Photo Gallery: Colourful Kitchens
Say goodbye to beige.
This cool kitchen lacks upper cabinets, but makes up for it with innovative shelving where white plates in a variety of shapes rest artfully. The space under a retro-chic breakfast tray becomes a handy nook for small appliances while frequently used utensils sit within easy reach on top. The matte red from the tray is echoed in the plastic stool and tea towel.
An orangey-yellow paint covers the kitchen’s lower cabinets. In a subtler turn, upper and outer cabinets are treated to a rich walnut veneer. Yellow dish towels and accessories keep the look saturated.
Although this colour choice is unexpected, its softness makes it easy to live with for a long time. This kitchen, first featured in our June 2003 issue, is still surprisingly current with its clean lines, stainless steel island and overall pastel hue.
Polished blue rubber flooring gives this Montreal kitchen a jolt. Sitting above the white counters are sleek glass cupboards tinted the same shade as the floor. Opposing walls also carry the hue, from the windows’ painted frames to the shadow box artwork.
Here, the soft red of the island’s cutout adds contrast to the white lacquer and steel kitchen. Bright white walls and dark wood amp up the bold look.
A footed cabinet in a row of green Georgian cupboards creates the impression of a piece of furniture. Glass-fronted uppers allow the homeowner to display china and glassware. A marble countertop and backsplash and hurricane lantern offer elegance.
The pretty aqua wall perfectly matches the blue hue of the glass blacksplash, linking the two spaces. The antique art pieces mix nicely with the clean contemporary lines of the cupboards, creating an eclectic look.
A large colourful painting is the inspiration behind this colour palette. By installing only lower cabinets, the homeowner enhanced the room’s airy look. A panel of back-painted glass creates a sleek, practical backsplash behind the range.
If your kitchen walls are covered with cabinets, be bold and paint your ceiling instead. Here, dark floors and a magenta-hued ceiling are broken up by stark white cabinetry and large windows, keeping the space airy and bright.
Shades of buttery yellow paint were applied to warm up formerly white walls. A white subway tile backsplash is an inexpensive way to update a classic kitchen while a collection of colourful dishes keeps the look youthful and fun.
The impact of two large scarlet lampshades and a long, red banquette is intensified by the lack of colour elsewhere in the room. The result is a white kitchen that exhudes elegance, with an eye-catching punch of colour.
Mauve cabinets may not be to everyone’s taste, but when paired with stainless accents and crisp white walls, they look undeniably fresh and appealing.
The industrial designer’s love of colour and sculptural forms is evident is his own apartment in New York City. The black pendant light may have been too dramatic in a room with dark walls, but the white cabinets and pastel accents here keep the room light and welcoming.
White walls are clean and contemporary, infusing warmth into artist Bobbie Burgers’ kitchen with bright yellow art and appliances.
In this modern eclectic design, apple-green cabinets brighten an industrial loft kitchen. Metallic wallpaper on the ceiling is an unexpected juxtaposition with the concrete floor, while a collection of vintage chairs add warmth.
A punchy turquoise blue colour, pulled from the paper, creates a bold aesthetic. White dishware keeps the look uncluttered.
European-style white lacquered cabinetry and a bold acid-yellow painted wall against dark antiqued hardwood flooring inject stylist Arren Williams‘ space with loads of character. Brushed metal horizontal drawer pulls reinforce the lean, linear theme.