It’s rare to find the color red is used in a bold way to create a visual theme for a contemporary kitchen with no red cabinets. But the red backsplash in this Swedish apartment kitchen shows us how to do it impeccably. Essentially, this is a contemporary white L-shape kitchen, with white walls and white minimalist cabinets. So it’s logical to have red glass mosaic tile fill all the space between cabinets on both walls — like paint. I call this of counter-to-ceiling tile treatment a “eurosplash” because it’s the way European kitchens are usually tiled.… Continue Reading
Kitchens with red and orange color schemes as well as red or orange kitchen cabinets, tile, wall color or major features.
Red country kitchens are sometimes casual but always bold.
There’s something about red kitchens that makes them a little difficult. People who love red tend use it as an accent color since a little can go a long way. We saw that with the refrigerator cabinet in the Ikea Heartthrob Kitchen, one of my original Atticmag posts, and also on the red workbench island in the recent Updating White Kitchens piece. But my view is that a commitment to big color on the cabinets is usually the best option for red kitchens, which is what made the lacquered Chanticleer Red Kitchen so stunning and memorable.… Continue Reading
Questions about paint color can dominate any discussion – color is that powerful. In the case of this bold and original kitchen, color is topic number one. The beautiful inset orange kitchen cabinets with concealed hinges are painted in Benjamin Moore Aura Salsa Dancing. The walls are painted in BM Oatmeal. As designer Melanie Coddington told an interviewer for House Beautiful magazine (where the kitchen first appeared) she was a bit nervous about the color at first, though the client was “fearless.” What a joy!
Another aspect of this highly refined kitchen was especially interesting to me: the idea for the cabinet color started with Walker Zanger’s Contessa Pagoda tile in paprika and black on a cream ground.… Continue Reading
Our final “Kitchen Week” offering is super-vibrant & one-of-a-kind, based on an owner’s collections.
When the dynamic hand of New York’s Diamond Baratta (now Anthony Baratta as William Diamond has retired) goes to work in a house expect knockout color, exceptional pattern and amazing attention to detail. All those elements are present in this nostalgic Connecticut kitchen, which nails the 1940s and early 50s red fruit motifs such as watermelons, cherries and strawberries and mixes in bunnies and roosters. It’s sweet and so much fun it makes most of those serious white kitchens feel pretty pretentious.
I love the idea of a high-end kitchen that makes you chuckle without being the least bit of a joke.… Continue Reading
A strong design statement brings a warm contemporary feel to a normally rustic space.
To brighten the darkest room in this home, designer John Oetgen and kitchen designer Sally Ann Sullivan put a modern twist on mountain aesthetics. Jewel tones were pulled from the living area of the open plan, setting the foundation for the kitchen’s bold look. The Shaker style base cabinets and island are painted a vibrant red, while rich wood dominates the uppers and paneled fridge. Sullivan says using a recessive door style allows the color and finish to carry the clean, uncluttered look. Green marble was used on the counters and backsplash to bring in the colors of the natural surroundings.… Continue Reading
Red makes a statement for any season of the year.
Bright, festive and high octane, red is one of my favorite colors for kitchens and appliances and one I seriously considered when we built our house. I know why. In the corner of my childhood home, my Dad had installed a bright red leather booth. I adored sitting there with my Mom while we ate lunch so happy associations with the color stuck.
Sleek European-style lacquered metal cabinets [top] are so effective for any kitchen. While this one leans towards the deeper shade of holly berries, the red cabinet walls are crisp, modern and very snappy with the anthracite and stainless backsplash.… Continue Reading