Kitchen Color Trends

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Keep your kitchen looking fresh with the hot new colors, including Pantone’s Color of the Year. Learn easy ways to add a pop of color to spice up your space.

Radiant orchid is so 2014. Nowadays, it’s all about marsala, 2015’s Pantone Color of the Year.

Every year, the color experts at the Pantone Color Institute announce a Color of the Year — the one they believe will be the trendiest, hottest color in home decor, makeup and fashion.

If marsala wasn’t in your big box of Crayolas (it wasn’t in ours), you may be wondering what the color looks like.

“Much like the fortified wine that gives marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal, while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness,” according to Pantone. Sounds perfect for a kitchen refresh!

But it’s not only marsala that’s on trend.

“After the recent years of light and neutral wall colors, rich, deep colors are back,” says Sara Chiarilli, interior designer and owner of Artful Conceptions in Apollo Beach, Florida. “These are not bright, bold colors, but rich, elegant and stately colors. Think plum, wine, burgundy, deep jade, rosemary, artichoke. These colors accent beautifully with the gold tones that are in high demand.”

How can you best use these trending colors in your kitchen?

One wall

If you’re not into painting your entire kitchen red, try it on one wall. Don’t be afraid to take a risk, even if all the walls in your house are off-white. The beauty of paint is you can always paint over it.

Try out our fun kitchen remodel tool to see what a splash of color would look like in your space.

Accents

If you just can’t take the leap into marsala kitchen walls, forget the paint altogether and get brightly colored dinnerware, placemats and napkins. Take baby steps to bring color into your life.

Pair colors together

Don’t worry, you don’t have to rid your home of all of last year’s radiant orchid and the previous year’s emerald green to stay on trend. Work at color pairings, bringing in a bit of the new to breathe freshness into the old.

“Current kitchen design is about depth, elegance and layering,” Chiarilli says. “Deep, rich greens, burgundies and golds are emerging as the new go-to colors.”