Unusual Kitchen Cabinet Colors That Just Work


I’m beginning to think that Americans are a little too afraid of color. Basic white, black and blue predominate today’s kitchens, and it’s downright shocking and refreshing to find some rule breakers out there — people who aren’t afraid to grab a unique color with two hands and not let go. From purple (gasp!) to puce (gasp! gasp!), these cabinets run a gorgeous gamut. And it wasn’t until I assembled them all here in one place that I realized they are all international: there’s not one American kitchen in the entire bunch.

Let’s start with the purple, because why not? Jonathan Tuckey Design didn’t hesitate to use this unlikely color for the cabinets—let alone pair it with red — but their muted tone separated by all that white space is beautiful and avoids looking clownish. Which, let’s be honest, is entirely possible when we’re talking about purple and red.

And speaking of clowns, this light-hearted apartment from Heju Studio peppers pastel colors in amongst a full wall of light colored wood cabinets. They add to the playful feel of the entire space, which doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Blue kitchen cabinets are everywhere, but teal? Yet look how great it looks against the white walls and marble countertops in this kitchen from Est Living. The cabinets are bright, fresh and modern. Also lead image above.

Moving on, Neptune painted their classic farmhouse Chichester kitchen cabinets an unexpected dark rose. It’s a great way to amp up grey walls, which are also everywhere these days.

As someone who likes neither celadon green or burgundy (or, maybe we should call it puce and be done with it), I’m amazed to find how much I’m drawn to this kitchen, seen on Residence Magazine. It’s just so handsome and the angled cabinets are so very interesting. And it just wouldn’t work with a more traditional color.

This time, it’s pink cabinets in a kitchen designed by Crosby Studios. The bright candy color looks amazing against the black wall, and keeps the space from choking on its own dark seriousness.

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