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Colorful Kitchens with Charisma
From coral to blue-green and beyond, these colorful kitchens show you how choosing cabinets or appliances clad in handsome hues can help you add your personal style to one of the most important rooms in your home.
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This kitchen got a serious face-left from designer John K. George. A built-in china hutch was painted a charismatic red, while cabinets were updated with moldings on the door fronts and a fresh coat of paint in a soft green. The coffered ceiling is composed of reclaimed wood, from which hangs a pair of vintage light fixtures salvaged from a church. The fixtures double as an iron pot rack.
Interior Design: John K. George
Elegant Green Kitchen
This kitchen gives a whole new meaning to living “green.” Low-VOC paint was used to keep harmful chemicals out of the picture. The cabinets were crafted from domestically grown wood, and appliances are energy- and water-efficient to reduce the kitchen’s environmental impact. Hi-tech ventilation systems keep fresh air continuously coursing through the space.
Interior design: Georgia Carlee
Navy Blue and Rich Wood Kitchen
Custom navy blue cabinetry wraps this room in a cool, contemporary hue highlighted by the bold, warm wooden floors. The sleek design of the cabinets is complemented by a simple subway tile backsplash beneath. Pottery from Bauer adds a touch of pattern.
Interior design: Suzanne Myers
Pistachio-hued cabinets and limed-oak floors give this kitchen a soothing aesthetic. Beams original to the house stretch across the ceiling and match the updated cupboards. The muted hues allow the natural light to bounce around to every nook and cranny.
Interior design: Sallie Giordano
Warm and Cozy Kitchen
An aubergine Aga stove pairs with a French-inspired stained cherry and muted turquoise-painted island to establish the berry-colored palette for this cozy kitchen. The cabinets’ handcrafted bronze knobs, latches, and rail-style handles complement the island’s brass top and trim, enhancing the area’s warm feel. Cherry crown moldings repeat the wood finish on the island and accent the new white-painted beadboard ceiling. An antique rug puts the finishing touch on the cozy space.
Interior design: Liz Caan
Fun is the essence of this Florida kitchen whose cabinets are painted a vibrant coral color, similar to the inside of a seashell. Countertops are simply wood planks painted white, as is the island--providing a crisp contrast to the bold color surrounding them. Glass-front cabinets display favorite pieces of white pottery, while shelves on either side of the range are stocked with whimsical flamingos found online and cookbooks. White-painted barstools are upholstered in coral fabric to tie in with the cabinetry color.
Interior Design: Elizabeth "Betsy" Speert
Sunny Yellow Kitchen
Cheerful yellow paint gave existing dark-stained cabinets a sunny new attitude in this formerly dreary kitchen. Cabinets were also updated with new hardware and crown molding that repeats the colors and textures in the rustic brick floor. A black Windsor chair shows off its classic silhouette against the warmth of the painted wood.
Interior Design: Michelle Allman
Ivory-painted cabinets warm a classic Connecticut kitchen with high ceilings, intricate millwork, and white marble countertops. Hefty polished-nickel drawer pulls, knobs, and hinges add a subtle gleam matched by the nickel trim on the bell-shaped hood in the range area. The range backsplash is crafted from a simple pressed tin ceiling panel attached to the wall.
Architectural Design: Louise Brooks
Kitchen in Earth Tones
Colors distilled from an oil painting of a hunt scene permeate a North Carolina home, culminating in earthy greens and tans in its efficient kitchen. Texture also reigns here in the form of paneled walls, woven blinds, and a worn baker's peel that hangs on the wall as sculptural art.
Design: Jane Hoke
In this Maryland kitchen, a large green wall serves as a backdrop for open shelves with red-painted backing. Cabinets are painted in two shades of green, with coffee-bean-color quartz surfacing on the perimeter cabinets and yellow quartz on the island. Orange leather counter stools provide additional pops of color.
Design: Stephen O'Brien
Kitchen in Tuscan Colors
Nature-inspired materials and colors blend with stainless steel and glass surfaces in this Baltimore kitchen for a fresh take on Old World style. Linen-white painted cabinets were rubbed with a truffle-colored glaze to give them a golden glow worthy of Italy. Granite countertops in Cabernet Brown are finished with wire brushes for a distressed leather look. The island is dark-stained cherry finished with a charcoal glaze, and topped with matte-finish Jerusalem Gold limestone. The space is grounded with Italian travertine floor tiles reminiscent of old European cobblestones.
