[Copy of]EDITED 9 Ways to Jazz Up a Neutral Kitchen
1. Feature a Patterned TileAdding a patterned tile to your neutral kitchen can give it color and personality. Here, blue and white tile pops against soft gray cabinets, white countertops and dramatic wood ceiling beams. Gold fixtures and cabinet pulls further jazz up the space.Work with a kitchen designer to pick out a patterned tile for your kitchen
Patterned tile isn’t just for backsplashes — you can add it to a floor or even the back of a kitchen island, as shown here. I recommend you keep other textures and decorative shapes in the room to a minimum so they don’t compete with your patterned tile.In this kitchen, the high contrast between two neutrals — white on the upper cabinets and black for the lower cabinets, range hood and window frames — creates a tension that helps to make the room interesting. ADD LINK TO HIGH-CONTRAST STORY
Here a gallery wall brings unique, personalized style to this kitchen, which has neutral cabinets, countertops flooring and walls. You might hang a gallery-style wall or alternatively, try using a shelf and leaning several pieces of art on it. You can add a sprinkling of attractive kitchen accessories so that they, too, become part of the decor.Shop for picture frames in the Houzz Shop
3. Add WallpaperWallpaper can make a big impact in any room. From retro patterns to classic florals, there are a myriad of wallpaper styles that can spruce up a kitchen’s style. This photo shows how dramatic floral wallpaper adds visual interest to a room with simple white cabinetry, black countertops and rustic wood floors.Look to vinyl or wipeable wallpaper for added functionality. Explain why this is important. AND ARE THERE ANY additional TECHNICAL CONCERNS W/ COOKING AND WALLPAPER?Find wallpaper in the Houzz Shop
A patterned pink roman shade brings a pleasant punch of color to this kitchen. I recommend you take one of two approaches. Either coordinate your decorative shade with accessories in similar colors or, as shown here, leave the roman shade as the only featured pattern or color in the room. This advice doesn’t really apply b/c of the art on the wall, and the blue and green glasses on the shelf. Shop for roman shades in the Houzz Shop
6. Install Statement LightingGetting creative with light fixtures is a can amp up your neutral kitchen’s style, whether you choose one light over an island, or several fixtures throughout the kitchen. Consider unique shapes or dazzling finishes that will stand out against the plain backdrop of your kitchen.
7. Paint a Bold Accent WallPainting an accent wall is one of the more simple ways to add personality to a neutral kitchen. To get enough impact, choose a color that pairs well with, but still stands apart from, the other finishes in your kitchen.This neutral kitchen benefits from one of the other ways to jazz up a neutral kitchen: the patterned tile backsplash.
In this kitchen a unique lavender color coats the walls as well as the ceiling. The color is a surprising and refreshing companion to the taupe colored cabinets. With the light hitting the shimmery backsplash, it nicely reflects the purple hue.Find an interior designer to help you choose a kitchen wall color
8. Accessorize with ColorAdding pops of color through accessories is another simple way to dress up a neutral kitchen. You might place playful, colorful accents throughout your kitchen — try a kettle, boxes, canisters or vases. In this white kitchen, the bar stool upholstery adds an invigorating zing of color.
Here gold pendants bring a tasteful touch of glamour to an all-white kitchen. Gold cabinet pulls, oven knobs, and sink faucet coordinate with the lighting finish to give this kitchen unmistakable style.More on HouzzLove a White Backsplash but Not Subway Tile? Try One of These13 Fresh Ways With a White KitchenFind a proShop for products