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?


  • Reply rolala January 31, 2012 at 12:13 am

    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. 🙂

  • Reply Michelle January 31, 2012 at 12:20 am

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

  • Reply Julia January 31, 2012 at 3:09 am

    i love the 1st image!

  • Reply Connie @ Daydream In Color January 31, 2012 at 3:53 am

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

  • Reply Zahara Dessert January 31, 2012 at 4:02 am

    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.

  • Reply Riell [project:Home] January 31, 2012 at 7:53 am

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

  • Reply Gild and Grace January 31, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Oh decisions decisions…I think number 1 gets my vote Will 🙂

    Abbey x

  • Reply Helene @ Homebound January 31, 2012 at 8:44 am

    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.

  • Reply anamublog January 31, 2012 at 9:00 am

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

  • Reply alex January 31, 2012 at 9:10 am

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

  • Reply LatteLisa LisaHjalt January 31, 2012 at 9:14 am

    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!

  • Reply holly@hvhinteriors January 31, 2012 at 9:41 am

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

    Best wishes!

  • Reply Ann January 31, 2012 at 9:42 am

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

  • Reply Qing Art January 31, 2012 at 11:25 am

    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!

  • Reply Rachel {Little Bits of Lovely} January 31, 2012 at 11:40 am

    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

  • Reply esmeralda January 31, 2012 at 12:11 pm

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

  • Reply Elizabeth Prince Ceramics January 31, 2012 at 12:23 pm

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

  • Reply Julie-White Tapestry January 31, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    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

  • Reply Lauren January 31, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    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!

  • Reply Lallabel January 31, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Industrial with red accents!!! love it!

  • Reply Chica, Cienna, and Cali January 31, 2012 at 2:16 pm

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

  • Reply VictoriaArt January 31, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    The first one is my favorite! Great!

  • Reply KREATIV-I-TET - Ann Merete January 31, 2012 at 3:24 pm

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

  • Reply Jaclyn January 31, 2012 at 4:09 pm

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

  • Reply Casa Très Chic January 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm

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

  • Reply jillian nicole January 31, 2012 at 5:20 pm

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

  • Reply January 31, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    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

  • Reply STYLIZIMO January 31, 2012 at 9:21 pm

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

    Nina x

  • Reply Becky - Pretty Dandy January 31, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    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!


  • Reply Rachie @ A Chi Chi Affair January 31, 2012 at 10:53 pm

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

  • Reply pretty pink tulips January 31, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    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

  • Reply jane February 1, 2012 at 4:12 pm

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

  • Reply MichaelaRae February 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm

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

  • Reply Deny February 3, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Look two for me! Just love it!

  • Reply Stacey Sheppard February 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    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.

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