Color Behind the Shelves

white china cabinet with medium gray interiorA subtle way to introduce a bold color in a confined area is to use it inside a china storage cabinet.

Back in 2010, I wrote about introducing color in the back of upper kitchen cabinets with glass doors  as it seemed such a logical way to bring variation to all-white kitchens. Now the idea of high contrast cabinet interiors of all kinds is being shown, including those with pattern behind the shelves. That’s no doubt the result of the tsunami of vintage furniture painting that’s been going on across the country as we look for ways to create great home décor inexpensively. But as long as the color is a medium to dark hue, things pop against it nicely — an effective display strategy for anyone who collects white ironstone or porcelain. One of the two inky green kitchens I posted on Friday had a storage cabinet for silver objects (though only a glimpse, unfortunately). There, oxblood red (opposite on the color palette) was used in the interior of a cabinet so a collection of silver cocktail shakes 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 so rich.

china cabinet painted dark green inside and outA 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.

white kitchen cabinet with glass doors and cobalt blue beadboard behind the shelvesCobalt 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.

white china cabinet with turquoise-painted back and shelvesTurquoise 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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