Conventional wisdom says neutral kitchen colors help sell a house. Why conform? If you’ve ever thought about living in a freewheeling kitchen, here’s the inspiration, plus tips for materials and care.
Easy-to-clean recycled glass tiles, like these luminescent aqua and sky blue mosaics, are a good choice for potentially wet surfaces, such as kitchen walls and bathroom flooring. Glass tile is comparable in cost to glazed ceramic tile — you’ll spend $5-$20 per square foot at a home improvement center. Save money on kitchen upkeep when you green clean countertops with non-toxic homemade cleaners.
Wild Kitchen Colors, Practical ApproachesCornucopia of Kitchen Colors
Believe it or not, this kitchen used to be all white. But that’s nothing that a couple of cans of low-VOC paint and a vivid imagination can’t cure. For an inexpensive kitchen remodeling, painting is hard to beat.
Hard to look at this kitchen and not think of a creamy frozen treat on a hot summer’s day. This ultra-clean space features tough laminate kitchen countertops and cabinet surfaces. At about $25 per square foot, installed, laminate countertops are about half the price of ceramic tile, and minor scratches are easy to repair. A high-gloss paint sheen on the ceiling helps reflect lots of natural daylight.
Wild Kitchen Colors, Practical ApproachesPainting with Light
A combination of LED and fluorescent lighting paints this kitchen an electric blue at night. Low-voltage LED lights save money on energy: They use only about 2-10 watts of electricity and can burn for more than 60,000 hours — 60 times longer than an ordinary incandescent light bulb.
Image: Design by Marcel Jean Vos of VosLED
Wild Kitchen Colors, Practical ApproachesIt’s Curtains for You, Kid
Sometimes, a little color can go a long way. Sink curtains take the place of more-expensive finished cabinet fronts, saving money while adding vibrant hues. Green clean sinks to keep everything sparkling.
Wild Kitchen Colors, Practical ApproachesWoodn’t Expect It
Paneling the front of this built-in refrigerator with stained plywood helps it blend with the parquet look of this geometrically styled kitchen. Using high-quality materials, such as hand-crafted kitchen cabinet hardware, helps preserve the resale value of this home.
Although your adult side wants a nice, functional kitchen, the irrepressible child in you knows how cool it would be to build a kitchen with Legos. Score one for the dreams of youth. This mail-order kitchen cabinet was covered with more than 20,000 of the tiny plastic building blocks (about $1,000, used). New kitchen cabinet hardware is an easier, low-cost way to jazz up your kitchen.
Wild Kitchen Colors, Practical ApproachesShelve That Idea
Wire racks provide plenty of low-cost kitchen storage, and are perfect for displaying your collection of bowls and canisters, and for showing off your bold kitchen colors. A 24-inch long shelf is $15-$25.
A first glance says this expressive kitchen is hugely colorful, but it’s those white walls, ceiling, and floor that allow select dollops of color to really pop. With a supporting cast of painted cabinets, the star is the retro refrigerator. Most modern appliances come in predictable shades of white, black, and stainless, but color aficionados will be glad to know that manufacturers of retro-style fridges offer yellows, blues, and reds (along with modern engineering).