Doses of color can go a long way toward rejuvenating a neutral or white kitchen.
Two-tone cabinets continue to be a big kitchen trend — and a great way to add in some color without fully committing. Using a colorful door option for just a few cabinets, such as a stretch of uppers, brings a punch of interest without overwhelming the whole room. If you have existing doors in good condition, you can have just a few of them repainted in any hue you imagine, from a classic navy to a risky orange, and have them painted again in 5 or 10 years if tastes change.
People sometimes think the only options for wall finishes in a kitchen are tile or paint, but wallpaper can be a great alternative.
There are many wet-space-safe wallpapers available on the market, or you can pair a wallpaper with a short backsplash to help avoid any water issues. Either way, a playful wallpaper can add a dose of color and some energizing pattern to a kitchen, either as an all-over treatment or as a single accent wall.
Speaking of accent walls, a single painted wall can be a good way to bring in some color in a controlled dose, especially on a wall without upper cabinets. The lower cabinets will break up the look, so you only actually have a small surface area to paint, and this means you can safely use a more bold hue without it completely taking over.
And, of course, if the shade doesn’t feel quite right, it’s not a huge undertaking for a patient DIYer to paint over the area again.
Your walls aren’t the only place to add in some color. Kitchen seating can be a great way to add a pop of color right into the center of the space, especially vivid hues like a bright yellow that you might not want splashed across the walls in large quantities.
If you have a dining banquet in your kitchen or deep enough dining chairs to add toss pillows, don’t get stuck thinking all of your cushions have to match.
Playful mixed pillows are a great way to add little bits of color in various hues or tones without committing strongly to a single combination.
You can always add in new one-off pillows over time, or keep extras stored away to bring out for different seasonal looks. Get creative and boldly mix different hues together, until the recipe feels just right.
Modern LED bulbs can cast a large amount of light from a tiny source, which means you can now choose functional pendant lights in virtually any size and shape.
Small glass pendant lights like those pictured here are a great way to add some charm without interrupting sightlines or feeling too “in your face.”