10 Unexpected Places in the Kitchen to Add Color

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Pinterest is chock-full of monochromatic white kitchens. They’re sleek, modern, and speak to the pervasive power of Marie Kondo. But at Kitchn, we like a bit of color with our cuisine! You don’t have to paint the town (or your kitchen) bright red, but a touch of moderation never hurt anyone, did it?

Bold, bright hues can be a very good thing, and here are 10 places you might not have thought of splashing them out in the kitchen.

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1. Your Cupboard

Painting the interior of your cabinets in a contrasting hue is a great way to dip your toe into the pool of big, bad kitchen color.

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2. Your Heating (or Cooling)

Why try and hide that ugly heating duct or air conditioning vent when you can embrace the imperfection? Painting it a bright neon green says, “This is real life, and it’s just fine with me!”

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3. Your Trim

A dash of color on your moldings adds color without being overpowering (this green is so gorgeous!).

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4. Your Sink

Even the biggest, caked-on grimiest pile of dishes will seem like a treat to wash when your sink is outfitted in cobalt blue.

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5. Your Countertops

A bright-pink countertop? This is totally the kitchen of our childhood dreams.

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6. Your Floor

When all else fails, paint the floor a glossy green, but a warning — don’t forget to look up every once in a while!

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7. Your Backsplash

The pop of the teal backsplash is so pretty against the dark wood and black cabinetry of this modern kitchen.

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8. Your Lighting

A set of sunny light fixtures does so much to brighten this kitchen. Try them in a bold blue or pretty pink and see the effect on your kitchen.

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9. Your Appliances

Yes, manufacturers make appliances in colors like this sky blue, and yes, they are spectacular.

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10. Your Ceiling

Last but not least, look up! A warm color on your ceiling can bathe your kitchen in a peachy light; a dark color adds glamour; a robins egg blue gives a beach vibe. It’s a statement that’s both bold and unexpected.

What’s your favorite way to add color to the kitchen?

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