countertops, like this Magenta Energy quartz from
Silestone by Cosentino, can launch a palette that
includes wallcovering, fabric and decorative
accessories choices in adjacent areas.
like it hot, but when it comes to kitchen design, most
of us donít dare to boldly go where no one has gone
before. A little edgy with backsplashes, maybe. A lime
spatula or even a KitchenAid mixer in raspberry, why
not? But an aqua fridge? Or a radiant orchid range?
This is not for the design timid. This is about the
anti-white kitchen, that classic that remains most
picked, in spite of what design editors may want.
is not at all what Pasadena, Calif., homeowners Karen
and Brian Frid-Madden wanted. They envisioned an almost
Alice in Wonderland-like gathering place for their two
small daughters. They are also huge fans of the work of
Mexican architect Luis Barragan (known for expansive
planes of color even on the facades of buildings), so
color fit right in.
used color to augment his mastery of space and light
within his designs," says Elina Katsioula-Beall of
DeWitt Designer Kitchens, who worked with the Frid-Maddens.
"This, coupled with the theme of bringing the
outdoors in by using the cabinetry to evoke fuchsia
flower beds, gave us a unique starting point."
the design, Katsioula-Beall teamed a neon palette with
iridescent tiles, silver painted backsplash and
stainless steel, which she says absorb the vibrant hues
"like tinted chameleons as the play of light passes
may think it a cacophony of color. Others may be more
comfortable with monochromatic splashes of bold hues.
New York-based Miles Redd has a few high-gloss apple
green kitchen cabinets in his design repertoire, making
for haute drama in tight spaces.
the past year, though, a move out of safe neutrals was
not limited to cabinets, custom or not. Faucets, sinks,
refrigerators and even ranges were introduced in
astonishingly unexpected hues. Last yearís Pantone
color of the year, Radiant Orchid, was repped in ovens
by Dacor and a range by BlueStar. Now thatís some
commitment. But no worries if youíre not jazzed by the
purple family; BlueStar offers more than 750 color and
designer John Wiltgen has never delved into brights in
the more permanent parts of the kitchen. Instead heís
paved backsplashes with expressive geometric patterns
and popped in bright accessories. In his own home, he
did wrap an entire kitchen wall in embossed
snakeskin-like leather; still, itís a muted gray.
doing two white kitchens right now," Wiltgen says.
"One is for a transplanted San Francisco couple who
were remodeling for two years and then got transferred
here. They hope to stay put, but they donít want the
design to affect resale value."
those artsy, eclectic folk who may not give a flip about
resale values, thereís plenty of exuberant color for
the kitchen to make you feel like a kid in a candy store
(or a Jonathan Adler shop).
for an eye-popping faucet. Hastings Tile & Il Bagno
does it right with its simple, clean-lined Vola single
lever, deck-mounted faucet, available in 15 hues.
your teeth into luscious color for the main or island
sink. Pyrolave, an enameled lava stone available as
countertop material or sinks, comes in 16 glossy and 16
matte shades, as well as custom colors to match existing
it cool in a colorful fridge. The Italian company Smeg
shows off a little retro í50s styling with soft,
rounded edges and a range of happy hues.
it up with a colorful oven or range. Dacor wall ovens
are available in 10 standard colors including cordon
bleu, citron, crimson and tangerine plus virtually any
color imaginable with its ColorMatch system ó you
provide a swatch. Italian manufacturer Bertozzoni spices
up color with tangy orange, lemon yellow or tomato red
ó in Ferrari finishes.
a case for color. From matte to glossy, paneled to
modern cabinets, there are Snaideroís glossy brights,
as in canary yellow or fiery red, and the latest from
manufacturer Plain & Fancy, in a juicy range from
apricot to tangerine, with paneled door fronts that wake
up tradition. Or paint your own to give them a little
pop. Try color as a feature wall to add zest to white or
anchor island cabinets with a spicy accent.
counter intuitive. Silestone, a natural quartz product
by Spanish-based Cosentino, dishes up cool hues from
magenta to coral, yellows to apple green and cobalt.