Designers Kate Newman, Jordan Cluroe, and Russell Whitehead share their color picks that’ll give your kitchen a fresh look for the new decade.
At the start of a new year—and, perhaps more importantly, a new decade—it can be liberating to try something new. This may be as significant as starting a new career or heading out on a long-awaited trip. It could also be as small as ordering a different dish on a beloved menu or buying an ordinarily “off-limits” outfit. In design, this fresh perspective is often thought about in colors. And in an era when shades of white still reign supreme, there can be nothing more exhilarating than going bold.
“Free yourself from the fear of being bold,” says Jordan Cluroe, co-creator of
“Longevity comes when you build authentic color stories that mean something to you,” Whitehead adds. “A pink kitchen may feel like a bold move, but because it is a color we have loved for many years, that’s not going to change anytime soon. Think about what feels natural to you, what makes you happy, and use it as inspiration for your home.”
If colorful cabinetry sounds like the ideal way to start anew, then follow along as these three designers share the shades they think will turn heads in 2020. And to make sure that you have everything you need, they’ve also included the finishes they prefer and the materials they’d choose to accompany the coats. Read on to get their tips.
Which colors are you most excited to see on cabinets this year?
Newman: I’m excited to see Benjamin Moore’s “
Cluroe: We’re also into green, especially pistachio, for this year. Lilac and deep coral tones are on the list, too, for a fun but calming effect.
What’s the best finish for each of those colors, and why?
Newman: For “First Light,” I think a satin finish would work particularly well. It has a hint of pink that still works as a neutral, and the sheen from a satin finish would make that more apparent. And for all the greens I mentioned, a satin finish is best, too. If you’re going to use color, make it stand out.
Cluroe: We love the bold extremes of either a full glossy lacquer or a true matte, so I would say to play with the contrast of both. For example, you could choose a matte finish on the outside of a cabinet and a high-gloss or lacquered finish on the inside in the same color. That would really make your kitchen look and feel unique.
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