17 creative colourful kitchen ideas

If you're a keen cook and really want to add a splash of personality, colour could be the perfect way to do this

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Far too often contemporary kitchens are expanses of clean white, sharp lines and modern practicality. Modern kitchens have their merits — they’re easy to clean, smart and stylish, and can be suited to almost any home. However, they can lack the personality many of us desire in our homes.

A pop of colour here and there is the best way to bring interest to a drab room. Get inspiration for your colourful space with this selection of our most creative kitchen ideas.


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1. Bold retro-style kitchen

This 1960s-inspired kitchen in Doncaster features high-shine orange and grey units, combined with retro patterned tiles. Pops of black help to link the kitchen and dining areas, while white Silestone work surfaces are durable and help to tie the look together.


2. Redesigned coastal townhouse

Black is a brilliant tone to use if you want to make other colours stand our. This modern space, with its blue feature wall is striking with a clean, dark island sitting in front of the vibrant aqua wall. Texture is introduced through the floorboards, and the rest of the scheme is kept simple and white.

redesigned blue kitchen

Click here to take a look at this coastal townhouse

3. Geometric kitchen tiles

The striking blue geometric tiles add a stripe of colour across this otherwise neutral design. Pale wood and white walls contrast the bold colours used for the units and the appliances on the stainless steel worktop add further interest.

blue tiled kitchen with added value

4. Colourful kitchen-diner in a family home

Patterned tiles are a brilliant way to add a splash of colour to a room. This colourful space contrasts textured wooden units against the geometric patterns of the tiled splashback. To create further contrast, the island, pots and various other details are a deep, vibrant red.

colourful tiles in a kitchen

Click here to take a look around the rest of this colourful and creative family space

5. Retro blue kitchen

Combining chunky painted oak frames with flat birch plywood doors in a vibrant blue, gave these homeowners the vintage style they wanted. The units by Sustainable Kitchens have been paired with a chequered Marmoleum floor in Black Hole and Moon tones from Forbo flooring systems.

bright blue kitchen cupboards and checkerboard floor

6. Combining deep grey and brass

Deep grey and open shelving are two key trends for kitchens at the moment, and this space in Tunbridge Wells features both. This kitchen – by Woodwork Kitchens – successfully combines both traditional elements, such as the marble worktops, with contemporary touches, like the brass tap and handles, to create a timeless look.

Deep grey country kitchen

7. A modern red kitchen

Contemporary kitchens are often kept white to reflect natural light around the room and create a bright space. However, this contemporary kitchen has been injected with a splash of colour that doesn’t darken the space. The red adds striking personality to an already beautiful room.

mordern red kitchen space

8. Contemporary colourful kitchen

These contemporary high gloss units deviate from the simple white and opting for a bright blue finish helps to reflect light around the large space.

blue high gloss kitchen units

9. Blue coach house kitchen

The kitchen of this coach house has a distinctly industrial feel, making use of the home’s original features. The exposed brick wall and wooden floorboards add texture against the matching blue woodwork, door and window frames.

deep blue wooden kitchen

10. A dash of colour in an industrial kitchen

The bright orange feature wall at the far end adds a point of visual interest to the room. The rest of the kitchen is full of textures, from the floor tiles to the worktops, all contrasting beautifully with the focal point of the orange wall.

orange wall in an eastern style kitchen

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11. An eclectic Brighton family kitchen

Mismatched colourful furniture and accessories add vibrancy to this kitchen. It goes to show that, even if your room isn’t painted or decorated in colourful shades, the accessories you choose can add a wealth of visual interest.

colourfull patterned table cloth in a kitchen

12. Industrial-style kitchen extension

This industrial style kitchen extension is a lesson in contrasting a deep colour, with the texture of natural materials. The natural stone floor tiles and exposed brick wall add warmth to the space, while the polished granite worktop of the kitchen island adds a professional touch. The industrial-style Edison bulbs, along with the row of rooflights fill the room with sunlight.

industrial style blue kitchen

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13. A yellow townhouse kitchen

The kitchen of this Georgian townhouse uses a bold yellow to brighten up an otherwise monotone colour palette. The room remains incredibly stylish with its grey units, copper pendant lights and natural stone floor tiles, but the splash of yellow adds personality to the space.

bright yellow walls in a georgian kitchen

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14. Open-plan kitchen for entertaining family

This kitchen goes with a minimalist design, with champagne units sitting against white worktops and simple tiles. The splashback provided the perfect place to add a dash of colour, in this case, a strip of bright orange, livening up the scheme and adding personality to the design.

gloss orange wall in a family kitchen

Click here to see the rest of this social, open-plan family space

15. Restored Victorian pumphouse

Colour has been injected in this room through the use of the exposed brick wall at the far end. Yellows and reds complement the otherwise simple, white units and another splash of colour comes from the unconventional yellow worktops

industrial kitchen in a water tower

16. A striking purple kitchen

The owners of this four bedroom, former weaver’s cottage wanted to take a traditional house and add a modern twist to the interiors. The kitchen is a mix of shaker style, with modern accessories and a impactful purple colour scheme.

Striking purple traditional kitchen

17. A colourful farmhouse kitchen

This eclectic farmhouse kitchen has been painted in an unconventional shade of soft pink. It gives the space a calming ambience alongside the warm tones of the wooden floorboards and beams. The blue island and units become a feature against the otherwise soft palette.

pink country kitchen

Click here to take a look at this beautiful, renovated farmhouse