Red represents love, life, power and passion in many cultures. A stimulating color that can raise one’s blood pressure and increase one’s appetite, red is a great choice for an accent color in the kitchen. For those who want to go big and bold, it can be used in larger amounts to call attention to cabinetry, walls or appliances. As this is an attention-getting hue, it’s important to think strategically about how you use it and how it will work with other colors and materials in your kitchen.
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Red Paint Picks
Finding the right kind of red can be tough. Some are warmer, with more orange; others are cooler, with more blue. And how blue or orange they look is affected by adjacent colors. When considering red paint, it’s a good idea to get samples of several versions you like and try them out in your space before making a commitment. Also, keep in mind that it can take several coats of red to get full coverage. If you will be using a primer, ask your paint retailer to tint the primer in preparation for red.
Now on to inspiration for using this lively hue in your kitchen.
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What a colorful and fun kitchen this is! It’s modern yet warm and inviting. By grounding the red with warm wood tones and contrasting it with a soothing green hue, the designer made this kitchen peppy without its becoming too much.
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This space is magical to me. It speaks to my love of color and of clean, open spaces with abundant natural light. The bank of painted wood windows is utterly charming, as is the farmhouse sink and graceful gooseneck faucet. It’s a kitchen that must be an absolute pleasure to cook and entertain in.
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Don’t neglect your floor either. Red is an attention-getting color, so use it on the floor only if you have an interesting material you want to call attention to, such as this scored concrete.
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I’m a fan of bold accent walls, as they are an easy, affordable and low-commitment way to add excitement and drama to a room. This bright orange-red wall accentuates the interesting architecture of the space and pulls you right into the kitchen.
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Not quite ready for a large wall of bright red? Try a smaller hit of color. This true red wall works well with the warm wood and orange hues.
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I usually advise design clients to stick with neutral colors for items that are difficult and expensive to change out, but I also believe in selecting materials you absolutely love. So, while your real estate agent or well-meaning friends and family might tell you to step away from the red tile backsplash, I say if you love it and plan to stay in your house for a while, go for it. But let it be the star of your kitchen by selecting supporting neutral colors and materials that don’t compete with it, as this kitchen perfectly illustrates.
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Appliances offer another way to pull red into your kitchen. Our eyes are drawn to red, so make sure you have appliances worthy of the attention, such as the range and work-of-art vent hood in this modern rustic beauty of a kitchen. The distressed red walls also pull the gaze in and up to the interesting architectural details of this amazing space.
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This gorgeous modern rustic kitchen has a red-clad island as the anchor. The red appears to have quite a bit of orange in it, which serves as a nice warm contrast to the cooler colors in the space.
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I love the eye-catching red cabinetry in this fetching open-plan kitchen. If you opt for a bold hue on your base cabinets, consider using a neutral hue for your upper cabinets or installing open shelving. Either move will break up the red and keep it from becoming overwhelming.
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A painting of green apples inspires the use of red throughout this contemporary kitchen. Framing the artwork with scarlet walls and patterned shades makes it a dramatic focal point. White beaded-board wainscoting and a rustic island countertop made of wood planks add subtle interest without detracting from the art. Blue lamps and oversize red cabinetry knobs add pops of color to the eclectic room.
Sophisticated Country Style
Traditional cabinetry with crown molding and full inset doors and drawers takes on a sophisticated country attitude when you mix barn-red surfaces with black and tan. The dark red cabinets add warmth, while the black island adds drama. A wall of tan cabinets keeps the room from feeling too dark. Black slab countertops and a wide-plank hardwood floor integrate the colorful components into a unified space.
If you’re not ready to commit to walls or cabinets in red, add the color in small doses through the use of accessories. This retro-style kitchen gets its whimsical personality from red polka-dot dishes, red small appliances, and red-print window treatments. Aqua walls and chairs add a midcentury vibe.
New Meets Old
Incorporate contemporary color combinations to elevate old-world kitchen designs. Here, golden-yellow cabinets showcase a finely carved red mantelpiece that hides venting for the range. The mantel frames a decorative backsplash, while other crimson touches like red barstools and dishware pull the look together.
Incorporate scarlet-red cabinets into your kitchen for clean contemporary style. Red finishes captivate the eye and melt the icy chill of sleek polished surfaces. Opt for open shelves instead of upper cabinets to rein in red’s impact and keep the dazzling hue from overpowering a galley-style kitchen.
Sometimes all you need is a small splash of red to amplify a kitchen’s sense of warmth and whimsy. This tidy row of pendant lights wears a raspberry hue that introduces unexpected color above a marble-topped island. Highlighted by a white tile backsplash, the red shades give a refreshing lift to complementary teal cabinetry and dark furniture.
One piece of bold furniture can change an entire kitchen’s look. In this country kitchen, white cabinets create a peaceful perimeter that asks for a vibrant pick-me-up. A custom-built island finished in persimmon red stands as a purposeful centerpiece that invigorates the workspace while staying in sync with the room’s country style.
Cherry-red lacquer cabinets create a contemporary vibe in a small kitchen. The reflective surface sends light bouncing about the space and works well with gray concrete countertops and flooring. Frosted-glass cabinet doors and a stainless-steel backsplash, which coordinates with the concrete and appliances, brighten the back wall.
Modern cabinetry crafted from riftsawn red oak contrasts sleek metal accents and polished hardware in this compact kitchen that’s big on style and storage. Easy-on-the-eye elements, such as marble floors, gray quartz countertops, and a stainless-steel backsplash, supply understated yet interesting patinas plus high-style shine.