If you’re working with a clean, all-white kitchen, ring in 2018 with a couple of bursts of colour. You can start small, with bright chairs or a bold-hued runner, or go big and pick colourful appliances. Looking for inspiration? Sage is the colour on everyone’s lips this year — and so is teal.
3. Oceanside paint colour
4. Dining chair
5. Skillet in cobalt
Photo, Lauren Kolyn. Courtesy of Tiny House Mama.
We spend so much time in the kitchen, it only makes sense that living room accessories would start to creep in. Layer patterned rugs in warm, dark colours and hang woven pendant lights to create a cozy, relaxed vibe.
8. Pendant lamp
9. Area rug
10. Lace rattan pendant light
Go beyond the subway tile: Honeycomb and herringbone are making their way onto kitchen backsplashes and floors — together. Combining different shapes in the same colour is a great way to create an eclectic backdrop that isn’t overbearing.
12. Hexagon marble tile
13. Herringbone tile
14. Diamond tile
Last year, inky navy was the kitchen colour of choice. This year, we’ll see it in an even darker, off-black shade. But if you’re not quite ready to ditch your neutral colour scheme for darkly hued walls, don’t worry: Baby steps are allowed (and also trendy.) Try painting your cabinets different colours, keeping a neutral (like off-grey) on top and a bolder pick (like dark green or navy) on the bottom.
17. Off-black paint colour
18. Tundra paint colour
19. Deep royal paint colour
Forget the stark white kitchens flooding your Instagram feed: Matte black appliances and accessories are about to steal the spotlight. They’re an easy way to make a kitchen feel more modern without the reno, and they pair with practically everything.
22. LG matte black fridge
23. KitchenAid stand mixer
Brass faucets, knobs, pendant lights and backsplashes are all having a moment — good thing too, since warm metals pair perfectly with darker hues. Try distressed bronze accessories in a more rustic kitchen or bright golds if you want a cleaner, more minimal look.
27. Geode faucet
28. Mini pendant
29. Hex knobs
Pairing differently textured materials, like wood cabinets with a marble backsplash, is gaining popularity. It also happens to be the easiest way to add personality to an otherwise monochromatic kitchen.
32. Vinyl peel-and-stick decals
33. Vinyl peel-and-stick decals
34. Metal backsplash panel kit
Graphic artwork, statement chandeliers, patterned textiles: It’s all fair game. If you’re really into adding colour, though, try going neutral with your cabinet knobs.
37. Smeg toaster
38. Tea towel
The rise of indoor-garden kits means it’s now easier than ever to grow herbs in your kitchen. (That’s also a boon for condo dwellers.)
42. Plant mister