Kitchens in Color: Ideas for Brightening the Kitchen with Color

Explore options for adding a splash of color to the kitchen with these inspiring photos.

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September 30, 2019
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Tangerine Surprise

Designed by Bridgett Mazer, this contemporary kitchen's color palette was inspired by the array of colors you would see in the water and the sky, such as cobalt blue and tangerine.

A Splash of Color

Strong accents give definition to this open-concept dining area, kitchen and living room, like the black strips of the barstools' frames and the kelly green dining chairs.

Rich Eggplant

The fun, young family who live in this home wanted an open kitchen with a lot of light and space where they could gather together and entertain. For a colorful surprise, the designers created an island with a rich eggplant finish accented with brass details.

Just the Right Amount of Color

Striking blue-gray cabinetry steals the show in this transitional space. The calming-yet-bold blue pairs seamlessly with the clean white walls and trendy marble countertops.

Lovely Lilac

Chic lilac cabinets, reclaimed wood shelving, brass finishes and postmodern pops make this space completely unique. It's a fun space that's meant to be fresh, inviting and playful without sacrificing any amenity.

Shades of Green

Green is aplenty in this white country kitchen that features white Shaker-style cabinets, shiplap walls and a bold kelly green eat-in island surrounded by comfy, patterned chairs.

Pretty in Pink

Punk rock princesses will feel totally at home in this edgy black-and-pink kitchen. With its black countertops, gold hardware and midcentury light fixture, the space is the perfect mix of bold and glamorous.

Neutral Yet Bold

Opposites attract in this gourmet kitchen that features perimeter cabinets in white with black countertops and a kitchen island with black cabinets and white countertops.

It's All in the Details

Subway tiles in teal line the back wall in this high-ceilinged kitchen, adding a splash of inviting warmth against the white cabinets. For additional color, burgundy barstools sit at the counter.

Oh So Chic

This Victorian home features a fully updated kitchen sprinkled with both modern and classic touches. The large island, painted a periwinkle blue, anchors the mostly white room while also serving as a focal point.

Stylish Color

This open kitchen combines modern style with an Old World feel and features soft white custom cabinets, a rich emerald backsplash and stylish furnishings.

A Play on Pastel

Color doesn't have to be bold and in your face. Here, a soft mint green coats the cabinets for a refreshing-yet-subtle addition, while wooden fixtures add just enough warmth while still keeping the inviting feel of the space.

Eye-Catching Color

Step into a tropical retreat each time you enter the kitchen with this mermaid-esque, handmade backsplash. Organic, playful and sophisticated come together perfectly in this bold kitchen design.

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Unexpected Color Combo

Talk about a statement piece! The massive brown kitchen island gets a friendly dose of color thanks to five pink barstools and chic gold hardware.

Blue-tiful Island

The kitchen opens easily to the rest of the house with an island (in fun blue and white) as a subtle boundary between spaces. Lots of natural light and a simple, airy approach make the room an appealing one to hang out in.

Warm Meets Cool

For a play on warm and cool tones, the cabinets were covered with a rich red paint that contrasts with the cool shade of blue-gray on the surrounding walls. When pairing reds, whites and blues, choose unexpected tones to prevent a thematic look.

Green With Envy

The color green is known for being relaxing to the eyes. This white country kitchen features the earthy hue front and center in the kitchen island.

Retro Feels

Two inspired pendants and a fun-colored rug are the stars in this pale pink, open-plan kitchen. Open shelving over the sink gets a neutral backdrop, all the better for showing off a fun collection of houseplants and ceramics.

Grounded With Blue

The color blue is commonly known to symbolize many feelings associated with peace, relaxation and calmness, making it the perfect shade for a high-traffic room such as the kitchen. A rich hue of indigo coats the lower cabinets in this dreamy, magazine-worthy kitchen.

Relaxed, Organic Style

This open-concept kitchen incorporates modern details with timeless style in a soothing, neutral color palette with splashes of green. The mixture of handsome details and natural textures results in a calm and casual kitchen perfect for cooking and entertaining.

