How to Create a Colorful Kitchen on a Budget: Market Monday

This time of year always makes me want to add more color to my house, specifically the kitchen because it’s the only white room in the house. I like a cheery kitchen and was so happy to find some cool stuff at Crate and Barrel that would work perfectly. I haven’t purchased anything yet, but plan to. Before I get into that, here’s a few examples of a colorful kitchen you might enjoy. (This post contains affiliate links – see my privacy policy.)

Bright and cheery cottage style kitchenPhoto by Alison Kandler Interior Design


white cottage kitchen with green subway tilePhoto by Alison Kandler Interior Design


Colorful kitchen with purple islandPhoto by Alison Kandler


Aqua and white cottage kitchenPhoto by Martin Interiors


So how do you create a colorful kitchen like one of these inspiration photos? You can always paint your kitchen cabinets, or just the kitchen island if you have one. Paint isn’t too expensive, but it can often be a lot of work. Especially in the kitchen where there’s a lot of hardware to remove.

I prefer to add colorful items on my open shelves or on the kitchen counter. It’s typically less money, it’s definitely less work, and it’s more fun! As I was thinking of color options, I came across some great appliances and kitchen wares at Crate and Barrel.

What first caught my eye is a product line called Haden. It reminds me of SMEG appliances but is much more budget-friendly. Most of the Haden appliances are now available in aqua, blue, and gray, with a few pieces available in pink (which my daughter would love).

Haden appliances from Crate and Barrel


Here are some of my favorite pieces from the Haden kitchen line, shown in springtime colors. What’s great about these hues is that they pair well with some of KitchenAid‘s colors.

Haden pastel appliances available at Crate and Barrel

1- Pink Kettle / 2- Blue Kettle / 3- Blue Toaster / 4- Aqua Toaster / 5- Aqua Microwave / 6- Blue KitchenAid Mixer / 7- Aqua KitchenAid Mixer / 8- Pink KitchenAid Mixer / 9- Pink Toaster / 10- Blue Pitcher / 11- Aqua Pitcher / 12- Blue Coffee Maker / 13- Aqua Coffee Maker


In addition to the colorful Haden and KitchenAid appliances, I also found these charming kitchen wares at Crate and Barrel.

Colorful Kitchen Wares from Crate and Barrel

1- Maeve Canisters / 2- Measuring Spoons / 3- Julep Cookware / 4- Yellow Cookware / 5- Kitchen Towels / 6- Caspian Dinnerware / 7- Maeve Utensil Holder / 8- Staub Baking Dishes / 9- Stripe Kitchen Towels / 10- Maeve Mixing Bowls / 11- Melamine Bowls





I hope you enjoyed seeing these colorful kitchen options. Let me know if you plan to add any spring colors to your rooms this year!

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  1. Crate and Barrel is a store we don’t have in Australia but I wish we did. I often look at their site and always find something I like. They do ship but it gets expensive. Love the coloured kitchenware especially the yellow pots. Colour in the kitchen can only be a good thing.Thanks Jennifer.

  2. Love that purple island! Had I been asked before seeing it I would have thought not. I’ve just switched over my winter decor to spring green and am enjoying the change, something that will be good for quite some time as we slowly segue into real spring here in the foothills of the Rockies. By the way, are you still planning on participating in that marathon somewhere in California?

  3. I switch out my curtains from white to blue print and even my towels and a few dishes on my open shelves. Love the colored appliances I need to try them when mine wear out. Loved all the kitchen examples.

  4. I love the lilac island! Probably not a color I would ever pick on my own because I would be “afraid” of the boldness, but hey, it’s only paint, right? Thanks for the colorful collection of kitchens. I’m going to be looking for some of those appliances, too.