Design Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen Featured

Authors: Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly

What better way to reflect your kitchen’s individuality, than to give your kitchen a dash of brilliant color. Color could be introduced into your kitchen accessories, fabrics, walls, cabinetry, countertops, or backsplashes. Something as simple as painting the walls or adding a colorful rug can change the entire look of a neutral kitchen.  Whether you are doing a seasonal kitchen update or a total kitchen renovation, here are some of the best ideas to make your kitchen interesting with this year’s hottest colors.

1. Add a splash of unexpected, brilliant color in the cabinetry. The modern kitchen photographs below are from our recent trip to Living Kitchen in Germany where Nolte showcased this color-blocking concept well. The royal blue cabinetry is from our Allmilmo line (a very hot color this year). Notice how the prairie green kitchen island cabinetry makes this neutral Ken Kelly kitchen “pop.” (We designed this using Wood Mode cabinetry)

Design Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen
1. Chive 8-Tube VaseDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen | 2. Staub Lemon CocotteDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen | 3. Iittala – Origo Serving Bowl 2 QuartDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen | 4. Artland Aldrich Purple GlassesDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen  

 

2. Contrast dark cabinetry with bold color: (left to right) In the Allmilmo kitchen below, notice how the greenery offers striking contrast against the black cabinetry. In the Bentwood French Country kitchen, the planter of green artichokes, coral tea towels, copper pots, and red Wolf oven knobs add instant warmth to the kitchen. In Mario’s Black Beauty Rockville Center kitchen, notice how the “pop” of red in the chair fabric creates intense visual interest as do the green topiaries. The red bowl and splash of red in the geometric counters enhance the long kitchen island countertop, and the Le CreusetDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen  pot on the stove brightens the room. (Bottom three kitchens are designed with Wood Mode cabinetry).

Design Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen
1. Terafeu Casserole with LidDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen | 2. Ruffoni Historia Brazier PotDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen | 3. Au Courant Vase SetDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen | 4. Preserved Boxwood GreeneryDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen

 

3. Add color to your kitchen walls. You can completely change the look of your kitchen by painting the kitchen in a vibrant hue. Taine painted this client’s kitchen walls in a stunning shade of violet (Syosset, NY). Kitchen Cabinetry (top to bottom): Brookhaven w/Bentwood uppers, Allmilmo, Allmilmo, Wood-Mode.

Design Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen

 

4. Add earthy or vibrant shades of green. Subtle greens add warmth and bold greens invigorate. Green tends to pair beautifully with other colors. Cabinetry Top Row: Marchi Group; Bottom Row: Bentwood, Brookhaven, Wood-Mode.

Design Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen

1. Tin Woodsman Crosby & Taylor Pistachio CanistersDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen |  2. Terramoto Moss Green Striped CanistersDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen  | 3. WAC Lighting Passion Quick Connect Monorail HeadDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen | 4. Au Courant Acid Green Vases (Set of 6)Design Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen  

 

5. Energize with orange. Growing up on Long Island’s North Shore, I clearly remember the orange shag rug we had in our family room and the orange paisley cushions on the outdoor patio furniture…and yes our appliances were avocado …(Did I just give away my age?) I’ll always associate orange with those lively days…(of my toddlerhood).

Design Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen

1. Leicht | 2. Rationale | 3. Nolte | 4. Orange “Barnacles” VaseDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen | 5. Corals and Shells JarsDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen | 6. Coral Crackle VaseDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen

 

6. Bring calm by adding bold or delicate blues to the kitchen. We saw a scattering of blue hues in the kitchen at the 2013 IMM Cologne Living Kitchen show this year.

Design Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen

1. Tea Cup Embroidered Blue Kitchen TowelsDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen |  2. Royal Doulton Blue Place SettingDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen | 3. Kartell – Mauna Kea Stool Design Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen | 4. Le Creuset Cake StandDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen


Design Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your KitchenDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen7. Position some wacky and unexpected design elements into the kitchen. My kitchen is somewhat formal, so to lighten it up I found a hand-painted Intrada purple and green artichoke owl with wildly wacky eyes (see below). He was quite the conversation piece until a friend came over and absolutely had to have him. She repainted her kitchen to match the little guy. Find more items like these in our Wacky Wednesday posts.

Design Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen

 

8. Use food to decorate your kitchen, and find gorgeous apothecary jarsDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen  or fruit bowlsDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen to display your seasonal delicacies. Think lemons, apples, peppers, oranges, etc. Not only do they look beautiful on the counter, they are easily accessible for a healthy snack.

Design Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen

 

9. Add shades of purple in the kitchen.  Violet is another great color this year.

Design Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen
1. Purple with Iris Yellow Overlay Vase |  2. Linden Sweden Wine GlassesDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen | 3. Le Chef Stainless Purple KettleDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen | 4. Tech Lighting Purple PendantDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen

 

10. Let there be red in the kitchen. Does anyone ever really tire of red?

Design Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen

1. Scarlet & Lime Fruit Bowl |  2. Vietri Tuscan Garden Red PitcherDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen | 3. Red Retro Step CanDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen | 4. Bimbi Red Reticello Pendant by Oggetti LuceDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen | 5. Red Bow KitchenTowelsDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen |  6. Ball Clock by George NelsonDesign Trends: 10 of the Best Ideas for Adding Color to Your Kitchen

 

We will be writing more about specific kitchen color combinations in upcoming posts. What I find interesting is when our Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly clients ask us to design kitchens for their second homes such as in their Hamptons beach houses on the East End of Long Island or in their ski houses in the mountains, they seem to be much more willing to add bold color or mix materials and textures into these secondary residences. Why are we less color shy in our second homes? A color boost in the kitchen might be just what we need after a long winter.

Note: You can find many of the kitchens featured in this post in our Tours & Videos or Create the Look categories on our blog.

Posted by GKelly in Kitchen Design, How To’s, Trends, Kitchen Accessories, Create the Look | Showroom locations: Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly, Inc., 26 Hillside Avenue, Williston Park, NY 516-746-3435  - 11 Bridge Street, Sag Harbor, NY 631-808-3116| ftc compliant – privacy/disclosure policy  | See our favorite kitchen finds at  ShopKitchenDesigns.com | View our designs and videos at KitchenDesigns.com

 

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