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Handsome Hues

This handsome kitchen looks fit for a king with its regal black-and-gold island, barstools and range hood. Pale gray cabinetry acts as a foil to those bolder elements.

Bright and Happy

A colorful rug lifts the palette of this simple kitchen to rainbow levels, paired with its sky-blue lower cabinets and cloud-like upper cabinets and backsplash.

Midmod Color Blocking

Color is a vibrant part of this redesigned kitchen, thanks to color-blocked cabinet fronts that take turns with mahogany ones. Open shelving shows off pretty ceramic dishware, a nice visual tie-in with the ceramic pendant lights.

A Fun Twist

Benjamin Moore's 'Blue Suede Shoes' paint adds a fun twist to the cool coastal vibe in this beach house's kitchen. A white tiled backsplash balances out the weight of the blue to keep the space feeling open and airy.

Playful Patterns

Roman shades feature a playful and colorful pattern in this stylish, modern kitchen. A pale blue backsplash and navy island complement the hues of the shades' pattern.

Into the Woods

This contemporary kitchen features sleek forest green cabinets that add a lush hue to the space. To add a splash of more color, two teal leather stools with gold metal legs are positioned at the black marble kitchen island.

Mix of Colors

Pull up a chair — or barstool — and take in the stunning details of this modern, geometric kitchen. The small space features grand designs, as seen from the countertop-to-ceiling patterned tile backsplash to the mix of gray, dark blue and white cabinetry.

Regal Touches

This open kitchen is full of saturated, rich hues, from the bronze wall cabinets and navy lower cabinets to the plush barstools in a regal palette of gold and eggplant purple.

Instant Luxe

The gorgeous blue range seen here must have been love at first sight. And now, five-course meals are suddenly so much more fun to whip up! The color is especially charming paired with the homeowner's copper collection.

Green Goodness

These gorgeous green cabinets are just as functional as they are stylish, offering storage and keeping the counters clutter-free. Between them sits a sleek oven and range hood, which add to the kitchen's functionality.

Easy on the Eyes

Say hello to your new favorite color combo: slate blue and soft pink. The hues join harmoniously in this chic, contemporary kitchen.

Navy Blue Royale

When choosing a color for kitchen design, go all out and embrace the shade. A handsome navy blue is seen in the cabinets and subway tile backsplash, while light wood floating shelves and accents add eye-catching contrast. This kitchen definitely proves there’s no such thing as too much blue.

Green Light

According to feng shui principles, you can’t go wrong with green, the color of balance and renewal. The cabinets in this remodeled kitchen were given new life, thanks to a coat of stylish green paint.

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A Versatile Shade

A huge plus to choosing a rich shade like blue, besides the versatility, is that the color allows for hardware and accents to really pop. Here, deep blue cabinets provide a beautiful backdrop for gorgeous gold hardware and glam barstools to shine.

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Copper Chic

The dynamic pattern of the chic backsplash creates subtle plays of color and texture, accented by copper oven doors and hood.

Pink Pizzazz

All clean lines and open sightlines and a few bubble pendants floating up above: This beautiful kitchen is a happy place to hang out in. Bonus: pink barstools hiding under the countertop.

Beachy Blues

This kitchen space would fit right in at any seaside abode with its beachy-blue backsplash and surprising pops of cobalt throughout.

Cavern Clay

Sherwin-Williams' 2019 Color of the Year, Cavern Clay (SW 7701), steals the show in this kitchen space. The warm, rich tone perfectly pairs with the white accents in the contemporary area.

Contemporary Color

Because the rest of her home is full of pattern, owner and designer Sarah Wittenbraker kept the kitchen clean, white and fairly minimalistic. Black countertops and a navy blue island create just the right amount of contrast, though.

Modern Hues

The look of this kitchen is modern and clean-lined; texture gives it interest via the tile backsplash, metal barstools and concrete floor.

