When it comes to kitchen design, most of us don’t dare to boldly go where no one has gone before. A little edgy with backsplashes, maybe. A lime spatula or even a KitchenAid mixer in raspberry, why not? But an aqua fridge? Or a radiant orchid range? Seriously?
Seriously. This is not for the design timid. This is about the anti-white kitchen, that classic that remains most picked, in spite of what design editors may want.
Some may think it a cacophony of color. Others may be more comfortable with monochromatic splashes of bold hues. In the past year, though, a move out of safe neutrals was not limited to cabinets, custom or not. Faucets, sinks, refrigerators and even ranges were introduced in astonishingly unexpected hues.
For those artsy, eclectic folk who may not give a flip about resale values, there’s plenty of exuberant color for the kitchen to make you feel like a kid in a candy store (or a Jonathan Adler shop).
Go for an eye-popping faucet. Hastings Tile & Il Bagno does it right with its simple, clean-lined Vola single lever, deck-mounted faucet, available in 15 hues.
Sink your teeth into luscious color for the main or island sink. Pyrolave, an enameled lava stone available as countertop material or sinks, comes in 16 glossy and 16 matte shades, as well as custom colors to match existing interiors.
Keep it cool in a colorful fridge. The Italian company Smeg shows off a little retro ’50s styling with soft, rounded edges and a range of happy hues.
Heat it up with a colorful oven or range. Dacor wall ovens are available in 10 standard colors including cordon bleu, citron, crimson and tangerine plus virtually any color imaginable with its ColorMatch system — you provide a swatch. Italian manufacturer Bertazzoni spices up color with tangy orange, lemon yellow or tomato red — in Ferrari finishes.
Make a case for color. From matte to glossy, paneled to modern cabinets, there are Snaidero’s glossy brights, as in canary yellow or fiery red, and the latest from manufacturer Plain & Fancy, in a juicy range from apricot to tangerine, with paneled door fronts that wake up tradition. Or paint your own to give them a little pop. Try color as a feature wall to add zest to white or anchor island cabinets with a spicy accent.
Be counterintuitive. Silestone, a natural quartz product by Spain-based Cosentino, dishes up cool hues from magenta to coral, yellows to apple green and cobalt.