Inspiration: Adding Color in the Kitchen

Some purists argue that an ideal kitchen is all white, essentially a blank canvas that allows the food to bring the color to the kitchen. We argue that a little color never hurt anyone. Granted, some of us LOVE color while others are a bit more timid. Here are a few ways to add a dose of color (ranging from heaping to small) to your kitchen.

Cabinets: If you are all about the color, go for a bold cabinet color. We've seen great kitchen cabinets ranging from greens to blues to reds. Be sure to go with a color you love and not a color that is trendy. The last thing you want is to invest time and money in your new kitchen only to have it look outdated in a few years.

Accent Wall: If a high dose of color is a bit heavy handed for you, try an accent wall. We love how just one yellow wall (in Lemon Zest by Behr) in an otherwise all-white kitchen adds so much warmth and sunshine to the room. Have fun with the color here. Walls are easily repainted should you change your mind in a few years.

Cabinet Interiors: We love this idea because it reminds us of great lining in a coat or purse. The color doesn't steal the show, but it adds just enough to make the kitchen unique and interesting. For kitchens with see through cabinets or open shelving, this is a fun option.

Backsplash: From boldly painted walls to patterned tiles, from high gloss finishes to high impact wallpaper, the opportunities for creativity are endless with backsplashes. Make sure that whatever you choose to do is finished in a way that is water resistant and easy to clean as grease and water will surely make contact with it at some point.

Accent Pieces: If you don't have the money or the freedom to drastically alter your kitchen, add color with carefully selected accent pieces. In this kitchen, a small backsplash for just the stove was used instead. Accent pieces like the bowl, curtains and chair unify this color scheme. Add a brightly colored pendant lamp, a retro colored KitchenAid Mixer or some patterned tea towels to easily infuse color into your kitchen.

(Image credits: 1 - Robert Lemermeyer / Canadian House & Home; 2 - Angus Fergusson / Canadian House & Home; 3 - Don Freeman / House Beautiful; 4 - LivingEtc; 5 - LivingEtc)

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