35 Colorful Kitchen Ideas to Brighten Your Cooking Space

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Square Footage Clever Kitchens

While features like white subway tile and stainless steel appliances can make any kitchen feel sleek, clean, and neutral, many designers also prefer to stand out with a pop of color. If you've ever considered opting for colorful kitchen cabinets, upgrading your flooring to a striking pattern, or even choosing vintage appliances with a modern twist, you're not alone.

Vibrant cabinetry, jewel-toned ranges, and colorful tile in every shade of the rainbow are all show-stopping ways to put a bold, personal twist on a cooking space. Even better, colorizing your kitchen can be as easy as adding several cherry-picked accessories. To help you create the hue-infused space of your dreams, discover these 35 colorful kitchen ideas.

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    Brighten Up Vintage Styles

    Modern farmhouse kitchen with yellow cabinets and yellow stools.
    Alys Design

    Hello, yellow: In this kitchen by Alys Design, a fresh coat of the vibrant shade brightens up the vintage look with colorful kitchen cabinets. The color looks surprisingly modern against the natural wood walls.

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    Try Monochromatic Schemes

    Red modern kitchen with red cabinets, walls, and backsplash.
    Gleba and Stoermer

    You don't have to stick with a dull neutral shade when deciding on a monochromatic color scheme for a kitchen remodel. Here's a fiery red hue that spices up a tiny kitchen by Gleba and Stoermer.

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    Upgrade the Modern Farmhouse Look

    Green accents on the ceiling in a white kitchen.
    D2 Interieurs

    In this modern kitchen by D2 Interieurs, several colorful accents punch up the mostly white cooking space. A couple of green light fixtures illuminate the kitchen island, pairing with upholstery that takes the rustic bar stools from simple to snazzy. This designer opted for a leaf-print window shade to complement the green accents in a modern farmhouse home.

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    Install a Creative Tile

    Tile of birds adorning a white kitchen with stainless steel appliances.
    Vidal Design Collaborative

    Cement tiles featuring a flying flock of birds add a little color and whimsy to a muted gray kitchen by Vidal Design Collaborative. With a mix of modern appliances and vintage design accents, the vibrant tile in this space creates a unique touch.

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    Look to Your Floors

    Colorful stenciled green kitchen floor in a white kitchen.
    Alison Kandler Interior Design

    There's plenty to love in this colorful country kitchen by Alison Kandler Interior Design. For starters, stencils and paint update the old floors. The red kitchen island brings cheerful contrast to yellow patterned wallpaper, which refreshes the built-in cabinets. The blue Viking range and cherry red cabinet knobs both help to balance the space.

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    Colorblock Your Cabinetry

    Colorful Mondrian-inspired kitchen with cabinets in different colors.
    Ande Bunbury Architects

    This Mondrian-inspired kitchen by Ande Bunbury Architects has basic cabinetry transformed with a different paint color for each door. Both the pink and blue countertops are made of resilient acrylic polymer.

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    Mix-and-Match Kitchen Tiles

    Mix-and-match kitchen tile in a white kitchen.
    Vidal Design Collaborative

    Mix-matching colorful tile is an unexpected way to perk up a modern kitchen. For example, two different backsplashes work together perfectly in this blue kitchen by Vidal Design Collaborative.

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    Opt for Earthy Tones

    Avocado walls and blue cabinets in a kitchen.
    Brett Mickan Interior Design

    In this Australian home by Brett Mickan Interior Design, the green wall envelopes the space with color while also having a receding effect that sets the tone for the white and blue kitchen features.

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    Incorporate Spanish Tile

    Spanish tile used in a turquoise kitchen.
    James David Custom Homes

    Spanish tile and a turquoise kitchen island both serve up heaping doses of color in this cooking space by James David Custom Homes. Bold patterns in the tile complement the room's historic details like stained glass cabinet doors and built-in architectural details above the range.

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    Colorize With Curiosities

    Urban kitchen with brown tile mosaic
    Katie Rosenfeld Interior Design

    Patterned wallpaper and a collection of curious objects colorize this eclectic kitchen in a studio apartment by Katie Rosenfeld Interior Design. If you're not ready to commit to wallpaper in your own space, opt for a removable option that can be switched out in the future.

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    Mix Bold Hues and Patterns

    Orange pendant lights, blue chairs, and white countertops in a kitchen.
    Katie Rosenfeld Interior Design

    To liven up this neutral cooking space, Katie Rosenfeld Interior Design employed various shades of green, blue, and orange. Patterned fabrics spice up the breakfast nook, while three orange drum shades and contrasting blue bar stools make the kitchen island a focal point.

