Pink In the Kitchen: Color Inspiration for Cooks

2009_03_10-Pink.jpg2009_03_10-PinkThumbs.jpgWhen thinking about kitchen accessories and color, pink is not the first thing that comes to mind. It can be aggressively girly, over-the-top vintage, or shockingly bright. But lately we've seen some pink kitchens that make us wonder if there's just a little pink in our culinary future after all. It can be a wonderful color for a cook: it can bathe your entire kitchen in a warm, soft, relaxing light that creates warmth and coziness. And who doesn't want to cook in a space like that?

Here are a few pink kitchens that we've spotted here at Apartment Therapy and elsewhere, as well as some ideas for adding pink to your kitchen in more subtle ways.

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• 1 Relaxed kitchen - at Living Etc. This is the first kitchen that made us go, hmm. Maybe pink isn't so bad? This pink-grey color is deeply soothing and gentle. It is just modern enough for us too, with those ash countertops. This looks like a wonderful place to cook.

• 2 Alicia's Spicy Black, White, and Pink - from our series of 10 Things I Love. Pink goes so well with black, especially in a retro or vintage-inspired kitchen like Alicia's.

• 3 House Call: Paul's Niagara Falls Home - Here's another vintage look for the kitchen, but in a more mid-century home. As cooks, we're so taken by the warm glow here.

• 4 Pink kitchen cabinet interior - You can get a similar warm glow in your kitchen without going all-out; just paint the back of a cabinet. We really love this one from Laure in LA.

• 5 Pink and red together - This photo from Marie Claire Maison really shows how modern pink can be. We love the little eating nook and vintage pieces, but it also all feels very contemporary.

• 6 Hot pink walls! - This kitchen is very bold, with a color inspired by the owner's trips to Cameroon. We love the idea of grabbing a color (like hot pink) from a locale we love and painting our walls to match. It might be too much for some, but travel can be a great inspiration.

• 7 Hot pink accessories - If the previous kitchen is just a bit too much, Sean and Holly show how you can have some bright pops of pink without overwhelming your kitchen.

• 8 Christine's Colorful Budget Cottage - Wow - whimsy and almost childlike pink here in Christine's cottage. It feels like bubblegum pop.

• 9 Christine's Cottage - Another shot of Christine's kitchen.

• 10 Drawer lining - At Living Etc. If the whimsy of Christine's cottage is just too much for you, why not draw in just a little secret pink instead, with these drawer liners? Our drawers need a good cleaning and a lining; maybe this is the place to inject some color.

• 11 Retro Pink - At Living Etc. Another modern yet vintage look. The color reminds us of a 1950s show home, but the clean lines and tranquility feel very modern.

• 12 Pretty Pink - So girlish, yet with some tough edges. The concrete floor and glossy cabinets keep this pink space feeling mod.

• 13 Sherbet accessories - And if both of those kitchens are still too frilly-pink, try vintage-style enameled tools like these. We love vintage enamel in the kitchen for its sturdy functionality as well its good looks.

• 14 Candy-Coated Tile - If you want just a hint of pink, what about mixing it into your tile, like these candy-like kitchen tiles.

• 15 Lisa Marie's Antiques - And of course, perhaps the best way to add just a little pink to your kitchen is through a KitchenAid mixer - a masterpiece of functionality, and a little color, all at the same time!

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