How to Choose Your Kitchen Color Scheme; Will My Color Scheme Be The Avocado Refrigerator Of The 2010s?

How to Choose Your Kitchen Color SchemeSelecting the right color scheme for your kitchen can be difficult when you’re not sure what specific feel, theme or design you have in mind. The range of styles and colors may leave you feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. The good news is that certain colors work best in specific rooms – especially for the kitchen. Here are some ideas on how to choose the best kitchen color palettes to suit your taste.

Choose Great Kitchen Color Combinations

You can make your kitchen an expression of your own personal style by immersing it in colors you love. For a no-regrets approach, choose neutral tones for the expensive foundation elements such as cabinets, floors, countertops, and appliances. Introduce color on the walls, backsplash, window treatments, lighting, and other accents. With this strategy, you can easily and affordably swap out the color scheme. Use a color chart to determine which colors complement one another and pick two dominant colors and one accent color. It is best to keep both dominant colors simple, yet complementary, and using the third color, you are able to accent and bring an attitude to tie the three together. The following combinations are bright and beautiful together – blue and orange, red and yellow, gray and purple, black and white, blue and brown, gray and yellow, black and red, brown and green, and pink and white.

“It is best to keep both dominant colors simple, yet complementary, and using the third color, you are able to accent and bring an attitude to tie the three together.“


For more contemporary or modern designs, bright colors and contrasting tones are much more common; vibrant reds, gentle greens and yellow give a retro-feel for the kitchen. Whether your kitchen style is modern, traditional or in between, some classic paint colors will work great. Black can be a great choice if you’re looking to create a contrast with a primarily light-colored design. Grays and dark browns for cabinets can help create a visual contrast with light-colored kitchen designs.

Most Recommended Colors

Choosing paint colors can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. If you’re looking to create a warm and welcoming space, red, yellow, and green are a great option. Warmer colors such as red are believed to stimulate appetite and are an excellent option for the kitchen. Red is very versatile and can really make a kitchen pop. Yellow can instantly brighten up a room – it has a soothing quality that makes people feel calm and happy in the kitchen. For smaller spaces, yellow can make rooms feel bigger and brighter, and it pairs well with white and gray accents. Green is also a smart shade to use in the kitchen; different shades of green can leave your kitchen feeling calm and soothing or adventurous and striking.

“Have more fun with your countertops and backsplash in an all-white kitchen and choose brighter colors or designs for those.”

Wanting more of a crisp clean space? Look to a white, gray or blue paint colors for this look and feel. White can really energize a room and give a fresh, and clean feel the moment you step in it. You can also have more fun with your countertops and backsplash in an all-white kitchen and choose brighter colors or designs for those. Gray is a neutral color that can work wonders; it pairs beautifully with a wide array of other colors and is the perfect base to build upon in a kitchen. Blue can create a crisp, clean look and is recommended for walls, cabinets, or even the ceiling. It’s an invigorating color and can sometimes overpower a room so use sparingly.

Finding paint colors overwhelming? Tried a color you thought would be perfect only to realize it was scary? Call us to schedule a consultation. We can help get you back on track and rocking the colors that speak to you.

Standing the Test of Time

Kitchens can range from flashy to classic, but how do you know if their colors will outlast trends? A great way to beat the trends is choosing a color you love and go back to again and again. Many people find that her the last 10-20 years they LOVE the same shade of teal, blue, green, yellow, etc. These are safe choices because no matter what the trends do, you will love your space. Wait long enough, everything comes back again. Choosing colors that will stand the test of time doesn’t mean sacrificing style. Neutrals and rich colors can create interest in a timeless design. Try taking color inspiration from a rug or fabric and using intense colors in small, replaceable amounts. For countertops, look for classic color trios or lean toward white, neutral or black for lasting colors. These classic colors in solid surface materials like the quartz based materials, will stand the test of time. Most times, it is recommended to start with the countertops first, since they are the most expensive, and depending on the style you can create a theme surrounding it. You can coordinate the countertop color with the floor color and keep the secondary dominant color of the cabinets separating the two.

“Choosing colors that will stand the test of time doesn’t mean sacrificing style.”


Materials such as granite, quartz, ceramic tile and butcher-block-style wood come in naturally enduring colors. When considering the look for your backsplash, you can try one that gives an intense splash of color in the room or white subway tiles as a go-to classic backsplash. Custom-made mosaic reflecting other colors in the room, and organic, natural choices such as the muted, neutral colors in marble or limestone. Bold colors work great for walls, small decorative accessories, and smaller kitchen appliances. Metallic colors can be used to highlight and brighten your space. You can get this look with satin nickel/stainless finishes on fixtures and appliances, brass knobs and accessories or picking a countertop or floor that already has gold or silver accents.

Ready To Get Started on Your New Kitchen or Bath?

