Bold, daring and sure to have a dramatic impact, the color red can make an impression in a number of kitchen designs.
You might think red is a color best reserved for fire engines or a bright lipstick choice, but as you consider kitchen remodeling ideas, options and solutions, keep in mind that there are some daring kitchen styles that include the hue throughout their design. With the right placement and thoughtful planning, red can add a bit of pizzazz to any kitchen.
Energetic Yellow Kitchen
Clutter is out and color is in, in this galley kitchen design. Yellow cabinets add a burst of energy to the white walls and sleek silver hardware ties the modern theme together. Design by Todd Hansen of Albertsson Hansen Architecture, LTD.
Peacock Style Kitchen
This kitchen, designed by Ken Kelly in New York, features bursts of color and artistic creativity. The tile floor complements the hand-painted peacock feathers on the ceiling. The artwork behind the stove adds another element of texture, while the rich cabinets bring a sense of balance. Photo by Ric Marder
Cape Cod Kitchen Style
This space has a Cape Cod feel with light blue walls that extend into the living room. The cheery blue is paired with white cabinets and locally made hardware that matches the walls throughout the vintage space. Design by Jessica Williamson in Newton, Mass. Photo by Judson Abts
Eye-Catching Kitchen Backsplash
This modern kitchen combines sleek European design with a colorful backsplash that features a random pattern of jewel-like circles. The centerpiece on the table complements the backsplash and adds more color to the space. Photo by Ric Marder. Design by Ken Kelly in New York
While red is certainly not a color to use all over a kitchen, it can be used as a "spot treatment" throughout a design. For instance, a contemporary kitchen with white marble countertops, a slate gray backsplash and light wood floors would pair beautifully with glossy red metal or painted wood cabinets.
Small red accents, like a red teapot or red patterned fabric on pub-style chairs, could then be added to help incorporate the color. On the other hand, white kitchen cabinets with a beige or tan granite countertop would look stunning when pressed against a bright red painted wall.
Red kitchens can, of course, also come in small doses. Red backsplashes, lighting fixtures, dishes and curtains are all ideas for incorporating red into your overall kitchen design. Dish towels and other fabrics are also the perfect place to used red floral or plaid patterns, adding a touch of spice to your red kitchen design.
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