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Countertop/Cabinet Colors for Small U-Shape Kitchen
Doug Lau
November 6, 2012 in Design Dilemma
Hi all! I'm looking for suggestions for countertop and cabinet colors for a small U-Shape kitchen. I don't want it to look cramp in there. Plus there's only one window so not too much natural light. Pictures show current countertop/cabinetry/appliances that I plan to just replace completely. Thanks in advance for your help and guidance!
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Doug Lau
OH!! and I want to use subway tile. But if you have suggestions for the color of tile and also the color of the walls, that would be great. My inspiration is "New York." Hence why I want subway tiles. (I will most likely keep the wood flooring)
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Attached many ideas. Love the last 5 examples for your kitchen though, it would bring out your cabinets real well with the lighter hardwood you have going on and its a lot easier to work with (darker color)...keep in mind the higher you put your cabinets or even drapery in any room it will make the room look bigger...so i would recommend crowns above the upper cabinets or upper shelves. Colors for black slash really depend on what colors you want to go with cabinets, furniture and the floor, don't want to forget the main stuff Appliances as well....a nice solid color that matches your counters would be great or like tile as you said. Color for your walls i would recommend puritan gray or grant beige, both by Benjamin Moore very modern, light and sleek.
Hope this helps:)
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This is the kitchen I used as an inspiration for my own kitchen. I love the shiny quality of the gray subway tile with the white grout, as well as the white cabinets, the black accents and the pale blue ceiling: [houzz=
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U said there is only one window and not much natural light, add to ur kitchen a sky light maybe? Or install type of lighting in the examples above (round small built in lights).the darker cabinetry with lighter counters and back splash would match beautifully wither hardwood flooring.
Good luck
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Just like in the cape cod modern house addition example....those colors would be great as well. With modern simple cabinetry.
0 Likes   November 6, 2012 at 10:54AM
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The best way to do a kitchen remodel is to start with your cabinets. Find one that you love, & then choose your countertops--granite or some type of stone is generally the best, most maintenance-free option. Then choose your backsplash & wall color.

Since your inspiration is New York, I would choose a dark cabinet color (either walnut, espresso, or black), gray/blue countertop, white subway tile, and gray walls. Then accessorize with pops of yellow (for all of the taxis!)

Best of luck! Keep us posted. Remember to have fun with it :)
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Doug Lau
thanks for helping out with the inspiration, Stoneshop! I think I'd love the pops of yellow! and do you recommend a light gray then?
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Yes, I'd stick with a lighter gray--especially since you said that there is not much natural light. Think of a light, concrete gray to represent all of the sidewalks & subway terminals.
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Doug Lau
Hi everyone! I'm so happy and excited to share that the kitchen is all done! Thank you everyone for your input as it definitely helped to make many of the decisions. I'm super happy with the final product.
3 Likes   January 14, 2013 at 10:11PM
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Gorgeous! Great job!
0 Likes   January 15, 2013 at 1:57AM
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It looks great! Wonderful selections :)
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