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Motley Hue

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Pops of color burst brilliantly in the kitchen of this updated 1981 ranch home against a harmonious palette of warm grays and natural golden-colored oak hardwoods sanded to a rich, warm, custom-blended walnut stain. Here, interior designer Sally Williams of Raleigh’s Colorful Concepts shares how to reproduce this soothing, spacious-looking refresh. 

Designer’s Tips

Nice & Neutral

A light neutral color (besides white) applied to all cabinets—including the island—gives the kitchen a larger feel.

Contrast This

Cabinet hardware with less contrast to the cabinet color makes for a more soothing
kitchen that also appears more spacious. 

Seat Shades

If finding the perfect perch in your preferred color (aka aqua stools) eludes you—paint them! And the rubbed look is easily achieved with a bit of sanding.  

Get Lit

Three pendants above an island is better than two—but adjust pendant size down to accommodate three if your space is tight.



Ferguson, Raleigh


Custom by Mark Burford, Wood Done Right, Chapel Hill


Sienna bordeaux granite, sourced through CRS Marble and Granite, Raleigh

Sink + Faucet

Ferguson, Raleigh

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