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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July 24, 2019
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Urban Kitchen with Teal Wall Tile

Organic, playful and sophisticated come together perfectly in this kitchen design. The green back wall tile is clearly the star, made even more vivid by the copper accents.
From: Gina Sims

Contemporary Open Concept Dining Area and Kitchen

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

Modern Kitchen With Black And White Wall Tile And Blue Cabinets And Shelves

This modern kitchen design features contemporary blue base cabinets and open shelves, white glass front display cabinets, white marble countertops, bold black and white patterned wall tile, and gas range.

Modern Blue And White Kitchen With Red And Metallic Accents And Marble Tile

This modern kitchen has bold blue cabinets and floating shelves, black and white marble wall tile, white marble countertops, stainless steel appliances, range, and vent hood, brass accents and red upholstered midcentury modern furnishings.

White Contemporary Kitchen With Yellow Trim

Yellow trim around the windows of this whimsical kitchen gives the room an even sunnier mood. The color also complements the warm-hued wood floor.

Open Kitchen With Large Island Allows for Effortless Entertaining

The open layout of this kitchen, in addition to the expansive island, allows for great entertaining when friends and family visit. It was important for the family to have a functional chefs kitchen that would give them the opportunity to host while enjoying the company of their guests.

Contemporary Kitchen With White Cabinets And Spanish Mosaic Tile Backsplash

This contemporary kitchen features white painted cabinets with traditional hardware, blue Spanish mosaic tile backsplash, dark marble countertops, and hardwood floors.

Transitional Kitchen With Blue Cabinets

The white walls in this transitional kitchen are offset by striking blue-gray cabinetry. An unpainted wall of cabinets near the island emphasizes the wood grain.

Country Open Plan Kitchen With Blue Island

The cabinets in this open plan kitchen are a fun mix of white, gray and blue. Hardwood floors and simple wood barstools help unify the varied colors.

White Kitchen With Green Island and Chairs

This white country kitchen features white Shaker-style cabinets, three pendant lights, shiplap walls, and a bold green eat-in island surrounded by four green chairs.

White Kitchen With Shiplap Walls and Large Green Island

This white country kitchen features shiplap walls, a large green island, white pendant lights and a large multicolor abstract painting.

Transitional Open Kitchen With Striped Ceiling

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.

Black and White Chef Kitchen With Marble Backsplash

For fun, this gourmet kitchen has perimeter counters in white with black countertops and a kitchen island with black cabinets and white countertops. Opposites attract!

Contemporary Kitchen With Teal Cabinets and Stainless Steel Sink

Teal cabinets add a pop of color to this otherwise neutral contemporary kitchen featured in a Martha Vineyard home. Stainless steel sinks top the wooden cabinets.

Gray Chef Kitchen With Black Island

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.

Kitchen With Red Cabinets and Turquoise Tile Backsplash

This cottage kitchen features white beadboard on the walls, accented by a turquoise tile backsplash, red cabinets, and a leaded-glass window over the sink.

Glamorous Kitchen in Eclectic Manor

Take a seat at this beautiful soapstone countertop island in this stylish mansion in Washington, CT.
From: William Raveis Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

Blue Cottage Kitchen With White Pendants

Glossy, half-dome pendant lights illuminate the island's long stretch of countertop. Fun surprises await all around the kitchen: a charming farmhouse sink, a window seat tucked between cabinets.
From: William Raveis Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

Modern Geometric Kitchen With Marble Island

Pull up a high-back leather barstool to the white, marble island in this this modern, geometric kitchen. The small space features grand designs as seen from the countertop-to-ceiling patterned tile backsplash to the gray cabinetry and herringbone-patterned wooden pantry drawer.

Contemporary Kitchen With Teal Cabinets

By removing a wall between the kitchen and dining room, designer Sarah Stacey made this space feel wide-open. She then installed a large teal island to match the cabinets and pulled in wood barstools for some stylish seating options.

Blue-and-White Cottage Kitchen

Beautiful blue cabinets pair with creamy white countertops for a classic cottage-inspired kitchen. White subway tile creates a striking backsplash up to the ceiling, while a black-and-white island adds extra storage and counterspace.