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    Go Retro

    Country kitchen with turquoise cabinets, yellow door, and white counters.
    Alison Kandler Interior Design

    This refreshed cooking space by interior designer Alison Kandler Interior Design brings out an irresistible retro vibe. The yellow screen door was picked up at a local flea market and later refinished. Green cabinetry and collected accent pieces add to the vintage kitchen feeling.

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    Combine Bright Color With Touchable Texture

    Acid yellow backsplash and walls with gray kitchen cabinets.
    Nerland Building and Restoration

    Bright color and touchable texture define this chic cooking space by Nerland Building and Restoration. The almost-neon yellow hue in the background anchors the rest of the room. The three-dimensional tile backsplash is an unexpected modern twist with a significant wow factor.

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    Sprinkle Hints of Sparkle and Color

    Apple green and white kitchen with golden pendant lights.
    Copper Sky Renovations

    A Kelly green kitchen island adds brilliant color to this neutral cooking space by Copper Sky Renovations. Two more beautiful features worth mentioning are the gilded iron Morris Lanterns by McGee and Company that lend sparkle.

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    Upgrade an Outdated Design

    Tropical eat-in kitchen with bright blue walls and small blue table with red and yellow chairs.
    Copper Sky Renovations

    Dynamic colors and peppy patterns are a winning combination in this tropically inspired cooking space by Copper Sky Renovations. Solid surface countertops in turquoise round out the bold wall color, which is topped off with a vibrant orange ceiling runner. The chevron fabric on the chairs tacks on extra pizzazz. A multi-hued glass mosaic backsplash stands out against the white cabinets.

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    Get Sophisticated With Primary Colors

    White kitchen with blue cabinets and three red stools.
    Terracotta Design Build Company

    Here, a predominantly white cooking space by Terracotta Design Build Company proves that primary colors are anything but ordinary. The blue kitchen island and red bar stools are sophisticated pieces that pop against an otherwise bright, modern space.

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    Use Colorful Accessories to Boost the Mood

    Fiestaware kitchen with bright bold dinnerware.
    Alison Kandler Interior Design

    Accessories abounding in color can instantly boost the mood in any room at home. Here, colorful Fiestaware—a line of multihued ceramic dinnerware—infuses a kitchen by Alison Kandler Interior Design with a spirited touch.

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    Bring Personality to Minimalism

    Kitchen with blue cabinets and white countertop with black chair.
    Brian O'Tuama Architecture

    Who says a minimalist kitchen has to feel simple? This tiny cooking space by Brian O'Tuama Architecture features flat, modern cabinets in various shades of blue. A lime green radiator draws the eye to the front of the room for a fresh take on the design style.

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    Revamp Your Island

    Kitchen with red island, bar stools, and long kitchen table.
    Traditional Bespoke Furniture

    Cozy colors make this farmhouse kitchen designed by Traditional Bespoke Furniture incredibly lovable. Anchoring the space is a cherry red island with three vibrant bar stools. Art on the walls and decorative dinnerware enhance the colorful charm.

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    Incorporate Contrasting Colors

    Retro turquoise kitchen walls and appliances with red door and stools.
    Knight Architects

    A beach house in Cape May, New Jersey, received a retro renovation by Knight Architects. Turquoise appliances perk up the kitchen with a cheerful color. The red swinging doors and Coca-Cola branded bar stools are both unique finds. Providing practical task lighting over the sink are three Astron Aluminum Pendants by Rejuvenation. Glass mosaic tiles in sea glass hues reinforce the beachside vibe. A stunning update is the concrete countertop, a simple feature that makes a large impact.

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    Blend In Appliances

    Navy blue kitchen with farmhouse sink.
    Meriwether Inc Architecture & Design

    Designer white walls and beautiful blue cabinetry are the essential ingredients in this charming cottage kitchen by Meriwether Inc Architecture & Design. An apron sink sprinkles hints of farmhouse style, while a classic subway tile backsplash adds a timeless touch. Cabinet panels over the refrigerator help the appliance blend in instead of standing out.

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    Add Color With Decor

    Turquoise kitchen backsplash with an arrangement of books alongside the stove.
    Studio Stamp

    The interior design team behind Studio Stamp notes that adding brightness was vital when creating this cooking space. Several elements played a part, most notably the vibrant blue-green backsplash. Another interesting detail is a vertical rack brimming with colorful cookbooks.

