Here’s how to brighten up in ways that go beyond painted cabinetry.
Mix & Match
Pairing two classic coastal looks like turquoise subway tile and patterned palm leaf wallpaper brings a bit of the unexpected to the space while introducing a beach-inspired color combo that’s foolproof in a coastal home.
Play with Pattern
If you don’t want all-over color, choose a neutral-background wallpaper with lots of negative space. The flamingos shown here match the cheery-hued chairs for a spirited look that doesn’t overwhelm.
Have a shade you absolutely love? Go all in—coat not just the cabinetry, but also the backsplash and moulding with the same color for a bold look. A softer shade, like the light green used here, and white countertops keeps the kitchen from feeling overly dramatic.
For a dynamic take on a classic style, leave the outer edges of your cabinetry or shelving neutral, and paint the backboard instead. Favorite dishware and other kitchen necessities will instantly pop against the colorful canvas.
Looking for a quick and easy way to brighten up your kitchen? Paint the door—or its frame–a cheery shade for a pop of color that can easily be changed.
Painting or wallpapering your ceiling can be a daring move, but sticking with a classic pattern like gingham keeps the colorful twist just daring enough to surprise but not to overpower.
Work from the ground up by painting the floor a happy shade, like the lush green shown here, and then choosing accessories that match—rugs, artwork, and even drinking glasses. The orange door frame complements the green perfectly.
You might not immediately think pink when decking out your kitchen. But here, the sweet shade adds just the right amount of romance with pretty pastel appliances. The sky blue storage cabinet in the neighboring dining room is the perfect complement.
Make a Statement
Pick a bold color combination to contrast surrounding neutral cabinetry. The lush, leafy wallpaper complements the rich orange seat cushions, and the softer ceiling color offsets the deeper tones for a palette the really wows.