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Dramatic Color in the Kitchen

Make a personal style statement with cabinetry in rich green, blue, gray, or black

Produced by Sally Finder Weepie

Green is nature's neutral, the color we see and love outdoors. Designer Bradley Odom of Dixon Rye brought the verdant hue indoors in this Atlanta kitchen, coating cabinetry in Farrow & Ball’s “Green Smoke.” Quartz with the look of white marble, used for the backsplash and countertops, serves as a light, airy counterpoint to the deep green. A walnut island adds to the sophisticated mix, meshing with wide-plank walnut flooring. Unlacquered brass on hardware, lighting, and faucets finishes the room with subtle glimmer. Tour the space here.

For architect and designer Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, a builder-bland 1990s kitchen in her own home just wouldn’t do. She made a dramatic statement by coating a 12-foot-tall wall of cabinetry in Sherwin-Williams' "Dark Knight" paint. The rich indigo hue repeats on backsplash tile, while the rest of the space features plenty of airy white on cabinets and quartz countertops. Get a look at the rest of the kitchen here

The blue-gray color swathing the cabinets is one of the things that have made this kitchen a favorite among readers since this home appeared on the pages of Traditional Home in 2011. A farmhouse sink, shiplap ceiling, and abundant natural light also add to this captivating kitchen's staying power. Take a look back at some of our other all-time favorite kitchens here.

Black and white is both a showstopping contemporary scheme and an all-time classic. That's just one of the reasons Lisa Mende called on the combo in designing this kitchen for the Junior League of High Point, North Carolina, 2015 Designer Showhouse. The palette and bold geometric patterns nod to the Art Deco era, which was emerging when the home was built. White subway tiles and quartz countertops ensure the space remains light and inviting. See the rest of this stunning space here.

When choosing a dramatic kitchen color, whether it be black or a moody green, gray, or blue, it's important to balance the deep color with plenty of natural light. Vivian Mize did exactly that by using skylights in her Charlotte kitchen. Vaulting the ceiling into former attic space and painting it bright white also gives the room an airy feeling that plays perfectly against the black cabinetry. "It's a large space, so I felt that I needed dark color to make it cozy," Mize says. "And with the white ceiling and skylights, I also felt I had permission to use a dark color, indigo blue, on the tile. The combination gives the room a great yin and yang." A white quartz island with a walnut chopping block on one end also expounds on the bright note set by sunrays streaming in through the Velux skylights. The skylights feature sensor-based controls that pair with smartphones and automatically adjust for ideal temperature and air quality—or Mize can take the controls herself and open the skylights whenever the kitchen needs a touch of fresh air.