Does your kitchen have a case of the drabs? Truly the central gathering spot of many homes, it may need a jolt to liven it, like a shot of espresso in the morning. Take a shot at playing with color. Well placed use of color in your kitchen can give it the feeling of more energy.

You don’t have to overload your kitchen with color to make a bright statement. The following ideas will help to add a little or a lot of color to breathe new life into your home’s hub.

1. Accent Wall

Paint or tile one wall with a colorful splash to instantly change the mood and look of your kitchen.

Accent Wall Kitchen

2. Cabinets

Paint your cabinets a favorite color, perhaps drawing from a favorite vintage linen or tablecloth, or even dishes. If you’re feeling bold, paint cabinets one color and the walls a contrasting but complementary color.

If you want to test out a smaller area, play with painting small areas around the cabinets a contrasting color. The walls under your cupboards, a small area above the backsplash or above the cabinets all give you a chance to try out different colors.

Pale Blue Kitchen Cabinets

3. Appliances and Accessories

Experiment with different colors for accessories like dishes, dishtowels, spatulas, small appliances like toasters and blenders, or larger ones such as the refrigerator or stove.

Teal Refrigerator

4. Paint or Wallpaper Inside Shelves

If you’re afraid of committing to color, try painting or wallpapering the inside back wall of open shelving, or paint the inside of cabinets for a cheery surprise when you open the cabinet doors.

Blue Interior Kitchen Cabinet

5. Flooring

A colorful rug is easy to switch out with the season or your mood, or go a bit more permanent with colored accent tiles on your flooring.

Red Kitchen Rug

6. Kitchen Island

Make your island stand out by painting the outside of a kitchen island a color that contrasts with the counter top and the rest of the cabinets.

Rustic Kitchen Island

7. Ceiling

The ceiling is often overlooked, but it’s a large, open canvas to play with color. A sunny yellow could mimic a sunny day or a cool blue can tone things down.

Blue Kitchen Ceiling

8. Seating

Instead of wood stained or metallic ones, try candy-colored chairs or stools.

Yellow Kitchen Stools

9. Soften Up

If bold colors are not your style, soft pastels can add a colorful warmth to the room.

Pastel Kitchen

10. Add Art

A colorful poster, piece of art or even vintage ads can add color in a size that fits your space, and can be changed out when the mood strikes.

Kitchen Wall Art


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