There will never be anything wrong with a white kitchen. Kitchens are expensive to install and it makes sense to use classic neutrals like white, black, beige, and gray that outlast trends and will look fresh for years to come.
But there are times in life when it feels right to embrace color, turning your kitchen into a one-of-a-kind gathering space that feels personal and specific, rather than staged for an open house designed to appeal to anyone. Depending on whether you live in a temporary rental or a forever home, and your personality, preferences, and budget, colorizing your kitchen might involve adding a few choice accents or going bold by saturating the space in a statement color.
If you are hankering to add bold paint on the walls, install colorful kitchen cabinets, lay some striking kitchen floor tiles or an eye-catching kitchen backsplash, or hang some decorative kitchen wallpaper, check out these mood-boosting, rainbow-hued kitchens that embrace color in some of its infinite variations.
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Opt for a Olive Green
Cathie Hong Interiors renovated the kitchen in this 1956 John Calder Mackay home in Mountain View, California to make it suited to open plan living while respecting the midcentury modern character of the original. The olive green kitchen cabinets and central island adds an eye-catching swath of period-appropriate color that grounds the center of the open kitchen, a perfect complement to its painted white ceiling beams and warm wood flooring.Continue to 2 of 37 below.
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Use a Saturated Blue
While dark blue kitchen cabinets have become a modern classic in recent years, this Paris kitchen from Space Factory takes the concept of a blue kitchen a step further. Drenched in a dramatic and vibrant International Klein Blue paint that is contrasted with bright walls and accented with black-and-white patterned floor tiles, this bold color choice creates a whole mood and stands out from the ordinary.Continue to 3 of 37 below.
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Complement Existing Elements
For this landmarked Brooklyn brownstone kitchen renovation, NYC-based Veronica Barrow Design added large steel and glass casement windows and a door that opens up to the backyard. Deep emerald green cabinetry complements the brick walls, honoring the historic character of the home while feeling fresh.Continue to 4 of 37 below.
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Energize With Acid Yellow
You don't have to paint the whole kitchen to make an impact with color. In this simple modern kitchen from A Beautiful Mess, acid yellow lower cabinetry gives the otherwise neutral space a shot of energy and cheer.Continue to 5 of 37 below.
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Update a Classic
In this British kitchen from Blakes London, an archway on one side of the period fireplace houses a shallow custom-built breakfast pantry complete with a toaster station and plenty of open and closed storage for food, dishes, and other kitchen sundries. A matching arch on the other side houses the refrigerator, obscured behind painted red double doors.Continue to 6 of 37 below.
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Pair Yellow and Blue
A trio of bright yellow midcentury Panton Flowerpot pendant lights adds a shot of mood-boosting color to this serene blue and white kitchen designed by London-based Pluck that conjures sunny Greek island vibes.Continue to 7 of 37 below.
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Add a Colorful Backsplash
An easy way to introduce color to an all-white kitchen is to add a backsplash in a bright colored tile, like the eye-catching glossy orange subway tile used in this kitchen from interior designer Ghislaine Viñas. The limited footprint of the backsplash tile means that you can replace it down the road when you start hankering for a new color without making a huge investment or doing any major renovating.Continue to 8 of 37 below.
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Use Shades of Red
This modern French kitchen from Space Factory has a striking ruby red faceted island as its centerpiece. Inlaid flooring with shades of red and pink on the floor around it complements the black-and-white space to create a one-of-a-kind look. A sculptural red footstool in the background helps to spread the color throughout the space to make it feel more balanced.Continue to 9 of 37 below.
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Choose the Perfect Match
You don't have to try too hard to make a case for pairing pink and green, an easy color match that has stood the test of time. This classic English Victorian villa kitchen from deVOL Kitchens has soft rosy pink walls, soft green tiling, warm lighting, and an inky shade of navy paint on the cabinetry that gives the cozy, homey, lived-in room dimension and a sense of history.Continue to 10 of 37 below.
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Use Bold Strokes
In this NYC townhouse kitchen from interior designer Ghislaine Viñas, vivid, confident strokes of yellow, red, and orange are applied to an all-white base creates a crisp, vivid pop art feel with a couple of bold moves. Using small doses of saturated color is an easy way to experiment and change your decor on a whim without breaking the bank.Continue to 11 of 37 below.
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Make It Natural
In a neutral space, adding natural plants and greenery is an eco-friendly way to incorporate color that will make your room feel as good as it looks. If you plan to fill your kitchen with plants, you've already got a colorful base to work with that can be complemented with any number of accent colors. This classic English millhouse kitchen from deVOL Kitchens has terracotta flooring and neutral walls and wall tiling that's lifted up by buttercup yellow criss cross ceiling beams that are a perfect foil for all the bright green plants on the countertops and hanging from the ceiling.
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Use Sherbet Colors
This luminous basement kitchen designed by Pluck uses sherbet-y shades of pistachio green and peachy coral to simultaneously brighten, cheer and warm the otherwise neutral space. with its white walls, concrete floors, and touches of warm woodContinue to 13 of 37 below.
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This British kitchen from deVOL Kitchens pairs the company's own Refectory Red paint on classic English cabinetry, adding an assertive shade of mustard yellow paint on the walls to create a bold statement. It's a classic pairing that makes a perfect backdrop for this traditional style kitchen complete with elegant moldings and open shelving styled with art and collected objects. Shiny brass pulls on the red cabinetry helps tie the two colors together.Continue to 14 of 37 below.
