By Liz Thompson

Published on December 5, 2016

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Whether you love to cook or not, chances are you spend plenty of time in your kitchen. More than any other room, it’s important that you love it. A fun way to inject a bit of personality into your cooking space is with color. Choose a new tone for kitchen cabinets, and watch the busiest room in your home come to life.

Green With Envy

There’s nothing demure about this lively green. When going this bold with color, opt for one wall of bright cabinetry, and leave the rest (and walls) white. Black shelving and furniture add contrast. It’s a perky way to add zest to your kitchen.

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Retro Red

Red goes well in retro kitchens like this little charmer. A glossy tomato color coats lowers, while uppers are clad in neutral wood. A white brick backsplash is well suited to the ‘70s era look. As for furniture, a modern oak table surrounded by Eames chairs is the perfect choice.

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Yellow Rising

The best way to keep a flat, dark paint color from looking dreary is to add a hit of ultra-bright yellow. This hue is used only on bottom cabinets so it doesn’t overwhelm. Try adding contrasting paint finishes for a mix-and-match look done right. Since walls (and even the ceiling) are done in deep gray, the room looks stately.

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Gold With Bold

Green seems to be a common theme among those who love color in their cooking space. To pull off this, or any color, use gold accoutrements to tie the look together. It takes a bold look from “too much” to “just right” in an instant.

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Go Green

These are not your ordinary shades of green. The misty hues are rich and muted, yet still manage to give off a welcoming blast of color. Gothic touches, natural wood floors, and stainless steel fit right in. And if any room can pull off a stuffed peacock, this is it.

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Mystery Kitchen

If you’re looking for something different than the usual whites and greys, these kitchen cabinets are it. Blue-green on lower cabinets grounds the powdery pink, cabinet-free wall. If it weren’t for the gleaming gold pulls, the black cabinets would be practically invisible. A pretty floral rug and whimsical furniture add some fun to this serious scene.

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Funky Farmhouse

This place is cute with spunk. The vintage vibe takes on a modern bent thanks to salmon pink and mustard yellow. And farmhouse pulls keep the look simple and perfect. Parquet floors, lots of natural wood, and a rudimentary pot and utensil rack lend a boho feel.

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Think Pink

Ok, so pink may not be the most popular kitchen choice (since the ‘50s ended, that is) but it can still look current and pretty. Take this blushing room, for example. Pale pink, modern cabinets and geometric tile floor (in green, no less) combine for a look that is both quirky and cool.

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Not All White

So you like your kitchen the way you like your artwork: colorful, cheeky, and scene-stealing. Edgy green cabinetry with elegant hardware goes nicely with white countertops and shiplap walls. An easy, and changeable, way to add color to an all-white space.

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Your Favorite Here

For an original look that showcases a favorite color (in this case, a fun greenish-blue) deck out cabinets with the tone, but leave a few well-placed doors bare. It’s quirky but not too much so. That tiny subway tile backsplash in glossy black completes the space.