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Colour can transform a kitchen design, adding warmth and character. You can choose to go subtle or bold, but if you decide to make an impact with colour, few shades create drama as instantly as red.
Red is a classic colour, which traditionally represents passion, love, power and even danger. But its also indelibly associated with food juicy strawberries, plump tomatoes, rich pasta sauce, zingy chillis and its also been shown to increase the appetite, making it an ideal choice in a kitchen. With many shades, and can be used on walls to create warmth, as a bold cabinetry colour, or as an accent colour in a paler scheme to highlight features.
As its an attention-grabbing hue, its vital to consider how it will work with the rest of your scheme. Finding the right shade is important consider whether cooler (more blue) or warmer (more orange) tones will work in your space and with the amount of light you have. Dont despair if your kitchen naturally receives little daylight, where a largely red décor could risk seeming heavy the colour can still be incorporated in clever ways, such as a dramatic backdrop colour on shelving, to highlight your crockery.
Whether youre bold enough to choose a strongly red-toned décor, or you want to know how to work just a little of this appetising hue into your space, here are 20 inspiring examples of how to use red in a kitchen scheme.
Red doesn't have to feature on walls or cabinetry to make instant impact in your kitchen. Here, a selection of well-chosen country-style accessories in bright paint shades and vibrant fabrics establish a red theme in the decor.
In a neutral scheme, small pops of red can lend personality to a kitchen and stop a largely white area from looking clinical and washed out. The matching red shades of the barstools and fridge link the prep and seating areas, and create a cohesive scheme with almost no effort.
Choosing to paint one run of units and the island in this deep, rich, red tone, and leaving the oak appliances cabinet natural creates a freestanding feel in this classic yet modern scheme. Stainless steels accents keep the look fresh and modern.