50 Kitchens That Make A Case For Color
It’s easy to play it safe with neutrals, but more and more homeowners are committing to color in every area of the home. The classic white kitchen isn’t going anywhere, but make no mistake, colorful kitchen cabinetry packs a wow factor that’s impactful, personality filled and fresh. Just look at this modern millennial kitchen with fresh mint cabinets or a modern farmhouse‘s eye-catching emerald pantry. Whether it’s bold lower cabinets, an accent backsplash or a bright wallpaper, click through for 50 inspiring ideas that prove color has a place in the heart of your home.
This mossy hue in the home of designer Francesca Albertazzi has consistently drawn raves from our readers. The custom shade makes Francesca’s childhood home look all grown up with a hit of brown for heritage flavor.
This heavenly shade of pink on the round baking station is an unexpected focal point in this bespoke kitchen. The handsome black Regency Moderne style island balances the sweetness of this culinary confection for a licorice allsorts effect.
There are five different shades of blue in this cheerful kitchen on the cabinetry alone, resulting in a moody medley. The mid-toned blue cabinetry gets an extra boost from a swath of mod patterned tiles behind the cooktop. “I wanted to do something fresh and dynamic yet timeless,” says designer Jean Stéphane Beauchamp.
To brighten up the kitchen, the interior of the old wooden cabinets were given a new lease on life with a coat of vibrant pink paint in this Montreal home. The pretty pink balances out the blue cabinetry, and is amped by a selection of multicolored cookware in the uppers.
This emerald green pantry is a real jewel in this modern weekend home, and makes a collection of cobalt cookware look even more vibrant. The patterned tile, butcher block counters and oversized subway tile all nod to traditional farmhouse style.
A bracing hit of blue cabinetry from AyA Kitchens is right in step with Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year, Classic Blue, and adds dimension to clean, modern millwork. Senior designer at the firm, Sandra Mendes, says “blue is generally a well liked color and neutral enough so you won’t get tired of it. Blues makes white pop and works well with shades of grey.”
Calgary designers Aly Velji and Katie Nelson gave this prairie-modern kitchen a shot of major personality with an ice-cream pastel, apothecary-style island that’s a real people pleaser.
Not quite ready to make the leap and replace those kitchen cabinets with something a little more chromatic? A roll-away tomato-red island is one way to inject luscious color without committing to an all-red kitchen.
A striking shade of cerulean blue enlivens the cabinetry in this downtown Toronto home. The kitchen cabinets were made by a boutique millworker and hand-painted using historical shades for added interest: the lowers are Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue, and a warm neutral, Drop Cloth, is on the uppers.
For the homeowners who are reluctant to go all in on a colorful kitchen, try a contrasting island. This version by AyA Kitchens pairs a strong cobalt with pale striated marble and stone flooring for a timeless partnership that’s crisp and handsome.
The grey-blue kitchen cabinets in the 2018 Princess Margaret Showhome designed by Brian Gluckstein creates a cooling effect for a kitchen that’s serene and sophisticated.
Emulating the wild tones of the tropics — feathery flamingo pink, deep sea blue and vibrant emerald green — this color-packed kitchen is a daring feast for the eyes.
A prismatic grouping of triangles on the runner color this airy, vaulted-ceiling kitchen pretty, adding a dash of modernity to the hardworking terracotta-tiled flooring.
Capitalizing on luxe metallic finishes, this modern family kitchen is glamour at its finest. Most notable is the expansive and eye-catching, copper-hued island, which — believe it or not — is actually laminate!
Sunny canary yellow accents inject a cheery vibe in this otherwise all-white kitchen tailor-made for a trendy Montreal family of five.
Inspired by the serene blue sky and glittering waters beyond the borders of this boathouse, designer Anne Hepfer ensured the airy hue continued its way into the interior — light blue stools in the kitchen make a stylish splash.
A soulfully-colored olive banquette and exotic red runner punctuate the space with a welcoming warmth while the sapphire blue cabinets up the ante.
Swathed in a rosy millennial pink and an inky black with red undertones on the lower cabinets, this aesthetic hub reads cozy yet elegant.
