I think this brown kitchen refresh will resonate with a lot of you, since I know that brown/beige finishes are staples in a lot of homes out there (mine included). While tearing everything out and starting with a blank slate would be a nice option, it’s just not realistic in most instances. These finishes – flooring, counters, carpet, etc… – are expensive to replace, and in many cases, they’re still in good shape. Today I’m going to show you how updating a brown kitchen is possible. This brown kitchen was made to look new, while still working with many of the existing finishes.
The homeowners are doing several updates as part of this project – painting the walls, adding a backsplash, etc… But this photo shows you what it looks like before any of the work began.
By the time I got ready to start my work on the cabinets, the walls had been painted.
The color is Virtual Taupe (Sherwin Williams) and it works beautifully with the existing brown finishes in the floor and counter, which are staying.
Here is a peek at some of the fabrics and finishes that are in the running. I love that modern colors are being brought into this space, while working with the finishes that are already there.
And here it is now (and my apologies for the tape that I didn’t take down by the windows – oops). The color on the island is Willow – a Benjamin Moore color. While this color took many coats to get good coverage, it’s a great color if you have a lot of brown in your house that you need incorporate into an updated design. The white on the cabinets is a creamy white – a custom color that was color matched to the color I used to have on my kitchen cabinets. It’s close to the color Creamy by Sherwin Williams.
Again, sorry about the tape on the walls. But you get the idea.
I’ve said it before, but notice the difference in how the counters and floors look with the other updates that have been made so far. It just goes to show that you don’t have to tear everything out in order to give you home an updated look. There are colors that will work with existing finishes, it’s just a matter of working with what you have, and identifying the colors that will pull it all together. I’m working on another post on this very subject, so bear with me as I pull it together. 🙂