Empire Gold creates a foundation of regal and sophisticated color in this palette from James Martin, president of the Color Marketing Group and founder and color consultant at The Color People in Denver, Colorado. Aurora Brown, used as an accent color in the dining nook and inside the cabinets, offers a bold swath of deep color, with red tones that liven up the brown.
Since the Victorian kitchen was a utilitarian area, the room was a private space and not given the luxury of paint. Colors like these were reserved for more public spaces like parlors and other living areas of the home. Bringing these hues into the kitchen today works if you're looking for a more subdued Victorian palette that is both authentic and modest.
A rich, slate blue creates a striking accent wall in this palette. Paired against a wall of Kelly Moore Paints' Clippership Twill, the blue's mineral tones pop against the twill's earthen influence.
This natural color scheme nods to the agrarian society that turned toward industry during the technological advancements of the Victorian Era. The dusty greens and golds also suggest the landscape of the American West, the newest burgeoning region of the States.