kitchen with red and black painted cabinets
Photo: Laura Moss
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Lacquer Red and Black

This bold accent wall, designed by Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry, pairs colors of equal intensity, bright on top, dark below. To keep all that red from looking like a serving station in a Chinese restaurant, the company added carbon-black cabinets that would be at home in a formal dining room. Pale flooring, a stainless-steel countertop, and a red-and-white mosaic-tile backsplash also help bring the temperature down to a simmer.

For a similar look, try Benjamin Moore's Poppy (upper and side cabinets) and Midnight Zone (lower cabinets).
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