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7.19.2012

Fun, Quick ways to Add Color into Your Kitchen

I get a lot of questions about how to incorporate color into spaces where people don't want to actually paint (the walls). I don't know about you, but with my decorating style I tend to keep my permanent fixtures more neutral, (cabinets, floors, walls, etc...) but love to add in pops of color here and there, to give my home it's own special flare. One of the easiest ways to "spice up" a kitchen, with very little effort, is to transform your everyday counter top appliances and other items, into notable pieces of decor that not only serve as your go-to kitchen gear but also make a big statement. Here are a few ideas if you're looking to spice up the color in YOUR kitchen!

Colorful Utensils and Dishtowels:
Almost everyone has cooking utensils and dishtowels out in their kitchen at all times for visitors and guests to see. Finding fun colorful alternatives to the normal, boring, standard wooden spoon or beige drying cloth can help take your kitchen from drab to fab, for only a few dollars!

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Kitchen Art Prints:
Etsy.com is filled with pretty, fun, and also cleverly-hilarious kitchen prints. Most of them only run about $5-$15 each, and can be mounted in a frame of your choice, to match your kitchen's overall style. Also, most of these prints are totally customizable, so getting the perfect pop of color that you want in your kitchen through a piece of art, has never been easier. Whether you hang one or do an entire wall collage of them, colorful framed prints in the kitchen can definitely help to liven things up.
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Small Colorful Counter Top Appliances:
If you're in the market for new counter top appliances, or are willing to make a little bit more of a long term commitment with bold color, look into a few of these colorful beauties. From coffee makers to toasters and even hand mixers, a lot of the larger brand name small appliance companies are jumping on the color-fun bandwagon!


Painted Pantry Doors and Happy Back Splashes:
Now if you're ready to make a bigger color statement in your kitchen, a painted pantry door or colorful back splash, may be the ticket. Even though these can be considered more of a permanent-type fixture, they are a lot less expensive to change or replace in the future, than cabinetry or flooring. I recommend these choices to homeowners who are very confident in their homes overall color scheme and who also enjoy a more dramatic splash of color in their space.
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The Summer months are the perfect time to switch out those old, outdated, or worn out kitchen items with fun, cheerful, colorful ones! It's also a great time to FIND fun colored decor, because it will be popping up all over in your favorite stores.
If you think that adding a new, bold pop of color in your space is a little scary, then just start with a colorful new set of salt and pepper shakers or a table cloth with a trendy pattern. Taking the risk to try something new in your home is always worth it, because you either end up loving it or hating it... but either way, you're finding out more about what YOU like in your space, and therefor, maybe without even knowing it, are tackling the even bigger task of learning and discovering how you define your homes personal style.

Have a colorful rest of the week!

26 comments:

  1. Love it! I have a tiny boring kitchen that is totally utilitarian. I had a white kitchenaid from my first marriage and I put that away when my new in-laws wanted to be me a new mixer! I couldn't choose from all the colors...loved them all, so I just got the brushed stainless one...sort of wish I would have chosen a color, of course. Someday when I own my bakery I will have one in every color! :)

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  2. I really love your posts and suggestions. I desperately want a bright "crayon green" kitchen but have also gone pretty neutral. I've been adding small accessories here and there but might add an island that's green cabinets on the bottom!

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  3. I'm actually trying to get away from the bright color of my house currently, and more towards the white side of life. I do love the pantry door pops of color though - I could probably live with that.

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  4. Where is that photo of the turquoise tile backsplash from?

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  6. Loving all of this eye candy! I've just finished my all white kitchen reno and now spending way too much time on Etsy looking for the fun stuff!

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  7. I love pops of color!

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  8. This is such a great post! I love your tips and have been trying to implement a lot of these in my own decorating color scheme for some time! Just makes the kitchen that much more fun! :-)

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  9. I just painted my huge island turquoise! Love it!

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  10. I love the blue utensils holder! Where can I buy that from please?

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  11. Thanks for posting a link to my blog. I LOVE my pantry door! Love all these great tips too, because we just moved and are now renting. Freedom is limited....boo.

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  12. And don't forget Shelley's awesome Kitchen Aid vinyls!! :)Those definitely add a statement and color!

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  13. I got a red mixer for Christmas and I just love the color it brings! :)

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  14. I adore those prints! So cute!

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  15. I love these ideas. My kitchen is very plain and could use a jolt of colour.

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  16. Thank you so much for this post. I have been a little stuck decorating my kitchen and these ideas have inspired me to get going again. Thank you!

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  17. I love the kitchen pictures you shared from Etsy! I will be heading over there to check them out! The dishtowels are super cute too. I would love to make some of those into pillows!

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  18. Where are the colored wooden utensils from?? I love them!

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  19. Can you tell me where the wooden utensil with colored handles come from (in first picture)? I didn't see a link to them. Thanks!

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  20. I love the wall prints! I might have to get the fondue one!
    I just added a bright red farmhouse table to our white and black kitchen. I love how just a pop of color can make a big impact.

    you can check it out here if you want:

    http://www.binreallife.com/2012/03/kitchen-reveal_05.html

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  21. Great ideas, Shelley. We have very little wall space in our kitchen and a neutral backsplash so I love to add little pops where I can. I could buy kitchen towels all day-they are so inexpensive and there are so many colorful ones out there. Thanks for some more inspiration!

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  22. I love your idea. Its a great way to make your kitchen bright because mostly the kitchens have lower space and if they become colorful then look like a decoration piece. I want to cook something in your kitchen.

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  23. These are very useful tips you have posted here. I enjoy cooking food in my free time and am always on the look out for tips to make it a better experience. I have thoroughly checked your blog and am very impressed. You have shared a lot of wonderful posts. I will keep coming back.

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