Idea File: Adding Color to Your Kitchen

Idea File: Adding Color to Your Kitchen

Kristen Lubbe
May 10, 2011

No matter your living situation (renting, in a new construction or settling into an older home), adding color to your kitchen is an option worth considering Through the use of a little (or a lot!) of color, personal accents and a little creative thinking — you'll be well on your way to absolutely loving your kitchen. We've found some inspirational uses of color in kitchens from our house tours to help get your own brainstorm session going...

Back To The Old House With The Smiths: The Smiths live in an industrial warehouse turned home so it was crucial for them to add as much color as possible to help warm up their space. In the kitchen they used accessories, furniture and tableware as their main spots of color. The open shelving is the perfect place to store their useful yet beautiful colorful belongings!
LonAnne's Vintage and Modern Texas Charmer: In vintage kitchens, red and blue are the go to colors. The blue is so subtle and calming while the red is vibrant and begs for attention (in a good way). Typically you see the red in small doses but LonAnne went for the gusto when she painted the bottom cabinets red. The result is successful because she left the top cabinets white!
Lori and Ken's View with a Room: The most subdued, yest still color conscious kitchen of the group, Lori & Ken's backsplash is so fun. It's not everyday you'd visit the tile store and think to choose four different color tiles but it actually works. The awesome thing about their tile selection is that the colors could easily work with any color cabinetry. Natural wood, white, black — you name it, these colors would work!
A Bold and Colorful Austin Home!: This Austin kitchen is one of our favorites because the colors work so well together, plus, who doesn't love white marble countertops? Pale turquoise on the walls, darker turquoise on the cabinets and a yellow countertop on the island spells successful colorful and creative kitchen.
Amy & Keith's Candy-Coated Dollhouse: The aspects that stand out in Amy and Keith's kitchen aren't the large staple pieces that most have the luxury of changing. They kept their original cabinets and countertops and instead focused on creating a fun and inviting kitchen that they enjoy spending time in. They replaced a dark and dated cabinet with an open shelving unit that displays their favorite possessions that just so happen to exude their spunky personalities. The one big spot of color, the bright pink curtains, makes the whole space feel colorful, even though, upon closer inspection, the rest of the space is very neutral.

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