Some style trends become so ubiquitous, it’s hard to remember a time when things were different. What came before Scandinavian-chic? What shape did our console tables take before the resurgence of mid-century modern design? And please, someone tell me — was there ever a time when kitchens weren’t stark white from top to bottom?
Now, I love a nice bright kitchen as much as the next gal, but the all-white trend has gotten a little boring. There is a way to keep your room feeling clean and bright without having to erase literally all the color! Far too often, people disregard the kitchen when bringing personal touches to their home. Adding some color is the easiest way to make sure it actually reflects your style and isn’t just an anonymous utility room where you go to chop onions.
Get inspired by these colorful kitchen designs. Whether you take it slow by painting just your lower cabinets or go all-out and create a rainbow with your backsplash, island and floor, adding a pop of color to your kitchen is always a good idea.
Painted Lower Cabinets
Keep things bright in the kitchen by pairing rich blue lower cabinets with white uppers, countertops and backsplash.
Colorful Patterned Island
You could easily DIY this colorful patterned island. Tape and a few paint samples are all you need!
Earthy Patterned Kitchen
This earthy, warm kitchen is proof that sometimes more is more! Taking inspiration from a desert sunset, the colors in this room both contrast and complement one another. Afraid to go all in? A colorful runner rug can go a long way toward giving you the vibrant kitchen you dream of.
Glossy Color-Blocked Kitchen
To get this mod look, choose a few of your favorite colors and paint away. A glossy backsplash that hovers somewhere between mauve and magenta is framed by multicolor cabinets to make a kitchen that's the definition of playful.
Green Backsplash Kitchen
If you want to play with color but still want to keep some of that bright white kitchen feel, try experimenting with a bold backsplash. Gorgeous green tiles give this room a tropical rainforest vibe that's highlighted by houseplants lining the shelves and windowsills.
Green Chevron Kitchen
There's a lot going on in this kitchen, but it all works together to create a harmonious, textured space. A green-and-white chevron backsplash anchors the room, complemented by a moody floral accent wall, a hint of pink brick-look tiles and a set of gold framed chairs with floral cushions.
Rich Green Cabinets Kitchen
Hunter green cabinets with brass hardware feel surprisingly modern in this kitchen, thanks to a glossy finish and the contrast of the clean white subway tile backsplash.
Mermaid Blue Kitchen
With varying shades of blue, this kitchen shows how you can play with multiple hues of the same color to create a playful but not overly busy space. The blue on the wall around the window and the blue of the larger wall to the right are both taken from different shades found in the mermaid-esque backsplash.
Painted Floor Kitchen
The hanging light fixture over this kitchen table was the inspiration for this room. It expertly blends lots of color — a painted floor, light pink island, yellow walls, teal cabinets — in a way that doesn't feel overwhelming, and the lamp visually brings it all together.
Purple Kitchen Island
Add a pop of color to your kitchen by painting the island a vibrant hue. In spite of its brightness, the purple here fits right in without feeling too jarring.
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