Designing your kitchen can be a daunting task, especially when you don’t know what aesthetic or color palette to work with.
With a larger number of surfaces available, such as the floor, wall tiles, cabinet finishes, kitchen countertops, kitchen island, or even a small dining table, the possibilities can appear to be endless.
The design of a kitchen becomes central to the overall home because it is a space that will be visited multiple times a day.
By investing effort into the initial stages of design, you will ensure that the final finished space will be one that is both functionally sound, and pleasant to inhabit.
In such a case, it can help to have a grounding element, an unchanging constant, that you can orient all your remaining design choices around. Here, you will see how you can create different color palettes centered around white kitchen appliances.
In the spectrum of colors, white is considered a neutral, which allows it to be paired with a wide range of colors.
Everything from deep jewel tones, to pastels, to neutrals can be paired with white to create a pleasant and well-balanced finished space.
With the help of sample images of custom designed kitchen interiors, this article will show you how these combinations can be applied to your space, what kind of complementary decorative accents can be added, and what kind of overall design you can expect to achieve.
By the end, you should have a fair idea of what kind of color cabinets go well with white kitchen appliances and how best to go about arranging for your dream kitchen!
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For a classic and sophisticated look, white kitchen appliances can be paired with white cabinets.
The continuity of a single color spread across multiple surfaces results in a space that looks to be well put together.
To break up the monotony of a single color, I recommend introducing a textured finish. In the sample interior, the white cabinets are contrasted by a wooden finish in the niche and lower cabinets of the kitchen island.
The variation in surface finishes adds a touch of interest. Additionally, the warmth of the natural wooden finish softens the starkness of the otherwise white cabinets.
An emerging trend in kitchen interiors is the use of cashmere colored kitchen cabinets. This neutral tone is a subtle warm toned gray. Paired with white kitchen appliances, the overall look is an understated, modern kitchen.
Color psychology tells us that neutral color tones tend to relax the eye, by reducing visual stimulus.
They infuse a space with a sense of calm and tranquility. Moreover, the warm undertones of the cashmere cabinets infuse the space with a touch of warmth, making it an inviting space.
An additional benefit of a neutral themed space is that it provides a backdrop that allows for any addition of color to stand out. In a kitchen, this means that your culinary creations will always end up as the star of the space.
3) Duck Egg Green
Shades of green, when applied to interior finishes, induce feelings of tranquility. The calmness of color stems from its reminiscence to the natural world. Introducing green into your interior spaces will bring a sense of freshness and vitality to your kitchen.
A duck egg green shade has recently gained popularity for use in interior finishes, and the cool, subtle touch of color is being hailed as a “new neutral”.
In this capacity, it simultaneously complements the white kitchen appliances while also acting as a grounding presence, allowing other textures and colors to be placed in a contrasting harmony.
For instance, in the sample image above, the bricked walls of the kitchen provide a delightful warmth that balances out the fresh coolness of the green tones.
The brick and wooden finishes on the walls and floors create a rustic aesthetic, and the duck egg green cabinets, paired with white appliances give it a unique character and charm.
4) Pale Blue
To create a space that is both bright, as well as calm, the perfect addition is a pale, powdery blue color.
The cool undertones of the blue will pair nicely with the white of your kitchen appliances and the resulting space will be one that appears soothing to the eye.
To maintain the cool aesthetic of the space, you can also introduce a steel gray color to accent the cabinets in the form of aluminum edges. An interior that adheres to a color scheme of blue, gray and white will create a classy, and modern look.
Allow natural light to infiltrate your space to give it a sense of brightness and openness. Moreover, a touch of natural light will prevent the space from looking too sterile, and keep it welcoming to its inhabitants.
Taupe is a warm, earthy combination of brown and gray. Reminiscent of coffee tones, this color with its predominantly reddish-brown undertone will add warmth to your space.
The resulting effect is of a space that is cozy and inviting, perfect for spaces where the whole family can gather for meals.
The white of the kitchen appliances stands out in stark contrast to the taupe kitchen cabinets. This contrast only serves to highlight their placement and clearly define various activity zones within the kitchen space, each dedicated to a particular function.
As a transition element between taupe and white, I recommend adding a natural texture, like the wooden finish of some of the cabinets. Its presence softens the contrast between the two, and lends a sense of balance to the overall palette.
A dark, almost charcoal gray paired with white creates a modern and minimal palette of neutrals. The two colors from two opposite ends of a monochrome spectrum, complement each other well, each being a neutral. At the same time, the difference in value also creates a sharp contrast, that allows to stand apart from the other.
In a space designed around a neutral palette, I recommend adding a pop of color in the form of a focal element. The monochromatic backdrop will create the perfect base for such an object to stand out.
For instance, in the sample interior, the brassy lamp suspended above the dining table can be highlighted as a focal element.
Another great way of introducing a touch of color is by framing a view of the outdoors, such as in the sample above. The lush greenery outside the window provides a respite from the minimalism of the interior.
7) Deep Green
A deeper color, like green, can frame the windows of white created by the kitchen appliances. The two colors contrast due to the variation in hues, but the complementary undertones will create a space that is cohesive in its designed color schemes.
As a bridge between the two colors, I recommend introducing a pattern or texture, to prevent the appearance of a strictly color blocked layout. In the sample image, this is achieved by using a speckled gray granite for the countertop, and as a base for the cabinets.
The white appliances will create islands of brightness, by reflecting light that would otherwise be observed by the darker green surfaces. The result is a balanced space.
Additionally, you can also place indoor plants along the countertop, to bleed the color into the accent décor as well.
8) Wooden Finish
Instead of solid colors, you can opt for natural wooden finishes to be paired with your white appliances. The warm, rustic, authenticity of the wooden cabinets will balance out the synthetic coolness of the white kitchen appliances.
The two finishes will contrast with each other, not just in terms of their color, but also in their aesthetic qualities. The rustic, textured look of the one set against the modern, glossy finish of the other.
A palette like this allows you play with design themes. You can make your space look as old-school or as modern as you want. This will all depend on the additional décor, and fixtures you choose to incorporate.
For instance, in the sample image, the wooden beams, the pitched roof, and the industrial light fixtures give the kitchen a barn-like aesthetic, making it a warm and welcoming space. As a result, you can easily envision this space as a backdrop to family lunches or intimate gatherings.
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