Balancing Neutral and Brighter Colors in Kitchen Remodels

When it comes to a kitchen remodeling project and numerous elements within it, color themes are a vital factor to consider. The right aesthetics at every level of the remodel can make or break its success, helping keep the room visually appealing without boring the eyes.

At AWA Kitchen Cabinets, we’re proud to offer a wide range of colors for all our kitchen cabinets, from vanity and wall cabinets to utility cabinets and many others. One major theme that’s present with the cabinets and other parts of any kitchen remodel: “Neutral” hues compared to more colorful, creative areas and how you balance the two within the same kitchen. Here’s a primer on many of the themes to hit on within both areas, including various spots in the kitchen where brighter accents tend to do well.

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Neutral Themes

Both for practical and aesthetic reasons, some of the higher-value kitchen remodeling items are often those that do best with neutral color schemes. These tend to double as the largest and most visible parts of the kitchen, and making them too bright or eye-catching will distract guests and sometimes even make them feel uncomfortable. Some of these items include:

  • Cabinets: You may have noticed that many of the colors available for our cabinets fall into the family of neutral hues, or at least very close by. This is because cabinets generally do very well in these neutral colors, helping set the tone in modern ways while allowing accents in other locations.
  • Countertops: Stones like granite, marble or quartz all tend to come with neutral color hues, but this doesn’t mean they aren’t stylish – they’re both sleek and highly practical.
  • Flooring: Flooring should almost always be a neutral backdrop for the rest of the kitchen,
  • Appliances: Certain colored appliances are popular today, but the highest-quality appliances tend to come in stainless steel, black or gray – all neutral hues.

Accents and Creativity

On the flip side, there are several areas of the kitchen where infusing in some brighter contrasts is a great move. Some options here

  • Cabinet hardware: Doors, handles, interiors and other segments of your cabinets can receive splashes of color to mix things up and accent the cabinets themselves.
  • Wall and ceiling color: The best part of wall paint is that even if you go a bit too bright and want to tone it down, you can always just paint over it later.
  • Rugs, curtains and other accessories: Another area where it’s very easy to experiment and change out designs if they don’t work as well as you had hoped.
  • Lighting: Lights offer a whole other dynamic to a room, plus can be easily changed for better options.

For more on balancing a kitchen remodel between neutral and bright colors, or to learn about any of our kitchen cabinets or countertop materials, speak to the staff at AWA Kitchen Cabinets today.