We’re always on the hunt for great design inspiration, DIY projects, and well, for pretty pictures of beautiful rooms to admire. On one of our recent perusal missions through our go-to shelter magazines, websites and television networks, we came across several images of bright, cheery and colorful kitchens that made us want to take a paintbrush to everything in our own spaces! Whether it was not-of-the-norm pale green cabinetry, funky fabric light pendants or a vibrant whole-wall tile treatment, visions of blues, yellows and greens were dancing through our heads. Here are some of our favorite tips to add to your bag of design tricks for injecting some life into a bland kitchen.
Try this at home:
- Thinking of painting your existing cabinets to give them a facelift? Sidestep your first instinct to choose a typical color, and try something a little different. We love the idea of ice blue or glossy red cabinet doors, but if the idea of an all-color design isn’t one you’re brave enough to entertain, think about starting with just your kitchen island. A tease of color might be easier to digest.
- For those of you who have glass cabinet doors, paint the inside of the space a fresh hue. The unusual spot for color will add a punch of visual interest to an otherwise monochromatic kitchen. Choose a shade that coordinates with your backsplash, or try a compliment of a color that is already on your walls. It’s a covert way to add volumes of design intrigue to any kitchen.
- Swap out your standard metal light fixture for something more graphic. Choose a colorful fabric lampshade—and echo that same fabric in your dining chair upholstery if you’re daring. It’ll add symmetry in a playful way.
- An easy way to add color to a kitchen is in your breakfast nook. Ground a wooden table with a bold rug and table runner. Or, if you’re feeling crafty and have grown bored with traditional wooden chairs, give your dining seating a coat of paint in a bright yellow, Kelly green or any coordinating shade from your home’s current color scheme.
- Never underestimate the power of accessories and art. If you can’t bear making any drastic changes to your furniture, backsplashes or cabinetry, some well-placed vases in bright lacquered shades, bowls with fruit and lively artwork will transform a timid kitchen in no time.
Photo courtesy House Beautiful