01/31/2012 // 35 comments

Three Ways To A Bold & Bright Kitchen

1. Ideal Home | 2. Simon Whitmore for Ideal Home | 3. Tim Young for Ideal Home
Whether your enjoying the height of summer or willing spring to arrive during the grey days of winter (yes, London, I’m looking at you right now) these three ideas are perfect for creating an energising and bright kitchen space. First up we see how ‘The Sunshine Shades’ of turquoise and yellow hues soften the darker geometric tiles that grace the floor, which in turn lifts the colour scheme. You will notice how the accent colours draw the eye upwards from the chair, to the counter and up to the shelves in the corner of the room; this helps to create visual space in the scheme. The second kitchen shows how to make a statement using colour and furniture. Often we might think to add colour through accessories but here these are kept minimalist with clean white finishes that offset the bold turquoise hue of the dresser – a striking and effortless look. The final look, ‘Industrial Red Hues’, is perfect for a warehouse or small city kitchen that has been kept white and pared back to increase the feeling of space but needs warming up. Careful use of tomato red accent hues will break up the crisp palette, preventing the scheme from feeling too clinical. My vote goes for look two, but which would you choose?

31 / 31 / 2012

That fist kitchen is gorgeous! I'm drooling over the range and hood but that floor is awesome. We had the cabinets/drawers in our kitchen fitted with baby blue doors and it's still one of my favorite elements in our apt. :)


31 / 31 / 2012

I think I would have to go for the red accents… I have been loving it lately!!!


31 / 31 / 2012

i love the 1st image!

Oooh! I love all of these. I think the reds are my fave.

Zahara Dessert

31 / 31 / 2012

Oh my! The first 2 kitchens are STUNNING! I just love the accents on blue in the first one and the blue shelves are great in the second.

Riell [project:Home]

31 / 31 / 2012

I Can't pick one, all three are gorgeous! :)

Gild and Grace

31 / 31 / 2012

Oh decisions decisions…I think number 1 gets my vote Will :)

Abbey x

Helene @ Homebound

31 / 31 / 2012

I can't decide between No. 1 and 2. They are both gorgeous and would fit perfeclty together. Can I please have both? 😉 Have a lovely day Will.


31 / 31 / 2012

i love the white and grey with pops of color. sophisticated yet playful :)


31 / 31 / 2012

Agree it has nice color combination. The kitchen worktops is beautiful.

LatteLisa LisaHjalt

31 / 31 / 2012

I'm drawn to the wood in number two but I would choose to pop up the look with accessories only, the turquoise cupboards are too much for me. I'm so loving the Le Creuset on the cooker in look number one. I want it!


31 / 31 / 2012

Great tips M. Bazaar :) I like the third one best. I can't resist industrial – and red is my favourite colour!

Best wishes!


31 / 31 / 2012

These photos are amazing. photo and design of room, both are nice. Great job.

Qing Art

31 / 31 / 2012

Number two, coloured furniture is what we do best, but it really works. With a neutral background you can be brave and daring. Why not? So many people opt for the safe approach, but look at these, they are lovely!

Yellow! The bursts of colour are happiness inducing I'm telling you 😉 I love the industrial/red look too, but I think yellow is just so charming and fun! xx


31 / 31 / 2012

I love number two! The blue reminds me of the sea.

Elizabeth Prince Ceramics

31 / 31 / 2012

Number one – love the happy feel. They are all lovely though.

Julie-White Tapestry

31 / 31 / 2012

I was just reading Martha Stewarts magazine and they had the inside of a kitchen pantry painted this color blue…I really love it. Not too much but just enough to make it feel nice. xo


31 / 31 / 2012

They all do feel happy. We just re-did our kitchen within the last few years and I love it so much. Parts of me don't feel the need to change. And then I see photos like these, and I think, hmmm. Maybe a tweak or two!


31 / 31 / 2012

Industrial with red accents!!! love it!

Chica, Cienna, and Cali

31 / 31 / 2012

has to be the red one ..i have a thing for all things industrial…..could be 'coz of my industrial engineerin background ;D


31 / 31 / 2012

The first one is my favorite! Great!

I love the first picture, the combination of turquoise and yellow! Love your blog :)


31 / 31 / 2012

i love the three ways posts. i need to incorporate more red.

Casa Très Chic

31 / 31 / 2012

OMG! These kitchens are sooo incredibly beautiful, I can't choose a favorite.
Warm hugs to you.

jillian nicole

31 / 31 / 2012

I love that second kitchen! Such a bold use of colour and looks so good with all the white dishware!:)


31 / 31 / 2012

Thanks for posting this — I've been mulling over the next steps in our kitchen and I think this settles it. I would love to do #2 but with black and white tiled walls already, I'm thinking I'm going to use #3 as an inspiration image but swap out the red for a sapphire/teal blue. Cheers – CT


31 / 31 / 2012

They are all gorgeous, but my favourite would be the first one. A fresh combination of colors.

Nina x

Becky - Pretty Dandy

31 / 31 / 2012

Definitely No1 for me, with 2 close second and 3 bringing up the rear. I just adore the tiles in the first kitchen and overall I think the look is sophisticated without being stuffy – a nice European feel I think!


Rachie @ A Chi Chi Affair

31 / 31 / 2012

Look two for me as well! It looks so modern and I love the bench!
Rachie xo

pretty pink tulips

31 / 31 / 2012

I agree….look 2 is my fav. Thought of you today, as everything I was drawn to at the New York gift show was color, color and more color!!!

xo Elizabeth


01 / 1 / 2012

these are going straight to my kitchen ideas list. thank you!


02 / 2 / 2012

I love the first kitchen. I'm all about brightening a room up with different pieces, it allows versatility. :-)


03 / 3 / 2012

Look two for me! Just love it!

Stacey Sheppard

04 / 4 / 2012

Definitely kitchen number three for me. I love those white wall tiles and the red is so striking. I love the flexibility of it as you could switch the accessories for another colour and give the kitchen a whole different feel to it.