Knotty Pine Kitchen Colors - Home Decorating & Painting Advice

Knotty Pine Kitchen Colors

Customer June writes into our panel of DIY experts:

What color countertop and backsplash would look good with my knotty pine walls and cabinets?

DIY Blogger Diane Henkler of InMyOwnStyle.com answers:

When I think of knotty pine - two visions come to mind.  Light natural knotty pine or Alder and then shellacked dark knotty pine.  They are two completely different looks.  I am not sure which you have, so I will give you an answer for both.

If you have the darker knotty pine then I would go with a classic black counter top and tumbled tile for the backsplash in a natural stone color.  Since this type of knotty pine has a classic woodsy cabin-like feel to it bringing in natural elements will enhance it.  A stone tile backsplash would complement the pine and black counter top as it has a mix of natural colors – not just one flat color. Look for one that has bits of black, grey, and red or orange tones in it.  If you want to paint the backsplash - look to colors that either match the pine or are a complete contrast.  I think either Fresh Tangerines would work well.  They are both vibrant modern colors that will update the room.  

I am not sure of your budget, but concrete countertops would also look fabulous. They are a little harder to come by than Formica®, Corian®, or natural stone surfaces, but would be the perfect complement to the knotty pine. 

If you have lighter knotty pine on your walls and cabinets– more like Alder, your options increase as this could be considered a neutral.  I think of Sarah’s house from the HGTV show Sarah’s Summer House where you could use lots of white, greens, and blues that will evoke a soft, warm, and cheery lived-in appeal.   You could add bead board painted in Spring Green, Celery Sticks, or Blue Marina for the backsplash and have a simple white counter top.