New Home Kitchen Design Trends - What Kitchen Colors Will Stay in Style?

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2012 Kitchen Design Tips - Learn What Color will Always be in Style

Designer Tips on How to Build a Kitchen with Timeless Appeal


We were recently asked this interior design question, through "Ask Andrea": "I want whitewashed cabinets to fit a small ally kitchen. What color should I use to be able to keep the room up to date for many years? I will be using stainless steel appliances."


And here's what Stanton Homes' on staff interior design expert Andrea recommends:

"Thank you for your question regarding what paint color would be best to use for your classic alley kitchen with white-washed cabinets.

You mentioned that you wanted to select a color that will be in style for many years to come. While it is my instinct to want to suggest one of the 2012 trend colors for your versatile kitchen (what doesn't go with white?), I will do my best to provide you with a solution that is as timeless as your kitchen.

2012 Kitchen Trends | Kitchen Colors that Stay in Style


First of all, if you don't already have a tile back splash then I would strongly suggest that you go with a classic 3 x 6 glazed white subway tile.

This inexpensive item is one product that I would say, along with white cabinetry, has withstood the test of time.

This classic tile maintains its popularity due to an ability to transcend from cottage charm to traditional elegance to modern appeal--including both simple and sleek designs.


It is readily available and inexpensively priced--it is quite possibly the perfect tile!


Any time a brick pattern is used in a back splash area it visually expands the space so this is a good thing in an alley kitchen.

While you're at it, installing under cabinet lighting will also visually expand the look of your kitchen plus it serves a dual purpose in that it provides excellent task lighting while working in the kitchen and then left on by itself, provides an excellent look for your kitchen in the evening if you are entertaining.

If you have granite counter tops under cabinet lighting also highlights the beautiful depth of natural colors inherent in any color of granite.

2012 Kitchen Trends | Kitchen Colors that Stay in Style


Additionally, seeing depth in your granite counter top is another way to visually expand and also upgrade the look of your kitchen.

For example, the white subway tiles in this kitchen backsplash bring out the beautiful light tones in the granite countertop.



With all of these tips in mind what color should you paint your walls?

In this case I am not sure if your alley kitchen is wide open to another room or if it has a wall on the opposite side of the cabinet wall.

If it is wide open to another room in the house and if all of the cabinets are confined to just one wall making it a very true to form alley kitchen, then I would suggest that you strongly consider painting all of the OTHER walls in a timeless shade of khaki and painting your one cabinet wall in statement or accent color that brings out the white cabinets.

The latest and greatest of those colors would actually be one of the trendy new blacks which aren't actually straight black as that just wouldn't be as fun!

2012 Kitchen Trends | Kitchen Colors that Stay in Style


Going Bold:

If you are willing to think about this bold idea check out Sherwin Williams Sealskin or Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain.

Going Classic:

For a classic look  for your one cabinet wall, try a very pale ethereal blue such as Sherwin Williams Mild Blue or Hinting Blue.

Going Modern:

For a modern take, use a "saving the earth" green such as Sherwin Williams Ryegrass.

The possibilities are endless for one cabinet wall color as it really only appears above and beside your cabinets more or less framing them and thus causing them to stand out a little.

If you are not keen on this idea or you have a wall opposite you cabinet wall, then

the truly most classic shade to paint your walls that will stay looking stylish for years to come is a shade of khaki or tan.

Like white cabinets and white subway tile, the right khaki or tan for your space will be timeless and can go in any direction you wish to take as far as style goes.

You can add vibrant colorful accessories or neutrals--natural elements or high tech--it all works.

The color should be a shade that compliments the rest of the elements in your room such as the floor, the counter top and even some of your most prominent furnishings.

2012 Kitchen Design Colors | Kitchen Trends


The shade will either have a more yellow or warm base to it such as Sherwin Williams Basket Beige, Row House Tan, Softer Tan, or Toasted Pine Nut, or a cooler undertone such as Wool Skein or Relaxed Khaki.

Once you find the shade that seems to best pick up the undertones in the room's surroundings, then make sure to keep a few swatches of the color on hand with you as you further accessorize your home.

Colors can be so deceiving in store lighting from store to store so the safest thing to do is carry your wall color with you.

Even for accent items like sofa cushions, lamp shades, bedding, and area rugs, comparing them to your wall color to see if they are complimentary will save you time and disappointment and help you to more easily achieve an overall look that is instantly pulled together and pleasing to the eye as you add each new layer.



Good luck with painting your kitchen--I hope we have helped you decide what direction is best for you."

Do you have kitchen design questions? Want to know the hottest 2012 kitchen color trends for your Raleigh new home?

Then "Ask Andrea," on-staff interior design expert for Raleigh new home builder Stanton Homes.  At Stanton Homes, our Interior Designer will work with you to create the personality you’re looking for, throughout your Stanton Home – as part of your new home package.


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Maggie McFarland
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Great blog Penny!

I always enjoy reading what the latest trends in decorating! Have a great Christmas!

Dec 21, 2011 10:52 PM #1
Joan Congilose
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Love your post and I was wondering the same thing. I have bisque cabinets and I'm looking to change the colors also. 

Dec 21, 2011 11:35 PM #2
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Joan - our interior designer is wonderful at knowing just what color combinations fit each personality!  I love the schemes she's put together for white cabinetry.   All of them are very appealing.

Dec 22, 2011 12:15 AM #3
Steve, Joel & Steve A. Chain
Chain Real Estate Investments & Mortgage, Steve & Joel Chain - Cottonwood, CA


Your designer advice is obviously well thoughtout. This input really adds lasting value to the final project.


Dec 22, 2011 01:16 AM #4
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
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Good evening Penny.

That is a great post.

Thank you for sharing.

Happy New Year.

Dec 29, 2011 09:44 AM #5
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