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

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

Faith Durand
Aug 13, 2014
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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!

(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?

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