Clean + Fresh

With cabinets all in white, the bold blue backsplash became the real design statement and feature in the space. Brassy touches complement the blue-and-white scheme perfectly.

Happy Accents

A peek into this kitchen reveals a chic, white space with pops of color found in the barstools and accessories. The graphic gray-and-white backsplash visually draws your eye into the space.

Striking Contrast

This lovely kitchen is full of visual interest. The warm tones of the brown suede and leather barstools contrast the cool blue-gray of the kitchen island, while a mosaic backsplash in gray tones is topped by a copper range hood.

A Riot of Color

With its bright green-and-blue pattern, the backsplash brings the fun to this open-plan kitchen. On the ceiling, reclaimed wood is an ideal foil to the cheerful colors.

Punch of Purple

Give an eye-catching twist to a neutral kitchen by accenting the space with gorgeous, rich color, like the showstopping eggplant purple island seen here.

Hues of Blues

In this glamorous kitchen, the blue of the cabinetry is brightened by brass accents: in the range hood, pendant lights and faucets. Hand-painted ceramic tiles mark out a bold, dynamic pattern while sticking to the blue theme.

Classic Charm

Rich green cabinets, a custom Italian range and built-in bench seating make this kitchen irresistibly charming. A classic white backsplash helps to simplify the look of the space while also bringing in modern elegance.

Wow With Wallpaper

Wallpaper is an ideal way to bring striking color and fun pattern to your space. Here, a bright orange oven complements the playful wallpaper beyond.

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Bold Beauty

To make the kitchen look cohesive, designer Caitlin Murray matched the bold, black marble backsplash to the island. The cabinets coordinate with the island's striking blue base as well, further tying the room together.

Grape Expectations

Talk about unique! This double oven gets a huge wow factor thanks to its rich purple hue and beaming brass hardware. Behind the range, patterned tiles give the kitchen a fun flair.

Sunny and Bright

It's time to kiss boring kitchen designs goodbye. Yellow trim around the windows of this whimsical kitchen boosts the room's bright, sunny mood, while a graphic backsplash creates a cheery atmosphere.

Say Yes to Color

This fun open-plan kitchen sparks all kinds of joy with its hot pink refrigerator and royal blue eating bar.

Rustic Red

This open-plan kitchen with contemporary and midcentury-modern elements features dramatic exposed rafters, bright red cabinets and a turquoise tile backsplash.

Rhapsody in Blue

Boasting a soaring, exposed ceiling, Wedgwood blue tempered glass cabinets, quartz countertops and pro-grade appliances, this Florida kitchen is a chef's dream. A high-end choice, the glass cabinets are not only easy on the eyes, they're also a snap to keep clean.

High Style

The combination of black cabinets and copper finishes makes a statement in this kitchen. The cabinets are given a weathered look to reflect the home's Colonial style, while the copper hood adds metallic glam to the space.

Ceiling Surprise

A large farmhouse-style kitchen combines classic black-and-white hues with a rustic wood island for a clean and simple finish. But surprise! Look up to the ceiling and admire the bold periwinkle hue that livens up the space.

All the Colors

This kitchen features white cabinets paired with a full-height blue glass tile backsplash. Chairs in all different shades pack a colorful punch at the wooden, family-style table.

Country Charm

In this kitchen, wood and exposed brick are paired with gray graphic wallpaper for that rustic-meets-modern look. A soft green kitchen island brings a welcoming pop of color to the space.

Rich With Warmth

Get transported to a tranquil and relaxing environment every time you step into the kitchen with a calming color palette of blue. Here, updated, Shaker-style cabinets boast a beautiful hue that coordinates with the bold buffalo check flooring.

Garden Party

Pattern and texture are key in this urban contemporary kitchen. The bold peony and vine backsplash makes a dramatic statement and is offset by sleek wood cabinets. The vibrant pink island is color matched to the BlueStar stove, and contemporary pendant lights illuminate the space.

