This is perhaps the most important question to answer, because that will determine what the rest of the color scheme will be – if you have dark cabinets, or dark wood, a dark set of walls will make the room look shadowy and dull. If you have dark cabinetry, consider light colors, such as white or beige, for your walls.
Instead, some designers suggest to keep your walls – and cabinetry – in neutral, timeless colors (you can’t go wrong with whites, blacks, light browns, and even grays), and just add punches of bright color (such as yellow chairs, or yellow accessories).
At the absolute most, the largest punch of color shouldn’t come from anything else but the island in the center of the kitchen. Even then, the color could be different (i.e., yellow) but not overly bold (a soft butter yellow is appropriate for the kitchen island – a loud neon yellow is not).
Finally, if you’re going to repurpose materials, consider repurposing materials from other rooms into the kitchen. A mosaic backsplash made from repurposed glass, or an island made from repurposed wood from other rooms, are all great ways to add a bit of color without breaking the bank.
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