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Author: Susan Regan
Issue: May, 2009, Page 49
Brightly colored cabinets are one of the latest trends in kitchen design. Here, an island and cabinetry from Snaidero featuring Passion Red in a high-gloss lacquer finish create a wow factor.


A recent survey by the National Kitchen & Bath Association and Thermador asked kitchen designers to name noteworthy up-and-coming trends. The primary answer for many was a greater use of color in the kitchen, with an emphasis on bolder hues throughout and more color options for cabinetry. We explore this growing trend with Dana Hayes of  Kitchens Southwest; kitchen designer Debbie Rindal; and B.J. Wernimont of The Epicurean Palette.


Eggplant, Spicy Mustard and Sage are a few of the colors Kitchens Southwest has used in recent projects, notes Hayes. The key is selecting a palette that you will still find appealing in years to come. “Make sure it fits the style and design of your home and your life,” she suggests. “You can make a strong statement or an understated one but still pull in great colors.” Our experts weigh in on the options:

This IKEA kitchen has horizontal upper cabinetry made of blue-gray glass panels, lending color and gloss to the room. 
Southwest tones. Wernimont finds rich, warm colors synonymous with Arizona, including rusts, golds, browns, oranges and reds as perennial favorites. Try integrating these with cookware and accessories; manufacturers Le Creuset and Vietri make many products in these hues.

Neutrals. “White- and cream-color cabinetry are still favorites,” points out Rindal. Using neutrals as a base works with many styles, including Santa Barbara, Old World and Contemporary, and it allows accent colors to be added and changed easily, she states.

Rindal and Wernimont both say that gray is an increasingly popular neutral. Painted cabinetry and concrete countertops offer two ways to incorporate this tone, while stainless steel is still the preferred choice for appliances.
Earthy shades. Cabinetry and tile manufacturers are introducing more colors inspired by nature, states Hayes. She lists Prairie Green, Country Linen, Seal Pup and Celadon as a few examples of the custom-matched colors Kitchens Southwest has reproduced on cabinetry based on such items as wall paint and a client’s favorite home-decor accessory.

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