Pink Accents in the Kitchen

Honeysuckle reigns supreme as the Pantone 2011 Color of the Year and, naturally, it’s everywhere right now. But it’s not the only shade of pink we’ve seen around the design world lately — pink in general seems pretty popular. And while you might expect it on clothes and home accessories, as these rooms show, pink can also work surprisingly well in the kitchen . . .

A pop of pink from vintage accessories, curtains, or a stand mixer can be enough to update a kitchen and add a bright touch. That said, if you really, really love pink, you can fully commit and choose vivid wall paint or cabinets — it's a look that's pretty and inviting. To avoid creating an overly saccharine space, it's best to incorporate some neutral tones, such as white walls with pink cabinets, and a few sleek details, like streamlined chairs or light fixtures.

1. A pale pink refrigerator compliments the pink art, countertop, and curtains in this cozy kitchen from House Beautiful
2. Hot pink cabinets create a lively, cheerful kitchen. Bruce Hemming via Casa Sugar.
3. The muted pink cabinets and counters in Jessica and Erik's Cozy Bungalow are a nice compliment to the more rugged butcher-block island.
4. Fuchsia walls enliven a tiny kitchen from Domino Magazine. Via Apartment Therapy.
5. A more traditional kitchen from Martha Stewart features striped wallpaper and cotton-candy colored accessories.
6. Bright pink kitchen stools are a chic accent in this black-and-white kitchen from House to Home.
7. Sleek, purple-pink cabinets from Cucina Lube are a commitment, but also refreshingly bold.
8. A pale rose kitchen from Cucine Lube is welcoming and relaxed.

Images: 1. Victoria Pearson for House Beautiful. 2. Bruce Hemming 3-10. As linked above.

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Kathleen is a freelance editor who lives in Chicago. She loves eclectic rooms, traveling with her family, and feeding anyone who steps foot in her house. She theoretically hates clutter, but can’t stop buying books and craft supplies.