Suffering from a small, dark kitchen? Or a galley so narrow the oven won’t fully open? Or a shoebox with no natural light? Whether you rent or own, your plan of attack is obvious: get out the paint.
We asked members of our Architect/Designer Directory for their palette choices for tiny urban kitchens. Here’s what they singled out:
Above: Top row, left to right: Farrow & Ball Cabbage White; Farrow & Ball Oval Room Blue; Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre; Benjamin Moore Super White; and Farrow & Ball Elephant’s Breath. Bottom row: Benjamin Moore Overcast; Pratt & Lambert Seed Pearl; Benjamin Moore Sweet Caroline; Benjamin Moore Adobe Orange; and Farrow & Ball Railings.
Above: Santa Barbara-based interior designer Carole Magness likes Farrow & Ball Vert de Terre on kitchen walls paired with a white trim (specifically, Benjamin Moore’s Super White, see below). She says the combination “brings to mind a clear running brook in the forest.”
Above: Carole Magness painted her own farmhouse kitchen Farrow & Ball Elephant’s Breath offset by Benjamin Moore Super White on the trim and ceiling. She notes that the perennially popular Farrow & Ball color has a “bright but historic feel.”
Above: Benjamin Moore’s Super White, a bright white that’s a perennial favorite among architects and designers. Says Magness, “It makes almost any color next to it pop.”
Above: As an alternative to white, designer Rozalynn Woods painted her tiny work studio kitchen in Benjamin Moore’s Overcast: “The hint of color looks great. It defines the little wall space I have just enough to pull it away from the cabinets.”
Above: Eliza Hart of Hart Wright Architects in San Francisco recommends Benjamin Moore’s Sweet Caroline to color one wall in a small kitchen. Says Hart, “We like to start with white, but then add a punchy color on one wall to break up the rhythm and make the room feel biggerâ€”the difference in color makes you more aware of the space and how it feels.”
Above: San Francisco interior designer Matthew Leverone suggests Benjamin Moore’s Adobe Orange as an accent color. Says the designer, “I have a small dark kitchen and I decided to paint one wall in Adobe Orange. Itâ€™s the perfect pop that energizes what had been an uninteresting space.”
Above: For a colorful combination in a tiny kitchen, Carole Magness recommends Farrow & Ball’s Cabbage White for the walls with Oval Room Blue, below, for the trim. Cabbage White is a bright white with a hint of blue.
Above: Magness’s trim choice, Farrow & Ball’s Oval Room Blue, has hints of gray and green.
Above: Interior designer Nicole Hollis says, “If there’s no hope of brightening a small dark space by adding windows, then your best bet is to go to the dark side.” She suggests Farrow & Ball’s Railings or Off-Black coupled with a white trim. Architect Jen Turner also suggests going with a dark color, particularly around white or light cabinetsâ€””the contrast adds the illusion of depth.”
We have more palette recommendations for you: see Happiness-Inducing Paint Colors, Architects’ Moody Paint Picks, and Architects’ White Paint Picks. And check out the color I picked for my own kitchen in Rental Rehab: Small Kitchen Makeover.