the gamut from aqua to navy, and purple and green follow suit with their own wide range of shades. Cool colors can also be neutral, such as gray or taupe tones. And then, of course, there are the in between colors that blend two cool tones with stunning results. For example, the Sherwin Williams color Tame Teal is a fun twist of both blue and green, while Awesome Violet falls just right between blue and purple.
Once you select your paint, test a patch on the wall before you commit to a color, and make sure it compliments your cabinetry. Cool, light colors can look lovely next to dark kitchen cabinets, and likewise, darker cool tones pop against white.
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