10 Ideas For Adding Color To Your Kitchen

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New colors can refresh your kitchen and make it more exciting and enjoyable, encouraging you to spend more time in it. A popular misconception is that adding color to your kitchen always requires a hefty investment - Far from it. There are creative ways in which you can add color to your kitchen without spending a fortune.

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1. Paint one or two walls a new color. You don’t have to paint all of your kitchen walls the same color – contrast your existing white or neutral-colored walls with a vibrant green, blue, or red. Dark colors are trendy now, but bright colors will always look great in a well-lit kitchen.

2. Turn closed cabinets into open ones for displaying your dishware and other kitchen utensils and collectibles. You can either remove your current cabinet doors for open face cabinets or replace the doors with glass ones. This is a hot kitchen trend this year.

3. Colorful cabinet interiors. Saves you the trouble of having to buy new cabinets and creates beautiful contrasts – white cabinets painted blue, green or another bright color inside look simply stunning. It’s an easy DIY project for the weekend.

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4. Use colorful fabrics. Curtains, seat cushions, dish towels, and rugs are relatively inexpensive. Apart from color, they bring comfort and soften the hard and angular edges of cabinets, appliances, and countertops.

5. Paint the island a different color from the rest of your kitchen to change the focal point. This requires a bit more work than other ideas on this list, but for social kitchens that often welcome guests it’s well worth it.

6. Go for colorful and cheery kitchen appliances. You can change up your stainless steel toaster or toaster oven to add some small pops of color on your counters, but next time an appliance gives out you can replace it with a bright one and make a bigger statement. Gone are the days when all appliances are gray or white or black. You’ll find brightly colored ones from top manufacturers at affordable prices, though your local store might not always have them – do your shopping online instead.

Granite or Marble Countertops
Granite or Marble Countertops

7. Add splashes of colors with fruits and vegetables. Apples, lemons, oranges, bananas, herbs and tomatoes all look striking when contrasted with white or dark backgrounds. Don’t just keep them all hidden in your fridge or crowded on your table. Show them off in white, black or transparent bowls.

8. Install new granite or marble countertops. It’s a more costly change, but it makes a powerful statement adding beauty to last a lifetime. If your countertops are old, they may need replacing anyway. Granite and marble countertops offer the beautiful look of natural stone as well as its durability, and are available in a plethora of colors and styles. A popular trend this year is to pair black countertops with white or lighter-colored cabinets to create stunning contrasts.

9. Add a bright tile backsplash. Easy to install and clean, prefabricated tile backsplashes are convenient and affordable, excellent for adding color and elegance to your kitchen without much hassle.

10. Finally, you may also want to hang a colorful artwork in your kitchen. No need for an authentic Picasso – a framed print will do the trick or even better color drawings or paintings by your children will add a special touch.

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CraftytotheCore profile image

CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

These are all such great tips! When I painted my art studio, I painted one accent wall a different color. It looks great and defines the room into sections for different projects I'm constantly working on.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Love all three kitchens so much! I started adding a different wall (at times) years ago or maybe wallpaper or grass cloth for a more interesting look. Up and sharing.


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

Viva color! And I like the hub style.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks CraftytotheCore! I love accent walls too :)


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Jackie! Wall paper and textured options for wall coverings have really come along way over the years. I haven't been adventurous enough to try any of them yet but you never know!


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks RTalloni!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Great tips. I have lived in the same house for over a decade and have yet to hang curtains. That would really help with my color issue.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks FlourishAnyway! I completely understand - we only have curtains hanging in 2 rooms of our house currently and it took almost 3 years to find the right ones and hang them. We have blinds for privacy which allows plenty of time to find the right curtains :)


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I appreciate the information you provide in this article. We are just getting ready to redo our kitchen. A coat of paint is on the list, but you have given me other ideas in decorating.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks teaches12345! And all the best on your upcoming kitchen reno!

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