Is painting kitchen cabinets two colors a big no-no if you have a small kitchen? Not necessarily!
I did a Color Consultation with a local client sometime last summer and recently revisited to help her tweak a few things and choose new colors for the exterior of the house. Her kitchen was small and a complete renovation was not in the budget. It needed a little something-something to compensate for some of it’s dated finishes. Something that didn’t require a lot of money! Her dream kitchen looked something like the photo above, but the trick was how to get that look on a limited budget. Could we paint kitchen cabinets in two colors in such a small area? Here’s where we started when I met with her intially:
The top cabinets of the kitchen had recently gotten a fresh coat of white paint. You can see that she went a bit lighter than what was previously a creamy white on the cabinets (see lower cabinets). Now she was stuck. There was so little wall space in this kitchen that the green color really just chopped things up a bit and looked like a stripe along the top of the room.
The island was previously red in order to give this space a bit of personality. It was time for a little face-lift, don’t you think? I proposed painting the base cabinets a darker color that would be fairly neutral and painting the small amount of walls white to make the space feel less choppy. After testing lots of paint color options for the base cabinets, we decided upon Benjamin Moore Storm Cloud Gray. When I came back a couple of weeks ago, I got to take a few unstyled shots of the “after.”
Painting Kitchen Cabinets Two Colors – After
I know there’s junk on the counters, but that’s real life, right? I love how the kitchen looks fresher and updated. The toughest part of this was convincing my client to paint the walls the same white as the cabinetry and trim, but in an eggshell finish. She thought that small amount of wall was her only opportunity to get some personality in the room. You can see in the photo below how the white on the soffit above the cabinets actually makes the room feel a bit larger and taller as it visually extends the cabinets up to the ceiling.
Painted Kitchen After Color Consultation
You can see the kitchen from another angle in the photo below, along with the partial brick wall. Her hubby has agreed to let her paint the brick to lighten up this room a bit more after seeing the positive results of the new colors throughout the rest of the home.
Two-Toned Kitchen Cabinets
My client wants some touches of orange in the kitchen, so I suggested some glazed pottery and bowls that would be functional (not just decorative in the space) and maybe some fun curtains on the one large window.
I love it when a plan comes together! Now it’s on to her exterior paint colors . . .