While magazines and other design sites are great influences on our homes, we thought we'd turn back to our readers to find some inspiration! Here are some of our favorite examples of striking colors used in the kitchen.

1 Emily and Meeko's Sunny First Apartment: great bursts of yellow and orange liven up this kitchen.
2 Anisa & Graeme's Cozy Portland Craftsman: bold yellow and red set off the dark wood and light walls in this kitchen.
3 Down Under and Family Friendly: the lime green accent on the ceiling pops against gray, black and white.
4 Russ & Elissa's Vintage Pastel Pastiche: a soft, comforting blue creates a nice contrast with their large basin sink.
5 Emily & Nate's Cozy Cocoon: this kitchen screams of sunny springtime, and lifts moods instantly!