Color Behind the Shelves

interior cabinet color - white china cabinet with medium gray cabinet interior - country living via atticmagIntroducing interior cabinet color behind the shelves in highlights china displays.

Back in 2010, I wrote about introducing interior cabinet color in the backs of upper kitchen cabinets with glass doors. Thatseemed such a logical way to bring variation to all-white kitchens. Now, the idea of high contrast interior cabinet color can be done with pattern behind the shelves, too. All this color inside cabinets is doubtless the result of the vintage furniture painting craze going on across the country. All os us look for ways to create great home décor inexpensively and painting is a budget wise solution.

In terms of china cabinets, medium to dark interior hues work well because things pop against those nicely. Dark paint is an especially effective display strategy for anyone who collects white ironstone or porcelain. One of the two inky green kitchens I posted recently had a storage cabinet for silver objects (though only a glimpse, unfortunately). There, oxblood red (opposite on the color palette) was used as the interior cabinet color so a collection of silver cocktail shakers and other sterling objects would show well. The owner of an Ohio farmhouse painted the inside of a white country style china cabinet [top] in a medium-gray hue, which really made her collection of English ironstone and Red Cliff Co. pottery (Chicago, 1950-80) look rich.

interior cabinet color - china cabinet painted dark green inside and out - southern hospitality via atticmagA British racing green lacquer china cabinet (I call this inky green)  is the same deep hue inside and out though inside it appears to be nearly black. Again, white china looks super crisp.

interior cabinet color - white kitchen cabinet with glass doors and cobalt blue beadboard behind the shelves - my green home via atticmagCobalt beadboard in the back of a glass-door cabinet coordinates perfectly with a blue-and-white china collection – blue is a surefire pick for white and for medium-tone wood like the counter top because, once again, brown is a essentially orange and blue sits across from it on the color wheel.

interior cabinet color - white china cabinet with turquoise-painted back and shelves -desire to inspire via atticmagTurquoise and seafoam have been among the most popular colors to use in the back of cabinets as they both have an affinity with that chippy, shabby, beachy look so many adore. This is the work of Montreal based stylist Nicola Marc.

(Source: Country Living, SouthernHospitality, mygreendreamhome, desiretoinspire)

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