We’ve all admired our fair share of white kitchens, but this stark look isn’t for everyone. As a natural gathering place in the home, a kitchen should be warm and welcoming, and adding color –- whether bold or serene –- is sure to do the trick.
Add a little, gain a lot. That's the lesson one couple learned when they made a small addition to the cramped galley kitchen in their home. A cheerful green on the cabinets softens the dark countertops and hardware plus it keeps the stainless steel appliances from looking too industrial.
This coastal kitchen takes a nod from its surroundings with pale aqua and natural textures. Warm wood flooring, a neutral wall color, and tall ceilings temper the impact of the blue.
Dual dishwashers (talk about luxury!) simplify cleanup after a night of entertaining, and stylish pendants deliver valuable task lighting for island food prep.
A bold color such as aqua creates a strong visual impact in this kitchen. To avoid a busy look, architect Mark Maresca paired the strong hue with black accents, creating a crisp and clean contrast.
If you are considering a bold paint color, make sure it's one you love. The floor, painted by South Carolina artist Jeff Renow, provides a graphic foundation for the colorful cabinets and sleek island.
If a kitchen swathed in color is intimidating, try adding color to the base cabinets alone. These grass-green cabinets echo the hues found in the garden beyond the window.
The shade is repeated on the window sashes and café curtains above the sink, while the upper cabinets remain neutral.
Stainless steel, white, or black aren’t the only options for appliance finishes. These cobalt appliances make a statement against white walls and cabinetry, while a soothing pale blue coats the island.
A sturdy, sage-green island contrasts with warm ivory walls and cabinetry in this light-filled kitchen. A stainless steel range occupies a tiled alcove with an arched hood, while dark marble counters provide a unifying work surface. Rustic barstools, antiqued light fixtures, and rough-hewn ceiling beams contribute additional texture.
Colorful accents add a playful touch that distinguishes this kitchen from its more formal surroundings. Pairing the primary colors of the table and island with soothing hues keeps the space from looking juvenile.
The island is topped with a chopping block, making it suitable for meal prep or as a dining surface for informal meals.
If you don’t know where to start with color, try matching your cabinet paint to a tile pattern you admire.
In this kitchen, earth-toned tiles are at home surrounded by putty-colored cabinets. Green on the island and doses of color introduced by the barstool fabric unify the space and add interest.