When you think of a magazine-worthy kitchen, images of crisp white kitchen spaces with a few touches of warm wood and stainless steel often come to mind. You can never go wrong with sticking to neutrals. But if you’re bold enough to break the standard, why not try splattering some color?
Think about vibrant cabinetry, island, and countertops, statement backsplash tiles, jewel-toned ranges, eye-popping bar stools, and dining seats with loud patterns – these are show-stopping details that can add a striking, personal twist to your beloved kitchen.
To punch up your classic neutral kitchen, check out these 9 decorating tips for creating a hue-infused cooking space of your dreams.
1. Splash a big dose of color with cabinetry
Cabinetry makes up about 60% of your kitchen space. Swapping your sterile white or beige cabinets for your preferred shade will surely inject a big splash of color and personality. Rethink your countertops and kitchen island too.
You can buy new colored cabinets, if you have the budget, or repaint existing cabinetry for a more economical choice. You can also turn your standard door into an accent door with paint.
2. Paint, but just inside
Do you have a glass-front or open cabinetry? If you can’t commit to painting your entire cabinet with vivid hues, you can at least paint the interior of your cabinetry. They make an eye-popping backdrop for beloved kitchenware and other collectibles.
3. Add pops of red, yellow, and orange
Next to brightening up a dull kitchen space, warm hues like red, yellow, and orange help you enjoy your food better. Ever wondered why popular fast-food joints and food corporations use red, yellow, and orange in their logos and themes? Warm colors stimulate the appetite, psychology suggests. Many designers recommend these colors not only for restaurants but also for home kitchens.
If you can’t revamp a large portion of your space, like cabinetry and wall, you may insert a few touches of the bright hues using accessories and statement pieces, like bar stools, dinnerware collections, spice jars, light fixtures, and more.
4. Splurge on colorful kitchen appliances
Gone are the days when kitchen appliances’ hues are limited to black, white, and silver. You can now find a number of appliances in vivid palettes to make your cooking space hip and fun. Think of large appliances, like refrigerators, stoves, and gas range hoods and small pieces like coffee makers, kettles, blenders, and rice cookers.
5. Consider a statement backsplash
No discussion about kitchen design is complete without talking about backsplashes – they’re a mainstay for decades. They are also a great way to add excitement to an otherwise boring kitchen. So go ahead – ditch your standard white subway tiles for bright, intricate tiles of your preferred pattern.
6. Put loud fabrics to use
One way to add color without grabbing a bucket of paint is by making use of fabrics. Cover dining chairs with fun patterns. Add pillows to your banquette. Choose vibrant placemats and table runners. Dress up your windows with curtains with bright colors and/or bold patterns. There are a lot of opportunities to inject the kitchen space with stylish fabrics.
7. Let the kitchen shine with metallics
There are other ways to add sparkle aside from flashing your usual stainless steel appliances, cookware sets, utensils, and plumbing details. Think about hanging a sparkly pendant light. You can also add some plants in metal containers. Think beyond silver – use brass, rose gold, and copper.
8. Liven up your kitchen with plants
One effective way to add life to your dull kitchen is to place something that actually has life – such as plants. Whether they are potted or hanging plants, they help make the kitchen look fresh and inviting. Generally, kitchens have large windows that provide good ventilation and plenty of light and fresh air.
Aside from growing herbs and other edibles on your kitchen window, you may put air purifying plants like the peace lily, mint, jasmine, and Boston fern. If you love plants but are not good with taking care of them, try low maintenance succulents.
9. Finish it up with a few artworks
Artwork never ceases to add brilliance to any space. For a quick and easy way to add color, jazz up your kitchen with charming pieces of art; it can be a professional painting, vivid vintage posters, children’s school art, local handicrafts, or even mini sculptures.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is a resident writer for Wincrest Home Builders, one of NSW’s most experienced and well-renowned home builders aiming at building and designing modern family homes in Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast, and the Hunter. She loves writing articles focused in real estate and interior design.