How red can you go in the kitchen? It's a strong color, and one that is indelibly associated with food. From scarlet tomatoes to rosy strawberries, and deep orange chili to bright red spaghetti sauce, the warmth of red is a signal of fresh, delicious food. So it's natural to have it in the kitchen and on the table, from iconic red-checked tablecloths to luxurious red Italian cabinetry
Whether you're bold enough to go all red, or want just a little splash of this appetizing color in your space, here are 18 inspiring examples of red in the kitchen that start out modest and build up from there!
Personally, I like red in small accents in the kitchen, but I admit I'm tempted by the glam wallpaper below — so beautiful!
- Red Cookware - The easiest way to add a little red to the kitchen, of course, is through accents. This very modern kitchen is warmed up a bit by the red pot on the stove and the rug on the floor.
- Red Stools, Cottage Kitchen - The next step into a love of red in the kitchen is through seating. These stools are wonderful in this classic cottage kitchen.
- Red Stools, Teal Kitchen - This teal and gold kitchen makes an unusual canvas for red stools and shows how versatile red can be.
- Red Stove - How great is this red Bertazzoni range? In an otherwise clean and white kitchen the stove provides a serious pop of personality.
- Red Door - I love this red door! Again, an otherwise white and simple kitchen benefits from one strong choice.
- Red Wallpaper - We're not shy about our renewed love of wallpaper here and there, and it certainly adds a glam yet subtle red accent to this kitchen.
- Modern Red Backsplash - Now we're starting to ramp up the commitment a little more. A red backsplash (like the tomato soup-colored one here) is warm and bright without taking over the whole kitchen.
- Victorian Red Backsplash - If your tastes run more traditional or ornate, check out this amazing red tiled backsplash! A work of art.
- Whole Red Wall - All right, ready to step it up a bit? Don't stop at the backsplash; paint the whole wall!
- Red Surrounding Wall - This red wall defines an otherwise open kitchen and makes it feel cozy, echoing a child's drawing of a simple roof.
- Red Accent Wall - Another good example of how a red accent wall can anchor and center an open, modern kitchen.
- Red Island - All right, now we're moving deeper into the territory of those who really love red. Do you love it enough to use a red island? (And how great is that colorful wall, too? All round brilliant.)
- Red Countertop - For the committed only. This shiny red countertop is splashy and glamorous but the gray cabinets keep it from being too over the top.
- Red Nook - A small kitchen that is defined by red but not overwhelmed by it.
- Red Cabinets, Farm-Style - Bold red cabinets are balanced with farm-style wood elsewhere.
- Wall of Red Cabinets - Another mix of cabinets with another color, but this time most definitely modern (and gleaming).
- All Red, All Elegant - A kitchen full of red cabinets that still manages to feel elegant and a bit subdued.
- All Red, All the Time - And to finish off: bold and beautiful and very, very red. Could you go this red?
Do you use red in your kitchen? Just a splash in the form of a red teakettle, or is it more bold and daring? How much red can you handle?
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