Transitional Chef's Kitchen Includes Eat-In Island

From this side of the room, guests can see that the kitchen also boasts an eat-in island with two barstools. Meanwhile, white walls and cabinets help call attention to the bold striped floor down below.
From: Halstead Real Estate and Luxury Portfolio International®

Warm and Cool Tones in Kitchen

This lovely kitchen is full of visual interest. The warm tones of the brown suede and leather barstools with nailhead trim contrast the cool blue-gray of the kitchen island, topped with white marble. The mosaic backsplash, in gray tones, is topped by a copper range hood that is complemented by the three vintage-inspired hanging light fixtures with warmly colored glass shades. White and frosted glass cabintry, hardwood floors, and an arched doorway complete the space.

Modern Blue Condominium Kitchen With Work Island And Bar Stools

This modern blue condominium kitchen has contemporary cabinets, work island, and bar stools with custom lighting.

Open-Plan Kitchen With Exposed Rafters and Red Cabinets

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

Open Plan Kitchen With Blue Green Backsplash

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. Kitchen backsplash: Ann Sacks Savoy Hive Mosaic; industrial pendants: IKEA

Delicate Glass Pendant Lights Illuminate Kitchen Island

Those pendant lights illuminate the island, too, ensuring that the owners can easily prep dinner. Thanks to their glass-blown design, they also complement some of the kitchen cabinets.

Eat-In Kitchen With Blue Island

One corner of this kitchen was turned into a fun dining nook with friendly colors and a basket-style, oversized pendant light that echoes the shape of the ones above the island.

A Kitchen Filled with Color and Light

Michelle’s Interiors wanted to make sure to incorporate bold colors and details into this relatively neutral-colored kitchen. By using beautiful, bright-colored textures, furnishings and accessories this kitchen was turned into a room that boasts light and positivity.

Modern, Open Plan Kitchen with Built-In Dining Nook

Modern cabinetry has a rich wood finish that provides stunning contrast to the cool gray walls. The room's open concept allows cooking, dining and entertaining to happen seamlessly, with the modern island delineating the space and yet keeping it open to the living area. Punches of color on fabrics and dining chairs keep the space eclectic and fresh.

Coffee Bar in Corner of Kitchen

From this side of the room, guests can see that the kitchen comes with a coffee bar. Floating shelves complement the wood beams overhead and showcase the owner's Keurig, favorite mugs and other essentials.

Bright Yellow Barstools Enliven Eat-In Island

Yellow barstools positively *pop* in this open-concept kitchen, easily complementing the sconce over the sink. As if the eat-in island weren't cool enough, it even has built-in shelves for cookbooks and other essentials.

French Country Open Plan Kitchen With Green Island

One of the unique features of this kitchen is its honeycomb-like coffered ceiling. The main room begs for a crowd with lots of seating choices and a whimsical color palette.

Multicolored French Country Kitchen With Yellow Clock

Candy colors make this kitchen bright and fun, but it's plenty elegant, too, with patterned shades and an elaborate coffered ceiling.

Unique, Open-Concept Kitchen With Custom Range Hood

This open-concept kitchen is equal parts airy and artful, with crisp white walls and unexpected details, like the twisted chandelier in the room’s center. Custom plaster not only disguises a sleek Viking ventilation system, but also echoes the lines of the red tile flooring.

Transitional Neutral Eat-In Kitchen With Blue Banquette

Natural accents—woven pendants and barstools, a simple wood bench and table—make this eat-in kitchen so friendly and warm. Blue cushions for the bench and stools help give depth to the look.

Oversize Blue Island in White Kitchen With Tall Cabinets

The large blue island in this white kitchen is topped with Cambria quartz and provides plenty of space for casual dining and food preparation. The kitchen also features pendant lights and tall white cabinets with glass-front upper doors.

Gray and White Chef Kitchen With Orange Barstools

The cabinets in this newly renovated kitchen are divided between Starmark Maple Bridgeport cabinets tinted white and some tinted gray (matching the island).

White Open Plan Kitchen With Blue Arched Door

The wonderful aqua arched door that leads into the pantry was another moment inspired by the family room's bright painting. The blue is picked up on the island's base, a fun surprise of color in the mostly neutral room.