Holt Renfrew president Mario Grauso’s charming Bridgehampton, New York, abode — a relaxing respite away from the hustle and bustle of city life —boasts a character-driven kitchen with all the charm of a French country retreat.
Feeling brazenly blue, the cool patterned backsplash tile in this nautical kitchen adds a refreshing dose of Mediterranean flavor.
Muskoka living brings the outdoors in in this cottage kitchenette inspired by the Ontario region’s scenic terrain. Mint-green light fixtures, light blue window trim and aqua blue cabinets make for a complimentary color scheme that sings.
A fashionable stretch of white veining marble that serves as both the countertop and backsplash juxtaposes seamlessly with the traditional forest green cabinets and vintage paintings that perch atop the brass-mounted open shelf.
The democratic denimy-y hue (who doesn’t love blue jeans?) in this family-friendly kitchen makes it even more inviting. Brass accents, rustic wood beams and a rich runner enhance the cosy vibe so it’s no surprise that everyone wants to pull up a chair.
Cornflower blue cabinets brighten grey subway tiles and white walls in this light-filled kitchen, providing a soft counterpoint to the bold patterned tile. Gold hardware and pendant lights warm up the crisp palette.
The homeowner’s Scandinavian background provided the inspiration for the dramatic wall covering in this kitchen dining area. Raspberry-colored upholstery on the mid-century chairs are an unlikely yet perfect match.
Two-tone kitchens are a great way to bring in color without going overboard. Keep the hardware the same throughout to unify the space.
Designer and homeowner James Davie embraced color wholeheartedly in his kitchen, where soft blue cabinets, ceiling beams, and millwork tie into the patterned floor.
Create an impact with a punchy wallpaper. Here, an orchid pattern adds vigor and picks up on the real-life orchids on display.
A bistro-style kitchen gets a jolt of warmth thanks to the beige-green panelling and green-leather banquette. A sandy quartz countertop adds interest.
An indigo subway tile backsplash feels British and historical, and picks up on the deep veining in the Calacatta marble countertops.
If you can’t commit to a full kitchen in color, opt for a more neutral base and add in bright accents, like the purple stand mixer and yellow stool seen here.
For a classic look, pick a rich cabinet color, like Farrow & Ball’s Green Smoke (47), and pair it with a creamy neutral on the walls.
In this kitchen’s eat-in area, a fireplace mosaic unites the space’s orange and cool tones into one impactful effect.
Bold color meets bright patterns in this British kitchen, with the hypnotic backsplash tiles picking up on the deep green of the cabinets.
Splashes of bright botanical wallpaper are slightly mod and bring a welcome hit of warmth to the kitchen’s soft blue-green cabinets.
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A bright blue faucet and bank of marigold yellow cabinets add energy to a blond wood kitchen.
Bold blue lower cabinets ground this otherwise light white kitchen.
A classic wall of base cupboards done in a soft eucalyptus green suits this Victorian kitchen perfectly. The backs of the glass-fronted cabinets painted in the same matching hue complete the look.
Denim-covered armchairs pick up on the cabinet’s deep blue hue, and blue bistro chairs add an extra jolt of energy.
A small kitchen gets a big design lift with the help of bright colors and bold pattern. An abstract diamond-pattern backsplash brings plenty of color to the space without overwhelming.
Why stop at one color? A riot of reds, oranges, blues and greens combine to create a one-of-a-kind kitchen.
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A dark grey patterned tile on the floor picks up on the blue hue of the cabinets and softens its modern lines.
A statement red lantern pendant is a showpiece in this neutral kitchen, providing it with all the color it needs.
A feature wall of a whimsical fairy tale-like wallpaper makes the blue-grey cabinets really pop and creates a statement-making space.
Dark sage cabinets are amplified by a green-and-cream backsplash, green vase and upholstered chairs.
A splash of color, hidden in the island cutouts, adds a pop of life to an otherwise neutral kitchen.
Soft blue cabinets pick up on the patterned backsplash made of vintage Egyptian tiles for a worldly flair.