A flame-colored Le Creuset Dutch oven, a bright green Fiestaware pitcher — colorful details like these help to define a kitchen's personality. Here are ten items and sources in signature colors that could set the tone for a kitchen — whether it's a green and gray Deco space, a retro 1950s turquoise and yellow room, or a mod contemporary kitchenette in orange and white.
- Macy's: The lower floor of Macy's is full of colorful cookware and tabletop — including Fiestaware, which tends to go on sale pretty frequently. Right now the iconic Large Disk Pitcher (available in 12 colors, with "Shamrock" shown here) is marked down from $46 to $32.
- Pyrex: You can find colorful nesting bowls at places like Crate & Barrel or Williams Sonoma, but vintage Pyrex has that nostalgic Brady-Bunch-era charm that you just can't get when you buy new. Find them on eBay or Etsy, where this set is available now for $95.
- Anthropologie: Designed to hold a big cup of espresso and steamed milk, these bowls are also good for cereal or soup. They frequently pop up at flea markets and antique shops, or you can pick up a set of six at Anthropologie for $30.
- World Market: Stacking mugs (like the ones from Emily and Meeko's home shown above) are space-savers and a good way to introduce some color onto your countertop. World Market sells this Multicolor Stacking Mug Set (as well as a few solid-color versions) for $10.
- Amazon.com: Hang an enameled colander from a pot rack or wall hook to add some functional color to the kitchen. You can find them at chain stores like Whole Foods and Target, or online at Amazon, where this Reston Lloyd Enamel Steel Colander is $18.
- Le Creuset: This French company sets itself apart from other cast iron cookware brands with its unique line of colors. Flame orange is the most iconic, but each year new colors are released. This Flame Round Dutch Oven is $205 at Cooking.com, among other stores.
- Emile Henry: Since 1850, this French company has been making ceramic cookware with brightly colored glazes. There are several color collections, including eight "classic colors," five neutral "urban colors," and five "flame top" colors. This Azur Flame-Top Tagine sells for $125.
- Sur La Table: The KitchenAid Stand Mixer might be the most immediately recognizable 50s retro-style cookware you can buy for your kitchen. It sells in many colors at many stores, including Sur La Table, where this Orange Artisan Stand Mixer is $300.
- Smeg: Best known for their 50s retro style refrigerators, this Italian company offers their appliances in a range of candy colors. Prices run around $2,000 for a Smeg fridge, and you can find them at Sears, or through other big appliance retailers like AJ Madison and Amazon.
- Lacanche: This company — based in Burgundy, France — produces high-end, made-to-order ranges. You can choose a gas or electric oven in 10 colors, and the smallest of the stoves (the Cormatin, shown left) starts at $6,000.
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Photo: Jessica Watson / Emily and Meeko's Sunny First Apartment