The most common colors for kitchens tend to be subdued—creamy-white Carrara marble, inky-black granite, and light-tone woods. However, there’s no rule that says you can’t give your kitchen a more exotic shade. Colors like red, bright green, and yellow might not be expected in food-prep areas, but that’s exactly why they can elevate a kitchen beyond the ordinary. Whether they’re applied to the entire room, or limited to a vibrant backsplash, they can also help personalize your cooking space.
Here, in Nathan Turner and Eric Hughes's Malibu kitchen, the cabinetry is by SieMatic, and the floor is painted in Farrow & Ball's Arsenic.
In Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s Bridgehampton, New York, home, a glossy-red island takes center stage, offering a playful pop of color to help tame all the stainless steel. Designed by , the kitchen also has an apple print by Italian designer Enzo Mari on the wall, which brings more lighthearted style to the room.
In his kitchen in New York’s East Village, created a sunny, inviting space by saturating nearly every available surface in lemon-yellow paint. A happy, low-cost renovation, it gives this space an inviting country feel, even in the center of the city.
In this Parisian kitchen designed by , the dark, purpley-blue walls along with crocodile-embossed leather applied to the refrigerator and cabinetry, make the space feel as intimate as the inside of a handbag. Hits of red, delivered via accessories like a dinosaur sculpture and lacquer tray, suggest that dinner parties will be anything but predictable.
In a minimalist Belgian kitchen, a splash of color keeps things from feeling too austere. Designed by , the room’s electric-green backsplash and a few colorful accessories give the room a distinctive sense of style with just a touch of attitude.
The emerald ceramic herringbone floor in this kitchen in Morocco sets off the jewel tones of the multihued tiled cabinetry and aqua-green shelving. Owned by , it’s a perfect indoor-outdoor room, complete with tree trunk, where color feels right at home.
’s Florida kitchen uses soft shades of blue and green to give the feeling of being underwater. Offering a definite retro appeal, and anchored by a groovy Saarinen table and Tulip chairs (as well as a vintage television and posters), it recalls a cutting-edge kitchen from the 1960s.
In the New York City apartment of , co-publisher and editor of Paper magazine, all-white cabinets and shelves are buried in an avalanche of color. Multihued dinnerware, red Dansk pots, and a smartly curated collection of eye-catching art utterly transform a small, clean-lined kitchen into a space that pops.