Whether you’re totally remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, or hoping to give a drab, monochromatic space a facelift, adding splashes of color can be as simple as a coat of paint, as subtle as accent lighting, as drastic as new cabinets, or as fiery as bright accent rugs and eye-popping countertops.
The Big Guns
In a new kitchen, the first place to contemplate color is your cabinets. These days, cabinets come in a range of colors and hues, from painted surfaces to natural wood stains. If new cabinets are not quite what your budget allows, here are several fun alternatives:
- Paint your old wooden cabinets a bold color.
- Remove a few doors for open-air, painted shelving solutions.
- Replace a few solid doors with glass doors to display your colorful and most interesting dishware.
New countertops account for a great deal of space, particularly if you’ve got a kitchen island. They can add color to your kitchen or bath without overwhelming the room. Non-porous, stain-resistant quartz and Corian® come in an array of colors ranging from deep, earthy tones to light, airy ones. Because both surfaces are factory-made (Corian with minerals and acrylic, quartz with ground quartz), color pigments can be added during the fabrication process. Whatever the material, countertops are a great way to invite exciting colors into your space.
We don’t often think of it, but appliances come in various colors, from farm-style ceramic basin sinks to retro-style refrigerators. A few colorful, well-placed appliances can make a huge difference.
Don’t underestimate your wall space! In bathrooms, particularly, the right color paint can enliven. Accent walls in a kitchen are great ways to invite color without overcommitting to a hue, and you can take the guesswork out of painting by visiting a variety of paint stores and taking home palettes and idea books.
If you’re looking for an artful touch, brightly colored focal points like mosaics or a playfully glazed tile behind the range or in the master bathroom work wonders. A tile backsplash that runs the perimeter of your kitchen can complement the colors of focal points as well.
Throw Some Color Around
Smaller, moveable accents like throw rugs, pillows, blankets, towels, and shower curtains are often overlooked ways to give your rooms depth and interest. Create interest by adding:
- A brightly colored runner in front of the kitchen sink
- Patterned bath rugs
- Mix-and-match patterned pillows and bright cushions in a breakfast nook
- Boldly painted barstools or linen cabinets
- A shower curtain that draws the eye
Good Lighting … Goes a Long Way
From mini-indoor spotlights that highlight the mosaic tile in your kitchen to the warm glow of pendant lamps over the bar, lighting is one of the most effective ways to highlight your room’s colors. Harsh, bright white light like the kind in old-fashioned fluorescent ceiling units — which we find in many bathrooms — washes out color and makes surfaces seem drab, while up-to-date, well-placed, varied light brings a room together. As a matter of fact, many pendant lights come in translucent colored glass that bring rich hues to your space.
Floor ‘Em with Floors
Finally, it’s possible to bring color into your kitchens and baths from the ground up. If you’re going for a beach house look, try painting your wood floors. If you’re looking for industrial chic, cement floors come in an amazing selection of color. Tile can give you a retro checkerboard look or a clean, Florida living feel.
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