Even though white kitchens are still the mainstream because they are clean-lined and safe for anyone who is afraid of using color, bold and colorful cooking spaces seem to have made a major comeback. Most of us are used to decorating our favorite social space with a neutral color palette, but adding a splash of color can make the heart of the home feel bright and cheery. The kitchen sets the stage for the quality of life enjoyed in the home, as not only a place to gather together for a meal but for before and after. It should harmoniously connect with the entire home, reflecting the style and personality of the inhabitants. It is in the details that create that personal statement of style, with the basic ingredients being the appliances and cabinets, which should specifically be selected to fit the design style of the home.
Hues such as red, bright green and yellow may not be what you would expect to see in the food-prep areas, but that’s exactly why they can elevate a kitchen beyond the ordinary. Whether they are applied to the entire room, or limited to a vibrant backsplash, they can also help personalize your cooking space. If you are wishing to infuse your kitchen with color but don’t know where to start, take a look at this inspiring collection of colorful kitchens that we have gathered for you with their neon countertops, brightly colored cabinetry, and incredible backsplashes and you might just get the motivation you need to start experimenting with color in your own home.
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This fabulous two-story beach house on Tybee Island in Savannah, Georgia was designed from the ground up by designer Joel Snayd of Rethink Design Studio. The first floor living space was designed as an open concept, which allows ample space for large family gatherings. Old recycled beams were incorporated into the design scheme to add visual interest and create natural divisions between the living, kitchen and dining room spaces. The crisp white butt joint paneling was offset using the cool gray slate tile below foot. The stairs and cabinets were painted a soft gray, roughly two shades lighter than the floor, and then topped off with a Carerra honed marble. Apple red stools, corky art, and fun colored bowls add a bit of whimsy and fun.
The second story features a sleeping loft, separated from the rest of the upstairs by white flowing curtains. Built in beds are adorned with a nautical reading light and built-in hideaway niches. The space is light and airy with painted gray floors, all white walls, old rustic beams and headers, wood paneling, tongue and groove ceilings, dormers, vintage rattan furniture, mid-century painted pieces, and a cool hangout spot for the kids. The rest of the bedroom and bathroom spaces are punctuated with bright bursts of color that gives an extra punch to the otherwise white interiors.
This bold and colorful Turku, Finland penthouse has been recently renovated by Rome-based architect Maurizio Giovannoni. The brief for the compact modern apartment was to ensure that there was plenty of light throughout and to create an inspiring and relaxing living room where the client could work. Walls had to be knocked down in order to ensure light could enter through the home. According to the architect, “The partial demolition of walls was a natural consequence, along with switching the location of the bedroom and living room. After fixing this, we decided on the overall ‘concept’ together with my client, organizing all the details that colored the white spaces.”
The architect’s concept was to merge the best of Finnish and Italian design by mixing them both to create something fresh and new. His concept was to use local Birch wood, Finnish vintage pieces and contemporary Italian design. “The result is what I now consider my own personal style: a blend of cultures. There is nothing more that stimulates me than to study different cultures and make cultural themes recognizable, but never intrusive in the project,” he said.
The flooring is covered with parquet of white ash; the shelves are birch including the kitchen table. Wood is a ubiquitous element in this apartment as it is in many Finnish properties, but the real attention grabber is the nature themed wall paper, carrying colors and contrasts and a typical Mediterranean ‘courage’. The furnishings are a mix of two cultures and of past and present — the grandmother’s armchair and the red floor lamp are vintage pieces from Finland in the 60s. The arc framing the wall paper is the famous Twiggy by Foscarini and the suspended lamps are Italian Olimpia by Ideal Lux. Everything blends in together to create perfect harmony.
Urban Cabin was built as an unconventional project designed by architect Fabio Galeazzo in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He transformed an old abandoned property into a contemporary shack with a playful and warm atmosphere that brings back the idea of one space living, matching technology and design, proposing a new young way of living. Here is a description of the project from the architects, “in an old abandoned house were used retrofit construction techniques. The existing structure couldn’t handle the heavy load and was complemented by a sustainable framework of giant bamboo beams and columns treated in autoclaves, the roof received green thermal tiles.
