The deep, rich tones of burgundy provide a strong, rooted base color from which to develop a sophisticated palette. Brownish undertones of leather and purplish overtones of wine give burgundy a full and multidimensional range of color. This wall color offers its owner culinary inspiration with hints of eggplant, spice and wine.
Burgundy gets a brighter and more minimal application on this tile backsplash. Matched against the white, blue and stainless steel of this kitchen, burgundy livens up its fellow palette members.
Seen in past color trends, yellow evolves into a richer honey hue for 2011. This movement away from the glitz of a vibrant yellow and toward a more subdued mustard shade indicates a simultaneous optimism for the future and tribute to our past. When feeling unsure of how to integrate this bold hue, a colorful small appliance that can live vibrantly on the counter or hide away in the pantry is the perfect solution.
Goldenrod can be found in larger swathes of color as well. This kitchen's bamboo cabinets and wall paneling warm up its cool gray-green tiles and stainless steel appliances.
Gray has established itself as the neutral color of choice in today’s home design. For 2011 it reinvents itself again—this time in softer, cooler tones. With both blue and cool green playing underneath the gray’s surface, this popular hue can adapt to a current color scheme or define a new palette. The walls in this home flaunt Sherwin-Williams' Gray Mirage that barely hints at green.
Natural materials lend their own color palettes to the trends of 2011. This greenish-gray concrete wall transforms a standard neutral tone into a complex color with depth and texture.
Bright colors revitalize our homes and our lives. Saturated electric pinks drive a distinctively vivid trend into kitchens this year. Inspired by nature and intensified by technology, these hues show up on accents and, for the brave, large surfaces. These retro appliances present the perfect spot for bright, distinctive color.
For the intrepid homeowner, the bold use of pink on a large surface makes a strong design statement. The pink Silestone solid surface above creates an integrated look for this kitchen island and its sink.
Continuing a movement toward cooler, gentler colors, pale yellows and greens emerge as a fresh color choice this year. The strength of these colors comes from their subtlety while their light qualities refresh and revitalize.
Ceramic tile provides a versatile way to incorporate a splash of yellow-green in the kitchen. Whether the tile lines a wall, covers a countertop or simply enhances a decorative cooking backsplash, its splash of color brightens a kitchen color palette.