kitchen with light blue gray painted open kitchen shelving cabinets and bright orange painted island
Photo: Eric Roth; (paint dabs) Brian Henn/Time Inc. Digital Studio
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6. Cool Gray + Hot Orange

A changeable color—is it blue? is it gray?—this neutral has enough interest to stand on its own. But it really comes alive paired with the fiery orange that interior designer Andra Birkerts added on the island. Painting the backs of the open shelves a lighter tint of the same gray adds depth and showcases the bright accessories.

For a similar look, try: Ultra Orange (orange) and Ice Rink Blue (gray blue), Valspar

Design: Andra Birkerts;
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