Colorful Kitchen Inspiration

To wrap up my week dwelling on things you can put in your kitchen, both essential and trivial, I thought I would take a trip to fantasyland for a little while and share some wonderful colorful kitchens I’ve pinned on Pinterest.

Every few days, I’ll check the apartment rental market and the condo sales market in San Diego just for fun. I see so many boring flipped kitchens with the same old predictable colors and finishes. These are so different and so exciting! No cherry cabinets with black granite countertops here! (Can we all agree that that combination comes off very heavy?) Experimenting with color is also an inexpensive way to freshen up a kitchen while saving the big bucks for a full kitchen overhaul a few years down the line.

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Color Cabinets - Photo by Magnus Anesund

The first time I saw this picture, I was so excited that I dragged Doug over to the computer and made him check it out. One must really be a color expert to pull this off because bright colors, if they aren’t tempered with enough gray and brown, can look circus-y really fast. It works sooo well here because everything else is white, white, white. Even the floors have been whitewashed or limed to achieve the white wood effect. I would love to see this in a commercial space setting.

House Beautiful

This is an easy project anybody nervous about committing to color can handle. Don’t want to make an irreversible mistake on the cabinets? Painting the inside of the cabinet is really easy to change when the mood strikes.

Blue Kitchen Space

I love the way the smallness of this kitchen is celebrated. I feel like if the blue walls were white, the area would seem even smaller–with the bold shade of blue, the area is like, “I’m here, I may not be huge but I’m stylish. Now cook amazing meals here.”

Ursula Mayer for Schorn & Groh.

How about bringing the color into the room via countertops? What an unexpected punch of color! Plenty of retro kitchens have tile accents on the counter, but this sleek slab of pink is absolutely scene-stealing!

I feel like a kitchen that’s exciting to simply be in would be exciting to cook in. Let the creativity flow!

What do you think? Would you take a big color risk in the kitchen? 


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4 thoughts on “Colorful Kitchen Inspiration”

  1. I saw that blue kitchen on Pinterest and made Ryan look at it. I love it!! It’s like, “Yeah, I know what I am–a space for you to amaze your party guests. Now, get in me!”
    Love that fuchsia counter top, too! I have kitchen envy.

  2. One of the things that always frustrates me with how these home decor shoots are shot is that I want to see the place isolated, but I ALSO want to see it in context. I mean, that kitchen looks great on it’s own, but what does it do when paired with a living room? How does it feel standing in that kitchen looking into a hallway/bedroom/entryway/etc. It’d be like only looking at one single aspect of an outfit and NOT looking at the whole outfit to see how it all comes together. That’s my only frustration when trying to draw inspiration from something like a very bold and colorful kitchen.

    1. Good point!! I have found that sometimes large magazine spreads give a person more info to process how the spaces flow into one another. It’s one reason why I love the book “Decorate” (Holly Becker and Joanna Copestick) so much–not only do they show how the spaces relate to each other, it even includes a sketched out floor plan of each home/apartment.

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