Interiors advice - Revive your kitchen with splashes of colour

PUBLISHED: 00:00 19 June 2014

Add new life to your kitchen with colour

Add new life to your kitchen with colour


Revive your kitchen with splashes of colour, says Justine Kirkham

One of the easiest ways to give a tired kitchen scheme a lift is with bright colour and fresh new accessories. Tropical and rich gemstone colours are back with a vengeance this summer and there’s nowhere better to highlight them than in the kitchen.

Neutral grey (this year’s taupe) or white units with zesty coloured tiles will make a kitchen look lively without being overwhelming. Yellow, red, turquoise, lime green or multi-coloured tiles can brighten the sink and cooking areas. Red and white in particular is always a classic colour combination to add modernity to a traditional scheme.

Stylish kitchen lighting is often overlooked in favour of more practical spotlights or tracks. Try more dramatic lighting in rich colours to illuminate the work space or create a focal point over the dining area with suspended lamps. Use flexible LED striplights under your units to cast an even glow throughout - ideal for creating a chilled ambience.

While you don’t want a million accessories cluttering up counters and tables, having a few key items that pop with colour is an ideal way to brighten up a room. Everyday items such as coffee makers, blenders and even dish drainers are being sold in bold, bright colours to create key highlight.

Italian manufacturer Smeg adds a new collection of retro-inspired small appliances to its popular kitchen range this autumn. DeLonghi also makes a line of kitchen appliances that are almost art, from canary yellow toasters to hot pink coffee makers.

For something even prettier, the Emma Bridgewater collection allows you to channel your inner Mary Berry with pastel-hued mixing bowls, jugs, cookware and serving dishes. Emma Bridgewater has also worked together with Sanderson this year to launch a collection of complementary fabrics, perfect for co-ordinating kitchen blinds, lampshades and cushions for dining chairs or bar stools.

Justine Kirkham is head of interior design at James Brindley, Harrogate


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Yorkshire Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Yorkshire Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Yorkshire Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Homes & Gardens

Leading Yorkshire estate agents rewarded with prestigious title

Read more

Have you found it, the place you would never leave? One of these outstanding properties could be it

Read more

Beautiful gardens are both captured on canvas and saved by campaigners

Read more

Properties in wonderful country settings you wouldn’t want to miss.

Read more

Ad Feature 4 ways to keep your home cosy this Autumn

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

As we head into Autumn, the change in season is all around us. From the leaves on the trees turning burnt orange and fiery red, to dark mornings and nights bookending our days. As we put the clocks back an hour to battle the darkness, here’s some top tips on how you can keep your home warm and costs down this Autumn.

Read more

Ad Feature Nant Lodges - an idyllic secret hideaway in North Wales

Monday, September 24, 2018

A stunning new development of ten luxury lodges at Plas Farm Caravan Park, Nant Lodges is the ultimate in holiday home retreats.

Read more

High quality barn conversions with fabulous countryside surroundings

Read more

Topics of Interest

Follow us on Twitter

Like us on Facebook

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Property Search