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Add Colorful Pendant Lighting
This warm modern minimalist kitchen designed by Eric Gilmer and Sven Simon of DasMod in conjunction with interior designer Sara Simon of Handsome Salt features a mix of natural wood and mint green painted cabinetry, bright copper accents, and multi-colored striped pendant lighting that add a boost of soothing pastel color and a sculptural element to the streamlined space.Continue to 15 of 37 below.
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Hang Tropical Wallpaper
If you want to add color to a neutral kitchen without a fullscale makeover, focus on an accent wall that will focus the eye and lift the spirit, like this colorful, maximalist kitchen from Casa Watkins Living. The busy wallpaper makes a clever foil for a jumble of objects on every shelf, making it look intentional rather than cluttered.Continue to 16 of 37 below.
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Mix Deep Rose with Walnut Wood
This Paris kitchen from Space Factory combines antique rose paint with dark custom walnut cabinetry, an earthy and quietly sophisticated color palette that adds character to the room. Plenty of white and cream on the walls and floors adds balance and keeps the room feeling light and fresh.Continue to 17 of 37 below.
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Pair Pink and Blue
In this kitchen from Lisa Gilmore Design, a terrazzo backsplash introduces subtle bits of color to the wall hung with all-white cabinetry, while a deep matte navy painted island is accented with pale pink bar stools to create a strong contrast with the rest of the room.Continue to 19 of 37 below.
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Paint Cabinets In a Soothing Blue
In this small L-shaped kitchen from Cathie Hong Interiors, pale blue upper and lower cabinetry adds a note of freshness that energizes the neutral space.Continue to 20 of 37 below.
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Pair Yellow and Gray
This traditional style kitchen from deVOL Kitchens pairs a painted dove gray oven hood and cabinetry with vibrant curry yellow walls, a quirky twist on a classic color pairing that adds vibrancy to the space. An off-white ceiling and black flooring keeps the bright color from overwhelming the space.Continue to 21 of 37 below.
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Add a Wash of Summery Peach
In this cheerful galley kitchen from Pluck, a wash of summery peach on the cabinetry and salmony blush paint on the walls creates a happy, warm, feel-good vibe.Continue to 22 of 37 below.
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Don't Forget the Ceiling
A painted sage green ceiling ties together the color story of this traditional English kitchen from deVOL Kitchens, with its pale pink walls, deep green tiles, and cabinets painted in the company's own shade of Clerkenwell Blue.Continue to 23 of 37 below.
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Add a Shot of Red
This contemporary condo kitchen from Miami-based interior designer Maite Granda gets a massive color injection thanks to a couple of striking blood red accents that transform the all-white space.Continue to 24 of 37 below.
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Create a Base Note
Dark teal paint on the lower cabinetry and kitchen island of this Paris kitchen from Space Factory creates a grounding base note of color in a light-flooded room with extra tall ceilings, rustic beams, and a skylight on the roof.Continue to 25 of 37 below.
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Mix It Up
A wash of pale blue paint creates a backdrop for a wall of open shelving housing a colorful collection of tableware in this multi-hued kitchen from Casa Watkins Living.Continue to 28 of 37 below.
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Follow the Yellow Brick Road
This kitchen from Pluck features wall-to-wall stacked vertical backsplash tiles in a sunny shade of yellow that anchors the space, while matte forest green cabinetry and shelving and a mix of white and coral walls and a graphic white-and-black island countertop adds dimension.Continue to 29 of 37 below.
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Create a Color Surprise
Hidden behind a door in this pistachio green kitchen from UK firm Pluck is a mustard yellow pantry that houses spice racks and sundries.Continue to 31 of 37 below.
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Add Flowery Wallpaper
This breakfast nook from Michelle Berwick Design has bold, colorful, abstract floral wallpaper that creates a striking focal point in the kitchen. The designer used the same wallpaper pattern on the adjacent dining room accent wall for cohesion.Continue to 32 of 37 below.
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Add a Neon Floor
When using color, don't be afraid to vary tones as well as shades. The English kitchen of Francesca Kletz featured on Home Milk has pastel pink walls and robin's egg blue cabinetry that softens the black-and-white square wall tiles and cools the wood-toned upper cabinetry, plus a neon yellow floor that brings a whole different shot of unexpected energy to the mix.Continue to 33 of 37 below.
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Mix Paint and Wallpaper
Interior designer Jessica Hill-Tompane at J Hill Interiors created a vibrant and colorful kitchen by pairing pale blue upper and lower cabinetry with large-scale tropical wallpaper in shades of yellow and green.Continue to 35 of 37 below.
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Lighten Up Rustic Wood
A luminous pale blue tile backsplash and royal blue kitchen island help to modernize the rustic dark wood tones in this kitchen from Cathie Hong Interiors.Continue to 36 of 37 below.
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Add a Coastal Vibe
In this open plan Florida kitchen from interior designer Maite Granda, a royal blue painted island complements the white walls, shiplap ceilings, and natural wood and woven tones for a glamorous take on coastal style.Continue to 37 of 37 below.
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Try a Regal Combination
Playing around with classic color combinations can help you achieve a quirky and contemporary look. This English kitchen from Home Milk features shades of lavender mixed with gold accents for a contemporary take on a royal color pairing.