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A cherry red or charcoal black kitchen isn’t for the faint of heart, which explains why shades of white and gray tend to be the most popular. At least indoors. It turns out, most people would be willing to go outside their comfort zone (literally) in their backyards, according to Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens’s 2023 Outdoor Living report. The new survey, which was commissioned in partnership with the Harris Poll and tapped more than 2,000 U.S. adults, reveals that over two-thirds of Americans (69 percent) feel outdoor kitchen cabinets present an opportunity for “fun and different” color selections compared to interior ones. Younger consumers feel even stronger about embracing the rainbow: 77 percent of those ages 18 to 44 would opt to depart from traditional hues in their alfresco cooking zones.  

Courtesy of Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens
Courtesy of Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens

We’re well familiar with the logic—it’s the same reason people love to use a loud wallpaper print in their powder room. For most, an outdoor kitchen is strictly a summertime amenity, so you don’t have to look at it constantly. When it comes to Brown Jordan’s colorful offerings, a few of its top-selling cabinet hues are chili red, autumn orange, mint green, and cotton candy pink. Luckily it doesn’t cost a fortune to get in on the look: The company’s Elements line features freestanding powder-coated steel systems starting at $5,000. 

Or if you already have an existing outdoor kitchen setup but want to liven things up, shop some similar paint swatches, below. Who knows, they might even inspire you to bring a bit of color indoors once barbecue season is over.

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