Chef Kitchen With Quartzite Countertop

This kitchen's rift and sawn-cut white oak floors are 8-inch planks that were fitted and finished to match the existing floor in the family and dining rooms. The wood's warm color picks up the shade of the island's Palomino Quartzite countertop.

White Kitchen Cabinets With Green Interior and Glass Doors

This traditional kitchen features a drop zone as well as designated places for coffee, wine storage and display pieces. Focused zones and smart storage can help make spaces beautiful and functional.

Transitional Kitchen and Dining Area in Coastal Hues

This blue and white living area transitions and defines the dining and kitchen areas with slight changes to the design style. While the furnishings in the dining room are more transitional, the kitchen presents a cozier, contemporary style. The pendant lighting complements the traditional dining room chandelier.

Playful Custom Color Cabinets

Custom color cabinets, reclaimed wood shelving, smoked glass uppers, matte black and 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!

Country-Inspired Kitchen With Aqua Blue Cabinets

The aqua blue cabinets in this country-inspired kitchen instantly cheer you up. The white countertops, kitchen island and subway tile backsplash enhance the fresh, airy feel. Pink and yellow accents keep the room from feeling too washed out.

Colorful, Upholstered Kitchen Bar Chairs

Add new kitchen bar stools - An all-white background will let you get away with any colour or print you fancy on chairs or stools. Here, a mix of shades that add personality to the white island unit.

Open, Cottage Kitchen in Bright White

Marble clad white cabinets and island set the sophisticated tone for this mostly white kitchen, while contemporary floral valances and yellow-green barstool cushions add a note of color. Distressed wood floors add a rustic touch to the space.

Yellow Kitchen Cabinets

Mixing bright yellow and sleek metallic appliances for a contemporary kitchen.

Kitchen With Marble Countertops and Bright Blue Island

Gorgeous white marble countertops and the stainless steel appliances contrast beautifully against the blue cabinets. This stunning island is painted bright blue and creates interest and fun in the space.

From: Drury Design

Pale Green Contemporary Kitchen With Large Island

Walls drenched in Sherwin-Williams' Pale Spearmint wake up this otherwise neutral kitchen. Metal barstools from Design Within Reach and industrial-style Tom Dixon pendants create pleasing contrast with the more traditional cabinetry and basketweave tile.

Orange Country-Style Kitchen With Open Shelving

The galley-style kitchen opens off the hall past the bedroom. Stainless steel appliances are softened with a rich and zesty shade of orange. Open shelves hold mementos and art from travels around the world.

From: Barry Dixon

Traditional Kitchen with Light Blue Cabinets

What was a dark cramped part of the kitchen, is now a bright open airy place. The kitchen wall is gone and the bright colors of the cabinets help light up the room, as well as the additional light from the dining room area. As seen on HGTV's "Cousins Undercover."

Gray and Orange Contemporary Kitchen with Large Island

This gray contemporary kitchen feature a large, modern island with plenty of space for meal preparation and entertaining. Stainless steel appliances pop against black cabinetry while the white countertop adds a clean, modern feel. The orange wall and artwork add a blast of color to the space.

Rustic Eat-In Kitchen in Brown with Blue

This rustic eat-in kitchen by designer Heather Guss features mottled wood cabinets and a natural wood floor. Blown glass pendant lights echo the patterned tile backsplash and a cheery vase of pink flowers. Topped by a bowl of ripening tomatoes, a blue kitchen island takes center focus, providing a welcoming spot to enjoy a light meal in this delightful kitchen.

Yellow Cottage Kitchen

Pale yellow stars in this cottage kitchen by designer Regina Bilotta. Prim white cabinets and white open shelves dotted with dishware ensure that this charming kitchen feels tidy, light, and airy.

Transitional Kitchen With Base Cabinet Drawer Storage

A long counter of drawers with no upper cabinets allows the owners of this transitional kitchen to prep and cook with a clear view into the living and dining area. Bright yellow barstools add a sunny touch to the gray color scheme. Design by Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd.

Transitional Kitchen With Blue Cabinets and White Barstools

A white tile backsplash provides contrast to the blue cabinet color. A row of white barstools complements the white backsplash and countertops while chrome pendant lights over the large island add an industrial flair to this sleek space.