On the floor it was used certificated management timber and some exotic brown granite as well as some walls and ceiling. In order to counter the whole structure and highlight the house amid the dense vegetation the interior and exterior walls were treated as a state of art and received several irregular shapes in different colors inspired in the universe of the modernist painter Tarsila do Amaral.
Outside, a stretch nautical fabric shades the area of the car and a great counter with tiles of different patterns glad the barbecue area which has communication with the swivel kitchen, allowing several combinations between internal and external area.
Inside, with the aim of enhance the view and increase communication between internal and external area a large shelf built in a circular shape frames the landscape. In the decoration design furniture as the giant bed-shaped nest, the “Chifruda” chair from the designer Sergio Rodrigues, the dinner table,”2 in 1 from the designers Campana brothers and Scandinavian furniture fit perfect on the rustic structure.” Via
Benevolent climate and incredible views to the sea make this holiday home a privileged refuge in New Jersey. Designed by interior designer Mona Ross Berman, the 1960’s inspired beach house succumbs to the charms of white, with certain doses of color and geometric patterns. A novel decorative tendency which has been called California Surfer Chic, every corner of this summer house is located in front the sea. “I know that’s not a real design genre, but I didn’t want it to be cliche, the same version of an East Coast beach house you see a lot on the Jersey Shore,” says Berman. The ‘surfer’ part is a relaxed, laid-back feeling. The ‘chic’ is taking all those elements and distilling them in a new way. As a base, the color white, in reference to the sea foam, with a cascade of color, typical of the 1960s poured over it. The exuberance of oranges, yellows and turquoise are the means chosen to achieve dual environments where relaxation, rest and fun reach the same importance according to the time of day, the company or the mood. Via
Bright color and dynamic patterns bring the white living room alive. The Moroccan poufs are a Berman signature. “I use them a lot in living rooms,” she says. “They make great extra seating, especially for kids. And here, they give you a chance to get a shot of leather into the room.”
Electric colors bring zest and zing to a 1960s-inspired beach house. The starting point was the dining room table: Berman based her palette on the orange, yellow, turquoise, and white tabletop. “In a summer home you have greater license to have fun, be irreverent. The ‘surfer’ part is a laid-back feeling. The ‘chic’ is taking all those elements and distilling them in a new way.”
“The whole house is basically orange, yellow, turquoise, and white, with a tiny bit of pink here and there. The colors were inspired by that wild geometric pattern on the ’60s-style dining room tabletop,” says Berman.
Grass cloth makes a chic backdrop for family photos above the wet bar. “This living room is all about colorful accents. Even though there’s a lot of color, it takes a backseat. The base color is white-white walls, white fireplace, white sectional-so it’s easier to be around it all day long,” says Berman.
“The doors to the laundry room could have been a lost opportunity-just another pair of white doors,” says Berman. “But we felt they shouldn’t be an afterthought. Painting them orange made them very visible and special. They read as art.”
“The kitchen has a classic, timeless quality,” Berman says, “with a few fun pops of color to keep it from being staid and predictable.”
“The master bedroom has a very retro feel to it,” Berman says, “with the pink, tangerine, and lavender color palette, the paisley linen, and the zigzag Missoni-esque pattern on the floor.” The floor is painted Salmon Berry and White Dove, both by Benjamin Moore. The headboard is upholstered in Henry in Rose by Raoul Textiles. Pouf from John Derian.
“Powder rooms are places where you can gild the lily. We used a loud geometric in a bright ocean blue to give it a slightly over-the-top feeling.” Wallpaper is from Studio Printworks.
Katie Ridder‘s Beetlecat wallpaper gives the boys’ room a playful but “not overly cute” feel.
Strong color- Benjamin Moore‘s Fresno-”keeps the mudroom from looking like your everyday mudroom,” Berman says.
Photos: Jonny Valiant
This fabulously designed home found on Elle Decor, is located in Madrid, Spain, owned by businessman Jaime Lacasa, considered to be one of the most stylish men in Madrid. Jamie is an interior stylist and owner of furniture and menswear boutique, Scooter & Jimmy’s Scooter. Filled with plenty of natural light and open space, this 3,229 square foot (300 square meters) apartment home is chalk full of bold color, including the robin’s egg blue painted floors, intriguing artwork and eclectic objects. Jamie has completely transformed this space using some of his own furnishings and infusing the home with his inspiring talent for mixing vintage with modern decor.
