This blog about Tan and Taupe is somewhat similar to our recent blog, A Touch of Gray, we gave examples of how using neutral colors is a nice way to escape the White Kitchen. In this installment, we are going to examine more neutral colors.
Before we get started, some definitions:
Color Value: The relative darkness or lightness of a color when compared to other colors.
Color Hue: The degree to which a color is similar to red, green, blue, or yellow. Color Hue can be expressed by a number describing its position on a color wheel.
Color Temperature: The Kelvin Scale value, between 0K – warm, to 10,000K – cool, of the colored light that comes from a particular source. For example, the light coming from a sunrise or sunset has a reddish tint (2,500K) while the sun, when it’s overhead, has a bluish tint (10,000K). The Kelvin Scale reminds us a bit of a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet .
Monochromatic: When the temperatures and values of all the colors in a palette are similar.
Contrasting: When the temperatures and values of all the colors in a palette are different.
As is true in life, so it is in kitchen design, especially when reviewing all of the options in the Medallion Cabinetry Finish Folio: Paint Edition
Here are some color stories containing paint, stain, and highlight options that we hope will inspire you and, perhaps, make it easier for you to pick what’s best for your project.
Tan and Taupe – Contrasting
This kitchen was created from Medallion Cabinetry’s Silverline Series. The floor is a cool, concrete color, which works well with the stainless steel appliances and fixtures. The upper cabinets are finished in tan, while the lower cabinets are a darker taupe (between brown and gray) and offer contrast to the floor and the other cabinets.
Tan and Taupe – Monochromatic
This kitchen is constructed from cabinetry options in Medallion’s Gold Series and the uppers are finished in Irish Creme. The designer mirrored that finish in the wall color and tile backsplash. The color of the floor is very similar to the lower cabinets, which are finished in Smoke. The island is finished in Greystone and, because all of the colors are in the same tonal family, this palette is monochromatic.
Tan and Taupe – Neutral
Neutral colors have been used for decorating since, well, the beginning of “decorating time”. In kitchen cabinetry, this is a new trend. Here is a photo of a Modern Farmhouse kitchen that was taken at the most recent Kitchen and Bath Industry Show featuring a Safari finish on most of the cabinets.
Here is a really nice color story that the folks at Medallion put together that includes not only our “tan and taupe”, but countertop selections from Caesarstone’s Metropolitan Collection: Statuario Maximus and Excava. We really like the way the Excava countertop picks up the browns from the Buckskin Appaloosa and Eagle Rock finishes.
Tan and Taupe – Dramatic Contrast
In addition to the Tan and Taupe finishes shown in the Modern Farmhouse design, show above, take a look at how Eucalyptus is used to highlight the shiplap of the vent hood, island, shelves and cabinets in the work area. That adds a bit of dramatic contrast to a harmonious design.
If you would like to discuss these, and more, ideas, give us a call. We Love To Talk! (and listen, too).