How to Add Color to a White Kitchen

Written by maryfenton
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White gives a classic and timeless look to a kitchen. You may have chosen white for its clean look, and white appliances tend to be more affordable than stainless-steel or appliances with colour. Although white does give the kitchen a clean and bright look, it also is like a blank slate for adding your own design touches if you want to add a little more life to your kitchen. There are a number of ways to add some colourful accents to your white kitchen, depending on your budget and how much colour you want to add.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Paint
  • Backsplash
  • Small appliances
  • Kitchen accessories
  • Flowers and plants
  • Artwork
  • Shelving
  • Window treatments

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    Paint one or all of your walls a different colour. Choose a colour that goes well with the adjacent room and is fitting for a kitchen; yellow and blue are popular colours for kitchens. Start by painting one wall as an accent; from there, you can decide whether you want to leave the other walls white or add more colour to the walls.

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    Add a backsplash of stainless steel, coloured tile or natural stone. The backsplash is the section of wall behind the stove and between the countertops and cabinets.

  3. 3

    Display small kitchen appliances and accessories that add colourful accents. Items like toasters, juicers and mixers come in a variety of fun colours, so you can put a few appliances on your countertops and add matching accessories such as dish towels, pot holders and colourful olive-oil bottles.

  4. 4

    Place fresh flowers and plants on the countertops and windowsills. If there is space between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling, you can place plants there as well.

  5. 5

    Hang a painting on the wall or add a shelf that you can use to display colourful china. If you have a cabinet with glass doors, arrange colourful plates and glasses so they can be seen through the doors.

  6. 6

    Put up curtains in a pattern or solid colour that matches your colour scheme, or hang coloured or wooden blinds.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't overdo it; a little bit of colour goes a long way. Choose a main colour and one or two accent colours.

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