We love to decorate, but sometimes a room doesn’t need a whole makeover. Here are some ideas we created for HGTV.com to add a little pop of color to your kitchen. They’re like little spicy accents!
Want to update your kitchen with one of this season’s stylish colors without breaking the bank? Think fun, colorful accents in today’s hot colors like Blazing Orange, Blue Curacao, or Meadow Green. Start fresh by stashing mismatched knickknacks and creating a neutral backdrop. Then bring in a new fashionable color in the form of art and accessories. Whether you buy coral canisters or create your own coral curtains, adding a striking new color is sure to liven up the kitchen.
Spiff Up Some Storage
Colorful items on the countertop don’t have to take up space. Storage boxes do double duty as decoration when painted a vivid color like tangy Tangerine. Simply buy a few wooden craft boxes at a local craft supply store and spray paint them with your chosen hue. Label each box with metal scrapbooking letters and a little hot glue. Fill the containers with items you’d like access to but don’t use daily, such as cookie cutters and candy molds. Then give a shelf a burst of color by stacking the orange boxes next to the cookbooks. Bring in other accents in the same color, such as a collection of Fiesta Ware in delicious Persimmon.
Wake Up The Walls
Whether you’re handy with a paintbrush or not, it’s a cinch to add artistic color touches to your walls. Pick a bold color like Pomegranate or Fuchsia and choose a stencil that complements your décor. Wall stencils come in sophisticated designs including Florentine scrolls, French fleur-de-lis, and ornate damask. Skip the formality and place the graphics here-and-there on the walls. Tape the stencil up with masking tape and dab on acrylic paint with a foam stenciling sponge. For an even easier transformation, use Blik Re-Stik repositionable wall decals. These movable stickers take the fear out of working with color––if you don’t like the look, just remove and re-stick!
Dish Up Some Drama
To add a dash of color to your kitchen, take the plates out of the pantry and pose them on the walls as works of art. Decorating with dishes takes on a modern feel when you choose earthenware in this season’s natural hues. Look for dinner plates in a single shade, like Target’s Crackle Dinnerware Collection in St. Tropez Green or tranquil Turquoise. Use plate hangers to create a round grouping on a wall or to add a stripe of color to a vertical space between the oven and the pantry. To add flavor to your breakfast nook, set the plates on plate stands and line them up along the windowsill.
Perk Up The Plants
Plants are a natural for the kitchen and are an inexpensive way to bring botanical colors indoors. Terra cotta pots cost just a few dollars and they can be easily transformed with outdoor paint designed for terra cotta (available at craft stores). Paint the pots garden colors like Sunflower or Lemongrass and finish them off with stylish stripes created by wrapping the pots with ribbon. Resist campy rickrack and pom-poms and go for a contemporary look with retro madras plaid, edgy grommet ribbon, or sleek trellis yarn. Pick a trim that goes with your décor and make sure it is colorfast. Group your new sunny pots by the sink to brighten up the dish rack. Or place one pot on top of the fridge, one by the pantry, and one on your dinette table to spread bursts of yellow and green throughout the kitchen.
Dress Up The Windows
That naked kitchen window is just waiting to be jazzed up. So for this makeover, skip the mini-blinds and go for a set of classic café panels. To make your own, give an old-fashioned craft a twist by turning tea towels into artsy curtains. Start by dyeing four flour-sack tea towels in a trendy color like Magnolia Green. Then buy three shades of paint in the same color family and three large foam stamps to create your design. Stamp all over the fabric, alternating the colors and the stamps as you go. Position a decorative tension rod halfway down the window and hang the four panels side by side across the rod with curtain ring clips. If your color-pop is Conch Shell Peach, you might choose seashell stamps, or if Peacock Blue is your color, pick paisleys to pattern your panels. What a pretty punch of color!