Vivid Splash

Four red, high-back chairs sit beneath the modern, panda white slab kitchen island in this modern kitchen. The black-and-white pattern continues in the backsplash, with modern floating storage shelves and cabinetry.

A Calming Space

Make the kitchen your new favorite room with a blue-filled makeover. This contemporary space is flooded with a divine shade of periwinkle blue, from the flat-panel cabinets to the side wall to the chic island.

Eye-Catching Black and Gold

Black and gold combine to create a sleek profile in this streamlined, modern kitchen. A mix of dark and light cabinetry is unified by dark countertops and an eye-catching backsplash that brings the mix of hues together.

Spanish Flair

Breathe new life into the kitchen with a relaxing shade of blue throughout. Here, designers combined midcentury modern with a little Spanish flair by using a bold, encaustic-look tile in black and white to pair beautifully with the blue-gray perimeter cabinets.

Cheerfully Inspired

This transitional kitchen is ready to shine with eggshell blue cabinets, stainless steel appliances and a fun-tiled backsplash. The colorful cabinets bring a stylish and retro vibe to the uplifting and sleek space.

Trend Setting

From flat black cabinets to shiny copper subway tiles, this gorgeous kitchen is brimming with modern elements. A cozy copper wall draws warmth into the space while serving as a trendy background for styled shelving and appliances.

Seaside Vibes

Create an inviting and full-of-life space with a bright blue-and-white kitchen. Sky blue walls and a sea-inspired backsplash bring happy personality to the space, while bright white cabinets pack a crisp-and-clean punch.

Moody + Tranquil

If deep hues in the kitchen are a little too intimidating for you, consider adding just touches throughout. A blue island complements the fun-patterned backsplash to add just the right amount of color without going overboard.

Happy Days

The sunny yellow cabinets make this small kitchen feel brighter. The sunny color, along with the industrial-style lighting, gray tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances create a balanced, modern kitchen.

Bold Ocean Blue

As seen on Home Town, new lower cabinets painted in bold ocean blue stand out sharply against the white subway tile and light gray concrete countertops.

On Trend

This trend-forward London kitchen designed by Play Associates features emerald green cabinets, metallic gold accents and Dzek's white Marmoreal, a large aggregate terrazzo designed by Max Lamb.

Fire Engine Red

Brass barstools with fire engine red seats pop against the kitchen's clean white peninsula while a chic vase continues the color to the countertop.

Vintage Lunchbox Inspired

A collection of vintage lunchboxes was the colorful jumping-off point for this cheery kitchen. To pick up the lunchboxes' bright hues, the designer used an emerald green ceiling and a bold blue backsplash of Moroccan tiles.

Coastal Chic

No beach is required to embrace the coastal vibes of this trendsetting kitchen. A lovely pale blue hue brings seaside flair to the area, while wicker pendant lights complement the breezy color.

Bring Color With a Stylish Rug

Sprucing up a space is as easy as adding a new rug. The bright pink mat gives this contemporary, white kitchen a breath of (bold) fresh air.

Wooden Wonderland

The doors of the floor-to-ceiling cabinetry in this kitchen are both beautiful and practical, with doors that fold back accordion-style for easy access. Barstools stand at the ready in front of the large blue island for a casual dining option.

Full of Zest

Yellow and black provide punchy contrast to the sleek white of this beach house kitchen. The color scheme creates a playful atmosphere and ties in the pineapple wall print in the adjacent dining room.

Big on Color

On the hunt for a kitchen color that pairs perfectly with brass accents? Look no further than the rich and serene shade of teal blue, seen in this stunning kitchen’s cabinets and island, to create an oasis right in your own home.

A Nod to Neutrals

Rich brown cabinets beautifully complement the two light islands, making this space a neutral take on color in the kitchen.

Soft + Serene

We’re head over heels for this soft blue, modern kitchen. This large, open-concept kitchen is not only peaceful and oh-so-attractive but also totally functional. Win, win!

