It's no secret that clean, neutral kitchens continue to reign the décor scene as they have for several years now. The look is undoubtedly timeless, sleek, and can match most decor styles. However, after a number of years, these kitchens can begin to look a little blah. Many options can get expensive fast, especially when you start looking into replacing pricey items like your kitchen appliances; opting for new, brightly coloured ones. Here are five ways to add big color to your kitchen with small, affordable touches.
Always remember that a little splash of colour can go a long way. Try experimenting with a fun paint shade by choosing one feature that you want to "pop." We suggest looking at the space under the kitchen bar area, your pantry door, or maybe even the ceiling! Opt for a shot of colour with a feature wall or the inside of an open cabinet, or add bold accents to cupboards/ drawers. If you choose these small accents, instead of painting your whole space in one colour, you can avoid making the room appear smaller and don't have to worry about future, time-consuming, updates. It's a subtle yet sure-fire way to inject your style into the space.
In traditional kitchen design the stove and cooking area are usually the main focus of the room, which means a colourful backsplash can be a real showstopper. This can be an easy DIY project with the amount of peel-and-stick options now available for purchase. Look for a glass backsplash in a zingy, bright colour for something simple to install and easy to clean. Or choose from colourful tiles that have creative patterns or an interesting cut. Another option you may want to experiment with is removable wallpaper which is less permanent and gives you some freedom.
Sometimes, refreshing your kitchen can be as easy as bringing in a few colourful accessories. Many people tend to underestimate the impact that accessories can have on a space. This is by far the easiest and most cost-effective way to add your personality into a kitchen. Keep your appliances and bench top neutral and then layer with bright accessories. Metal bar stools come in all kinds of playful colors, or consider adding a fabric window treatment for some pattern play. Looking for instant gratification? Sometimes, just adding some bright dish towels, fruit bowls and fresh flowers will do the trick.
The kitchen is often overlooked when it comes to displaying artwork, but it's a perfect way to add color and personality to this busy space. Some quick winners are vintage-inspired posters, food photography or, for an extra-colourful and sentimental touch, your kids' framed masterpieces! Large, colourful artwork is also a perfect solution if you're not looking for a bunch of small pieces.
Bright, bold linens can be a little intimidating, but if your kitchen is neutrally based, that strong dose of print, pattern or color on your tabletop can be just the statement piece you're looking for. Some adventurous homeowners are even framing and hanging their dynamic tablecloths and cute dish towels on the walls! Also, don't rule out carpets, floor cloths or rugs; anchoring the color down low allows your eye to travel upwards which has the added benefit of making even the smallest spaces feel a little grander.
As you can see, the easiest, and by far most affordable, fix for a neutral kitchen is to bring in bold tones on a smaller scale. We hope these ideas help inspire you to bring in that pop of colour you're looking for this spring. Be sure to follow Marina Homes on Facebook to keep up with our blogs and for more information about our current projects!