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From boring to adoring: 5 fresh colour makeover ideas for your neutral kitchen

17 Oct, 2018

While white and other neutral tones are perfect for creating a timeless look in your kitchen and provide maximum return on your investment, there may come a point when you want to breathe a bit of life into your colour scheme. Sure, grey and cream can give you that classic elegance, but sometimes you need to switch up the energy a little.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways that you can use to add colour to your kitchen that don’t require ripping out the cabinetry or commit to a full kitchen redesign. A colour makeover can be whatever you want it to be: small and subtle, cheap and cheerful, or quirky and creative. Take inspiration from the ideas below and fall in love with your old kitchen all over again.


1. A splash of colour on the wall

Your neutral kitchen cabinets may be hard to change, but painting a wall requires little skill or time. All you need is a spare weekend and a trip to your nearest DIY shed to get the necessary supplies. Once you’ve chosen the wall that you wish to transform, it’s a good idea to get a few trial pots and test them in situ to help you select the right accent colour for your kitchen. Ideally, the colour should be bold enough to create a contrast, while not clashing with colour schemes in adjacent areas or rooms.

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This design was created by Judee Moody, Homestyler mobile user


If the budget stretches and the level of your DIY skills is intermediate rather than beginner, you could try your hand at adding or refreshing a tiled splashback. Coloured splashbacks can create a wonderful impact, while ceramic or glass tiles are available in any colour of the rainbow, and not difficult to fit.

Acrylic or glass splashbacks that come in sheets are another high impact way of adding instant colour to a drab kitchen scheme. These probably need professional installation, but then you’re only altering a small area of the kitchen, keeping costs low.

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This design was created by Tori Boice, Homestyler mobile user


And if you really can’t bring yourself to paint a kitchen wall and a new splashback is not an option, but you still need some colour in the room, there’s always wall art. Choose a large, boldly coloured canvas or print with a motif that you love and hang it on the kitchen wall. Job done.


2. Open up your kitchen shelving

Open shelves are a fantastic way to add some colour into your kitchen. Just as you can hide clutter behind closed doors to give your kitchen a calm, streamlined look, open shelves are an opportunity to display whatever takes your fancy – and in whatever colour. Best of all, you can change your display at a moment’s notice.

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This design was created by Pelin Gungormez, Homestyler mobile user


Glassware, kitchen utensils, candles, recipe books, favourite dinnerware, pictures, vases and anything else you think might good on the shelf – group your items together in your chosen colour scheme and create something personal and very unique.

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This design was created by Bridgette Everhart Hardin, Homestyler mobile user


3. Add bright painted furniture

Even in the most built-in kitchen spaces there’s usually an area where a freestanding piece of furniture can go – a dining table and chairs, a dresser or storage unit – or some wall space that you can personalise. One of the most effective ways to add a splash of colour to your kitchen is by way of painted furniture.

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This design was created by Kate Charman, Homestyler mobile user


Choose a bright paint colour and transform your kitchen table, breakfast bench or cabinet to your heart’s content. Find a quirky vintage piece and colour customise it to reflect your taste and personality, or cut out the hard work and simply buy a piece in a colour that fits your kitchen.

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This design was created by Susan Yanelys, Homestyler floor planner user


4. Go funky on the floor

Revamping your kitchen colour can be as simple as adding a vibrant new rug or floor treatment. No need to invest in valuable Persian carpets for your kitchen floor, since there’s bound to be the odd spillage or three that might spoil the rug.

Instead, go for a non-spill indoor/outdoor rug that’s easy to clean, a cheap recycled rag rug that’s easy to replace, or a vintage rug where the odd stain merely adds character. As a bonus, you’ll find a soft rug much nicer and warmer underfoot than hard flooring.

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This design was created by Deitra Butts, Homestyler floor planner user


5. Get lively with plants and produce

If your kitchen looks depressingly anaemic, you can liven it up in an instant with blooms and foliage, even fruit and veg. Depending on your budget, it could be something as small as pots of fresh green herbs for the windowsill, a pretty glass bowl displaying vibrant oranges, lemons or apples, or a generous colourful bouquet of colour of cut flowers on the island.

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This design was created by Susan Yanelys, Homestyler floor planner user


Potted plants, whether as elegant, bright purple orchids, statement succulents or lush palm trees in planters, can really help to soften the room and bring an element of the outdoors in. Complement with other natural materials such as wood, wicker/rattan and glass for bright and airy look that’s anything but greige.


Thank you to Annie Button for this article! Follow her on her Twitter account for more related content: @anniebutton1994

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