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    Mix a Variety of Tiles

    Colorful subway tile adorns the walls of this brown kitchen.
    Mercury Mosaics

    Express your unique style with a one-of-a-kind backsplash. When the owners of this home wanted to reveal their inner colors, they turned to Mercury Mosaics. In this kitchen, handmade subway tile in six different shades creates a spectacular focal point.

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    Create a Cheerful Country Kitchen

    Yellow cabinets, white counters, and three black bar stools in a kitchen.
    Alison Kandler Interior Designer

    A yellow kitchen island anchors this cheerful kitchen by Alison Kandler Interior Designer. Upper cabinets lined with hot pink wallpaper break up the bright, white space. Green and blue furniture paired with patterned pillows make for an eye-catching breakfast nook.

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    Preserve Historical Details

    Teal and green kitchen with black counters and four bar stools.
    Amity Worrel and Company

    Amity Worrel and Company designed this 1880s-inspired kitchen for a period house. The labor of love captures the historical details noted throughout the home. All the cabinetry are painted in a historic shade of teal. Brass screens on the cabinet doors are in step with the old-world look.

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    Stand Out With a Glass Backsplash

    Multicolored kitchen backsplash with orange stools.
    50 Degrees North Architects

    A neutral kitchen is a blank canvas for a backsplash exploding with vibrant colors. The design firm 50 Degrees North Architects used paint to create this eye-catching installation. A glass sheet keeps the backsplash protected, while red bar stools unify the space.

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    Choose One Statement Color

    Orange retro kitchen leading into the living room.
    Kristy Kropat Interior Design

    Orange takes center stage in this kitchen renovation by Kristy Kropat Interior Design. A solid surface countertop and under-mount sink both inject the space with delicious citrus accents. Over the kitchen table is the FL/Y pendant lamp by Kartell. Its acrylic shade filters light with a tinge of orange.

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    Combine Dark and Bright Details

    Bright kitchen cabinets with black countertop and four chairs.
    Parker Bathrooms

    A custom black-and-gray kitchen by Parker Bathrooms gets a colorful lift from glossy upper cabinets. Thanks to a dark shade on the modern cabinetry installation, bright hues add a pop of interest without overtaking the space.

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    Install Colorful Appliances

    Crazy colorful rustic kitchen with chalkboard wall.
    Avocado Sweets Design Studio

    Avocado Sweets Design Studio gave a dingy, dark kitchen a new vibrant life in this design. The show-stopping feature in this rustic cooking space is the French range by Lacanche in Delft blue. A green cabinet and a mix of small kitchen accessories add pleasing doses of enlivening color.

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    Choose a Whimsical Wallpaper

    Pineapple kitchen with four yellow chairs.
    Chango and Company

    Chango and Company dialed up the color in this white kitchen by adding yellow bar stools and pineapple patterned wallpaper. These small hints of color make a sizable impact thanks to the choice of a bright, vibrant shade.

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    Pick Statement Pieces

    Yellow-and-blue vibrant kitchen with yellow chairs and wood flooring.
    The Jack and Mare Design and Build

    Several zesty accents invigorate this cooking space by The Jack and Mare Design and Build. A bold blue kitchen island with yellow bar stools brings balance to the yellow light fixture. Colorful accents including a teal kitchen clock and decor on the built-in shelving add several splashes of visual interest.

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    Keep It Simple

    Blue-and-green kitchen with blue cabinets and wood flooring.
    Square Footage Inc

    Two chairs introduce dashes of green color to this cobalt kitchen by Square Footage Inc. Rustic wood shelving adds a touch of warmth, which pairs with earthy green hues in the bar stools and decor.

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    Be Playful in Pink

    Hot pink kitchen with bright walls and white counters.
    Case Architects and Remodelers

    No shade is quite as playful as a bright, shocking shade of pink. In this kitchen by Case Architects and Remodelers, the delightful hue electrifies a white space. Adding to the eclectic vibe is the Bling Chandelier by Robert Abbey and patterned upholstery on the built-in seating.

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    Create Natural Focal Points

    Soapstone kitchen sink with yellow cabinets.
    JAS Design Build

    A stone sink can add texture and color to a cooking space. In this rustic farmhouse kitchen by JAS Design Build, a soapstone example pairs beautifully with a yellow kitchen island and smaller yellow details throughout the room.

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    Upgrade Your Upholstery

    Red dragon fabric in a white kitchen
    Square Footage Inc

    A high-impact fabric featuring a red dragon print satisfies a client's desire for color in this eclectic cooking space by Square Footage Inc. We love how the material puts the focus on the breakfast nook and complements traditional-style red dining chairs.