Kitchen1Contemporary Kitchen, Los Angeles
White Carrera Marble on Cream cabinets create a soft modern vibe to this kitchen. Dark ebony wood floors and Navy walls create a sense of infinate space.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Paint Picks From the ProsPhilip StoreyFor light walls: "C2's LoVo nonreflective flat is an excellent ultraflat finish that has tremendous hiding power and a very smooth finish. Pratt & Lambert's Accolade Velvet is a great eggshell finish that goes on ultrasmooth, is spatterless and covers extremely well. Both are low odor and low VOC."For dark walls: "Fine Paints of Europe's Eurolux Matte is an incredible product for painting dark walls. Their unique pigment system creates high-powered coverage in an exceptionally durable paint." Alex DavisonFor light walls: "I always buy Regal Select [Benjamin Moore], as this is a very good product, low VOC and at a fair price."For dark walls: "Restoration Hardware has a paint which are their own colors tinted into actual Benjamin Moore paint, so you have the quality and the designer touch. Look at Slate for an example." Jackie Jordan and Rick WatsonFor dark and light walls: Both recommend Sherwin-Williams' Emerald Interior Paint. "It flows like melted butter," says Watson. "The flow and leveling characteristics of this paint make a beginning painter look like a pro."
3. Use a dark wall color to highlight the other design elements in the room. With any other color on these walls, the stunning cabinetry and marble counters would look washed out. By pairing these design elements with a deep navy, each element gets a chance to be noticed and appreciated.
Indigo is a hot shade of blue this year, and it pairs as well with pale cabinetry as aqua and denim, albeit more dramatically. If you go this dark, you'll want as much natural light and brightness as this kitchen has.
Do you want to give navy blue a shot but you worried it won't be hot forever? Try it on for size with paint color. It creates dramatic contrast with lighter cabinets. And if it feels too dark for you, can lighten up with a new paint color next season.More: Brave, Colorful KitchensStraight From the Runway: The Blues to Use at HomeJewel-Toned Kitchen IslandsNext: See more kitchen inspiration
Erika Ward: When embarking on a kitchen renovation project, what is one of the most important elements of the design that clients generally overlook? Erica Islas: Lighting is one of the most important elements of design and is typically overlooked by client simply because they are more focused on the larger prettier items like cabinetry and appliances. Above: In this handsome kitchen, deep navy walls and ebony-stained wood floors provide a beautiful contrast of light and dark when paired with creamy cabinetry.