Today, purple adds a vibrant and youthful originality.
Not long ago, finding a room painted purple in a house was one of those “what were they thinking?” moments. Often it was a remnant (sometimes hidden behind wallpaper) of the psychedelic ’60s, the last time violet (as the hue is properly named) was seen extensively. Though plum made a brief appearance in 2001, purples are shown frequently now in part because the Skittles generation adores and accepts candy colors at home.
Given the ongoing popularity of white and gray kitchens, finding one with eccentric purple base cabinets is unusual. Even more rare is purple used as part of a very sophisticated scheme including drab vanilla walls and gray-violet accents. When we did some color matching for the scheme (all are approximate and vary in computer monitors) we found these are paint colors that would produce a similar scheme.
Cabinet Color – Sherman Williams 6839 Kimono Violet
For Walls – Pratt & Lambert 1672 Waxen Yellow
For Walls Alternate – Benjamin Moore HC99 Abingdon Putty
Stone, Shelf, Table Color – Benjamin Moore 2114-40 Wet Concrete
This kitchen reminds me of a European country cottage, albeit one updated modestly to include stone counters with a nice piece left over for a matching table top. While it may lack cabinetry detail, tile or whizzy appliances, it has plenty of zip and charm and we love the old-fashioned details left: window “ventilation” for the range, a vintage wall-mounted sink faucet and even the exposed water tank.