Whether it's a big dose (hello, cabinetry!) or small touches (think fun accessories), color can do amazing things for a kitchen. So add your favorite hue to the hardest-working room in your home and enjoy your kitchen more.
If buying colored cabinets is out of the question, try painting existing cabinetry. It's an economical choice that allows you to add a personal element to your kitchen. In this cottage-style space, the cabinets, along with the beaded-board backsplash, are painted a minty green, a sweet color that's tempered by black hardware and stainless steel.
In an all-white kitchen, painting the interior of glass-front or open cabinetry makes a dramatic background for kitchenware and collectibles. Here, a bold shade of blue is the perfect backdrop for the red, white, and blue dishware.
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For dramatic effect, you can't beat this kitchen wall tiled in vivid apple green. The wall divides the kitchen from the living room -- it draws all eyes to the small galley kitchen area and sets off the sleek stainless-steel vent hood and range. Modernist chairs, covered in coordinating green fabric, bring the color into the dining area, tying the two spaces together.
Or just lay one down. Runners work well between islands and perimeter countertops. Go for a material that's easy to clean and can withstand plenty of foot traffic. Be sure to use a non-skid pad to keep the rug in place, a safety must-have in a busy kitchen.
Easily add personality to your kitchen with colorful dishware and collectibles on display in open cabinetry. The mix of yellow, orange, and blue brightens this charming country kitchen and allows practical elements to provide a starting point the room's color palette.
With plenty of colorful options on the market, we'd be remiss not to mention barstools as an easy way to add color to your kitchen. Pick up a few accessories in a matching color and you have the makings of a mini-facelift.
Punchy brights and rich jewel tones are impactful, but subtle tones can be just as eye-catching. Soft pastels keep a white kitchen elegant, but with interest, and wood tones add visual texture and read as a higher-octane neutrals. Think if the ceiling or island in this kitchen were just painted gray, you'd miss the beautiful texture of the knots and graining.
An infusion of a single color can make all the difference. Before color was added to this kitchen, it was safe and serviceable but lacked pop. With a fiery red wall and windows accented with patterned Roman shades, the room grabs your attention. The color scheme comes full circle with red knobs on the island and matching shades on the pair of chandeliers.
Why not look to appliances, both large and small, to infuse your kitchen with color? Manufacturers continually add new tints to their appliance palettes. If you're not in the market for new but want an update, numerous companies offer both pre-tinted and custom kits that can transform your boring or beat-up fridge with a blast of saturated color.
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Jazz up your kitchen with lively artwork. If a professional painting isn't in your budget, consider vintage posters for a large yet economical splash of color. For a more personal touch, hang a grouping of family photographs, or frame some of your children's more colorful artistic productions for a vibrant and charming display.
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Manufactured countertops made from quartz-surfacing or recycled materials can be produced in any color imaginable. Add a splash of color to a serving area or island with a colorful countertop.
For a one-stop upgrade, replace basic pendants with colorful counterparts. It will add a pop of color to a space where there can be a void of visuals, such as above an island.