Sometimes all it takes is a small change to add a little cheer to your favorite room, and your routine. I figured we could all use a few easy, quick, and inexpensive ideas for adding a little happiness to one of the most popular rooms, the kitchen. And what’s the best way to add a little surprise and cheer? Small, unexpected bursts of color, of course!
When deciding exactly which color additions are right for your home, take a moment to size up your space and determine whether you’d like to work with a single color or a more complicated color scheme, and whether or not your selections will be competing with one another. The ideas I’m sharing below help you to add color in baby steps and avoid going overboard.
Get a Handle on Color
As I’ve often reminded my readers, a super easy and inexpensive way to revamp your kitchen is to trade in those old, worn cabinet knobs for something more modern. Investing in accessories with a little visual impact may be the perfect way to add color, such as the playful red crosses on the white cabinets pictured below.
Put Color to Use
Pair bright utensils with a neutral ceramic, stone, or metal utensil holder and display the color and contrast created on your countertop. Think of the final visual effect as a modern kitchen bouquet.
Find Color in Cloth
Switch our your boring old white dish towels for brighter varieties that help make the drying process well, a little less dry. You may just find that a robin’s egg blue dish towel makes doing dishes more enjoyable and adds a little life to your stove front.
Ditch the Boring Dishes
Now, I’m not necessarily suggesting that you switch out all of your dishware for brighter options, but strategically replacing your cereal bowls or coffee cups can really add a pop (and I’m not talking caffeine!) to your morning routine.
Make a Statement
Invest in a statement piece such as a bright green decorative bowl, pitcher, or vase to add to your kitchen’s visual impact.
Shelve the Color
Who said shelves were just for holding things? Perhaps it’s not what’s on the shelf, but the shelf itself that’s the surprise showstopper. To add a small and subtle, yet effective, bit of color, consider painting your shelves. Notice how the lavender shelves in the kitchen below add to kitchen’s color scheme.
Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.
Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.