It's easy to gravitate toward neutrals when designing a kitchen, but utilizing color is a fun and simple way to amp up your space without a complete overhaul.
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The trick to working with a lot of one color is to utilize different shades and applications. In this kitchen, designer Gideon Mendelson used gingham wallpaper on the ceiling (see more creative kitchen ceilings and floors) and created a lively display of antique china to offset the boldness of the island. "Green is such a versatile color," Mendelson says. "Use it to make a room feel vivacious, luxurious, or natural."