Achieving a bright, fresh kitchen that showcases your personality doesn’t have to be a difficult or expensive task. Give your kitchen a shot of colour with these bright ideas:
Bright Idea #1 Revive Your Kitchen Units
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Deep colours, such as navy blue or forest green, is the new neutral colour of the kitchen, so revive your kitchen cupboard doors and drawers with a coat of paint in a rich, sophisticated hue.
All these dramatic colours contrast well with pale floors and worktops, and adding some brass handles to your kitchen will help to further brighten the space. If you feel bold, you can try painting a row of units in a bright colour, such as ochre, and the rest of the kitchen with a grey-and-white palette.
Bright feature wallsare not only suitable for living rooms and bedrooms. In addition to adding some fun to your home, they can also increase the depth of the kitchenette and help define its separate areas.
The shape and configuration of the kitchen will determine which wall should be your feature wall:
If you have a galley-styled kitchen, choose the end wall to add depth.
If you have a kitchen diner, section off the dining area by painting the adjacent wall.
if you have an open plan kitchen, make the main wall the feature wall to help separate it from the rest of the room.
Many designers have been using plastic coloured chairs in kitchen designs for a while now; however, if you prefer to keep your wooden chairs, why not paint them yourself in bold teal, burnt orange or teal?
To added impact, you can also try mixing and matching the colours of your chair or stool.
Bright Idea #4 Wallpaper
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Some people may think that the only choice for kitchen wall decoration is tile or paint, but wallpaper can be a great alternative.
There are many wet-space-safe wallpapers available on the market, or you can match the wallpaper with a short bezel to help avoid any water issues.
Either way, a playful wallpaper can add a dose of colours and some energizing pattern to a kitchen, either as an all-over treatment or as a single accent wall.
Bright Idea #5 Colourful Splashbacks
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A cost-effective way to introduce colour to your kitchen whilst updating its look is by adding a statement splashback. If you have a contemporary, clean, and clinical white gloss kitchen, go for a brightly coloured glass or acrylic splashback for a focal point.
Splashbacks come in a vast selection of colours, patterns, and image designs so it’s a really effective way of creating a feature in your kitchen.
For a classic or traditional kitchen, there are many options available, from vintage tiles or even stainless steel for a more industrial effect.
There are many ways you can add colour to your kitchen through a number of different accessories. You may opt for bold design choices and choose a coloured appliance to feature in your space.
Soft furnishings offer a quick and easy way to add a splash of colour. Choose patterned fabrics for blinds, curtains, cushions, or seat covers. Fabrics can be layered with other textures such as suede, leather and faux fur for added depth.
Kitchen crockery and cookware can also be colourful. Think coloured or patterned ceramic plates or vintage coloured glasses to add a touch of style.
Accessories can be inexpensive and there are great remakes of pricey ‘interior must-haves’ available. From fake flowers to candles and ornamental figurines, once you have your colour palette, it’s really easy to dress your room.
Bright Idea #7 Accent Doors
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Two-tone cabinets continue to be a big kitchen trend — and a great way to add colour without fully committing. Using a colourful door option for just a few cabinets, such as a stretch of uppers, brings a punch of interest without overwhelming the whole room.
If you have existing doors in good condition, you can have just a few of them repainted in any hue you like, from a classic navy to a risky orange, and have them painted again in five or ten years if tastes change.
Bright Idea #8 Lighting
Lighting offers a variety of ways to introduce colour into your kitchen. The use of light in any room can transform the mood and setting. Well-lit spaces are accentuated and give the illusion of wider rooms and larger spaces.
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Recessed Lighting: Spotlights are commonly used in kitchen areas as the number of lights you install will help determine the amount of light. Use a dimmer light switch to create an atmosphere, changing the shade of colours in your kitchen.
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Pendants: Great for illuminating islands and dining areas. Expose the electrical cables hanging from your ceiling for an industrial effect. You can use coloured hanging chains, lampshades, and bulbs.
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LED Strip Lighting: This sleek and sublime lighting solution can be fitted almost anywhere. Consider using LED strips under kitchen cabinets at eye level and floor level. Strip lighting is available in a variety of colours as well as multi-coloured options so you can choose a colour to suit your mood.
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Chandeliers: Use an elegant chandelier as an accentuated glamorous focal feature. Commonly available in metal textures, one with crystals will reflect light around the room, adding a touch of sparkle. For something more natural, go for a wooden texture to bring outdoor tones indoors.