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FRESH LOOKS IN THE KITCHEN

The kitchen is a favorite room for friends and family to gather for conversation. Give them something to talk about with a new look and a fresh coat of paint.

Set the Tones

Add some flavor to the kitchen with two-toned cabinetry. Create contrast by painting upper cabinets black and leaving lower cabinets in their natural wood. Tone-on-tone cabinetry is an easy changeup with dramatic benefits.

Jazz Up Terrazzo, Magnify Marble

If you've fallen for the return of terrazzo, make it pop in your kitchen with the right paint. Find a vibrant fleck of color in your terrazzo flooring or countertop, and use it to paint the walls or cabinets. The look is elegant with a dash of fun. If you're smitten with large swaths of marble featuring wide veins, make it stand out through a neutral color scheme. Paint walls and cabinets in white or cream to draw out the vivid details of a marble countertop and backsplash.

Reinvent White

White kitchens never really go out of style; they just get reinvented. Today, light grays and gentle creams can replace white for a softer ambiance. You don't have to completely redo your kitchen to get the look. Paint kitchen walls in one of the new neutrals, and leave cabinets and island white. The contrast adds depth to the décor. Another option: Paint one wall of the kitchen a vibrant color and leave the rest white. This is especially effective for accenting an eating nook.

Warm Up the Wood

From floors to ceiling beams to open shelving, natural (and faux) woods bespeak an easygoing charm suitable for so many styles. Think of the wood features in your kitchen as the stars, and let paint play an award-winning supporting role. Sage or cream cabinetry complements a farmhouse kitchen with a large wood island and wide-plank floors. Navy and red bring intensity to a traditional kitchen mixing antiques and carved woodwork. Cool blues and yellows reinforce the open, airy nature of a contemporary kitchen with pale-wood flooring and shelving.