We’re just going to come out and say it, we loathe a white kitchen. You might be thinking “What, are you crazy? White kitchens are absolutely gorgeous.” And you’re right, they are, on Instagram and Pinterest. Once you’re living and cooking in a completely white kitchen, they become a never-ending chore list filled with wiping down cabinets and countertops. Frankly, we’d rather be brunching or watching Ozark.
Now, we’re not totally knocking white kitchens, the right white shades can be stunning. But, what if you’re like us and you’re over the white kitchen trend, but you’re not quite sure where to go next? What if after all the working from home you’re just in the mood for refresh, and staring for hours in front of different shades of white at Home Depot sounds more like a nightmare than a dream come true? Well you’ve found the right place.
We’ve been scouring designer spring color trends, and have found five color palettes that we absolutely love for getting out of the white kitchen rut.
1. Benjamin Moore – Ocean Mist
If you’re a little nervous about adding color to your kitchen, this refreshing shaded sage color is one of our favorites, as the shade is so subtle it can easily act as a neutral. It also pairs perfectly with several different finishes and colors which makes it an easy color from a remodeling perspective. As you can see in the kitchen below, Ocean Mist works with whites, blacks, stainless steel, butcher block, and more. We’ve paired this color with two other Benjamin Moore 2022 spring color trend colors – Steam and Venetian Portico – to keep the palette more neutral.
2. Dulux – Bright Skies
Want to keep your white countertops? We’re obsessed with Bright Skies from Dulux. This color of the year is described as “an airy and fresh tone that opens up and breathes new life into any space” and we couldn’t agree more. Paired with on trend gold finishes, and a little greenery, your kitchen might just become a modern sanctuary. Add Dulux’ Cliff Walk and Demin Drift to round out the palette.
3. Sherwin Williams – MODE; Coral Clay
Pink has been a favorite of millennials for the last few years, but this Coral Clay color from Sherwin Williams is one (almost) all generations can get behind. This ‘pink’ doesn’t remind you of the Pepto Bismol and Barbie pinks of the past. It’s sophisticated, and coordinates well with organic greenery and dark wood tones. Pair this color with Sherwin Williams Naval and mustard accents for a moody, modern kitchen.
4. Graham & Brown Wallpaper of the Year: Restore Emerald
Graham and Brown’s wallpaper of the year in Emerald gave us major tropical kitchen inspiration. Bold, dark kitchens have been popping up everywhere in the last few years, and we’re here for it. Going for dark cabinets in a kitchen with decent natural lighting can create a space that really envelops you. We love Uluwatu from Graham and Brown paired with gold fixtures, and light natural woods
5. Pantone Veri Peri
We would be remiss if we didn’t highlight Pantone’s Color of the Year in this list. While periwinkle for a kitchen is extremely bold, the tone paired with warm wood tones creates such a fun space. It’s also an extremely versatile color that can be paired with neutrals, and shades of red, blue, and purple. This would be a great spring color to start small with – test it on a kitchen island, or a buffet for an intriguing pop of color!
This spring we’re seeing a lot of muted pastels, and cooler colors that remind us of the natural cycle of blooming in spring. From Behr to Farrow and Ball, some version of light green showed up on nearly every expert’s color trend guide.
Now you’ve got some ideas to get you out of your white kitchen rut. What palette do you love most? Did we leave out a color that you love? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.