13 Colorful Kitchens That Are Filled with Charm

Decorating styles come and go and we’re currently seeing an increasing trend in people craving colorful kitchens after the mass popularity of white kitchens is fading. Here are 13 beautiful examples of charming kitchens with pretty colors!

Colorful Kitchen in Blue and WhitePhoto by Fireclay Tile

Adding color to a mostly white kitchen is easy to do. Here, Alison Kandler, one of my favorite interior designers, fills open kitchen shelves with brightly colored dishware.

Colorful Farmhouse Kitchen with FiestawarePhoto by Alison Kandler Interior Design

Here’s another take on brightly colored dishes taking up residence on open shelves. Another way to create colorful kitchens is by using patterned window treatments.

Colorful Farmhouse Kitchen with FiestawarePhoto by CapeRace Cultural Adventures

Rather than paint kitchen cabinets a fun color, how about adding a blue hue to the ceiling? The color is a softer shade of the bright aqua shown in the adjacent room.

White Kitchen with Pale Aqua CeilingPhoto by Dillon Kyle Architects (DKA)

If you’re brave enough to embrace a more permanent use of color in your cooking space, consider a playful back splash.

Brightly Colored Back Splash in Modern KitchenPhoto by Bret Franks Construction, Inc.

White cabinetry allows the perfect opportunity to add colored appliances. Note the sweet red drawer pulls – just another way to create colorful kitchens.

Cottage Style Colorful Kitchen with Aqua StovePhoto by Alison Kandler Interior Design

A free standing hutch in the shade of mint ice cream complements the playful dishes on the open shelves. Rose patterned upholstery on a nearby chair plays up the pink!

Colorful Kitchen with Mint Green Hutch and Open ShelvesPhoto by Tracey Rapisardi Design

Pretty apple green paint isn’t overwhelming when used on just the upper walls of this eclectic kitchen. If you get tired of the color, simply re-paint!

Apple Green Walls in a Charming KitchenPhoto by Roost Interior Design

Cheery pops of red perk up a neutral farmhouse kitchen and looks great with the gray hutch.

Farmhouse Kitchen with Accents of Red and GrayPhoto by Meriwether Inc

More apple green! I love when a kitchen island is painted a fun shade of color.

White Classic Kitchen with Apple Green Kitchen IslandPhoto by IS Architecture

Periwinkle looks equally charming on a kitchen island. Creating colorful kitchens becomes easier when you can simply paint your island a fun hue!

Traditional Kitchen with Periwinkle Kitchen IslandPhoto by Vollertsen Architecture

What do you notice first about this colorful kitchen? Is it the orange island, the brightly colored bowls, the patterned rug, or the unique light fixtures with color blocks of turquoise?

Orange Kitchen Island in Eclectic KitchenPhoto by Andra Birkerts Design

And finally, a homeowner who embraces shades of purple in her colorful kitchen! I love this one – the color choice is so unique.

Shades of Purple in a White KitchenPhoto by Alison Kandler Interior Design

If you could add any one color to your kitchen, which would it be?

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  1. Love all these, especially the purple island!

    We chose to go with colored cabinets for our kitchen when we built our custom home a couple of years ago. I know many were skeptical but once they saw the finished space, all of them commented “now it makes sense!”

    Our cabinets are a shade of sage green, with a couple of ivory units thrown in for contrast (the plate rack, the tea cupboard open shelf, the bookshelf and the range hood). The ivory matches our AGA range. We love our kitchen so much! It will likely be a bit of a harder sell down the road when we move but at that time, our choices would be to resurface the cabinets OR leave it with the hope someone else will appreciate the unique colors.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Chy in Canada

    1. Chy, your kitchen sounds amazing!! I love sage green and pairing it with ivory is a perfect choice. You must’ve had so much fun pulling it all together! You’ve got a lot of wonderful unique details in your kitchen – truly one of a kind! I agree with you wholeheartedly about the purple island – it was love at first sight when I first saw it!

  2. I like certain shades of green in a kitchen. I thought these white kitchens with a pop of color were certainly pretty. The color seems to make the kitchens feel more comfy somehow.

  3. I love the white kitchens with the colored dishware on the shelves. It naturally appeals to me since my everyday “china” is inexpensive, with 4 solid colored place settings – one gold, one green, one purple and one turquoise – all able to be mixed and matched. When my table is set with these casual settings, it makes me happy – like an every day Cinco de Mayo. My guests seem to love it also. White dishware is great for more formal meals, but I’m a casual entertainer and believe that color will be coming back – especially to kitchens.

    1. Your dishes sound fabulous, Pat! I love that you can use any of the colors together and it looks amazing. Very smart on your part! I rarely use my antique China and prefer everyday dishes – even when entertaining. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I truly don’t know what color,but i loved all these kitchens with the differences to them. A kitchen should take on the personality of the cook and i would love to go pick a color and put it some where in my kitchen.

    1. Hi Marlene!
      It’s hard to pick just one color – so it’s a good thing paint isn’t too expensive so you can change color choice from time to time! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Connie! I share your love of painted cabinets! Wood cabinets are nice, but I love the option of changing cabinet colors with a coat of paint. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. how I love all the color. I’ve wanted to break loose and go for it but have been afraid of HOW and WHAT COLOR, WHAT SHADE of the color to try. Love orange but hubby is nervous. Now I think I’ll DO it.
    Thanks for the ideas.