White and bright kitchens have been everywhere the last ten years, but that’s about to change according to Gatts (Founder of Beam and Bloom Interiors). “White will never completely go out of style, as it’s a true classic, but we’re seeing a move away from all white and bright and into moodier palettes,” she says. “Wood tones and rich greens and blues are on the upswing, while elements of fresh white tile stone and countertops are going strong.” (Groth, MyDomaine)
This remark is the inspiration for this post. Many home magazines carry these tertiary (even quaternary) colors green and blue, which for many may be a welcome change from the classic white or beige.
Almost a year has passed since the country went under different types of quarantine.
Green and blue are cool colors, and they impart a sense of ease and harmony. This could be one of the reasons why these colors are taking center stage right now, despite the yellow and grey of Pantone for 2021.
Green, with its close association to nature, gives a feeling of tranquility and health. Biophilic design is getting a surge of interest now because we want and need the connection to nature for our well-being. Painting interiors green is an easy way to bring nature into your home.
Blue, which is associated with the sky and the sea, brings a feeling of stability and serenity. Most of us want to feel safe during these times.
Use Green to Bring Nature into Your Kitchen
A recent Dezeen article talks about “calming green kitchens”. The greens range from a moody sage to a brilliant emerald.
The Boysen green chosen for this article is called Hidden Glade|BCP-0744, which is a muted green with grey undertones. It is very soothing and restful to the eyes. Just like the paint name, it feels like you are being embraced gently by nature.
Let the following kitchen ideas inspire you to think of your own kitchen makeover.
A Modular Kitchen
Who has seen the Ikea sponsored posts in your FB timeline? Ikea recently announced that it will open its doors in Q3/Q4 of this year. Ikea has many fans, including me. I expect that the layout of the store is similar to other Ikea stores in other countries. It is a winning formula. If you don’t know the shortcuts, you will find yourself going through the whole store willingly. In each section, you may be persuaded that you would need that, and that, and that… Be warned to bring your virtual blinkers and a list if you are on a tight budget.
This green modular furniture is perfect for a kitchen in small condos. The green has grey tones which pairs very well with classic silver appliances. The color comes out beautifully against a white backdrop, and painting your walls with the white paint Sugar Dust|BCP-0011 can give you this look. Wooden drawers and a wooden shelf add warmth to this palette.
Here’s another stylish kitchen in a green and white combination. The wooden overhead cabinets and trims add interest and warmth to the space. The white mosaic hexagonal tiles of the backsplash add a subtle texture that makes this kitchen feel very comfortable, bright, and modern.
Color Blocking and A Mural
The mural on the white wall of foliage is colored black and mustard yellow which makes the green look fresh and welcoming. Touches of wood for the shelves and chairs give the kitchen an organic feel.
Note how the green color is taken up to the ceiling and runs the length of the room over the dining table which is also painted green. This color blocking treatment defines the dining area in an open space. The green on the wall serves two purposes. First, it visually “raises” the height of the room. Second, it anchors the shelf.
The light grey cabinets and floor with the backsplash of white tiles and kitchen counter make the room feel more spacious.
Bring in the Blues
Bring the blues into your kitchen for a restful and serene feel. Like the green above, this blue paint color called North Sea|BCP-0625 also has grey undertones.
If the green above feels like you are in nature itself—a forest, a glade or a meadow—this blue gives the same feel. It is the color of the sea and sky before and after a rain when the sun is hidden by clouds and the wind feels cool and brisk. Either way, painting your kitchens with Hidden Glade or North Sea would make you feel easy, relaxed, and peaceful.
Explore the 3/3 Vertical Rule
This country kitchen is charming, warm, and cozy. Good memories are made here.
Designer Mark McCauley, author of Color Therapy at Home, came up with the 3/3 vertical rule in decorating a room. He recommended that we look at nature when we think about (re)decorating our space. Use dark elements near the floor (ground), medium tones in the middle (buildings and trees), and lighter hues at the top (sky).
That’s how the kitchen looks. Lovely blue and white floor tiles and the blue cabinets are in the lower third of the space. The middle third is the greige backsplash which is topped by white ceilings and walls on the uppermost third.
Splashes of red, from fruits, flowers, mugs, to the bright red checkered tea towel, provide a bright, cheery air to the kitchen.
The beautiful white butler sink, the brass cabinet pulls, and the brass kitchen faucets and mixer emphasize the vintage farmhouse feel of this kitchen. It really feels like the good old days in here.
The Classic Blue and White
This kitchen also uses the 3/3 vertical rule with the blue cabinets at the bottom and the white cabinets on top. A big difference is the floor, which is covered by a red patterned rug in the second blue kitchen. The feel is also vintage which is bolstered by the brass fittings and the butler sink.
Wood is not used in the two blue kitchens but this does not mean that you can’t add this element. Blue and white though is such a winning combination so if you want to introduce wood tones, then choose wood for your kitchen ware or as accents.
The trend forecast for kitchens in the next years: the use of moody colors.
We chose two beautiful ones for you with the green Hidden Glade|BCP-0744 and the blue North Sea|BCP-0625. We added two other light neutrals, the white Sugar Dust|BCP-0011 and the cream Haystack|BCP-0887.
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