6 Places to Punch Up a Kitchen With Purple
One easy and low-commitment way to pack in the purple is by painting an accent area. This is a smart strategy for stretching your design budget because you can use paint — rather than more expensive tile or countertop material — to cover the bulk of the kitchen wall. Just be sure to use paint that has a hint of sheen, which makes it more durable and easier to wipe clean.
This particular purple in a kitchen by Bulles & Taille-crayon is a warmer shade, more red than blue, so it feels more cozy than chilly.
A similar shade is Passionate Purple from Sherwin-Williams.
If you’re a lover of purple and want to go all-ir, try it on your kitchen cabinets. This is a bold way to use the color, but because the shade used here by Harvey Jones is so dark, it almost reads as a dark gray or black, and therefore a neutral.
An equally dark and cool hue is Blue Blood from Behr.
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For a comparable color, take a look at Grape Smash from PPG Pittsburgh Paints.
A more toned-down way to use purple on your cabinetry is to limit it to your island only. This pretty blue-purple hue makes for a nice colorful contrast against the white cabinets and countertops. The copper accents help warm up the space. Adding warm wood finishes also would act as a nice contrast to the cool purple.
A similarly soft shade is Pressed Violet from Benjamin Moore.
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Colorful appliances have been around for a long time, but they seem to be having a moment as a hot kitchen design trend.
If you go for such an eye-catching hue for your appliances, be sure to include other colors that play well with it, either shades similar to the appliances or soft neutrals.
And keep in mind that if you make your appliances the focal point, you’ll want to keep them neat and clean. If that’s not something you can easily commit to, then you probably should stick to appliances in colors that don’t shout for attention.
Here’s an expanded view of the previous kitchen. The designer, Deborah Law Interiors, used similar purple hues throughout the kitchen to tie the space together. The color adds richness and contrast to the cool and light neutrals used elsewhere.
An equally enchanting color is Stormy Purple from Valspar.
With the possible exception of ceilings, I think flooring is the most overlooked canvas for adding color in a home. That’s a shame because, as this kitchen from Warren Techentin Architecture indicates, it’s a fantastic place to bring personality and life into a kitchen. As all-white kitchens start to give way to more color-filled spaces, don’t neglect the floor as a spot to bring the color zing.
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