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Colors that complement stainless appliances

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What are the hottest colors to pair with stainless-steel appliances? Find out from our designers!

Although there are many appliances in black, white and other colors on the market today, stainless steel is still the most popular choice, said Bob Garner, president of the National Kitchen and Bath Association.

This is undoubtedly one reason that deep, dark paint colors are becoming more popular for kitchens.

"Although kitchens have traditionally been painted white or pale colors, there is a major movement today toward saturated colors," said Margaret Walch, director of The Color Association of the United States.

"Because stainless steel reflects a lot of light, kitchens with many metallic surfaces can take an especially bold, bright color."

There are several trendy shades that look particularly striking with stainless, said Walch, whose association forecasts color trends.

"For a room with a lot of stainless steel, I'd suggest what we at the Color Association call Kabuki red -- a deep, saturated red such as Benjamin Moore's Exotic Red (2086-10). That would look smashing with stainless steel."

If the thought of an entirely red kitchen makes you jumpy, Walch said, consider just one red wall. "You can either paint one wall red or do a red tile backsplash. Either way, it will give you a dynamic effect."

Slightly less dynamic but equally appealing is a deep, saturated yellow, said Walch. "There's no need to stick to the pale shades of yellow most often used in kitchens," she said. "Instead, try Spanish bloom yellow, such as Benjamin Moore's Banana Yellow (2002-2). People like their kitchens to wake them up a bit in the morning. A deep, bright color helps make the kitchen more eye-opening."

Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service

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