Using Color in the Kitchen

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.

It's Easy Being Green

Photo: Eric Piasecki

It's Easy Being Green

The trick to working with a lot of one color is to utilize different shades and applications. This kitchen uses gingham wallpaper and scattered accessories to offset the island.

Splash of Color

Photo: John M. Hall Photographs

Splash of Color

Painting your cabinets is an affordable way to give your kitchen a fun, new look. While white cabinets are nearly always on trend for coastal homes, don't be afraid to pick a color you love. For extra interest and depth, consider using more than one shade in the same color family.

Unexpected Accents

Photo: Annie Schlechter

Unexpected Accents

Instead of throwing colors on the most-likely surfaces, these homeowners focused on the light robin's egg refrigerator—introducing modern color in their vintage design.

 

White Hot

Photo: Gaelle Le Boulicaut

White Hot

From the appliances to the dining table, this kitchen uses the absence of color in excess to create a unique and visually striking space.

Retro, White & Blue

Photo: Francesco Lagnese

Retro, White & Blue

This kitchen cheekily ties the classic color combo together without looking too patriotic. Even the pens used to mark childrens' growth fit the color scheme!

Get the Blues

Photo: Tria Giovan

Get the Blues

Even a land-locked kitchen can have a water view with the addition of sea-blue paint. Try it in unexpected places, like the backs of glass-front cabinets or even on the floors.

Moody Blues

Photo: Tria Giovan

Moody Blues

Don’t be afraid to go dark. Basic cabinetry got a luxurious upgrade with navy blue paint in this small, but super-functional, galley kitchen.

Barely There

Photo: Lisa Romerein

Barely There

Pretty, powdery lilac is light enough to not overwhelm the space when used generously, but it still delivers a dramatic and unique color palette.

Au Natural

Photo: Dominique Vorillon

Au Natural

By applying rose-colored paint directly on to the Douglas fir walls, these homeowners maintained a rustic, natural vibe while keeping color the focal point.

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