The New Neutral Kitchen is Anything But Bland & Boring

The New Neutral Kitchen is Anything But Bland & Boring

Nancy Mitchell
Oct 17, 2017
(Image credit: Nicole Franzen for Lonny)

I have a lot of love for color in the kitchen — but with that said, colorful kitchens aren't for everyone. Plenty of modern homes have open kitchens that are visible from lots of other rooms, which can make a brightly colored kitchen a hard sell. But that doesn't mean a neutral colored kitchen needs to be boring or dour. By mixing natural materials and embracing texture, you can create a kitchen that eschews color — but is still full of energy and life. Here are some of our favorite examples.

Above: This kitchen, in a Brooklyn home spotted on Lonny, is color-free but still a feast for the eyes. Of course, the gorgeous beamed ceiling and brick walls don't hurt, but the mix of marble and wood countertops is something you can steal even if you don't lived in a storied brownstone.

(Image credit: Pippa Drummond | Dwell)

This kitchen from Dwell is one of my favorites, and it's not hard to see why: black and white marble come together for a lovely, but still low-key, symphony of textures.

(Image credit: This Old House)

One of my favorite new trends for the home is wood cabinets — not the heavy, overdone late 90s variety, but more of a classic, country-kitchen look, like the ones seen here on This Old House.

(Image credit: Cottage Hill)

This kitchen from Cottage Hill is all white, but with none of the coldness that you might expect from that color combo. The trick? Lots of texture, in the form of marble countertops, and those beautiful, beautiful zellige tiles.

(Image credit: Frenchy Fancy)

Going for black is another way to shake things up while still keeping the palette neutral. Deep, glossy black cabinets add excitement to a kitchen from Frenchy Fancy.

(Image credit: Johnny Andersson)

This snapshot of a kitchen from Johnny Andersson, via Design and Form, is only a little snippet, but it still beautifully displays this room's aggregation of textures: wood cabinets, leather pulls, marble countertop, subtly variegated handmade tiles.

(Image credit: Bemz)

The all-white look of this kitchen from Bemz (via Svenngarden) might seem a bit clinical, were it not for the mitigating effects of the contrasting antique island.

(Image credit: Mason St Peter)

This space by Mason St Peter, via their Instagram, is very modern but still has a lot of warmth, thanks to the wood cabinets. The brightness of the quartz countertop and white appliances keeps the overall effect from being too stuffy.

(Image credit: HGTV)

In this kitchen, spotted on HGTV, Chip and Joanna Gaines worked in a vintage china cabinet, which gives a modern kitchen a storied, old-world feel.

(Image credit: Vanapers)

I love how brilliantly this kitchen from Vanapers combines materials and textures. If you look closely, there's not one or two of three but four different cabinet finishes, and three different countertop materials. But they all come together beautifully, thanks to the gentle neutral color palette. Variety, and some lovely texture coming from the wood tones, marble, and variegated white tile, give the eye plenty to linger on.

(Image credit: Alyssa Rosenheck)

Nothing brings excitement to an interior like contrast, as is perfectly demonstrated by this kitchen from Alyssa Rosenheck, via My Domaine. Those beautiful glass cabinets, edged in black, add just the right amount of drama — and the oversized pendant lights don't hurt, either.

There's something about this kitchen from Sight Unseen that feels a little bit 70s to me. I'm thinking it's the wood cabinets with horizontal paneling and laminate countertops. But despite this, the kitchen still feels modern and fresh, thanks to the relative simplicity of the other elements, and the pleasing contrast between the white and wood finishes.

(Image credit: The Style Files)

Speaking of contrast! In this kitchen spotted on The Style Files, a wood island, and dramatic marble backsplash, provide plenty of contrast and interest. There's no color, unless you count the plants, but this kitchen is anything but boring.

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