Colorful Kitchen Updates
Appliances that Pop
A simple, pared-down kitchen is the perfect backdrop for brightly colored appliances. In this Maine house, the professional-grade BlueStar range in Sky Blue stands out against the white cabinets and marble backsplash. A more subtle touch: Painting the adjacent beadboard a pale yellow. From $7,972; bluestarcooking.com.
This converted barn in Cleveland has reclaimed-wood walls, a light concrete countertop and bold red cabinets by Miller Cabinet Company. “We like the contrast of the red and the timber,” says Cesar Lujan of Blackburn Architects, the firm that designed the project. “The cabinets’ melamine resin finish is also cheaper than wood.” blackburnarch.com.
The high ceilings in this otherwise neutral kitchen are painted an unexpected deep fuchsia. When light reflects off the ceiling, it creates a soft, warm glow that mimics a pink bulb—a trick many designers use to create a beautiful, flattering aura. For a similar color, try Pratt & Lambert Fuchsia Bright (prattandlambert.com) or Behr Hot Pink (homedepot.com).
Because this kitchen is large and gets lots of natural light, designer Joanne Hudson chose a custom inky blue-black paint for the wooden cabinets. “A white kitchen would have been too bright with all the natural light in this space,” she says. The stainless steel pulls are bold and graphic against the painted wood. joannehudson.com.
Blogger Colette Nel writes about French style and interiors at labrocanteuse.blogspot.com. One of her favorites is this château-inspired kitchen that makes the most of several different kinds of white: antiqued, glossy enamelware, stone and a pristine shade of paint for the cabinets. “It’s amazing how calming white is,” says Nel.
For an extra-bright kitchen, Echelon Custom Homes designer Matthew Adler suggests colored glass tiles, which add saturated color and reflect light around the room. For this Delaware beach house, Adler chose 3-by-6-inch glass bricks in Twilight Blue, inspired by “the deep color of the nearby Atlantic Ocean.” $42 per sq ft; daltile.com.
A wooden barn door, painted bright yellow and mounted on a sliding steel track, brings movement and energy to a white hallway. It’s also a smart use of closet space that’s too shallow for coats but perfect for wine storage. From $353 for hardware; realslidinghardware.com.