Interior Design: Blue Arnold
This Massachusetts kitchen recalls the home's past as a barn with subtle references. The long center island is painted the red of a distressed barn. With its beadboard construction, turned legs, and aged wood top, it could easily pass as an antique worktable. Exposed beams on the vaulted ceiling enhance the imperfect texture of an antique iron lighting fixture. A charming ruffled valance of red-and-yellow checked cotton softens the curve of the large kitchen window on the sink wall.
Interior Design: Gary McBournie
In this stately kitchen, jet-black-painted kitchen cabinets look like they came straight out of a library. Weathered nickel hardware and champagne-silver painted accents on the cabinets give the room a touch of glamor. Other details are simple, but gorgeous. Slabs of richly veined Calcutta marble cover the backsplashes, the 12-foot-long island, and the perimeter countertops. The rich brown flooring is Cumaru (Brazilian Teak) with a custom stain.
Design: Carrie Hayden
Stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, and beige-painted cabinets create a neutral expression of timeless elegance in this Chicago kitchen. Cabinets extend all the way up the walls, where they connect with white crown molding that emphasizes the room's high ceiling. Neutral limestone floor tiles feature coffee-color accent tiles to add a subtle pattern.
Kitchen Design: Kathy Manzella
Interior Design: Jessica Lagrange
Whimsical MacKenzie-Childs dinnerware, cookie canisters, and serving pieces sparked the kitchen design in this Indiana home. Two islands painted a kiwi green repeat hues in the dishes. Walls are painted with wide stripes into a soft shade of green. MacKenzie-Childs tiles are set into classic white subway tiles above the range, complementing the room's green and soft-white color scheme.
Interior Design: Suzanne Kasler
A stately island with ornate details and a dark blue painted finish makes this Michigan kitchen the crowd-worthy hub of the house. An antique French chandelier with a dark bronze finish adds a curvaceous silhouette above the island's limestone countertop. A blue toile balloon valance and blue-and-white backsplash tiles add additional splashes of the cool hue.
Interior Design: Ann Heath
Colors in this Georgia kitchen are warm and rich, anchored by charcoal cabinets with hints of blue. The walnut-topped island sports a cream-color finish that is almost an extension of the neutral stone floor. A white-painted tongue-and-groove ceiling exudes relaxed style. Below the range's custom stainless-steel hood is a graphic glass-tile backsplash of interlocking circles from Ann Sacks.
Architect: Linda MacArthur
This kitchen, clearly intended for passionate cooks, boasts an 8-foot-long lipstick-red cooking podium by Molteni that encourages social cooking with its integrated appliances and curvaceous shape. Walnut cabinets are stained a deep chocolate brown punctuated with 2-inch crystal knobs for sparkle. On the floor, an elaborate mosaic-tile design frames the island, using oval shapes that mimic the shape of the podium.
Kitchen Design: Robert Schwartz, Karen Williams
Interior Design: Peter Balsam, Jayne Goldstein
Kitchen in Blue-Green and White
Lower cabinets are painted a striking blue-green in this North Carolina kitchen that features a medley of materials. The island boasts turned mahogany legs and a Carrara marble countertop, while perimeter cabinets are sheathed with honed black granite. The backsplash's oversize subway tiles temper the diminutive octagonal Carrara marble floor tile. Red pendant lights are from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
Design: Bob Williams
For the furniture-style island in this European-inspired kitchen, the designer chose an etched turquoise finish and a granite top. The perimeter pieces sport a creamy white finish similar to that used on the ceiling paired with concrete. Cabinet doors feature wide mitred frames and small outside perimeter beading, which gives them a classic style. The hood is stenciled and hand-painted with a mural inspired by the Tuscan countryside.
Design: William Ohs
Creating a soothing center in a busy Indiana home, the kitchen combines white-painted cabinets with white subway tile backsplashes and marble countertops. A pair of glossy marble-topped islands - painted glossy black for contrast - creates versatile work stations atop dark stained floors.
Interior Design: Suzanne Kasler