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.