10 Under $50 Kitchen Staples That Are Candy-Colored Perfection

updated Mar 16, 2020
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Bringing a splash of color into the kitchen doesn’t have to entail a mini makeover or a paint job. More often than not, the tools for amping up the area are all in front of you—think vessels paired with vibrant flowers, bowls of fresh fruit, and graphic linens draped over the sink. But if you’re ready to take things a step further and invite even more of a saturated detail into the heart of your home, a few simple swaps are in order. We took it upon ourselves to source a handful of wonderfully bright and playful takes on classic kitchen staples because a little extra dose of happiness never hurt.

Fruit Bowl

If you ever needed an excuse to display fruit on the kitchen counter consider this dual-toned, sculptural bowl it. Available in a variety of Mediterranean hues and comprised of a ribbed detail that lets air circulate throughout, this one marries form and function with effortless ease.

Buy: Iris Bowl, $36 from MoMA Design Store

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Cutlery Holder

Dish drainers and mats get a bad rap with their often clunky builds and blah finishes. Cue this refreshing take on a drainer accessory—perfect for cutlery—that’s streamlined in design and inspired in color. Your sink-side situation is about to get a major upgrade.

Buy: Dish Drainer Cutlery Holder, $18 from HAY

Milk Glass Bowl

Cereal looks and tastes a whole lot better when served in a bowl as charming as this blush option from Mosser Glass. Delicate yet durable enough to withstand the dishwasher, it’s one you can keep for years to come.

Buy: Pink Milk Glass Bowl, $22 from Mosser Glass

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Sheet Pan

File this under the coolest baking tray we ever did see. Great Jones’s version of the culinary staple involves a nonstick ceramic coating and an Yves Klein blue finish that’s so cool, we’d keep it out on the stovetop indefinitely.

Buy: Holy Sheet, $35 from Great Jones

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Heart Sponge

Give your sink the TLC it deserves and toss that snoozy sponge out in favor of this cheeky heart-shaped one. Doing the dishes suddenly became a little more fun.

Buy: Heart Sponge, $5 from HAY

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Tea Towel

Consider this proof that kitchen linens need not be boring. This block-printed duo comes in soothing shades of blue and promises to bring all the good vibes into your least favorite kitchen tasks.

Buy: Half Moon and Triangles Tea Towels, set of 2, $14.99 from West Elm

Ceramic Pitcher

A pitcher that can double as a vessel for fresh florals is always a win in our books, and this speckled ceramic piece hits on all the right notes. Pair it with a posy of blush-toned peonies and marvel in the effortless beauty of the duo.

Buy: Soft Speckle Pitcher, $29 from Urban Outfitters

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Paring Knife

Consider this a cook’s best friend. Whether you’re peeling an apple or slicing a clove of garlic, this versatile kitchen tool should always be on hand. Naturally, a colorful option that can live in your countertop block or on a magnetic knife strip means that it will be.

Buy: Five Two Essential Knives Paring Knife, $49 from Food52

Enamel Jars

Spice up your pantry with this lidded container set that will surely invite a bold splash of personality to your space. Use them to store everything from coffee beans to dry goods or simply prop them on the counter and fill with loose leaf tea bags or cookies.

Buy: Striped Enamel Blue Jars, $38 from MoMA Design Store


Chances are, you probably have a bundle of these stacked in a canister by the stove. Swap your plain silicone set for a few of these vibrantly illustrated ones to give your counters a cheeky pop of color.

Buy: Bodega Spatula, $10 from Anthropologie