As much as I love decorating (textiles, chairs, lamps, mirrors oh my!) kitchens and bathrooms continue to be my favorite spaces to design. Perhaps it’s the blending of architectural elements with more decorative softer touches. I love specifying millwork with special details, laying out tile patterns, accentuating lighting with the perfect pendant or sconce. Compared to a living room with lots of textiles and furnishings, these spaces usually have less materials, making each selection more profound and important.
Kitchens and bathrooms tend to be more “permanent” renovations. Remodels are lengthy, messy and expensive. I find that people tend to be much more risk adverse when remodeling these rooms. There is a much greater concern over creating a timeless look vs a trendy design. After all, changing out a pillow in a living room is no big deal, but swapping out a tile backsplash in a kitchen is not so cheap or easy. I totally GET wanting a kitchen that will look classic in 10 years, I wouldn’t want to spend a lot of money to then have it look dated within a decade. Buttttt does classic have to mean a white kitchen? I often wish I got more calls to do more colorful kitchens. People are open to color in other areas, so why not in the heart of the home?
As much as I love a bold statement of color and pattern, you can add a special punch to your kitchen or bathroom without going 110%. I adore the bathroom above…. but not for my home.
So how do you add more color into these functional rooms in a smart and dare I say “safe” way? Here are tips to be classic yet colorful in your kitchen and bathroom.
#1 A colorful base cabinet paired with classic white backsplash tile (or light wall.)
I think of this as updated classic. Keep the architectural lines clean and let the color on the cabinets do the talking. The light walls keep the room from feeling overly saturated.
I love this kitchen so much! The choice of a navy blue base cabinet is so rich and warm. White counters, subway tile, a traditional beaded inset cabinet all give this kitchen a classic look.
#2 Mix white perimeter cabinets with a bold colorful island
When the majority of the kitchen is clean and crisp, you can go a little bolder on the island! You can even pair the white perimeter with a special tile or wallcovering that ties into the island. The white cabinet will help balance the space and keep it from feeling too busy.