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Color for the Kitchen: 12 Easy Ways to Splash Your Kitchen with Color

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Color for your kitchen

Here are 12 kitchen color ideas you can use year-round to keep your home looking fresh and beautiful!

1. Freshen your kitchen with flowers

Go with whatever’s in season: Wildflowers in the spring, lush blooms in the summer, harvest arrangements in the fall, and Hawaiian orchids in the winter.

Modern Kitchen by South East Architects & Building Designers AR Design Studio Ltd

Transitional Kitchen by Boston Kitchen & Bath Designers Venegas and Company

Contemporary Kitchen by London Kitchen & Bath Designers Mowlem & Co

2. Decorate with seasonal fruit

Place a bowl or two of fresh fruit on your counter or island.

Again, it’s fun to reflect the changing seasons. For spring and summer, the amount of color is endless! For fall, choose apples from red to yellow to green. For winter, go with citrus from yellow to green to orange.

For fruits that need to be refrigerated, you can set out the family’s “fruit goal” in the morning and (hopefully) it’s gone by night. Leftovers can go back in the fridge.

Contemporary Kitchen by Los Angeles Interior Designers & Decorators L2 Interiors

Beach Style Kitchen by New York Architects & Building Designers threshold interiors

3. Mix up your cushions

You can find all sorts of fun, handmade seat cushions for wood stools. They’re easy to swap out with the seasons – usually you just tie the cushion to the stool with a simple bow.

Beach Style Kitchen by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Jana Happel Interior Design

4. Display colorful mason jars

Sprinkle color around the room with a mason jars! You can save up your garden’s produce, or you can buy jellies, jams, pickles and sauces at your local farmer’s market. When properly sealed, mason jars don’t have to be refrigerated so they’re perfect for your counter.

Mason jars are a timeless part of any kitchen, and right now they’re really popular. You can also use them to store crayons, organize knick-knacks, make candles, hold fresh flowers and more! Search for mason jar on Pinterest and you’ll find tons of ideas.

Eclectic Spaces by Other Metro Media & Bloggers Dreamy Whites

Contemporary Closet by San Francisco Closet & Home Storage Designers NEAT Method

Eclectic Home Office by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Story & Space – Interior Design and Color Guidance

5. Add colored light to your flowers

With new underwater LEDs, you can add color to a clear vase and create a cozy mood in the evenings. Just get this submersible LED light from Amazon and drop it in your vase. It’s powered by 3 AAA batteries and it changes color automatically.

You can keep the vase as a focal piece on your kitchen counter, dinette set, or home bar. Best of all, it looks great whether you use real flowers or fake.

6. Have fun with your soap!

Soap comes in an endless variety of colors. You can fill a clear dispenser with different color dish soaps. If you have a dish soap you already like, just get a funky, colorful dispenser. You can also add bars of hand soap in any color of the rainbow. A good soap can add a big dollop of color to your kitchen.

Eclectic Kitchen by Austin Kitchen & Bath Designers UB Kitchens

Contemporary Kitchen by Dallas Media & Bloggers The Cavender Diary

7. Add color with placemats.

Who said placemats are a thing of the past? There’s always a way to make old styles contemporary. Here are some placemats that are bright and beautiful, yet also subtle.

Contemporary Kitchen by Denver Interior Designers & Decorators Andrea Schumacher Interiors

Traditional Kitchen by Atlanta Design-Build Firms South Peak

Modern Dining Room by Pasadena Interior Designers & Decorators Rozalynn Woods Interior Design

Traditional Dining Room by Toronto Interior Designers & Decorators Silverwood Flooring & Interiors

8. Warm up with colorful candles

You can find locally made candles at the farmer’s market or in boutique stores. If not, there are all sorts of candles available in big-name stores.

Just like soap, the colors are endless – and so are the scents! If you don’t want your candles to compete with your cooking, though, make sure to use unscented candles.

Mediterranean Porch by Cincinnati Architects & Building Designers RWA Architects

Contemporary Dining Room by Other Metro Media & Bloggers Louise de Miranda

Mediterranean Dining Room by The Woodlands Architects & Building Designers JAUREGUI Architecture Interiors Construction

Contemporary Dining Room by Vancouver Photographers Two Column Media

9. Add pop with notepaper

This is one of our favorite little things that makes a big difference – coordinating your note pads with your décor! You can either go for a match with your textiles such as towels or window dressings, or you can create contrast with primary colors, pastels or patterns. Modern black-and-stainless-steel kitchens look great with neon post-it notes.

Traditional Bedroom by New Lisbon Media & Bloggers iheartorganizing

Traditional Kitchen by Portland General Contractors Hammer & Hand

10. Brighten with towels and other textiles

Add a splash of color with dish towels, mitts and pot holders. These are easy to find and rotate on a seasonal basis. Hang them on the oven door, fold them on the counter, stack them on a shelf, or use hangers or hooks. They not only look great – you’ll save tons of paper towels!

Traditional Kitchen by Baldwin Interior Designers & Decorators Domoore Designs

Midcentury Kitchen by San Francisco Interior Designers & Decorators Kropat Interior Design

Traditional Kitchen by Norwich Architects & Building Designers Smith & Vansant Architects PC

11. Make a statement with mugs

If your kitchen doesn’t have a lot of color, mugs are an easy way to liven it up. Guests especially like using a fun, colorful mug. You can buy mugs in a matching set, you can create seasonal assortments, or you can collect them on your travels. The next time you see mugs for sale, try thinking not so much about the design or the pattern – think about the color first.

Traditional Kitchen by Washington Architects & Building Designers Hamilton Snowber Architects

Farmhouse Kitchen by Sonoma Architects & Building Designers Amy A. Alper

Traditional Kitchen by Hinsdale Design-Build Firms Normandy Remodeling

12. Get creative with gadgets

Bottle openers, peelers, pepper grinders, and of course, the classic Kitchen-Aid mixer – each is an opportunity to bring color into your kitchen. Who can resist colors like Tangerine, Green Apple, Raspberry Ice, and Crystal Blue?

Traditional Kitchen by San Luis Obispo Photographers Jennifer Young

Contemporary Kitchen by Dallas Decks, Patios & Outdoor Enclosures Weatherwell Elite – Aluminum Shutters

Eclectic Kitchen by Minneapolis Tile, Stone & Countertops Mercury Mosaics and Tile

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