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Sprinkling of Sunshine

This lovely kitchen features charming farmhouse-style details like the sink and sweet half door. Cheery yellow in just the right places adds a sprinkling of sunshine.

Eye-Catching Backsplash

An unexpected color combination, teal, black and white marry in this newly renovated kitchen for a fun and stylish design. A graphic black-and-white backsplash complements the display and packs a visual punch of its own.

Warm Color

This modern loft kitchen features high-gloss, red-lacquered cabinetry that complements the exposed brick, reclaimed barn wood and deep gray ceramic backsplash. A custom white oak bar top surrounds the space, while a custom rail and cable system creates an airy mezzanine.

Minty Fresh

Rich wooden accents, such as the pantry doors and island, are offset with a light and airy color palette of mint and bright white in this kitchen.

Energizing Hues

Bright, colorful hues energize this modern kitchen with spunk and pizzazz. Stainless steel appliances keep with the modern aesthetic, and wood accents add warmth to the space.

Noteworthy Textures

When in design doubt, it's always safe to go with gray. Here, a mix of gray and white shades add major personality to the space, while eye-catching copper accents shine throughout.

Dramatic Patterns

The ceiling can be the perfect place to try out a dramatic color or pattern, or in the case of this kitchen, both! The wide stripes draw the eye up and have the added effect of making the room seem larger.

Candy-Colored Retreat

From tomato red to lemon yellow to blueberry blue, this kitchen space is bursting with delicious hues. If you think the kitchen is bold, just wait until you see the home's dining room from HGTV Magazine.

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Colorful Cabinets

Light green cabinets add a pop of color to the otherwise neutral contemporary kitchen featured in this Martha Vineyard home. In the dining area, blue wooden chairs add more playful color within.

Unexpected Underfoot

This open-concept kitchen is equal parts airy and artful, with crisp white walls and unexpected details, like the twisted chandelier and red tile flooring.

Vibrant + Showy

Calling all color lovers! Designer Cheryl Kees Clendenon thoughtfully picked a color palette that went with the vibe she was creating for this coastal kitchen. With its unique tile, window shades and just a few accessories carefully chosen to complement the color scheme, this kitchen won a National Kitchen + Bath Association Design Competition award.

A Pop of Blue

This kitchen space got a midcentury modern renovation, complete with a blue island and stools that are reminiscent of the '50s.

Drop Ceiling in Red

The dropped ceiling in the kitchen serves two functions. It allows for the HVAC return air grills to be out of the view, and by painting it red, it defines the kitchen space within the larger open room.

Bold Appliances

Bring playful energy into your kitchen space with out-of-the-box, colorful appliances. There’s something so fun about waking up to orange appliances that just pop when you go to make your morning coffee.

Sea Blue

Add excitement to your space with a combination of joy-filled colors. Sea-like blues cover this traditional kitchen to evoke a sense of calmness while also producing a fun and colorful environment throughout.

Handsomely Sophisticated

Rich black, enameled cabinetry with accents of Peruvian walnut are the dramatic cornerstone of the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014 kitchen. The sophisticated look is completed with brushed and polished metal hardware, white stone counters and geometric glass tiles.

Colorful Accents

This bright white modern kitchen receives bold pops of color with red dining chairs, a cheerful yellow island and colorful wall art. A pair of steel dome pendant lights illuminate the mod white dining table.

Fanciful Florals

A white kitchen doesn't have to be ALL white. For contrast, designer Andrea Schumacher chose an emerald green tone from the wallpaper to paint this kitchen's island. The standout green piece complements the blue floral wallpaper, the Murano glass chandeliers, white cabinetry and Carrara marble backsplash.

Orange Barstools

Bring a much-needed splash of color into any space with fun accent furniture. Here, tangerine orange barstools liven up this gray-and-white kitchen area.

Burst of Sunshine

A vibrant yellow island is the eye-catching focal point in this kitchen. A trio of metal barstools line up with the countertop to provide an eat-in space.

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