5 Unexpected Ways to Add Color to Your Kitchen
Even if your kitchen is functioning well enough, you might still feel the need for a little refresh. Here are five ways to add an energizing -- and possibly unexpected -- bit of color into this hardworking space, without the expense of a major overhaul.
Paint Something Besides Cabinets or Walls
It's true that a little splash of color can go a long way. Experiment with a fun shade by choosing one feature that you want to "pop." A few ideas: Paint the space under the kitchen bar area, your pantry door, or even the ceiling.
Let There Be (a Bright) Light!
Paint isn't the only way to add color. Consider adding a bright red (or yellow or green) pendant light. Or, spray-paint an outdated fixture over your breakfast table in a surprising hue. This is also a great way to visually break up a kitchen with a lot of dark cabinets.
Add a Colorful Gallery Wall
Displaying artwork is often overlooked in the kitchen, but it's a perfect way to add color and personality to this busy space. Consider vintage-inspired posters, food photography or, for an extra-colorful touch, frame some of your kids' masterpieces. A pretty tea towel in a frame is also fun for a kitchen wall.
Give Your Backsplash a Boost
A colorful backsplash can be a real showstopper in an overall neutral kitchen. If you're looking for an easy DIY project, there are a lot of peel-and-stick options now available. Or, experiment with something less permanent like a removable wallpaper.
Accessorize with Pops of Color
Sometimes, refreshing your kitchen can be as easy as bringing in a few colorful accessories. Metal barstools come in all kinds of playful colors for an instant boost, or consider adding a fabric window treatment for some pattern play. Looking for instant gratification? Sometimes, just adding some bright, new dish towels or fresh flowers will do the trick.