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Kitchen Cabinet and Wall Color Combinations

The cabinets and the walls are aspects of kitchen design that stand out the most. The colors of these areas give personality to the room and will communicate your taste to visitors. Selecting the colors of the kitchen cabinets and walls is one of the most fun steps in designing a kitchen.

While planning your kitchen upgrade or remodel, be sure to also check out our blog post How to Layout an Efficient Kitchen for tips on designing a kitchen that works for you.

Two Tone Kitchens – In two tone kitchens, the top and bottom kitchen cabinets are different colors. This simplistic design breaks up the room and is pleasing to the eye. In this kitchen, the top cabinets are a light color while the bottom cabinets are a dark color. The backsplash matches the top color, creating a smooth transition. The hardware is minimalistic, which allows the color to stand out.

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Below, the top cabinets are white and the bottom cabinets are a dark color. In between, there’s a simple and metallic backsplash. These colors create the perfect backdrop for the rustic kitchen furniture in the room.

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The colors in this kitchen set the stage for a luxurious experience. The cabinets and the kitchen island are white with a gold trim that complements the marble counter top and backsplash. The result is a very elegant room with the combination of the marble and the white kitchen cabinets.

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These kitchens feature more daring and playful colors. Here, the top cabinets feature a blue/green color while the bottom cabinets feature a simple finished wood. The brick backsplash is subtle and allows the green to pop without distraction. The task lighting underneath the top cabinets also help open up the room.

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In this second colorful kitchen, the cabinets, wall and tile flooring are all a relaxing shade of blue that creates a peaceful color scheme. This is perfect for a family kitchen where meals are prepared and memories are made.

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This example shows how color can be used to make certain areas pop. In this case, the trim at the bottom of the cabinets is yellow and so is the kitchen backsplash. However, the doors of the cabinets are actually white.

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In our last example of a colorful kitchen, you can see how different shades of the same color can be used to create depth. Here, the blue cabinets are a lighter shade of blue than the kitchen island. As a result, the island pops.

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In this design, you can see how color works in an industrial kitchen style. The wooden cabinets are accented with rivets while the backsplash is a simple white color. The cabinet doors and the range hood exterior are the focal points of this kitchen design.

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Other areas of color to pay attention to in the kitchen include the appliances, backsplash, counter top, island, flooring and hardware. All of these will coordinate together with the cabinets and the walls.

How to Layout an Efficient Kitchen

Why do you need an efficient layout for your kitchen? Designing your kitchen with an efficient layout in mind ensures that you can use your kitchen to its maximum potential and save as much time as possible while preparing and cooking food. While working on your kitchen, don’t forget to read our infographic Choosing Range Hoods for Kitchen Size for assistance in picking out a kitchen range hood.

There are different templates for kitchen design available to you depending on the floor plan of your kitchen and how you prefer to have everything spaced out. Choosing a layout that fits into the kitchen floor plan you already have will be more economical, because moving pipes and running electrical will be costly and time consuming.

The first thing to consider while laying out a kitchen is the work triangle. The work triangle is the placement of the cooking surface, the kitchen sink and the fridge. If you draw a line between these elements, the resulting shape will be a triangle. This is the most efficient way to place these zones in the kitchen. Ideally, there will be work spaces wherever possible between the points of the triangle.

Kitchen Layouts

These traditional kitchen layouts can help guide you through your kitchen design. Choose the layout that best fits your kitchen.

L-shaped: This kitchen layout consists of two countertops on connecting walls that form the shape of the letter “L.”

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Horseshoe: A horseshoe kitchen has three walls on which kitchen elements are placed. An L-shaped kitchen with the addition of an island is also considered a horseshoe kitchen.

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One-wall: These kitchens are simple and efficient with everything located on one wall. This layout is a good choice for smaller homes and kitchens.

One Wall Kitchen Design

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Galley: A galley kitchen is another layout that works well in smaller homes. It consists of two walls or two countertops on each side of each other.

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Once you have determined which kitchen layout you have, or will have in the future, you can start to layout an efficient kitchen design.

Another way to make a kitchen more efficient is the addition of a kitchen island, if the kitchen is large enough to support one. The island can function as one of the points of the work triangle.

Kitchen islands are practical and provide many functions. They provide extra work surface and storage space. You can also install a stovetop and oven into the kitchen island, as well as a sink for washing food and filling pots. A kitchen island with wheels is great; you can move it around where you need it, when you need it.

Which kitchen layout do you prefer? Do you prefer that layout because of efficiency or because of aesthetics? Feel free to let us know!

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Green Renovations for the Kitchen

This guest post is written by Jason Fowler, Pre-Construction Manager at Sea Island Builders.

A green kitchen is no longer a luxury that you can only fantasize about; with a wide variety of earth-friendly products now available, it is easy and affordable to have the eco-conscious kitchen you crave. No matter your style or budget, consider these tips below to inspire a green kitchen renovation that will leave your conscience and your sense of style satisfied.

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1. Choose sustainable kitchen cabinets. It’s easy to choose kitchen cabinets that are good for the environment, as well as your health. Simply select cabinets that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. These are all produced using sustainable forest management practices. They also feature formaldehyde-free glues, as well as finishes with low volatile organic compounds. These benefit your home environment, on top of the global one, by giving off little to no toxic fumes.

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2. Keep your countertops green. There are wide varieties of surfaces available to keep your kitchen both sustainable and stylish. Many manufacturers make countertops that are made from recycled or sustainable materials, ranging from recycled paper, to renewable bamboo fiber, reclaimed wood from older buildings, or recycled glass. These countertops are also safer for your family, as they use low toxicity binders, such as water-based resin glue.

3. Look for Energy-Star rated appliances. The Energy-Star rating is only given to the most energy-efficient model of a given appliance category, making your search for green appliances a breeze. It’s possible to save more than $120 a year on just your refrigerator if you replace a twenty-year old one with a new Energy-Star rated one. In addition to the energy savings, many states and regional utilities will offer rebates for purchasing Energy-Star rated appliances.

4. Use an under-the-counter water purifier. With ten times the filtering capacity of a faucet-mounted purifier, an under-the-counter water purifier is the smart way to provide healthy water for your home. A carbon filter can remove heavy metals, pesticides, bacteria, unwanted tastes, and bad odors. The amount you save on water bottles and pre-packaged drinks will add up more quickly than you could believe.
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5. Consider energy-efficient and natural lighting. Replacing your incandescent lighting can have a massive impact on your kitchen’s energy usage; fluorescent and compact fluorescent lights can use up to 90% less energy. LED lighting and energy efficient halogens are also unique, useful options – especially when lighting an area commonly used for detailed tasks. Also, work with the natural lighting options your home’s layout will allow. A few additional windows can flood your kitchen with sunlight, reducing your need for electric lighting all-around.

With these five simple ideas, you can begin to design a green renovation for your kitchen that will save you money, as well as save the environment. You no longer have to sacrifice style, originality, or your budget to set up your kitchen to be sustainable, renewable, and non-toxic. The vibrancy of a green kitchen is sure to inspire health, wellness, and simplicity in other areas of your home and life as well.


Jason Fowler is Pre-Construction Manager at Sea Island Builders, Charleston’s premier custom home builder and contractor. The company is dedicated to renovating and building custom homes that are energy-efficient and support the health and wellness of the client, the community, and our environment. Sea Island Builders is a partner of ENERGY STAR, the Indoor airPLUS program, and the EPA’s WaterSense Program, and a Lead-Safe Epa Certified firm. Learn more at SeaIslandBuilders.com or connect with us on Houzz, Facebook, or Instagram.