Modern Kitchen Color Ideas

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Modern Kitchen Color Ideas
Modern kitchens can use monochromatic colour schemes. (blank modern kitchen image by victor zastol"skiy from

Updated kitchens are a big selling point for homes. One simple way to update or remodel a kitchen is to play with colours and patterns. Modern kitchens incorporate colour into several parts of the kitchen including cabinets, counters, appliances, backsplashes, wall colour and fabric. Modern colour schemes explore minimalist elements as well as bold and unexpected uses of colour.

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Monochromatic Colors

Modern styles value sleek, uninterrupted lines and minimalist fixtures. Crisp white, black and shades of grey instantly add contemporary style to a kitchen. To keep the space airy and prevent it from feeling retro, limit uses of black to accent spaces like curtains, place mats or seat cushions. Any black pattern, such as a tile pattern, will feel dated. Gray tones are an ideal wall colour and work well with stainless steel appliances. Flat-front white cabinets with stainless steel handles are sleek and contemporary. Use white subway tiles with a grey grout for backsplashes to create a subtle pattern in an otherwise clean, uninterrupted space.

Earth Elements

Color schemes that draw inspiration from the environment are modern and stylish. Avoid saturated greens and browns. Opt for muted olive green, beige and pale yellow. A pale olive green paint for the cabinets and a tan or sand coloured wall is interesting without being overwhelming. Choose natural materials for fabrics and countertops to introduce several shades of brown without disrupting the simple colour scheme of the room. Natural wood or butcher block countertops add warmth to the kitchen. Choose hemp, linen or burlap curtains and bamboo place mats to tie all the fabric elements together. Natural wood floors or even a poured concrete floor painted in a colour complementary to the cabinets creates unity among style and colour elements.

Jewel Tones

A reserved use of jewel tones in an otherwise monochromatic kitchen can add richness and warmth to a modern space. Limit jewel tones to accent colours like those found in backsplashes, fabric or accent walls. Pair grey walls with sapphire blue glass tiles on a backsplash. You can also purchase a thin sheet of emerald green plastic to serve as a backsplash. Chocolate brown walls and cabinets pair well with deep purple curtains, place mats or backsplashes. Add subtle jewel tones by purchasing plastic jewel-shaped or imitation jade stone cabinet and drawer pulls or handles.

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