This incredible residence was designed by Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados, and is situated in Malibu, California. This modern display of sophistication and light shows off bold pops of color, limestone flooring in the whole living area, steel and glass on the staircase, lift, bridge, railing, and doors and wood on the upstairs floor and in details makes the space warm and welcoming. Italian furnishings were selected, large in scale and proportion with the size of the spaces, with straight lines, extremely contemporary and technological. The use of textures such as leather, velvet, metal and glass were dispersed throughout.
From the architects, â€œon the lower floor the emphasis was placed on enhancing the living areas so as to provide full integration between the areas. The gourmet kitchen was opened onto the dining-room, the staircase and the lift shaft casing were built of clear glass, to integrate the living area and the home-theatre and the outside area, where a bold swimming pool, made also of clear glass, can be seen. The idea was to provide the terrace view with as much transparency as possible.
On the upper floor we have the master suite and the others, plus a family home-theatre and a gym, fitted with super modern equipment. The master suite was privileged in its location, to ensure a view of the pool. The master bathroom was enlarged too, and became a spa-like room, also overlooking the pool.â€ Via
Visit the website of Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados here.
Interior designer Susie Hoffmann, owner of Bozeman-based Envi Design, converted a 1930s flour mill near downtown Bozeman, Montana into a spectacular loft that she calls home. The area surrounding the industrial building has a Brooklyn feel and just like the residences in Brooklyn, the home’s footprint is small. The former office space, which occupies the building’s top floor, is only 1,000 square feet. The open plan home incorporates a kitchen, dining and living room, office, guest nook and ample storage to keep the clutter at bay. The designer wanted to preserve the industrial feel, with plans to possibly turn the home into her design office someday.
With concrete walls throughout, the designer add mostly topical treatments such as paint, flooring, finishes and furnishings. Since the space was not so big, she had to plan how to maximize the floor plan and the storage without adding additional walls or partitions. The design solution was a mix of concealed and open storage options. Solutions included using open shelving to display dishes in the kitchen, birch walls were erected in the bedroom to create closets and a lofted guest nook in one corner offers ample hidden storage space beneath. The home’s color palette was inspired by the loft’s views of mountains and Montana’s big blue sky. When it came to furnishings, the designer selected pieces of similar scale to ease the transitions between the different spaces.
Visit the website of Envi Design here.
Photos: Audrey Hall
The cosmopolitan character of this downtown Madrid apartment, discovered on Mi Casa, is evident at a first glance. The owners are a young couple with a child who moved to New York for work purposes and use this house as a refuge on their frequent visits to Spain. Given that it is easy to isolate abroad, this couple felt the need to maintain ties with their country; so they would always have the option to make a trip to see family and friends. The location of the building, in the heart of the city, as well as its attractive architecture â€“ with high ceilings and unique balconies – resulted in an instant crush for their owners. The home was renovated with the key purpose to join the environments and have as much open space as possible. Bearing in mind that this is a casual home, it was not necessary to have large fitted wardrobes and numerous rooms; two bedrooms, a bathroom and a wide room, which houses the common areas, created a cozy dwelling for family. The home is decorated with pieces throughout that are from numerous trips, the furnishings and other details the ownerâ€™s had creative freedom to do as they wished.
Photos: Mi Casa Revista
We discovered this beautiful home owned by Miriam Alia of interior design studio Living Pink on Mi Casa. The residence is located in an old building in Spain with high ceilings with crown moulding and windows that brings plenty of natural light into the environment. Miriam added splashes of bold color throughout to compliment the sober background of white walls. Oak flooring has been stained in a Wenge finish to contrast with the neutral walls and create a framework of serene balance which compliments the furnishings. Spectacular tables in the living and dining room have been designed by Living Pink. In the kitchen, the bedroom closet and guest toilet, wallpapers become active elements of decorating the walls. Via