Modern Eat-In Kitchen Features Colorful Accents & Steel Pendants

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, and as you enter the living area, a black egg chair keeps with the modern design.

White Kitchen with Bold Strokes, Bold Symmetry

A thread of bright yellow runs through this mostly white kitchen, emphasizing this young family's desire to create a happy, whimsical space that welcomes creativity. The long island accommodates six barstools, turning the kitchen into a convenient gathering space. Woven pendants provide task lighting and add to the room's symmetry, while open shelving offers a stylish storage solution.

White Cottage Kitchen With Blue Island and Colorful Tile Floor

White cabinets work perfectly with blue details in this cottage kitchen. Mixed blue and yellow square tiles cover the floor and compliment the light blue island and small tiled wall decor. The kitchen is finished with stainless steel bar stools, pendant lights and appliances.

Contemporary Kitchen With Mosaic Tile Backsplash

This modern kitchen features painted seafoam green cabinetry paired with a black and gray mosaic tile backsplash and stainless steel appliances. Modern pendant lighting hangs over the kitchen island, while three metal stools line the kitchen island, creating the ideal spot for casual dining.

A True Cook's Kitchen

Bright and airy, this open-plan kitchen is accented by modern globe lights, white subway tile, sunny yellow paint in the eating area and unique touches like open shelves and custom draperies. Two kitchen islands make this a great space to prep and cook, and entertain simultaneously.

White Transitional Kitchen With Modern Island

In this transitional kitchen, German-manufactured cabinetry clads both the nearly 8-foot-long island and a unit that houses the refrigerator and pantry-style storage bins. Ecru pine cabinets complements both countertops and stainless steel fixtures.

Colonial Kitchen With Copper Range Hood and Black Cabinets

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.

White Contemporary Kitchen

This immaculate white kitchen offers sharp, clean lines and plenty of storage. The stainless steal appliances contrast nicely with the white and add character and dimension to this crisp white urban style.

Rustic Kitchen

An oversized island and rustic farmhouse sink create warmth with plenty of working space in this rustic kitchen.

Urban Loft Kitchen With Bright Red Island

The ultra sleek red kitchen forms the center of this urban home and serves as the place where everyone gathers. Stainless steel is used throughout the space from the range hood to the waterfall countertop, while a contemporary fireplace adds warmth to the space.

Retro Kitchen With Yellow Stove and Movable Island

A brand-new, retro-inspired stove is the centerpiece of this sunny kitchen. The center island is lightweight and easily moved to create easier access between the refrigerator, sink, stove and food preparation areas.

White Kitchen With Blue, Green and Floral Accents

A white kitchen doesn't have to be ALL white. Here, designer Andrea Schumacher opted for just two small shelves in lieu of upper cabinets, making the fanciful floral wallpaper the star. For contrast, she chose an emerald green tone from the wallpaper to paint the kitchen's island. The standout green piece complements the blue floral wallpaper, the Murano glass chandeliers, white cabinetry and Carrara marble backsplash.

Black and Yellow Contemporary Kitchen and Dining Room

One of the goals in this kitchen makeover was increased storage. Designers achieved that by extending a row of cabinets into the dining area. The long island and cheery yellow barstools act as visual separation between the kitchen and living room.

From: Drury Design

Pink and White Eclectic Kitchen With Stairs

This kitchen isn't huge, but it has tons of personality and functionality. Designers turned the stairwell wall into a bright gallery and tucked a cafe table into one corner for casual meals. The base of the handsome petite island is Eucalyptus wood.

Contemporary Kitchen With Bright Pink Island

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.

Contemporary Open Kitchen With Purple Island

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.

Spacious Eat-In Kitchen With Pops of Pink

Super sleek in all white, this modern kitchen is spacious and kid friendly. A tulip dining table provides seating for four, while hot pink barstools offer additional seating at the island.

Contemporary Kitchen With Punk Rock Color Palette

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

Blue and White Transitional Kitchen With Gold Pendants

This charming kitchen sparkles with pretty color pairings (love the pinks and reds of the rug and the blue-gray cabinets) pulled together by a trio of gold pendants above the island. Clean-lined barstools are the perfect friendly and so-stylish finishing touch.

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