More POPS of color to make kitchens lively
Today's kitchens are often a sea of stainless steel, contrasted perhaps by a granite top or wood-grained cabinets. In some contemporary-styled kitchens, the stainless may even be offset only by stark white cabinets and walls. Designers have taken to adding what they describe as “pops” of color. Some have boldly added color “accent” walls, while others have used colorful back-splashes. Here are some examples that might inspire you to color your kitchen.
Below is a stainless steel kitchen inset in a wood-grained wall, behind a matching wood-grained island. With a white back-splash countertop, and ceiling the room desperately needs color. Fortunately, the floor to ceiling windows add greenery, and the orange bar chairs create a bright visual focal point.
This European kitchen adds color by avoiding the wood-grain or white cabinets that are so often used in today's kitchens, and using bright orange cabinet panels.
Sticking with the same orange theme, the color of the year for 2012, this kitchen back-splash provides that much talked about “POP” of color.
Notice that this kitchen not only integrates the appliances with the blue-green (verdigris) kitchen cabinets, it also has a cream colored kitchen island with a contrasting dark countertop. Somehow, it all seems to work together, and in fact makes a small kitchen look larger.
The kitchen below features a wall of stainless steel appliances, with wood-grain cabinets and island. The adjacent and opposite blue walls add to the visual flow of the room. The under cabinet lighting, and dramatic island hood help create balance in the room.
We could call this wall 50 shades of green. However many shades there are, it certainly creates interest and has a pleasant, peaceful effect.
Finally, appliances themselves can help create that “POP” of color. Here's a turquoise range that not only jumps out at you, but the Retro styling creates plenty of interest aside from just the color.
For more suggestions on color in your kitchen consult your designer. For ideas about appliances call or visit the experts at Universal Appliance and Kitchen Center.