Christmas kitchens feature red cabinets that make a bold design statement during any season of the year.
Bright, festive and high octane, Christmas kitchens are red — one of my favorite colors for kitchens and appliances. I seriously considered red cabinets 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 red lacquered metal cabinets [top] are so effective for any kitchen. While this one leans towards the deeper shade of Christmas holly berries, the red cabinet walls are crisp, modern and very snappy with the anthracite and stainless backsplash. It’s a good mix with the stainless appliances. Cream-color upholstered chairs, bar stools, the marble table and floor help soften the red in the open living space. The wood-tone counter that wraps the top and side of the eating counter coordinates well with the java tones in the chair legs and table base and sets off the light finish on the stools. The attention to detail here, both in the kitchen and seating area, looks very designer-done.
Red, white and green looks naturally festive this time of the year but it’s also a classic combination – particularly with the 1940’s vibe jadeite hue. While I’m not usually a fan of contrasting wall color it works here because everything above the base cabinets is ivory – which allows them to pop.
Tweaking it down a notch, color used to highlight this unique sink cabinet is very effective in calling attention to it. It’s one of the few country kitchen farm sinks I’ve seen installed against a wall but designed like an island sink. Drawers on each side of the sink are a great idea borrowed from an island with matching faux drawer-fronts used to hide the plumbing. Most people want to hide cleaning supplies that normally go in a cabinet below the sink but I feel it’s enormously clever to have the open pot-shelf below. It’s a great space for a hyper-organized owner to stow things or use purely as decorative space.
(Source: Houzz, traditional-woodworking.com, BH&G)
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Black Eyed Susans Kitchen says
So many things to like in this kitchen…love the red cabinets and the marble counters make me swoon. You always come up with the best decor!
I have a red kitchen year round…. it is fun to have.
Tricia Rose says
My sister had an ultra-glossy red kitchen in her last house, and fingerprints were a bugger, although the colour was sleek and very smart.
I love the red so much! Red is such a happy color for me, it warms my heart. I use a lot of red in my home…now if I can only talk my husband into painting our oak cabinets red….big smile here.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth (Home is Where the Heart is)
These are great ideas – reds are hard and you’ve got to find the right one that suits your personality; especially in a room you’ll be in lots.
I, too spent some childhood time in a kitchen that had booths and it was absolutely wonderful.
Enjoy whatever choice you make and sure that you’ll love it. Happy Holidays!
That’s so funny, I just got done trashing Pantone’s new color of the year on another fave blog — but really, wouldn’t you call that last super fabulous by the way kitchen “tangerine tango”? It looks great here!
Jane F says
So glad you all dropped by to comment. I was worried the red wouldn’t be “Christmassy” enough.
mb – I’m so with you on TT. That last kitchen could be red-orange but I haven’t seen that tangerine shade since the ’60s. We all wore it and it was as awful then as it is now. Think it was called Mango Flip then. Nearly as bad as Honeysuckle. Don’t know what they are thinking but for me it’s way off.
Just heard on the TV show, “The Doctors,” today that red in the kitchen can make us hungry, so can be an actual factor in weight gain… I wonder if that holds true for dark red/burgundy? 😉 But red is certainly fun and festive.
The top kitchen is just the color of some of our Christmas stockings, so I sure think it’s Christmasy… Just on the elegant side!
I love this kitchen. What is the name of he red paint color?