Far too many of us neglect our kitchens when it comes to decorating, instead choosing to focus on other rooms. However, that shouldn’t be the case. If you spend more than a couple of minutes in your kitchen each day, it should be a space that you love.
When it comes to decorating your kitchen, don’t make the mistake of thinking that it has to be neutral. Yes, monochrome kitchens do look fantastic, but so do designs with a little colour to them. Whether it’s a large dose of colour – hello accent walls, or small touches, like cute accessories, it can make a big impact on your kitchen. It’s proven that a brighter kitchen will boost your mood, making you feel happier.
It’s easy to get stressed out in the kitchen, but if you have a space that you love to work in, you will be more likely to be more positive when you are in there. To help you create a place that is bright and cheerful, we have put together eight awesome ideas for transforming the room into a more colourful space:
1. Opt for bright cabinets
Did you know that your kitchen cabinets take up around 70 per cent of the space? This means that one of the best ways to add a splash of colour to the room is by opting for cabinets that come in a bright shade.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this will take down the elegance of the room because if you choose the style carefully, it won’t. The best option is to choose Cabinet materials in a slightly muted shade, such as duck egg blue instead of cobalt blue.
If new cabinets aren’t affordable, consider revamping your old ones yourself. If the doors are made of wood, then you can quickly brighten them up with some wood paint. Revamping old items, like cabinets, is actually much easier than you would think. You can find lots of fantastic tutorials for this online on sites like YouTube.
2. Paint the inside of your cabinets
If you have an all-white kitchen, consider painting the inside of the cabinets, instead of the outside. You can then use the colour to act as a backdrop for your crockery – this is a great way to add colour without it being overpowering.
Just make sure that whatever hue you opt for, that it compliments your crockery and other bits and bobs. For example, if you have a blue and red colour scheme going on with your crockery, painting the interior of your cabinets in blue can look great.
3. Brighten up your larder
If you are lucky enough to have a pantry in your kitchen – something we all wish for, why not liven up the door with a splash of paint? This is an excellent way to add colour to the space, without it becoming too overpowering. Obviously, to be able to do this, the door to your pantry has to be made of wood.
If your kitchen is decorated in a neutral style, opt for a standout colour for your larder door. Painting the door in red, yellow, blue, or a leafy green will give your kitchen a beautiful custom look. Plus, white is not only boring, but it also gets dirty easily. By choosing a darker shade, you can ensure that your kitchen stays looking clean for longer.
4. Create a bright focal point
If you want to give your kitchen a brighter appearance, adding a colourful focal point is an excellent option. Whether you decide to tile the wall behind your stove in green or add brightly coloured glass splashbacks, it’s up to you.
By adding a bright focal point to the space, you can transform it into somewhere that you love to spend time in. You can use this focal point to design the rest of the room around, which will make the process much easier.
5. Use accessories to add colour
If you are the type of person who gets bored easily and likes to change things up regularly, it’s best to use accessories to add colour. So that if you get tired of the style of your kitchen, changing things around won’t be difficult.
The best accessories to use to add style are things like a patterned rug and pieces of wall art. Items, like colourful pots and pans, cutlery holders, and equipment are also ideal for making your kitchen a little brighter.
6. Spice up your breakfast bar
If your kitchen has a breakfast bar, spice it up by swapping those boring wooden stalls for brightly coloured ones. Whatever colour you choose is up to you – use a shade that has already been used in the room for inspiration.
If buying new breakfast stools is not in your budget – these can be more expensive than you would think, paint your old ones. All you need is a paintbrush and some wood paint, and you can easily transform your boring bar stools.
7. Don’t be scared to use pastel shades
Pastel colours may be more subtle than stronger colours, but they can still brighten up your kitchen. If you are a fan of elegance, using soft colours, like blues and muted pinks, is a great way to add colour to the space.
Whether you opt for a pastel-toned tiled wall, an accent wall, or a table painted in mint green, it doesn’t matter. If you want a space that screams elegance and sophistication, using pastel tones is perfect.
8. Add a pattern
If you don’t want to use blocks of colour in your kitchen, add a pattern to the space. You can do this by investing in printed blinds, rugs, crockery, or even wallpaper. You’ll find that by adding a simple pop of colour with patterns, you can make a big impact on the look and feel of the room.
To transform your kitchen into a brighter space, all you need to do is take note of the tips above. From adding a bright focal point to using patterns, there are lots of simple things that you can try.