Here's my perspective on where we are now. I feel that yes, we are all happy and confident and ready to express our individuality via the materials and colors that we select for our kitchen design — but we also want whatever we choose to stand the test of time. We do not want to tire of too much of "anything" in our homes.
Where does that position color for the future? Obviously, you must follow your own heart. If your heart tells you that you MUST have fire engine red cabinetry, but that little voice tells you that there is a chance you could tire of it, then you may want to follow the bigger environmentally conscious voice which says to paint one wall fire engine red instead, in case you develop another voice in ten years that says "throw the red cabinets out!" Looking at color in several different lifestyle scenarios at the front end, is really what you want to do now.
I'd have to advise making the assumption that short-term use of large design elements is harmful to the environment. That also goes for fire engine red countertops and appliances. If you truly feel that you'll be a red lover forevermore, then those are the people who should be buying the red appliances, countertops, and red glossy cabinetry. Those, who have a real commitment to it. I hate the word should, but making purchases last long-term is where it's at right now!
Otherwise, my personal philosophy is that I DO like change in my home. So, here's a tip. Change your kitchen interior frequently. Buy the things you love. When you get tired of them, simply move them to another room. That goes for artwork (which I think everyone should have in the kitchen...there's that word again), colorful pottery that can be used for utensils, colorful dishes (having more than one set of dishes is just fun) and of course having multiple colorful servingware, table cloths and placements, and replacing a tile backsplash after a period of time, say (in my world) 8-10+ years to give you a fresh look but keeping the basics intact.
It's been a terrific experience to share my thoughts on color in the kitchen with you! Thank you AT and The Kitchn for the invitation. Questions or comments, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Thank you for sharing, Susan! We so appreciate you bringing your wonderful design sense and eye for color to The Kitchn this week!
The Kitchen Designer
(Images: Skona Hem; Susan Serra)