Which room in your house tends to be the hub of the house where everyone loves to gather? For most people, it is the kitchen. Think about it. It is where all the yummy things to eat and drink reside and when designed right it can be a real cozy place to chat while the food is being prepared.
Decorating the kitchen can be a challenge though because you want to have easy to clean surfaces for a room like this where messes are just a natural part of each day, but you don’t want it to be a completely cold, utilitarian space. Here are some ways to bring some color into your kitchen.
It’s all in the details
You don’t necessarily have to paint the walls a bright color or paper the walls with bold designs, to bring color into your kitchen. Bringing in colorful accessories like a flowered ceramic pitchers or a painting can easily brighten your kitchen without needing to invest a lot of time or money into it.
If you have open shelving or glass cabinets in your kitchen, these are great places to add colorful accessories and they are easy to switch up for different seasons or whenever you just want to change things up a little bit.
Cowhide placemats or a cowhide rug underneath the kitchen table can also bring some color and warmth into the kitchen. Plants are also another great choice. Hanging plants or even colorful bouquets of flowers can really amp the welcoming feeling your kitchen gives off. If you are really nervous about adding color to your kitchen, these small additions might be a safe way to start to experiment.
Bring in color through fabric
Window curtains or shades are another way to bring color or design. Curtains with little red rooster on them can give the room a country feel especially if you add wood floors and cabinets and other farm accoutrements. If you are going for a more modern feel to your kitchen, then maybe you will want blinds or no window treatments at all. Keep in mind regulating how the sun comes into the room should also be a factor when deciding on window treatments.
Fabric can also be brought into the kitchen with the kitchen chairs or in place settings, tablecloths or rugs. Upholstering the seat of your kitchen chairs will not only make them more comfortable for those long chats, but they can also help bring color and personality into the room depending on what you choose. Fun placemats like cowhide placemats are a great way to add some warmth and color into the room. The great thing about cowhide is that it comes in a variety of unique colors and patterns which can fit any style.
Selectively paint spots of color
If you have a neutral colored kitchen and you only want to add a hint of color, think about trimming the window sills with a cheerful color or maybe just paint the ceiling a bright color, but keep the walls more neutral.
You can also choose to paint your kitchen island or maybe just the lower cabinets a different color to spice things up a little.
Don’t be afraid of gray
While gray might bring images of institutional living into your mind, gray has actually come a long way in the design world. More and more people are playing with different shades of gray in their design. If you want to add a bit of color to your kitchen, but tend to shy away from bright colors, consider shades of gray instead.
Add color through the cabinetry
When choosing new cabinetry, there are so many different details to have to consider…the material, the hardware, the color… Whatever you choose can really change the look and feel of your kitchen. All wood cabinetry of course gives a more country feel compared to having steel and glass everywhere. But also consider what role color will play. Simply painting all your cabinetry a mint green can really add some warmth and charm to the room.
If you are looking for a more subtle effect, try painting just the interior of the cabinets instead. If you have glass cabinets, this is a great way to display your china and glassware.
Release your inner artist
You don’t have to be Monet or Picasso to want to display your artistic talent. Working with colors and shapes is something we all should do. It is a great stress reliever. Your kitchen is a great place to display some of your own work. Besides just simply adding framed pieces of your work onto the walls, you can create your own backsplash tiles or turn one of your blank walls into a mural.
Pick colorful appliances
There are so many more choices available in appliances these days then there ever was before. No longer are black, white and stainless are your only options. Even your appliances can add to the artistic quality of your kitchen.
Pay attention to your flooring
Finally, don’t disregard the power of good flooring. Spend as much time on this aspect of the room as much time as you do on everything else. From tile to wood, there are many different options and each will bring a little something different to the room. Also consider if you want a rug to soften the hard floors. A cowhide rug underneath the kitchen table can bring a little note of luxury to this mostly utilitarian room. Cowhide rugs come in a range of colors and patterns and each one is unique so it will also make a great piece to pass down in the family as well. Even better though, they are easy to clean which is what you need for this high traffic area.
No matter how you decide to bring color into your kitchen, just don’t be afraid to experiment. You will never know what works and what doesn’t if you don’t at least try. Start small and work your way up to bigger changes and you will see your kitchen transform in ways you never imagined before.