Kitchens Unlimited in Walnut Creek and Brentwood, California has been professionally transforming spaces for clients since 2003. Designing high-end quality kitchens and bathrooms is in our blood! Designing a beautiful kitchen using the right colors for you can be difficult, but our specialty is designing a kitchen that is functional & beautiful. Our clients love the help we give them in creating the space of their dreams – within their budget.  Kitchens Unlimited provides insight and education while empowering our clients to create the kitchens and spaces that they can thrive in.  Have a project in mind but just can’t decide? Need an expert interior designer who’s easy to work with? Want a stress-free & pain-free remodel?  Contact Kitchens Unlimited to schedule your free consultation today.



How Is A Remodeling Project Like Taking A Hike?


I’d love to say, “Because it’s just a walk in the park!”, which would be great if everything always went according to plan. But as you probably know, life has a way of throwing us curve balls, and sometimes, we’re doing some throwing of our own.

I enjoy hiking as my primary form of exercise, and try to get out at least twice a week. If you live in the Bay Area, you know that we’ve had a lot of rain this winter, which translates to a lot of mud on the trails. Compound that with the fact that in the winter and spring, we get to share our regional parks with lots of cattle. Hiking in the parks these days can be more than a little challenging. My hiking buddy and I have been mostly limiting our hikes to one park that has a trail that’s primarily gravel. So, we were out on our usual route today, when I suggested we mix it up a bit. Seeing as how it was a pretty decent day, and we had lots of time, and I had a handy dandy PDF of the trail map on my iPhone, what could go wrong? Well, we slogged through the mud, climbing higher up in the park, and the trail got fainter and more vague. Then, I slipped in a cow pie, and promptly fell on my butt, wrenching my knee in the process. At this point we were about 4 miles from where the car was parked, up high in the park with a nearly non-existent trail and a bum knee.

So, back to the remodeling project….sometimes you’re about halfway through the job, your kitchen, for all practical purposes is non-existent, you haven’t prepared or eaten a decent meal in weeks, and you wondered why you ever started this mess in the first place. Everything may be going along exactly as planned, but if just feels like it’s taking forever because you’re sick of living with the mess. Or, maybe like my idea to try a new trail, you threw your own curve ball into the job (“as long as the contractor is here and everything is torn up anyway, let’s________”. Fill in the blank. Add some skylights, replace all the flooring in the house at the same time, …..

Meanwhile, what has happened to the intrepid hikers? Well, once we had lost the trail, we had been trudging for quite a while up a hill through the mud, and had no desire to re-trace our steps. We could see a wider trail far below, so we had to totter (or in my case, limp) down a steep rutted hill to a muddy (of course!) trail, cross a creek a couple of times, and eventually we found ourselves on a familiar route that headed back to the car.

So, rest assured that your torn up space will being to take on the familiar appearance of a kitchen, or bath, as the case may be. Cabinets and appliances, or other fixtures appear, counters are installed, and you will begin to feel like the end is in sight, and has all been worth it in the long run.

This is a picture that I took after we climbed the hill, before things started to go downhill, literally and figuratively
This is a picture that I took after we climbed the hill, before things started to go downhill, literally and figuratively

Is Green Design a “Thing” Anymore?


IMG_6077   About 10 years ago, I began taking classes at UC Berkeley Extension to complete a certificate program in Sustainable Design. As I to worked my way through the program, I began to wonder if eventually, the terms Sustainable Design, or Green Design would become redundant, because all good design would automatically incorporate sustainability. Well, I must not have been the only one to sense that things were heading in that direction, because it wasn’t long after that, just as I was completing the program, that the school stopped offering that particular certificate.

   Increasingly, building codes are being changed that require more water saving and energy saving products than ever before. And, many companies are incorporating sustainable practices into their materials and manufacturing processes.

   You may wonder what constitutes a sustainable or “green” design, and how do you incorporate these concepts into your home remodel project? There are actually a lot of different criteria to consider when evaluating the sustainability of a product or process, and the choice as to what you consider to be a top priority is often an individual decision.

Some of these aspects of sustainability are:

• Personal use of resources in your home, such as how much energy or water is used.

• The wise use of resources in the manufacturing of a product.

• The distance that materials have to travel to get to your job-site, affecting the carbon footprint.

• The responsible resourcing of materials, such as sustainably grown wood for floors and cabinets.

• The policies and practices of the companies that manufacture the products that you choose.

• The way that products affect the immediate environment within the home, especially with regard to off-gassing and materials that create poor indoor air quality.


   If these are issues that are of concern to you, it can be confusing and overwhelming to do the research and make choices that are best suited to your individual needs and requirements. Let us use our knowledge and expertise to guide and assist you to find the products that you can incorporate into your remodeling project that will help keep your home and planet happy and healthy.