Considering a red kitchen? Think about the chic of going contemporary.
That’s because most of the modernistic red cabinets have a glossy red lacquer finish. With their clean lines and a slick surface these cabinets really look great in red. For me, it’s a dazzling look. As a plus, red is a natural partner for stainless steel so appliances tend to coordinate effortlessly with hardware and other contemporary style fixtures. A high rise “concept” kitchen [top] was created to showcase a Jenn Air pro-style range. Classically, it features a wall of high-gloss red cabinets with minimal handles in stainless. The concrete floor blends very well with the cool metallics. The dark gray backsplash ties into the color of the counters and both work as neutrals.
The wall of red cabinets becomes a focal point in this kitchen set up. It’s a very effective look in a loft where large windows provide abundant natural light that helps balance the impact of the saturated color.
A home in Germany, built in a converted aircraft hangar, has curved corrugated aluminum walls. That lends an odd look to the compact kitchen which uses the curved corrugated metal as a style statement backsplash. A lone upper cabinet is divided horizontally, with a frosted glass section to help offset balances the chimney vent hood. The industrial cross-bracing on the wall is left raw and utilized as a utensil rack. This is a special kitchen and an eccentric one due to the unconventional building. But I cannot imagine another color that would be as effective as red in establishing the kitchen nook and holding it visually.
In a way, a red kitchen island is nothing more than an accent. However, when it’s the only color in an otherwise neutral kitchen it takes over. This Massachusetts home is done in a kind of post-industrial style with exposed duct work in the kitchen offset by natural wood kitchen cabinets, presumably for warmth. The island is said to be composed of red tool chests, set on a frame, which essentially become modular under the stainless island counter. I would love to see the finish on the inside of the drawers.
A minimalistic Spanish kitchen, from xey, features a surprisingly similar red island, also on legs. This one has the long architectural handles favored by designers and a low profile sink and rangetop. Storage armoires behind the island look generic in comparison — these happen to have a stainless finish but they could be swapped out with white for a more conventional pairing.
(Source: behance.net, blog.obravip.com, burrandmccallum, decoestilo)
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Naomi W says
Wow, I love that kitchen island made out of tool chests. It’s giving me ideas.
A few GW’ers had candy apple red kitchen cabs–they looked so vibrant, almost “juicy” (and edible!)!
Jane F says
I had considered red for the kitchen but more retro. I think it’s really a fabulous look in a loft space where it just pops.
Love the great color of the cabs in kitchens 1 & 2, but not the gloss! We’re too messy…Fingerprints, splashes, smeary swipes. I think it would quickly look not so elegant.
I should say I thought I loved those kitchens, until I saw the tool chest island in kitchen 3. Very cool, in a great environment.