Sep 13 2010

Adding a Natural Element to Kitchen Design with Olive and White

Published by at 1:24 pm under Kitchens

A great kitchen is essential to many home owners, especially since this is one of the most highly trafficked areas of your home.  This is where family and friends gather to eat great meals and catch up on the events of the day.  If you want your kitchen design to include a natural element that is warm and inviting, olive and white are perfect colors for achieving this.  This article will detail how you can transform your kitchen into one with great appeal and a natural feel.

With so many people into green living, this color scheme helps add to the natural and simplistic appeal on top of its other benefits.

Cabinetry Takes on a Whole New Look

 

No one wants the look of avocado green that was so “in” back in the 60’s and 70’s.  Olive green comes in many shades, from deep forest green to pastel shades.  For your cabinets, the best choice is a medium hue much like the lighter shades you find in camouflage materials.   While olive may not be the first color that comes to mind when you think of updating your kitchen, you will be stunned at the appeal that comes when you mix pure white and olive.  Just look online at a few examples and you will see that the look is truly striking.

You can paint your cabinets without much difficulty, and give them an entirely new look.  If your cabinets are already painted, simply paint over the existing color.  If your cabinets are stained and varnished, you may want to lightly sand the finish before painting.  Once you have achieved the medium olive tone you want, simply add white hardware to contrast.

Choose White to Complement

While the cabinets will be the main source of olive green in the room, white accessories will add interest and keep the room from looking drab or dull.  Appliances that you keep on your counter top should be white, and the counter top itself may be solid white or a mixture of olive and white, with white being the predominant color.

You should further dress up the look by adding a white paper towel holder, white drawer pulls, and white lighting fixtures.

Accessories Complete the Look

 

The accessories you choose really tie together the complete look and add visual appeal.  Consider a kitchen floor mat that can be used in front of the sink in an olive and white floral or leaf pattern.  Linoleum or tile will also be beautiful when these two colors are combined.

For the kitchen table, use a solid white tablecloth and accent with an olive colored pot filled with herbs or other natural greenery as a centerpiece.  White walls accented by olive baseboards and large botanical prints add even more visual appeal.

The look is totally fresh and unique when compared with most kitchens you see today.  If your desire is to have a kitchen that looks modern and inviting, olive and white is a spectacular combination that mixes the pure, pristine look of white with hues that are straight out of nature!

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