When you think about using colour in a kitchen, what springs to mind? Bright rainbow coloured walls, bold tile choices with lots of pattern or high gloss cabinets in high impact hues? For the most part, we like our neutral kitchens. We don’t want them to be too loud or too bold and we want them to suit the way we live. Not only that, choosing a bold colour for your kitchen could be a risk. What if in a few years, you aren’t as in love with the colour you chose as you once were? Will choosing a bold colour scheme impact on resale value in the future?

The fact is, there are a lot of really easy low-commitment ways to add colour to your neutral kitchen. You don’t have to repaint all your cabinets or rip out and re-tile your splashback with the latest colour trend. And if you fall out of love with it? You won’t have to call your builder to make major changes – you can simply swap them out for something else you love for a fresh new look.


pops of yellow

Never underestimate the power a few brightly coloured accessories in a monochrome space. Here, a brightly painted spice rack ties into yellow accessories on the worktops to bring a little sunshine to a neutral space. Consider things like brightly coloured storage canisters or displaying coloured glassware on open shelving.



artwork in kitchen

Have a few walls or shelves that can use a little love? Consider adding bold artwork or photography to lift the space and give it life. Artwork is such a personal choice so it’s a great way to add a bit of personality into a utilitarian space.



greenery in kitchen composite

If adding permanent splashes of colour makes you nervous, then adding fresh flowers by way of clippings from the garden or leafy plant pots can be the perfect way to give your neutral kitchen some life. Houseplants are a huge trend in interiors right now so consider a row of herbs along your window sill or a few hearty varieties to brighten up a corner or to trail down the edge of upper cabinets.

Painted Island

painted island

If you are feeling a little braver, then why not give your kitchen some contrast with a bold coloured island? It’s much less involved than painting your kitchen cabinets but still has the fantastic effect of creating some drama and making the island a real feature.



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Consider as well your textiles for adding a splash of colour. A beautiful woven rug can add a pop of pattern and colour to your floor and some brightly coloured tea towels will lift any space. If you are afraid of ruining a quality rug in a high-traffic area, there are some fantastic indoor/outdoor rugs on the market now made from recycled plastics which could work just as well.


wallpaper in kitchen

And finally, in my own kitchen, we stuck with a neutral palette of black, white and gold but added some colourful wallpaper behind the open shelves. You could even consider wallpapering inside of the cabinets for a welcome little shot of colour when the doors are opened or creating a feature wall to bring attention to an area like a breakfast nook.


Source: Rock My Style / Food 52 / Green Kitchen Stories / The Design Files / Photo – Eve Wilson / Domino / Photo by Ashley Gieseking / Honestly WTF / Swoon Worthy / 

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By Kimberly Duran on 27.02.17

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