18 Ways to Use Red in the Kitchen (Just a Little Bit, or a Lot!)

updated May 2, 2019
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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!

Vintage Red & Green Country Kitchen at Apartment Therapy (Image credit: Jacqueline Marque)

Personally, I like red in small accents in the kitchen, but I admit I’m tempted by the glam wallpaper below — so beautiful!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Red Stools, Teal Kitchen – This teal and gold kitchen makes an unusual canvas for red stools and shows how versatile red can be.
  4. Red Stove – How great is this red Bertazzoni range? In an otherwise clean and white kitchen the stove provides a serious pop of personality.
  5. Red Door – I love this red door! Again, an otherwise white and simple kitchen benefits from one strong choice.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Victorian Red Backsplash If your tastes run more traditional or ornate, check out this amazing red tiled backsplash! A work of art.
  9. Whole Red Wall – All right, ready to step it up a bit? Don’t stop at the backsplash; paint the whole wall!
  10. 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.
  11. Red Accent Wall – Another good example of how a red accent wall can anchor and center an open, modern kitchen.
  12. 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.)
  13. 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.
  14. Red Nook – A small kitchen that is defined by red but not overwhelmed by it.
  15. Red Cabinets, Farm-Style – Bold red cabinets are balanced with farm-style wood elsewhere.
  16. Wall of Red Cabinets – Another mix of cabinets with another color, but this time most definitely modern (and gleaming).
  17. All Red, All Elegant A kitchen full of red cabinets that still manages to feel elegant and a bit subdued.
  18. 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?

→ More red kitchens: Kitchen Gallery: Red Like a Tomato

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