Kitchen Brights: Pick Your Hue!

For years I’ve been left frustrated when shopping for small kitchen appliances. You know the ones I mean: those appliances that resemble a lump of steel or have a cheap white finish. So you can imagine Mr. Bazaar’s delight when he happened upon the Kenwood kMix range of kitchen electricals,Β a collection of colour block brights for your kitchen that could easily have been commissioned by Mr. B himself! (Also check out their Barcelona food mixer – talk about love at first sight!) The moment I saw the range I knew it contained ideal pieces to use as accent pieces to a pared back or simple colour palette. Take the first kitchen as an example, where tomato red accents have been used across the electricals and utensils to add interest and warmth to the otherwise clinical and industrial space. By sticking to one accent colour the resulting scheme feels consistent and visually balanced. Yet don’t be fooled by these clever brights because they earn their keep beyond a standard white kitchen, as seen in the second kitchen unit where pink and orange accent pieces create a sophisticated yet playful palette. For my Bright.Bazaar kitchen I’m opting for the yellow colourway but which colour would you pick to brighten your kitchen, friends?
// Kitchen photography by Tim Young for Ideal Home | Shelving via Ideal Home | Animation by Will Taylor for Bright.BazaarΒ 


  • Reply Jaclyn August 31, 2012 at 12:02 am

    I love the look of a little color pop in the kitchen. That orange and pink version is pretty cute. I've been on a bit of a coral and turquoise kick, but I seem to always pick up yellow things too.

    Stay in the Lines

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar August 31, 2012 at 9:52 am

      I think there's only one description for people like for us, Jaclyn… colour addicts! πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Sarah Roads August 31, 2012 at 12:16 am

    Always drawn to a pop of pink…but I do love yellow in a kitchen.

  • Reply Ann August 31, 2012 at 3:52 am

    That is one beautiful kitchen,
    I love a white kitchen with pops of red, yellow, and orange.

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar August 31, 2012 at 9:53 am

      I agree, Ann. I think the white subway tile is the perfect background to layer in colourful accessories.

  • Reply Elements August 31, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Loving orange, really loving it with pink and green/mint. Not sure where the love has come from but it draws me in every time.

  • Reply Gild and Grace August 31, 2012 at 10:40 am

    This is a really stylish range. We bought my sister the cake mixer recently for her birthday. As for colour options, I can never go past pink! Have a great weekend Will πŸ™‚

    Abbey x

  • Reply homestilo August 31, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Ok, I thought Kitchen Aid was as bright as a mixer could get. But that Barcelona mixer takes the cake (pun intended). Happy weekend to you.

  • Reply sally beth August 31, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    It’s hard to find knowledgeable writers on this topic, but you seem like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks.

    kredyt konsolidacyjny

  • Reply Holly August 31, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    Love this post! And love the first image. I love the industrial (even lab like) style, I love white and grey and materials like metal, brick, and wood. And since red is my favourite colour, it's pretty perfect for my taste … Maybe just a bit more wood for extra warmth πŸ™‚

    And I think you are giving very good advice about colourful household items. “By sticking to one accent colour the resulting scheme feels consistent and visually balanced. Yet don't be fooled by these clever brights because they earn their keep beyond a standard white kitchen…” Yes!!!

  • Reply Swati August 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    There's nothing like a white kitchen with pops of color to brighten one's day! Love the Barcelona food mixer! Aptly named too! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Modern Country Lady August 31, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I have my Kitchen aid mixer in bright green and always thought that the best Christmas present ever.I would lbve to have more things like that in that citrussey green- so cheerful!

  • Reply LatteLisa LisaHjalt August 31, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    When we lived in Canada for a few months in 2009 I had a pink Kitchen Aid food processor and it was AWESOME. I still miss it.

    All the red appliances in the first photo look so pretty, the yellow Kenwood items are fabulous and I also love everything in the last photo so I'm torn. I can't decide.

  • Reply girlseeksplace August 31, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Orange for sure. My latest favorite color combo is orange and grey.

  • Reply Tuba August 31, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    I have the yellow kettle and the green toaster, green looks different though, I don't know why. I also have pink Smeg fridge and Dolce Gusto Agatha Ruiz De La Prada (dotty one) coffee machine. I had a crush on Francis Francis espresso machine but I used to have Dolce Gusto before and I really liked how easy it was to get a cup of latte and cappuccino and reviews wasn't very nice about Francis Francis. So I did my research and found these limited edition Dolce Gustos. I'm looking forward to buy my own house and get an all white kitchen. I think all those colours would look amazing on a white background.

  • Reply therelishedroost August 31, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Love the pops of color against a white kitchen, I would love cobalt and yellow!

  • Reply Birch + Bird September 1, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Love these! I'd have a tough time choosing between the blue and the green…or maybe it would be yellow or red…love them all! ~Lily

  • Reply Tim September 1, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    love the pop-up graphic Will! so much fun and funny how I was just reading this german catalog (which I didn't understand a word) but saw these Kenwood products!! I love that yellow toaster!

  • Reply Mollie@Kitchen Accessories September 4, 2012 at 10:13 am

    So cute! I love yellow to always brighten my day every time I cook.
    thanks for the ideas.

  • Reply Shirley September 29, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I love the *pops* of colour in any home/kitchen. The orange cups, bowls and red jug in the cupboard are all Rice which we stock… Yay!

  • Reply Sophie Robinson November 18, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Hi Will. That image of the kitchen- I styled and designed that for Ideal Home! I’m so glad to see its still being shared and appreciated so thankyou. I was only talking to my stylist friend Kate McPhee about a future project and we ended up pulling it out of the archive. It just goes to show if you invest in a great design, then it stands the test of time. And its so easy to update with accessories if you hanker after a change.

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