There are so many wonderful things happening in kitchen design lately, and one of my favorite looks is the growing trend of painted cabinets and brass hardware. This works great with a range of grays, and navy blue is really hot right now as well. Painted base cabinets are often paired with light and airy upper cabinets to keep the kitchen from becoming overwhelmingly dark and heavy. White marble countertops and subway tile backsplash are great classic finishes to complete the look. This style is very versatile because you can always repaint the cabinets and change the hardware down the line if you grow tired of the color scheme.
In the Navy
Navy blue is having a major moment right now. It looks great with both brass and silver hardware. Open shelving or upper cabinets with glass windows keep the look fresh and contemporary. If you're afraid of committing to navy blue for the whole kitchen, you can also just paint the island!
Shades of Gray
Gray cabinets are a really versatile and classic look. There are so many variations on the color gray, and each shade evokes a slightly different feel.
A medium-tone cool gray is very elegant and inviting:
A darker gray is more forgiving of stains and spills, and makes the kitchen feel contemporary and grounded:
A warm grey combined with chrome and brass mixed metal hardware is a subtle and sophisticated twist on the typical look:
I absolutely adore this kitchen by the very talented Sarah Sherman Samuel of Smitten Studio. The light gray base cabinets have just a hint of mint to them, which works fantastically well with the brass hardware and dark wood floors.
In this Brooklyn townhouse, interior designer Blair Harris has created a relaxed, yet rich and sophisticated look with black cabinetry.
Go Big or Go Home
Last but not least, I wanted to show you this stunner of a kitchen designed by Kelly Wearstler for actress Cameron Diaz. While this look is definitely not for everyone, it takes the trend to a bold new level. The jade green cabinets with brass accents are movie-star glamorous while the copper backsplash and dramatic light fixture kick things up a notch.