Kitchen Design Color Palettes

   One of the main concerns many of our clients have when they first contact us about remodeling their kitchen is, "will you help me make selections?" You can almost feel the trepidation in their voice. They don't want to have to sort through endless magazines, websites and big-box home improvement stores to try to narrow down their choices. They want something in their budget, that suits their style and compliments the rest of their home. Many also want to know that they're making good, sound selections to protect the resale value of their home.
     Because there are so many styles and so many selections available today, it is greatly helpful to our design team if a client has a starting idea of  how they imagine their new kitchen, either prior to or shortly after their initial remodeling consultation. One of our friends in the biz is Donna Frasca, an interior designer and color expert. Donna believes that the #1 mistake you can make with your new kitchen design is choosing the wrong color palette!
    Donna put together some excellent examples to illustrate the warm versus cool color palettes for kitchen design! We're happy to share with you Donna's color expertise:

"There are really just two basic ways you can go with color. You have to decide on a color flow which boils down to undertones. I can’t stress enough how important this is.
Do you want a Warm & Cozy kitchen or a Cool & Sleek kitchen? Answer that question and you are 99% on your way to the perfect kitchen. That’s it! Warm or Cool but not both."

Scenario Ι Warm & Cozy

Designed by Donna Frasca
Designed by Donna Frasca
"You’ll also see one of these three paint colors on the wall. Bet you have one of these hues don’t you or at least something close to it. And it makes sense. These colors are “warm” colors that will go with your Warm & Cozy kitchen design. Perfect."
"You can even choose colors along this line which are not so typical of warm and cozy but will work with that kitchen design."
or go bold …
"Now here’s where the trouble starts and I’ve seen this in kitchens before and it’s very unsettling. Are these horrible colors? No but they are a nightmare when the rest of your kitchen is Warm & Cozy and cooler colors are on the wall."
"So what’s the lesson learned here? If your kitchen is Warm & Cozy (yellow undertones) than it’s really important to keep your paint color in the same family. Don’t try to be cool when you’re not ;-) "

Scenario ΙΙ Cool & Sleek

designed by Donna Frasca
Designed by Donna Frasca
"Now let’s see some paint colors that will look best with Cool & Sleek. See how these colors work better? Look back and the warmer colors and compare it to these cooler hues."
"If you can remember to keep your undertones the same, you will be headed in the right direction. Just look at a paint color, door hardware, floor tile, backsplash, counter top, or lighting fixture and ask yourself if it’s warm or cool. When you master this, you’re on your way to a beautiful kitchen."

If you can’t master deciphering your undertones, contact Donna Frasca, a Color Specialist in Charlotte, NC -


  1. Ed, thank you so much for posting this information and it looks great on your webpage! I love the ladder!

    I hope these few simple tips on undertones or “warm” or “cool” will help out your clients. If any of your clients need additional color help they can contact me and I can work with them via my virtual color consultations. Again, thank you so much!

  2. Thank YOU Donna, your advice is practical and appeals to so many. Those who are getting ready to remodel, or just still dreaming. It's one we'll be recommending to clients for a long time!


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