7 Easy Ways to Add Color to Your Kitchen

January 18, 2016

7 Easy Ways to Add Color to Your Kitchen

Our kitchens may be the heart of our homes, but when it comes to their décor, most of our kitchens are a blur of features big on practicality and short on style. (Oh, hello there, standard countertops, cabinets, and appliances.)

Luckily, it doesn’t take much to perk up this workhorse of a room. One goof-proof trick is to intersperse some jolts of color into the sea of stainless steel, granite, and tile. Here are some simple elements that will pack a visual punch.

1. Play With Produce

kumquat bowlandleaf

Pretty food isn’t just for Instagram. Your farmers market bounty can double as kitchen decor, too. Boost counter appeal by filling a tall, cylindrical vase with lemons or limes. Or, group some shiny, ruby red apples; vibrant oranges; or spiky green artichokes in a wide-mouth bowl and use them as an edible focal point. Bonus: Putting the healthy stuff out in the open will encourage you and the kiddos to actually eat it!

2. Bring in Nature

mortar bowl

Warm up a slab of cold granite countertop with some natural, color-rich elements. A succulent-filled terrarium or a miniature herb garden dresses up an empty windowsill, while a deep brown wooden bowl—like this organically shaped beauty—makes an attractive place to stash keys or even potpourri. And don’t discount the visual impact of a simple bouquet of fresh-cut flowers. Tall blooms, like gladiolus, efficiently fill out a bare corner or wall, while a Mason jar of assorted wildflowers brings a sweet, whimsical touch to the island or sink area.

3. Step Up the Basics


If you’re going to reach for certain items in the kitchen every day, why not make them visually interesting? A set of boho-chic dishes, patterned dish towels, or, if you’re feeling flush, an anything-but-traditional stand mixer, can all breathe new life into a tired kitchen.

4. Have a Seat


When it’s time to spruce up the seating around the island or eating bar, look no further than stools in chipper shades like brick red or neon yellow. A row of these sweet seats gives your kitchen the feel of a Parisian cafe and is an unexpected way to break up a monochromatic palette.

5. Deck the Walls …

Sure, your kitchen may be the site of sautéing, deep-frying, boiling, and baking, but that’s no reason to leave the walls bare. Instead, decorate them as you would any others in your home—with your favorite art. Though any configuration from gallery walls to oversized framed pieces can work, it’s better to stick with art that can stand up to grease and smoke (or at least be protected behind a plate of glass).

6. … and the Floors

pea green rug

A colorful area rug in the kitchen is a no-brainer. Not only does it protect the floor and hide stains, it livens up the space underfoot. Choose a size that fits the room—most kitchens can best accommodate a runner—and opt for one that’s made of easy-to-clean materials like polypropylene. This preppy-cool, pear-green striped rug, for example, pairs well with a variety of shades and is a cinch to wipe down.

7. Dress Up Cabinets


For a full-on commitment to color, consider painting or wallpapering cabinet doors or even the backs of the cabinets (it adds an unexpected pop of color). Splashes of statement-making colors like brick red, pumpkin orange, kelly green, lemon yellow, or turquoise can turn a ho-hum space into something worthy of a jewel box.


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