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6 Kitchen Accent Colors & Color Schemes to Elevate Your Kitchen Space

6 Kitchen Accent Colors & Color Schemes to Elevate Your Kitchen Space

written on November 20, 2023Interior Design

Whether you’re cooking, cleaning, entertaining guests, or hanging out with your family, you likely spend a lot of time in your kitchen. That said, it’s essential for this space to feel comfortable, personal, and inviting — not ugly, cluttered, and dated.

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Several things can make a kitchen look like it’s straight out of the 1990s — including cheap-looking plastic appliances instead of sleek stainless steel appliances and overly ornate kitchen cabinets instead of modern, simplistic paneling. However, as badly as you might want to completely overhaul your kitchen’s layout, appliances, and cabinets — a project like this can be expensive.

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Kitchen Accent Colors to Incorporate Into Your Kitchen Design Today

Sometimes, a new color scheme is the best (and easiest) way to give your kitchen a completely fresh look. Below, we’ll list some of the best kitchen accent colors in 2024 to help create a modern kitchen that reflects your personal style.

1. Classic Black and White Kitchen

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Black and white is a classic color combination that never goes out of style.

Create contrast with simplistic white walls, white marble countertops, and black kitchen cabinets. To break up the dark tones, consider adding natural wood touches, like floating shelves or wood on the island. If you’d like to make a bold statement, consider adding a black-and-white tile backsplash or flooring with a subtle pattern to the design.

2. Elegant Gray and Gold Kitchen

If warm tones are more your style, consider white kitchen paint for your walls with gray tones and gold accents. Pale gray cabinets paired with gold touches — from faucet fixtures and pendant lights to gold-toned natural wood flooring and a butcher-block countertop — create a neutral color palette for an inviting yet modern kitchen.

3. Versatile Green and White Kitchen

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Green is a popular accent color for kitchens because earthy tones make the entire space feel clean, open, and airy. When paired with bright white walls, you can choose almost any green paint color that matches your style.

For example, homeowners looking to create a calm, soft, and inviting green kitchen with light colors might opt for sage green cabinets with all-white details — from the appliances to the tile backsplash. Homeowners who favor bold shades might opt for a more saturated green, like olive, to paint a colorful kitchen island surrounded by white details, like the countertops and walls, to balance the darker shades.

4. Deep Blue and White Kitchen

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A white kitchen with blue hues is a great color scheme for homeowners who really want to introduce color into their kitchen design — but aren’t ready to commit to crazy, bold colors like greens or yellows.

Dark colors — and especially dark cabinets — are key for creating an appealing blue-and-white kitchen design. Choose a dark blue paint color, like a deep navy blue, or even a blue-green, like teal, to paint your cabinets and drawers. Then, keep everything else simple to tie this color scheme together — white kitchen walls, white marble countertops, and sleek stainless steel appliances allow the deep blue to really “pop” in this kitchen color scheme.

5. Inviting Blue and Gray Kitchen

While dark blue cabinets can add contrast to your kitchen color scheme, sometimes, a light blue kitchen with gray undertones and white cabinets is the way to go — this color scheme can enhance the natural light in your kitchen and make the space feel larger and more open.

Choose a pale blue kitchen color, like sky blue, or a cool blue color, like cobalt, to create a blue kitchen island. Then, balance out the “blues” with white and grey detailing, like a grey tile backsplash and white cabinets. This kitchen color scheme is elegant and subtle while still being bright and vibrant enough to make a statement.

6. Bold White and Red Kitchen

Incorporating a bright red shade into your kitchen color scheme can be a risk (but a bold one that can pay off). That said, if you still want to incorporate hints of red into your kitchen color scheme in a more subtle and subdued way, there are a few ways to make it happen.

For example, you can choose wood cabinets with red undertones (as opposed to dark brown undertones), like cherry, mahogany, or hickory, to incorporate into your kitchen design. Or, to create an industrial chic look, consider incorporating red brick walls, either as an accent wall or a backsplash, with simplistic white, black, or dark wood details.

Dream Up the Perfect Kitchen Color Scheme Idea with an Expert Interior Design Team

Partnering with an interior decorator is the first step in bringing your vision for your kitchen color scheme to life. An interior designer can help you choose a paint color and kitchen color scheme that captures your personal style while adding contemporary appeal to your kitchen space — making it seem larger, more spacious, and roomy. These are all excellent selling points when it comes time to put your home on the market!

Instead of working with just any interior designer, work with our interior decorating team at THE STAGING COMPANY. We stage hundreds of homes every year, so we not only know what styles are trending in kitchen design, but we also know how to improve the appearance and livability of your kitchen in a way that adds lasting value and undeniable appeal.

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