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Ask a Designer: Colors to Avoid


Are there colors you should never use in a kitchen?

Janice: I honestly can't say that there's a color that shouldn't be used in the kitchen. If you look through magazines nowadays, you can find very very simple white kitchens. You can find white and dark kitchens, or you can find kitchens that have green, and blue, and purple, and red all in the same space. It's all on how it's put together, and it all kind of goes with the individual's personality. So I don't think there's a right and a wrong color to put in a kitchen. I think it just depends on the person.

Trisha: The thing usually with countertops and everything, I like to keep them neutral because sometimes when you're doing blues or greens on countertop material, food isn't as appealing on surfaces like that. As far as cabinetry, I don't think there's any wrong color of cabinetry. Right now, white cream kitchens are very popular. That is something that I think appeals to a wide range of people. A very clean classic kitchen. If the consumer is worried about resale and things like that and appealing to the general public, you're not going to want to go with something so specific as a red or purple kitchen because there's not going to be as many people that like that. If it's something that somebody is going to stay in that home forever and that's what they want to do, then I think by all means do it.