Brave, Bright World

Dress up your home with boldly colored accessories that embrace pastels, citrusy hues and even nostalgic design styles.

By: Erinn Bucklan

Pink’s the new black? It can be — in your home, that is. Accessorize your kitchen and bath with a vibrant spectrum of products that incorporate color and vintage designs to remind us why we love hue.


Think outside the box with a Big Chill retro refrigerator in a range of notice-me colors from Jadeite Green (here) to Pick-up Blue. This Boulder, Colorado-based company combines the look of your grandma’s fridge with all the functionality of a modern Energy-Star rated appliance. For more info:


Add a little spice to your mealtime with a bubblegum pink pepper mill by Williams Bounds LTD, the leader in specialty grinders. For more info:


Get juiced up with a professional-grade Vitamix blender in a fruit-punch red. Want to know how to make a fruit punch while you’re at it? The site has hundreds of blender-ready recipes to try.


Color’s at your disposal with an Oxo sunflower yellow steel trash can with a hands-free lid opening that you can even hold to an open position for longer use. For more info:


If Robin’s Egg Blue is outside your range of possibilities for a major kitchen appliance, White, Black and Quicksilver are still other options for a Northstar retro-looking range. But don’t judge these cool ovens from the outside; inside, all the modern amenities, from self-cleaning to programmable baking delay — even convection — are available from this Ontario-based company. For more info:


Get swept off your feet with a socially conscious Sweep Dreams broom. It's crafted from 100 percent environmentally friendly renewable bamboo then dyed with non-toxic dyes by fair-labor workers in Thailand. You have nine colors to choose from. For more info:


Pound for pound, this orange Crate & Barrel kitchen scale offers the accuracy to weigh down to the ounce and the 1950s design to hold its own on any kitchen counter. For more info:


Shower yourself with the cheerful colors by the UK designer, Cath Kidston, known for all things vintage-inspired, from floral teacups to this polka-dot shower cap. For more info:


Driven by a nostalgic design, Kohler’s new Pinstripe Pure faucet collection proves chrome can make just as colorful statement as any other shade. Harking the art deco era of the '30s, this architecturally influenced design line updates any bathroom instantly. The fixtures also come in Vibrant French Gold, Brushed Nickel and Polished Nickel to accommodate any lavatory look. For more info:

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