Colorful kitchens abound in staged commercial interiors. Catalogues have convinced me that purple cabinets and green kitchen walls are the norm. In reality, you would be hard pressed to find any kitchen with colorful cabinets and walls. We salute the house tours brave enough to use color in the kitchen!
Why do people feel comfortable painting living rooms turquoise and hanging orange wallpaper in the bedroom, but these same people would never use those colors in the kitchen? The answer is resale value. The quality of a kitchen can define the value of a house or condo. Most people do not want to turn-off future buyers by adding controversial color to the most important room in a home. This makes sense if you plan on moving or renting after a few years, but if you're settled for the long term don't be afraid to add color.
Depending on your neighborhood, adding a bit of pizzazz to your kitchen could boost its resale value. If your area is filled with traditional families, you might want to stick to neutrals. But, if you live in a more eclectic community bold choices might be appreciated.
Images: 1. AT: Jose & Ben's Light and Cheery Apartment 2. AT: Lizzy's Lovely Little Dollhouse 3. AT: Janelle's High Impact Oasis 4. AT: Mandy & Michael's Crafty Charm 5. AT: The Tuttles Make the Most of Student Housing